- File Size: 1458 KB
- Print Length: 176 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519095260
- Publisher: Flaming Sun; 1 edition (June 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KUPUURS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Meghna Kindle Edition
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But if you have a cuppa, a a few drizzles. Romance is in the air - then this airy, romantic story is for you. The story is simple and cute. Meghna is a girl next door. Maybe she will conquer the world when she grows up, but right now she is a moter-bike rider who is in love with her brother's friend. He is not aware of it of course. Thank god, for that. (pssst .. law? or did the Sisters of my convent just say that to scare me :O)
I am not summarizing the story. The blurb is concise and precise enough. But what I do want to get into- is the aesthetics of the story. Even if I read this story,after keeping my brain aside, it unfolds in front of me, many layers of relationship. Rahul and his parents, his dad with his mom and above all Meghna with own family. One thing about Sundari's characters I have noticed are - gray shades are more inclined towards white rather than being totally black. I asked Sundari about it. Here is a snippet of that : (without her permission, of course :P)
Rubina: "Sundari, your characters are always happy ? Why ?"
Sundari: "I see people like that."
Rubina: "But people are not like that. We cannot be good always...?
Sundari: "Why? Why can't we? And does a villain always mean someone who steals, rapes and murders?"
Rubina: "Err.. ummmm :O"
Sundari: If someone hurts your feelings, is he not a villain too?
Rubina: "Errr.. ummmmm ..uff.. ummm."
Sundari: "My book is about simple people in all walks of life."
Rubina: "So it's fine if a sixteen year old being kissed by an adult?" (I was again gaining footage)
Sundari: "Oh? That is a problem?"
Rubina : "Yes of course. In India 16 year old don't go about kissing." *biting my nails wondering - do they?
Sundari: "Have you ever suddenly gone to your building's terrace where the kids meet in the evening?" *Grumble Grumble.. how can I? I am too busy reading books at that time.
Sundari: "Ask around. And it is not 'old fashioned India' only. 16 means high school is over. Of course they know kissing!":O
Rubina quickly picks up the phone and shouts at her daughter to return home ASAP!
Rubina: "But what about that prologue.. I found it a bit forceful. Very filmy? Full hijack-shyjack!"
Sundari: "Ya sure! Hijack happens only in Chuck Norris movies? That's why you recite the Gayatri Mantra every time you plan a trip!"
Rubina: "But Sundari? That was a bit Dramatic na?"
Sundari: "Why? Can't a hijack happen and when it happens can't a couple realize.. *beep beep
Rubina : What about the mother and father? Why haven't you explored their characters?
Sundari: (typed sweetly) "because I am not writing Ramayana or Mahabharata. It is a short love story following the path of two lovers."
Rubina: "But the brother and sister of Meghna? Why did you not go deeper into their relationships?"
Sundari: "Yes yes... Next time promise, I will go to their neighbor's house also and tell their story. You will review na?"
Sundari: "Ok Rubina, cut the crap! Did you like the story or not?"
Rubina: (whispers) "I hate you .."
Sundari: shocked !
Rubina: "Then what, you write such simple stories.Putting lives into the characters, taken from people you know in real life. Simplicity is your poison, Sundari. Some will love it and some won't. But those who do will come back for more and more and more and...."
Sundari: "So this book will sell or not?
Rubina: "It has been on the bestseller list.."
Sundari: I rest my case :D
A disclaimer: This is an imagined conversation. Meant only for entertaining purpose. Writing a review for such a simple story which has touched the hearts of many is tough. The editing is flawless and one cannot imagine Sundari not writing this book.
When I say tough,I don't mean the story line or the way of writing. I don't mean the story is layered and just when you feel that you have read it all - Sundari in her own filmi way throws a punch! (Remember in The Malhotra Bride, the gunshot scene?)
Here too there is hijack scene. This is Sundari's style. Who am I to ask her to change it? Some might not like it and some might but to tell an author to change her style simply because I don't agree with it,does not mean she is not a good writer. She is a dynamic writer. But her poison is her believe. If she believes in the scene, come hail or storm, she will keep it. Now with so much passion, how can a story go wrong ?
I wont't be rating this book. When I gave Double Jeopardy a 5 star, I did not know Sundari Venkatraman then when I gave her The Malhotra Bride 5 stars,I knew well by then.
Now I am being accused of being biased. Yes, I am. I love her writing style. I love the simple, pure romantic books. Sue me!
A nice book. Highly recommended.
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I am not new to Sundari's work and loved her previous romance novel, The Malhotra Bride. While I thoroughly enjoyed The Malhotra Bride, I was not hooked while reading her new book, Meghna.
The cover is not at all attractive. It looks like a 3D representation of a game much like the games my younger brother plays. The blurb is okay, nothing very special about it. The plot is good but I didnt feel connected while reading the story.The story is set in India and the writing style is simple. While there is no fault in Sundari's vocabulary prowess, the dialogues and the narration seem somewhat unreal and the whole hijack scenario is not developed properly and ends too quickly to impact the reader. I liked Meghna who is headstrong, vivacious and independent. Rahul is sweet in the beginning but his character is not developed to its full potential. The scenes between Rahul and Meghna lack the finesse and depth that I associate with Sundari. The intimate scenes between them are also superficial and lack that emotional pull which makes a reader connect with the protagonists and feel their hearts connect with the characters. I felt as if the author was not comfortable narrating the intimate scenes.
The story is medium paced and while too much is happening in the protagonists' lives, the reader is simply reading the action with a sense of detachment. I was not very satisfied with the background story for the characters' present behavior and overall think that the book should have been planned better.
From a very talented and promising author, this book simply falls flat. The book is missing the magic I felt while reading Sundari's previous works. A 3 out of 5 to Meghna simply because I loved the heroine and connected with her somewhat.
This review is also available on my blog Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
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