Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book Review: ‘The Madras Affair’ by Sundari Venkatraman

Book Review part 'The Book Club' Blog Tour

Genre: Romance and only romance
Publisher: Readomania

Blurb:
Sangita Sinclair was not always this successful & passionate lady, heading the NGO “Penn Urimai” for downtrodden, abused and homeless women….

When Sangita catches the eye of Gautam Sinclair she is a simple, homely girl; utterly unaware of her charms & capabilities. She has the devil’s own time in overcoming her inhibitions, hesitation, and her family’s orthodox and outdated rules before recognising her love for Gautam.


Will Gautam be able to solve Sangita’s Dilemma or will she be forever trapped in her past?

My Review:
The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman is an entertaining but mature love story, written fluently that I finished it in one sitting by 1:00AM in the night. The novel addresses the deep-rooted outdated and regressive customs still prevalent in India for widows and remarriage. Though the perception and outlook is changing bit by bit, it still is a kind of a disease in some parts of the country.

Sangita is a widow with a five year-old child, the story revolves around her life and her parents conservative ideas on how she should conduct herself in the society. They are more worried about the opinion of their neighborhood than the well-being and future of their own daughter. 

Gautam, with a cute dimple and blue eyes, is a sexy-dream-come-true the moment he enters the hospital with his broken arm where Sangita works. As Sangita is caught between her desires and attraction to Gautam and fear of her parents views, an entertaining, romantic drama unfolds. 

Sangita is homely and adorable and as I said Gautam weaves ‘love in the air’ magic. Chemistry between them is hot and sizzles whenever they come together. The most entertaining part for me was the way he handled Sangita’s mental block (can’t giveaway too much). It was very entertaining to see her pine for him and gradually reconcile to the inevitable.

Loved the secondary characters both positive and negative ones. Sangita’s parents and her younger brother, Rakesh, are as slimy as one could get. One can never imagine a mother having such a vile tongue for her only daughter. But Rekha’s character, as Sangita’s bhabhi, is note worthy. I wish more and more women stood for oppressed ones as Rekha had for Sangita. Gautam’s large family is fabulous, cute kids, and an adorable dog add to myriad flavors of the story.

The story has the unmistakable stamp of Sundari’s style and brand. Language is simple and fluid. This is by far the best novel from Sundari’s desk and I am eagerly looking forward to read the next one, hopefully it will be about Siddharth with black eyes :-)

Highly recommended to people in love with love!

Disclaimer: I got this book from the author for my honest review.




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About the Author:
Sundari Venkatraman has authored four novels and a short story anthology till now, Matches Made In Heaven (anthology) being the latest. The Malhotra Bride; Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven have all been self-published on Amazon under the banner of Flaming Sun. The three novels are regularly seen on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers’ Contemporary Romances list. The Box Set and Anthology are bound to catch up soon. 

A great fan of Mills & Boon romances over the past four decades, Sundari has always believed in ‘Happily Ever Afters’ and all her books promise happy endings.


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