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Length: 304 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rani of Rampur - Book Review December 30, 2012
By August
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Rani of Rampur is a well written debut novel by Suneeta Misra. I liked the way Ms. Misra has visualized the story. The characters come alive as the story is played out in the village of Rampur. We see this happen mostly through the eyes of Rani, a poor but educated city girl from Bareilly. The references to the politics of India, land laws, and women's empowerment come through in the story, and we understand that these subject areas are where Ms. Misra's heart lies. Waiting to see what she will be penning down next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rani of Rampur January 1, 2013
By Chetan
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Its an interesting book set in India which has a strong girl character. Fast paced book and fun to read.

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Synopsis of Rani of Rampur

Rani is a journalist in a small local newspaper in Bareilly, India. Besides her schoolteacher father, who is also the neighborhood poet and drunk, her family includes two sisters and a mother, Shakuntala, who has a past history of her own. The mother had run away from a small village, Rampur, in India, rebelling against a powerful father, who was forcing her to marry an ambitious and morally dubious suitor, Vir Singh.  She leaves behind her only other sister, Savitri, who ends up marrying the jilted man. Besides being unethical, this son-in-law also had a wealthy first wife, who died in questionable circumstances, leaving behind a traumatized young son called Durlabh.
In the years that Shakuntala is away from Rampur, Vir Singh inherits both the wealth and the political legacy her father leaves behind after his death. Vir also rises in power and becomes a Member of Parliament from the dominant national party. His eldest son, Durlabh, from his first wife, is now engaged to the daughter of the Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh. This will end up solidifying Vir Singh's position both in the party and the State.

Twenty-five years after being disowned by her family, Shakuntala receives a letter from her sister, Savitri.  Rani has been invited by her aunt to come to Rampur to help in the preparations for the forthcoming marriage. "I am unwell," says Savitri, "and cannot do this by myself." As enticement, she also adds that this will soften Vir Singh and improve relations between the two families for the future.
Shakuntala takes this invitation as an opportunity for her daughter to get details and photographs of the estate, so they can lay claim to her share. The Supreme Court of India, she says, now allows daughters an equal share in inherited family property.

With curiosity and a sense of purpose, Rani sets forth on the journey to Rampur, where she hopes, if nothing else, she will at least get a good story for her newspaper. She meets her three unfriendly cousins and the long suffering Durlabh, who seems incapable of standing up to anybody. The Aunt seems to have her own reasons for inviting Rani, which might just call for seducing Durlabh away from his powerfully connected fiancée in order to clear the way for her own wastrel son, Vijay. Meanwhile, the daughter of the house, Anjali, is playing a dangerous game in consorting with a lower caste boy from the village, who is the son of a political rival of Vir Singh. The youngest son, Roop, is also playing with fire when he begins to pursue the angry bastard of Vir Singh, who is born of the village courtesan clever enough to have contrived a good education for her son.
In this dangerous household where she witnesses Vir Singh commit murder, Rani navigates her way to keep herself, and others she hold dear, safe. Will Rani achieve her goal of securing her mother's share of the ancestral property and bring the two families together? Will she stop her Uncle from wantonly destroying the lives of others, and get a scoop for her newspaper?

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Product Details

  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Suneeta Misra (December 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQ8R88I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am a lifelong teacher, having taught in the Maryland school district for the last 15 years. I have also made documentaries and short films, most recently Tinka Tinka: A Dream of Education in Modern India. In my spare time, I love to read mysteries, watch movies, and travel. Look out for my next book about an autistic girl, who overcomes challenges to save her family, and in the process solves a murder.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By August on December 30, 2012
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Rani of Rampur is a well written debut novel by Suneeta Misra. I liked the way Ms. Misra has visualized the story. The characters come alive as the story is played out in the village of Rampur. We see this happen mostly through the eyes of Rani, a poor but educated city girl from Bareilly. The references to the politics of India, land laws, and women's empowerment come through in the story, and we understand that these subject areas are where Ms. Misra's heart lies. Waiting to see what she will be penning down next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott on March 12, 2013
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Rani of Rampur is an approximately 200-page mystery/drama depicting fictional characters, but heavily weighted in factual aspects of Indian culture and society. I received this book for free in return for providing a non-reciprocal, unbiased review. I am not one for providing detailed summaries in reviews, so I will delve directly into my thoughts (if you do desire a synopsis, one has been provided on the book's Amazon sales page).

I must say that I enjoyed the setting of this book, but I admit I may have some personal bias in that department. I studied Asian history and culture extensively in college, and though my focus was on Japan, one cannot learn certain facets of Japanese history without learning Chinese history, and one cannot experience much of western Chinese history without influence from countries such as India. I haven't immersed myself in such a setting for some time, so this book was welcome in that respect. I won't hold my own shortcomings against the author however, when I further admit that my expertise with names and pronounciation also lies further east than India, so I did have a trivial amount of trouble keeping characters straight in this book (which did not dissuade me from enjoying it).

Rani of Rampur is essentially a young woman's struggle against classic, "bad guy" evil on the cusp of a society in a state of social change. Misra does a commendable job of weaving together both sources of antagonism -- there's murder most foul for Rani to deal with, while at the same time a clashing of progressive versus traditional culture. Despite the length, Misra takes her time weaving a careful plot, as well as developing the main character into somebody I felt I could relate to. I can't stress enough how important something like this is, at least to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William E. Woodward III on February 26, 2013
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Loved it! This book was recommended to me and I had my reservations, I tend to go for more straight forward action adventures, but it won me over. It was, for me, a slow start. The narrative is a little dense at the beginning, but it does such a great job of painting some very unique and interesting characters. Just as I felt the story was beginning to wander the plot takes an absolutely Agatha Christie inspired twist and suddenly we're in a full blown mystery. This was a very satisfying read that took me to cultures I had never experienced, a classic mystery wrapped in a nice rich slice of Indian life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CL on February 24, 2013
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I love to travel, but between work, kids and a perpetually strapped bank account, there are some areas of the world that I can only visit vicariously. I would love to visit India, but it's probably not going to happen any time soon. The most wonderful thing about this book is that I really did feel that I was taking a brief vacation in an Indian village. Misra's descriptions made me feel as if I were there and gave me insight into a different culture.

This book will definitely appeal to those who like cozy mysteries, where the pace is a bit slower. That's not my usual genre, although I veer over there occasionally, and there were a few times where I felt the story needed to move more quickly. I also enjoyed the characters, especially Rani, who is nicely developed and engaging. I felt that some of the background characters were a bit flat, but it could be that they seemed less vivid against the very nicely elaborated setting. Otherwise, the book is well-written and carefully edited.

All in all, I enjoyed my weekend trip to India and look forward to other works by Ms. Misra!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Craton on February 24, 2013
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When I agreed to review this book, I knew it was outside my normal reading list. I've never been to India and don't know all that much about it, and I learned a lot about the society while reading this. From that standpoint alone, it was worthwhile to me but that's not all. As other reviewers have noted, the murder mystery is not the main theme of the book. It happens two-thirds of the way through the story, and the problem for investigators is not finding a suspect but finding too many. The dead man was thoroughly detestable and a lot of people had good reason to hate him.

The real theme of the book is the interaction between the characters. To say the least, this is a very dysfunctional family with many hidden secrets and some skeletons in the closet. It's a good story which keeps you interested.

The first part of the book has more explanatory narration than I like since I prefer for the background details to be revealed gradually. The later part of the book is much better. As an American, I found the dialog to be excessively formal, but that is a comment rather than a criticism since I really don't know how the characters would speak in real life.

Overall, I enjoyed the book which means 4 stars according to Amazon's rating scale.
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