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A Bollywood Affair [Kindle Edition]

Sonali Dev
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Book Description

“Deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning the pages.” --Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.

Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev’s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity.

“A delightful debut packed with complex characters and deep emotions.” —Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Dowry Bride

“Sonali Dev not only entertains but provides new insight into the human condition. A must-read.” --Mingmei Yip, author of Peach Blossom Pavilion



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"A Bollywood Affair is an impressive debut ...Vibrant and exuberantly romantic, Affair is chock full of details that reflect India's social and cultural flux." - NPR.org

"Debut author Sonali Dev writes a beautiful love story in A Bollywood Affair... One of the best romances I've read this year." - USAToday

"Dev's heartfelt debut novel is rich in scenes and images illuminating Indian culture, leaving readers with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indian traditions while beautifully capturing the struggle between familial duty and self-discovery." - Booklist

"This tasty Indian American confection will satisfy readers of any age who would enjoy a contemporary, transcontinental romance told with a light touch and lots of sizzle." - LibraryJournal

"Based on this marvelous debut, Dev is set to become a star. An Absolute winner from begining to end, this spellbinding tale grabs your heart and never lets go!" - RT BookReviews

"Deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning the pages. A Bollywood Affair has it all." --Susan Elizabeth Phillips,  NYT Bestseller

"Deeply romantic and emotional, with characters I fell in love with, A Bollywood Affair is simply unputdownable." -Nalini Singh, NYT Bestseller

"A Bollywood Affair was one of the best books I've read this entire year. The characters are so richly drawn, the writing is utterly breathtaking." - Kristan Higgins, NYT Bestseller 

"A delightful debut packed with complex characters, deep emotions and just the right touch of humor." -Shobhan Bantwal

"As intricate as a henna tattoo and as sweet as gulab jamun
...With a setup as far-fetched and irresistible as that of a classic Bollywood musical, this witty confection is sure to delight." - ShelfAwareness

About the Author

Sonali Dev has published several articles on art, architecture, and movies in the Indian Architect and Builder magazine. She was also an assistant editor at Architectural Journal in Mumbai, India. She coordinates Windy City Romance Writers' of America Four Seasons romance writing contest. Sonali lives in Chicago.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1002 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1617730130
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (October 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JVW6GQ0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful thought provoking book November 10, 2014
By Bj Cox
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There is nothing like the joy of reading a five star book and finding the words to share it with other readers. Mili Rathod could easily have been a Mary Sue, one of those good girls it is hard to relate to. Instead Ms. Dev has given us a heroine that is innocent, good to the bone, concerned for the welfare of others and trying to make a difference in her world. Mili was married at four years old to Virat Rathod. Mili's grandmother had raised her daughter and married her off when she lost her daughter and son-in-law and had to raise their daughter. She scraped together a dowry for Virat's grandfather and waited for them to take Mili. Virat joined the Air Force and annulled the marriage, but the grandfather stopped the paperwork and continued to run through all Mili's assets. At 24, she was still waiting for her husband to come get her while educating and preparing herself to be an officer's wife. She get a chance to study in the US and sells her dowry jewels to buy her plane ticket. She lives in a ghetto and washes dishes in a Chinese restaurant to make money to send to her grandmother.

Sounds depressing, but it is not. Mili is full of laughter and has accepted her lot in life. She is still trying to prove she is worthy of affection. Her room mate is a drama queen who is about to elope because her family wants her to marry a cardiologist and she is in love with a computer programmer grad student. Meantime, the grandmother has taken matters in her own hands and files a lawsuit to get her grandaughter a legal share of Virat's grandfather's estate and force him to come and get her. His wife is pregnant and his plane crashes. Virat learns that the marriage is legal and he will have to get an annulment to keep his upcomming child legitimate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book November 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I love a story that takes me on a journey. Through the growth of its characters, through rich cultural diversity, and through a myriad of emotions. Sonali Dev’s debut novel A Bollywood Affair was a heart warming story, filled with a cast of engaging characters, set against a backdrop of powerful and vibrant imagery and took me on that journey and stayed with me after i read the last page. It tells the story of Mili and Samir, two people who grew up in the same area in India, with the same cultural beliefs, yet ending up with different perspectives on those beliefs and traditions, one with a more western view and one more eastern.

All Mili wanted to be was an irresistible wife to her husband and after an arranged marriage when she was 4 years old, she decides that she is going to do everything in her power to make that happen. Once she is old enough she decides to take off to America to educate herself and make herself worthy of her husbands stature. Even though she hasn’t seen him for 20 years, she saw marriage as sacred and believed he would come for her one day. I instantly warmed to Mili and her innocence yet wordly knowledge charmed me. She had strong cultural beliefs instilled in her by her grandmother who had brought her up after the death of her parents. Her ties to her native traditions were strong, yet she melded them beautifully with the ways of her temporary home, America. I loved that she still retained her childlike wonder while demonstrating that she was mature beyond her years. Her humour, her clumsiness, her total immersion in her love of good food where endearing character traits and her fierce loyalty to her family and friends and, her generosity to strangers, were qualities that i admire. She really was a character that I connected to easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, lovely book. November 5, 2014
By Alex
Format:Paperback
At First Sight: Mili Rathod has been married for as long as she can remember, to a man she hasn't seen since said wedding 20 years ago when she was only 4 years old. And there is no sign that she will be seeing her husband any time soon, but at least being married has given her certain opportunities that would have escaped her otherwise, like going to University and then to study abroad to America, all in the effort to become a well-educated modern wife.

Samir Rathod worked hard to become one of Bollywood's most successful directors, and enjoys his life living the high life and dating beautiful actresses. However, under that public persona lies a man who would do anything for his family.

So when Samir's brother Virat finds out that he's still married to Mili, Samir decides he's going to fix this for his brother, hunting down the elusive bride and getting her to sign an annulment, so Virat can keep his life - and his new family - intact.

Once in Michigan, and after meeting Mili under less than auspicious circumstances, all of Samir's plans start to turn upside down, as Mili doesn't turn out to be like anything he imagined. She's smart, kind and beautiful, and before he knows what's going on, he finds himself stepping into Mili's life unable to tell her who he really is.

Second Glance: There are many words I could use to describe A Bollywood Affair. For one is compulsively readable - once I started I couldn't and I didn't want to put it down! - and the characters are truly unforgettable.

I kept thinking about Samir and Mili over and over, wondering how their story would unfold, and eager to get back to them. Both of them are very complex individuals.
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Sonali Dev's first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world's most perfect dog.

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