Thursday, May 14, 2015

#122 : The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman: Review

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GENRE: Fiction - Romance

NUMBER OF PAGES: 192

FORMAT: Digital - PDF

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of The India Readathon in exchange for an honest review. Thanks  Sundari and Rasana!

REVIEW:

The runaway bridegroom is a typical South Asian romance story that is set in against a backdrop of the social issue of child marriage.

The protagonists, Chanda and Veer are married at a very young age by traditional Rajasthani customs. Veer, being thoroughly disinterested in the concept of wedding in such a young age escapes after the wedding is complete leaving Chanda married and without a husband.

Fourteen years later, Chanda finally has the guts to love Ranveer, the big boss of the company where she takes up a temporary job. Ranveer’s secretary, Shika already has her eye on Ranveer and has been trying to woo him to marry her. Sadly Ranveer doesn’t reciprocate her feelings.

Like every other typical Indian family, Chanda’s family also consults the astrologer about Chanda’s marriage only to be told that Chanda would get back to Veer, her long lost husband of the child marriage. This puts Chanda into a great dilemma. What follows is how Chanda’s life changes with this revelation.

Child marriage has always been serious and a rather common issue in the Northern and North-Western part of India. The writer took the unconventional route in talking about it. The conventional route obviously involves the young bride being saved and cops getting involved and a whole lot of drama. That typical plot line is a wee bit boring given that we are dealing with a fiction. Basing a story on a social issue is fine, but turning a work of fiction into a piece of advice is really a weak attempt in making a difference. Thankfully Sundari steered cleared of that line of thinking.

Though the story turned predictable at one point of time, the writing kept me hooked and made me want to know what actually happened. The characterization was perfect to dot. What pleasantly surprised me was the characterization of Chanda’s parents and Chanda herself. I was expecting demanding and hollering parents. I also expected Chanda to be a weak and timid person. Thankfully, she was portrayed otherwise.

With the exception of a predictable story line, the story was an enjoyable read and adhered very much to the romance genre.

MY SAY: Light read against a serious backdrop.  Recommended to light fiction readers and romance lovers.

RATING:

·        PLOT : 6/10

·         CHARACTERISATION : 8/10

·         NARRATION : 7/10

·        BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10 (THE LOWER THE BETTER!)

·         OVER ALL RATING : 7/10


AUTHOR LINKS: Goodreads, Website

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads, Amazon



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2 comments:

  1. Sundari VenkatramanMay 15, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Thank you so much Shree Janani for that awesome and detailed review. So glad that you could appreciate that I have just weaved a fiction around the theme of Child Marriage and not trying to preach or teach the world. :D And I am so happy you enjoyed reading my book :)

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  2. Pleasure Mine :-D

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