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The Malhotra Bride by [Venkatraman, Sundari]
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Sunita Rishi’s just turned twenty, having completed her graduation. She wants to fly free as a bird, explore career options and travel the world. Does she have a choice when Mamma & Pappa insist on arranging her marriage? Born in a rich business family steeped in tradition, Sunita has a tough job on her hands. Can she stop the tide?
Tall, dark and handsome, Akshay Malhotra is the catch of the decade. The only son of Billionaire Raj Malhotra, he’s in a strange fix. His father’s keen that Akshay meets Sunita with marriage in mind. He’s too close to his parents to say ‘no’ for the preliminary meeting. And then he comes face-to-face with Sunita….
Will Sunita be falling from the frying pan into the fire when she agrees to become The Malhotra Bride?

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  • Publisher: Flaming Sun; 2 edition (Feb. 11 2014)
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  • Language: English
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The Malhotra Bride is Sundari Venkatraman’s self published, second edition of her first novel, the first being a paperback. I have read her other book Double Jeopardy and had liked it, so was keen to read this book too. I finished reading this book in an hour or so, during my recent train journey. The Malhotra Bride is a story of arranged marriage between two rich and beautiful people, Akshay and Sunita. Both have respect for the Indian traditions and culture but are opposed to the concept of arranged marriage.

Because of the love for his parents and pressure from hers, Akshay and Sunita decide to meet, as planned by their parents. While it is love at first sight for Akshay, Sunita takes time to warm up to him. And she asks him to draw a prenuptial agreement. How things turn out for both of them, well, you need to read The Malhotra Bride to know that!

I like Sundari’s voice in the book which engages the reader in me. The characterization is good and it evokes the feeling of love or hate from the reader. Like one would absolutely hate Sunita’s father and adore her grand father and wish for a groom like Akshay!

While the narrative flows smoothly and the storyline is pretty fast paced, I found some aspects of the storyline too clichéd and some too unrealistic. The attack on Akshay came as a a bolt from the blue. The transformation of Sunita, the naive good girl to a sexy siren in a span of few days or the parents leaving the two in the hospital and retiring for the day seemed too farfetched!

Overall, The Malhotra Bride is a nice breezy romantic read with some drama and twists.
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REVIEW OF THE MALHOTRA BRIDE BY SUNDARI VENKATRAMAN
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ADIANA RAY.

Sundari sheds a spotlight on how marital relationships are formed among some business, upper class families in Mumbai. Trapped in a gilded cage, Sunita is a young vivacious girl with stars in her eyes and wants to do what so many other young girls of today want to….just explore life and create a little niche for herself with her experiences and accomplishments. Not too bad…right? Wrong, that is denied to her as it is not how her family operate. The whole family is under the thumb of her business man father and he never lets them forget it.
Akshay on the other hand also belongs to the same class of society but is lucky to be born into a forward thinking, modern household. Even though he is against the whole concept of an arranged marriage, on a whim, he decides to go and see the girl incognito and that is it… he is floored. However he has to tread carefully as Sunita is a nervous filly who is shying away from marriage as well.
The author takes us through the paces and builds up a vivid picture of the internal dynamics of these families and casts a light on society expectations too. Both the characters are well developed as are the supporting characters. The tenderness and protectiveness of Akshay, gives you a nice warm feeling and Sunita is the young wide eyed innocent, unaware of her potential. There were two minor pieces which jarred a bit with me: the first was with what Sunita does when she meets Akshay for the first time to put him off. It was all too clichéd. Though Ms Venkatraman also brings this up when she attributes embarrassment to Sunita for the way she behaved. The second was the whole violent episode at the end; I felt it was very abrupt and didn’t really fit in with the story but then that is just my opinion.

On the whole I recommend it for a very nice light read. Great work Sundari Venkatraman!
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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.

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 involves 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 does Sunita finally become the Malhotra Bride.

CHARACTERS: Sunita is a 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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b1d74) out of 5 stars Story of a girl who never wanted to marry but still happily became "The Malhotra Bride"! March 7 2014
By Njkinny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Sunita is just twenty and bubbling with excitement to start her dream life of a career woman where she is free and self independent. But her parents have different ideas. They want her married as soon as possible. Her father her even set his eyes on a most suitable match for her. The only son of the illustrious Malhotra family, who own the Malhotra garments, Akshay is his choice. Despite Sunita's objections, a date is set for the two families to meet and Sunita is told to be ready.

What will Sunita do?

She doesnt want to get married so soon. She wants to be someone. Stand on her own feet. But this is not the trend in her house. Gokul Rishi, her father, "was a very strict father and strongly believed that women should be occasionally seen and never heard." Ever since her childhood, Sunita had to fight for every single thing in her life and her ally in all these conquests was her grandfather. This time, however, even her grandfather is helpless and she is on her own.

Akshay on the other hand is also against an arranged marriage and feels that his current life of "work hard and play harder" is working quite well without the added stress of marriage. A billionaire with killer looks, girls have always been abundant but still he agrees to meet the girl and see for himself.

What happens when these two very different people meet is the story behind The Malhotra Bride.
Will sparks fly or will there be a disastrous fire?
How will Sunita rid herself of Akshay and follow her life as she wishes?

A clean and sweet love story of a girl who wants to be free to live her life as she wishes but is forced to conform to age old traditions is very beautifully and interestingly narrated by Sundari in her new book, The Malhotra Bride.

