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.