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The Madras Affair by [Venkatraman, Sundari]
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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Sangita, head of Penn Urimai - an NGO for downtrodden, homeless and abused women - was not always this successful and confident... Born and brought up in the city of Madras and widowed at just twenty, Sangita builds an iron wall around herself till she meets Gautam who makes her aware of her sensuousness and charms. But Sangita not only has to fight her family's orthodox and outdated rules, but also her own inhibitions and hesitations before she can walk into the future with her blue-eyed lover. Will Gautam be able to solve Sangita's dilemma or will she be forever trapped in her past? About the Author: Sundari Venkatraman is a Mumbai-based romance fiction author. More than 3000 copies of her books have been downloaded across the world and she has been on the bestselling romance list of Amazon many times over.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015NKSFL2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written 1 January 2016
By B. J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The basis of the story had promise. But it was ruined with childish dialogue, weird use of English and Gautam's atrocious "American accent". It made him sound uneducated, not like an English professor. Readomania.com has done this author a great disservice by hindering her innate talent instead of helping. It reads like a bad, formulaic romance novel. I had to skip parts to get through to the end. Very disappointing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lasting Love 26 August 2015
By Indywrites - Published on Amazon.com
Love blooms between Sangita and Gautam, he is suave and handsome; a perfect gentleman. She is shy, beautiful, resplendent in her charms and yet innocently unaware as Gautam falls for her simplicity and sensuality. The Madras Affair is a story that reads itself; you end up turning the pages even as you wish the book would not finish so fast!

But there is more to the story. When I read the book in it beta it moved me and to say the end product gleams like the glittering Diamond Rose Sangita receives is true for the book too! To address issues that affect women and to present the ‘happy ending’ as well has been dealt expertly. Society changes if we change and The Madras Affair shows how!

This book takes a look into the unfair and malicious society that preys on simple, young women and then blames them too. Forced marriages, strict control and abuse are pretty common in our societies but not many women get a chance to break free. Gautam tries his best that Sangita soars and how!! We see women like Sangita but here the author has written a story that I feel delves into the heart of the matter. Most of the times these women do not know any different; that a better world, a happier world that awaits them if only they embrace it.

Looking for the silver lining, the light at the end of the tunnel of despair; The Madras Affair is one such story, Sangita is married at 19 and then a widow soon she knew little of happiness and love in her life. Sundari has written Sangita with a lot of thought, she represent the scores of young women who bow to their parents and husbands wishes, living their life as dictated by them. Life never offers a second chance to them but here Sangita gets another chance only she is so surprised and hesitant to take it that I wanted to push her towards Gautam at times! Ah! The girl!!

He is a gentleman and kind, thoughtful, charming and wants to love her, is besotted by her. Did I tell you he has intense, intoxicating blue eyes & a dimple? The guy is hot! Gautam Sinclair is a man who knows his mind and the moment he laid his eyes on Sangita, he knew he had found someone special. This is book is a statement that romance can be sensual and substantial. Not just fluff, misunderstandings and compromises but the epitome of true love.

To stand by your decision when everyone around you is against it and many are trying to sabotage the little chance at happiness you have requires a lot of confidence and faith for both partners. This story too had roadblocks at each turn but the help of supportive Rekha and Raghu made the path straightforward. The Sinclair family with their love and support add to the story.

The book has Giridhar, Radha and her vile tongue & Gopal; along with the slimy Rakesh to make her life hell. This book also has Sandeep; the cute little bundle of joy for Sangita and does he have a lot to say. The little boy & Gautam’s grandparents all do their bit to unite the two lovers. I enjoyed reading about the secondary characters as they play an important role and are well written. Ritikha, with her bindass attitude is my favourite.

Also I think Sid needs his story; I hope you are already writing one for him Sundari! Sid, who? Well you have to read the book for that!!

The language, story flow flawlessly, the flashback and the present are balanced and give a clear picture of the hesitation and hurt faced in the book. The words are well chosen and the occasional use of regional words add to the charm of the book.

Great chemistry, sizzling sensuality, endearing emotions, lots of reality and familial love all come together to form a dynamite mix for an absorbing read. Now it’s your turn, pick a copy today and experience love that celebrates the loved one!