The characterization is expertly done and each character plays its part to perfection. Sunita is headstrong as well as innocent in many ways. She craves the love of her parents and often does things she doesn't agree to just to please them. Her parents, Gokul and Leela are as conservative as they come. Gokul is strict and often behaves like he is superior to his wife and daughters just because he is a man. Leela has adapted her life as per her husband's wishes and does anything in her power to comply to him even when she doesn't agree to his actions. Sandhya, Sunita's elder sister, is her opposite in every way. She is happy to conform to all traditions and even got married at her parent's bidding at the tender age of eighteen. Then there is her grandfather who is quite practical and modern in his outlook and has always supported Sunita in her attempts at getting a degree and living her life as per her wishes. Akshay is our modern guy but still very respectful towards his parents and although educated abroad, cherishes his culture. Akshay's parents are modern day, practical parents who don't believe that a woman's place is in the kitchen and Mr. Malhotra has always encouraged his wife to stand on her own feet and live as she wants.

There are varied characters here and it is quite interesting to study them. I could empathize with Sunita and feel her helplessness. Even though its the twenty first century and people act all modern but still there are some who are still stuck in the age old version of traditions that give men more power over women. They don't want to move on with time and often force their family also to comply with them. Gokul's character is one such reflection of such people. Meanwhile Akshay's family stands for the practical minded people who value their family's happiness over traditions and are willing to change with time.

The scenes with Sunita and Akshay were warm, happy and fun moments where I definitely felt that true love originates from friendship. People become friends first before becoming lovers. The writing style of Sundari is simple yet very captivating and she is able to hold the reader and keep him engrossed in the story till the very end.

I loved this breezy love story which will connect with you instantly and you will feel like it is your own story or a story of a known person in your life. A story that is heart touching and which will leave you feeling happy and warm, I give The Malhotra Bride a 4 out of 5 and recommend that you read this sweet story of a girl who never wanted to marry but still happily became The Malhotra Bride!
Read the book to know why. :)

This review is also available on the blog Njkinny's World of Books..
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b1dc8) out of 5 stars Interesting idea spirals into debauchery - waste of time Aug. 3 2014
By Ada B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It has a fun premise but is severely underdeveloped. The character lack depth and don't make sense. The sex at the end is a disappointing turn. A girl brought up strictly suddenly becomes a sexpot? An ambitious man with goals and a playboy history suddenly loses his mind at the sight of a beautiful girl? What started as a fun idea quickly turned into a muddled mess and ends in a cesspool of lust solely for the sake of titillation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b221c) out of 5 stars Reverence, Innocence & Love June 25 2014
By Indywrites - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Malhotra Bride; Sunita is a 20 something girl who is still trying to find herself in a world that is trying to mould her into a submissive puppet like most Indian women. That she finds her prince charming right at the first encounter is both unsettling and enchanting for her.

The premise of the story is the liberation of Sunita; who becomes a Malhotra Bride and how it is a win-win situation for both Akshay – billionaire hunk and Sunita – a beautiful damsel.
The story reminded of how it was to be so young and carefree, looking at the world with starry eyes. Dreams and hopes to fulfill and goals to achieve, even the naivety of Sunita reminded me of a time long forgotten in the grind of life.

It made me nostalgic, of first love, that innocent kiss that turned into something to cherish and those hot tempered tiffs that landed me into hotter fun. The straight forward storyline has a few quick surprises and naughty turns that mange to keep the interest going till the last page.

It is a novel for young hearts as well as old because Sundari has been able to strike a beautiful balance between the modern younger generation that manages to cherish the values and ethics of the old.

I recommend this as a read for everyone who values love and family from 18 years to 80 years because this simple romance novella shows that it is possible to love and respect both your lover and your families.

Do pick it as it is the perfect summer read – fresh, fascinating yet packs a punch!

- See more at: http://inderpreetkaur.blogspot.in/
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b25dc) out of 5 stars A Fun Read May 5 2015
By JANE ABRAMOWITZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Just finished reading The Maholtra Bride and would love to hear more about Sunita and Akshay. This book would make a perfect screenplay for a Bollywood movie...or even a soap opera on zee tv. Especially loved the detailed descriptions of clothing, jewelry and makeup,a well as the explanations of the wedding ceremony. Also the exploration of tradition vs modern day India in regards to arranged marriages.
I would have appreciate a little more in depth character development, but all in all this was a fun and pleasant book to read. With constant twists and surprises in plot, it was difficult to put down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6b26c0) out of 5 stars Arranged To Fall In Love June 25 2014
By Adiana Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
REVIEW OF THE MALHOTRA BRIDE BY SUNDARI VENKATRAMAN
From
ADIANA RAY.

Sundari sheds a spotlight on how marital relationships are formed among some business, upper class families in Mumbai. Trapped in a gilded cage, Sunita is a young vivacious girl with stars in her eyes and wants to do what so many other young girls of today want to….just explore life and create a little niche for herself with her experiences and accomplishments. Not too bad…right? Wrong, that is denied to her as it is not how her family operate. The whole family is under the thumb of her business man father and he never lets them forget it.
Akshay on the other hand also belongs to the same class of society but is lucky to be born into a forward thinking, modern household. Even though he is against the whole concept of an arranged marriage, on a whim, he decides to go and see the girl incognito and that is it… he is floored. However he has to tread carefully as Sunita is a nervous filly who is shying away from marriage as well.
The author takes us through the paces and builds up a vivid picture of the internal dynamics of these families and casts a light on society expectations too. Both the characters are well developed as are the supporting characters. The tenderness and protectiveness of Akshay, gives you a nice warm feeling and Sunita is the young wide eyed innocent, unaware of her potential. There were two minor pieces which jarred a bit with me: the first was with what Sunita does when she meets Akshay for the first time to put him off. It was all too clichéd. Though Ms Venkatraman also brings this up when she attributes embarrassment to Sunita for the way she behaved. The second was the whole violent episode at the end; I felt it was very abrupt and didn’t really fit in with the story but then that is just my opinion.

On the whole I recommend it for a very nice light read. Great work Sundari Venkatraman!