Sundari Venkatraman
Fingerprint! Publishing
April 1, 2009
Final Verdict

About the Author

Sundari Venkatraman is an Indie Author who has 60 books to her credit. These books have consistently featured in the Top 100 Bestseller Lists on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

These days, the author is independently publishing her novels in paperback format under her banner Flaming Sun, printed and distributed by Notion Press.

Even as a child, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome and she grew up on a steady diet of fairy tales, Phantom comics and Mandrake comics. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy ending after the protagonists surmounted all unexpected obstacles.

Once she entered her teens, Sundari switched her loyalties from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to local heroes and heroines. And of course, the joy of vanquishing the ubiquitous evil villains! Her imagination soared and she happily ensconced herself in a rosy romantic cocoon for many years.

Then came the writing—a true bolt from the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.
Other Works By Sundari Venkatraman
The Smitten Husband
The Madras Affair
The Runaway Bridegroom
The Marriage Predicament
Simha International
Mr. Perfect
Her Secret Husband
Twin Torment
Maharaja International
Tied in Knots
Rose Garden International
The Casanova’s Wife
His Drunken Wife
Finding Anya
Her Prince Charming
An Autograph For Anjali
The Wooing of the Shrew
Her Bohemian Husband
Arjun’s Penance
Once Bitten Twice Lucky
Scorpio Superstar
Leo’s Desire
MATSYA: The First Avatar
The Rebel Princess (The Princess Series #2)
Gobsmacked (The Groom Series #2)
The Reluctant Bride

The Road To Being The Malhotra’s Bride

The Malhotra Bride is the second book I have read by the Author Sundari Venkatraman and is her first foray into self-publishing. This is again a total Bollywood romance full of a few twists. Well, I did read the book in one go, so yes I was addicted to the story, waiting for the plot to unfold. Sundari has a way of tying her romances with some thrill and drama and the book ends up being an interesting and start-to-finish read.

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PLOT: Twenty-year-old Sunita has just graduated and dreams of having a fulfilling career as an Interior Designer. Gokul Rishi, her father has other plans for her, which involve marrying her off to the heir of the Malhotra business empire. Akshay Malhotra is considered to be the most eligible bachelor, and at 28 has lived a very carefree life. An Arranged marriage does not tie in with his plans for the future. So this is what the story is about, how these two people who don’t want to get married meet and how Sunita finally becomes the Malhotra Bride.

CHARACTERS: Sunita is headstrong, independent and has big dreams for herself, at the same time she is traditional and has immense respect for her mother and Grandfather. She will stand up for what she believes in and will do what she thinks is necessary to fulfil her dreams. Akshay Malhotra is a typically good guy, the quintessential Bollywood romantic lead (yep recall all the Prem’s and Raj’s and Rahul’s here). Sunita’s Father is the typical controlling father who thinks he knows all and tries to plan everyone’s life and keeps everyone mute and under the spell of his fear, including his wife. Ratan Rishi is Sunita’s grandfather who loves and understands her and does not agree with the way his son treats his family. The Malhotras are the typical modern Indian family and Akshay’s parents give him complete freedom to do what he wants. These characters are well-written and the essence of each character is brought out well.

WHAT I LIKED: The plot, with its twists and turns made me feel like I was watching a movie and Ranbir Kapoor was playing Akshay. The Romance, the love story so subtle makes it feel like a real-life love story. The interactions between Akshay and Sunita are written so well, almost made me wish I was Sunita. Also, the relationship between Sunita and her Grandfather is written in a manner that is so sincere and true, by Sundari that I think it probably comes from a very personal space.

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: I hated Sunita’s father, but then again I think Sundari wants the readers to not like him and he is intentionally written as the villain. So what I don’t like about this book, is nothing really, it’s not perfect but comes quite close.

FINAL VERDICT: This is another sure-fire winner from the pen of the Indian Mills and Boon Queen, Sundari Venkatraman.

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