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Sunday, December 27, 2015
Review-The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman
The Madras Affair
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 She has the devil’s own time in overcoming her inhibitions, hesitation, and her family’s orthodox and outdated rules before recognising her love for Gautam.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?
Gautam has an Indian mother and American father. Built like a giant, he has brown hair and brilliant blue eyes.
Gautam lives with his maternal grandparents in Besant Nagar, Madras. He used to run a business with his father in Washington DC. Giving up his high-flying career, he chooses to teach at Loyola College in Madras. Yeah, Gautam had fallen in love with the city in Tamil Nadu during his visits to his grandparents.
Despite his American upbringing, he’s comfortable living in the same house as his grandparents. And does he love teaching!
He’s attracted to Sangita at first sight and pursues her relentlessly.
Read The Madras Affair to find out if he’s able to get together with the love of his life.
Growing up on a heavy dose of fairy tales and comic books, Sundari fell in love with the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.
Soon, into her teens, Sundari graduated to Mills & Boon romances. And that got her thinking – how about such breezy romances in Indian settings? Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! Sundari had just quit her job as a school admin and was taking a break. She was saturated with reading books. That’s when she returned home one evening after her walk, took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising a perfect Indian romance had to be put into words. The dormant romantic storyteller in her finally found its calling and The Malhotra Bride was born. While she felt disheartened when publishing didn’t happen, it was her husband who encouraged her to keep writing.
In the meanwhile, she landed a job as copy editor with Mumbai Mirror. After working there for two years, she moved to the Network 18 Group and worked with two of their websites over the next six years, as content editor.
Despite her work schedule, she continued writing novels and short stories and had them published in her blogs. She also started blogging voraciously, writing on many different topics – travel, book reviews, film reviews, restaurant reviews, spirituality, alternative health and more.
Her first eBook Double Jeopardy – a romance novella – was published by Indireads and has been very well received by readers of romance.
In 2014, Sundari published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories) in form of ebooks.
My Honest Review :
This is 2nd book of Sundari which I have read, (1st being
The Malhotra bride). I loved the way she writes. In this book she has
highlighted the plight of a south Indian girl who is ignored by her parents and
who fights the demons of a torturous marriage and equally torturous widowhood,
and finds love and self-esteem which she actually deserved.
What I loved about The Madras Affair is the way it’s
written. The book highlights the suffering of Sangita who is ignored by her
parents as she is a girl and the mental agony she undergoes as a widow. The way
Sundari has woven the story of Sangita, and shown two sides of society is
highlight of the story. Gautam’s character too is loveable and it’s like every
girl’s dream come true. While reading the book you fall in love with Gautam,
feel sorry for Sangita and her plight, feel angry on Sangita’s parents for their
orthodox and partial behaviour & feel grateful to Gautam’s grandparents for
being so broad minded. Sundari has woven character’s which you generally find
in typical South-Indian village.
While reading you feel you know the characters as they are portrayed
with a realistic touch. In short anyone will love to read Madras affair. Simple
yet heartwarming love story of Sangita and Gautam.
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