Here’s my take on The Malhotra Bride by Sundari Venkatraman.
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?
Born in a traditional family, Sunita Rishi has completed her graduation and before she could know, her father has fixed her marriage with a billionaire’s son. Bound in the family’s traditions, Sunita has almost zero say in these matters but she is not the one to give up easily.
Whereas, Akshay Malhotra does not date a girl for more than a few weeks. When he gets the news that his marriage has been arranged with a girl completely unknown to him he doesn’t know how to react. Out of respect for his parents, Akshay decides to meet Sunita.
Do these two fall in love? Is this arranged marriage a right decision? How Sunita and Rishi come together despite the differences? Read the book to dive in this romantic journey of Sunita and Akshay.
Coming to the review, Sundari Venkatraman, through The Malhotra Bride, takes us on a romantic journey of Sunita and Akshay. The book deals with some of the traditional beliefs of Indian families and the restrictions society has put on women and rules they are bound to follow.
Sunita – like her sister – is expected to follow these norms and marry at a young age with the boy of her father’s choice. But Sunita is not one to give up and is the only one who could challenge her father’s decision.
The storyline is a bit cliché and predictable but anyone who enjoys a cliché love story(just like I do), this book will make you smile throughout.
Writing is smooth and easy to read. There is plenty of romance and humor to keep one entertained.
The characters are well developed, especially Sunita’s. Sundari Venkatraman took time with Sunita’s character and she came out as a strong woman who knows to stand for herself when needed.
Akshay has been portrayed as a total charmer who would make you fall in love with him instantly.
“Guess who?” she asked in a loud whisper. “My Sweetheart?” asked Akshay as he dragged her in front of him.
Those who love to read a romance with not much twists and turns would love this book.
I would like to give this book 4 stars out of 5.
The book felt a bit dragged at some points. Some scenes were overdramatic where I wished that the story to needed to move fast. Gokul Rishi’s actions at times looked over-exaggerated for today’s generation but we can’t deny that people like him still exist. Apart from a few scenes here and there I liked everything about the book.
I picked up The Malhotra Bride when I was craving to read something romantic and I’m glad I picked up this book. It was super easy and quick to read. Every chapter left me wanting for more. If you want to read a fairytale romance, go for this book. I enjoyed it throughout. I hope you all enjoy it too.
Do tell me which is your favorite book from Sundari Venkatraman in the comments below.
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