Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#140 : The Malhotra Bride by Sundari Venkatraman : Review

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GENRE: Fiction - Romance

NUMBER OF PAGES: 143

FORMAT: Digital - PDF

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer in exchange for a honest review. Thanks a lot Sundari!

REVIEW:

The Malhotra Bride is your typical Indian story with a backdrop of a typical Indian society which often believes that a girl should occasionally be seen and never heard. Sunita, our protagonist, is a young woman who aspires to explore and travel post her graduation. Sadly, her father seems to have other plans for her. He chooses her a groom and forces her to get married. Akshay Malhotra, the eligible bachelor and the scion of a business empire is the chosen groom. He is handsome and his family is polar opposite of Sunita’s family. When Sunita and Akshay meet, sparks fly (In spite of the hilarious situation they end up in!). Does Sunita’s fear of being chained and domesticated come true? Read the book to know that.

Sundari has written about the most prevalent practice in the country in a rather optimistic manner. The Malhotra family has set a personal standard to me. They are the sort of people I personally would want to marry into! The characterization is quite immaculate. The most memorable character for me would be Sunita’s grandfather. In spite of being from a different generation, he is far progressive than Sunita’s father Ganesh, who is quite oppressive and goes about throwing his weight as he believes he is entitled to do that, just because he is a man. Being an ambitious twenty something girl myself, who is pressurized by society to ‘marry and settle down’, I could relate to the story quite well. Thankfully, I’m blessed with parents who are nothing like Sunita’s parents.

The chemistry between Sunita and Akshay made me feel all warm and fuzzy. They are the perfect example of a friendship blossoming into love. The writing is simple and breezy, leaving the reader feeling light and happy.

MY SAY: A feel good and captivating read which is bound to leave you feeling happy.

RATING:

PLOT : 8/10

NARRATION: 7/10

CHARACTERISATION: 7/10

BOREDOM QUOTIENT:  2/10

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

AUTHOR LINKS: Goodreads, Website

BOOK LINKS: Goodreads, Amazon



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4 comments:

  1. I have been meaning to read Sundari's books ever since I came across her during AToZ. I was intending to start with The Runaway Bridegroom. This looks like a good one too. Thanks for sharing, Jan. :)

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  2. Sundari VenkatramanJune 21, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Thank you Jan for that lovely review. I am so happy you liked reading my book :D

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  3. Thanks for reading my review! This book is her first book, that too self published. Its a rather good read by a then rookie writer! You should certainly start with this book!

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  4. Welcome Sundari :-) I'm truly amazed that you've managed to score a boundary right with the first book, that too self published! Good going I say!

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