(Thank you for the acknowledgement Sundari, it was easy to beta read this well crafted book. The review are my own thoughts)
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance with a powerful social message 25 July 2016
By ireadfiction - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book starts with Sangita, the empowered, successful head of an NGO that works to improve the lives of battered and homeless women. We are introduced to her supporting and loving husband Gautam, an American.

As the story unfolds, we find out about Sangita’s past. She is born to an orthodox South Indian family and married off at the age of nineteen. We find out about her abusive husband, his sudden death while driving drunk, and the impossible demands and blame her family places on Sangita and her little boy. Young Sangita falls head over heels with Gautam while working as a receptionist in a hospital,. But she has been brought up to follow the norms of her conservative society and finds it difficult to accept Gautam’s affection.

Gautam is born to an American father and Indian mother, and lives with his grandparents in India, teaching at a local university. Having grown up in the US, he does not understand the traditions and taboos a young widow with a child faces.

With the help of her sister-in-law, her son, and Gautam’s grandparents, Sangita finds the will to overcome parental pressure and establish her authority to finally free herself form the societal chains that bind her.

With strong and well fleshed out characters, an interesting plotline, vivid imagery and a satisfying conclusion, Sundari Venkatraman takes us on a romantic journey, which leaves us smiling in the end.

Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Romance lovers. 24 September 2015
By Only Honest Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
She...
She is Sangita. Introduced to us as the head of an NGO for downtrodden and homeless women. But not many eons ago, Sangita was one of them. Ah well, not homeless but a woman doesn't need the deprivation of a 'house' to feel homeless, now does she? An abusive husband is a gift enough to make one feel so.

Sangita's first marriage is introduced to us as abusive and violent. Marital rape is such a hushed up subject, both in India and on the western shores. Ms. Venkatraman has not glorified it nor has she made it the core subject of this novel. But the anger is equally potent and can be felt only by a woman after reading the story. The most criminal part in this whole story is when a woman is told time and again,

"A woman's place is with her husband, Sangita. She has no respect if she stays away from him."
I only have one word for this - Bull!

What many don't realize is that an abusive person wants only one thing...

"They were unable to understand that Giridhar was doing his best to break down her will ..."

That sums up Sangita's circumstances.

Lady with dignity..

But Sangita is not shown as a downtrodden woman in any frame of the story. I would call her a subdued fighter. When she first hears about her husband's demise, I loved the lack of pretence in her.

"I feel as if an extremely vicious curse has been lifted off me.” She gave her sister-in-law a small, nervous smile.
Frankly speaking, if she had mourned the death of her husband, I would have shut down the book. So kudos to Ms. Venkataman for being very honest with the emotions here. Time to be a angel is over. :D

It is sad when a woman and an innocent child are blamed for the death of man who was riding a bike after consuming alcohol. But I suppose, the way of society is still in its infancy stage and reasoning is yet to be a developed 'organ' in a human body.

And in the midst of all her troubles, she meets Gautam....

He...

He is Gautam Sinclair. Ms.Venkatraman's blue eyed boy. A man who comes with his own set of weaknesses and strengths. A man who comes across as a normal human. Leaving his American way of life behind, he settles down in India to teach. When he meets Sangita for the first time, he is bowled over by her simplicity and beauty. But with the constant fear Sangita had with regard to her parents, she is unable to accept his love. From the time he met her, he understood her. Like two soulmates meeting after a long time.

The Story ..

When Gautam meets Sangita, she is a widow with a young child. Moreover the society she lives in does not encourage widow remarriage. Gautam has lived in the USA all his life and all the taboos of the society are beyond his understanding.

Sangita on the other hand cannot break the chains of tradition yet the attraction she feels for Gautam slowly consumes her. But her earlier marriage has left her with many scars. Will she be carrying all her scars into this new relationship? Will Gautam be able to accept Sangita with all her baggage?

The Love Story ... Read on rubinaramesh.com/2015/09/the-madras-affair-by-sundari-venkatraman.html
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 16 July 2016
By Sayali K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall the book is once read. When i read the summary i thought it would be about Sangeeta's struggle and her uprising from it, her story about building her NGO. But basically after narrating her past and how she meets Gautam,its all about their love life with a tag along of her physical insecurities. But it just drags on till the end. Was quite similar to other love stories.

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