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The Malhotra Bride by [Venkatraman, Sundari]
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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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1001 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Flaming Sun; 2 edition (11 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IE4R20U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The Malhotra Bride is the second book I have read by the Author Sundari Venkatraman and is her first foray into self publishing. This is again a total Bollywood romance full of a few twists. Well, I did read the book in one go, so yes I was addicted to the story, waiting for the plot to unfold. Sundari has a way of tying her romances with some thrill and drama and the book ends up being an interesting and start - to - finish read.

PLOT: Twenty year old Sunita has just graduated, and dreams of having a fulfilling career as an Interior Designer. Gokul Rishi, her father has other plans for her, which involves marrying her off to the heir of the Malhotra business empire. Akshay Malhotra, is considered to be the most eligible bachelor, and at 28 has lived a very carefree life. An Arranged marriage does not tie in with his plans for the future. So this is what the story is about, how these two people who don’t want to get married meet and how does Sunita finally become the Malhotra Bride.

CHARACTERS: Sunita is a headstrong, independent and has big dreams for herself, at the same time she is traditional and has immense respect for her mother and Grandfather. She will stand up for what she believes in and will do what she thinks is necessary to fulfil her dreams. Akshay Malhotra is a typically good guy, the quintessential bollywood romantic lead (yep recall all the Prem’s and Raj’s and Rahul’s here). Sunita’s Father is the typical controlling father who thinks he knows all and tries to plan everyone’s life and keeps everyone mute and under the spell of his fear, including his wife. Ratan Rishi is Sunita’s grandfather who loves and understands her and does not agree with the way his son treats his family.
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The Malhotra Bride is Sundari Venkatraman’s self published, second edition of her first novel, the first being a paperback. I have read her other book Double Jeopardy and had liked it, so was keen to read this book too. I finished reading this book in an hour or so, during my recent train journey. The Malhotra Bride is a story of arranged marriage between two rich and beautiful people, Akshay and Sunita. Both have respect for the Indian traditions and culture but are opposed to the concept of arranged marriage.

Because of the love for his parents and pressure from hers, Akshay and Sunita decide to meet, as planned by their parents. While it is love at first sight for Akshay, Sunita takes time to warm up to him. And she asks him to draw a prenuptial agreement. How things turn out for both of them, well, you need to read The Malhotra Bride to know that!

I like Sundari’s voice in the book which engages the reader in me. The characterization is good and it evokes the feeling of love or hate from the reader. Like one would absolutely hate Sunita’s father and adore her grand father and wish for a groom like Akshay!

While the narrative flows smoothly and the storyline is pretty fast paced, I found some aspects of the storyline too clichéd and some too unrealistic. The attack on Akshay came as a a bolt from the blue. The transformation of Sunita, the naive good girl to a sexy siren in a span of few days or the parents leaving the two in the hospital and retiring for the day seemed too farfetched!

Overall, The Malhotra Bride is a nice breezy romantic read with some drama and twists. A perfect read on a lazy afternoon or a short trip!
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Sundari Venkatraman, has taken a leap into the self publishing world with her second novel, 'The Malhotra Bride.' When this book, landed on my Kindle, the first thing that striked me is the cover of the book. Illustrated by Mr. Prashant Kamble, this scene depicts an Indian marriage ritual being performed. A scene of 'Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge' flashes in my inward eye. Got my bag of popcorn and clicked on the book in my Kindle and was soon introduced to Sunita and Akshay.

She…

She is Sunita, a young girl from a rich business class family. Though very much loved by her family, she has one problem. She's bound by family traditions which are nothing short of male domination. [Itching to give a long lecture here, but don't want to divert from the topic :)] Sunita wants to work, but due to parental pressures, she is forced to agree to an arranged marriage. She does not take this kindly.

He…

He is Akshay Malhotra - the scion of the Malhotra family. The rich guy who is NOT a brat! He has a loving relationship with his parents, hard-working and OMG! without any vices. God! Make more like him, please. When he hears about his parent's arranging a marriage for him, he is a bit hesitant but when his dad insists he agrees to 'see'the girl.[This is another debatable topic.]

And he falls in love…

The love story…

So, the boy meets girl and falls in love. End of story :) popcorn is finished and time to go home.
But did I not tell you she wants to work and not marry. I wasn't bluffing, dear readers. When they meet for the first time, Sunita does tell Akshay that.!

Akshay is stunned. Here he was in love and this beautiful girl didn't want to marry him. So, what could a guy do?
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 27 reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Just watch a Bollywood movie, you'll get the gist 2 May 2017
By Wat Cher - Published on Amazon.com
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This book felt as if it was written for an high school creative writing class. It lacked any sort of description. In fact, I rolled my eyes every time the author described Akshay as a "hunk" or when she described Sunita with her "slight figure". This story did not pull me in, did not transport me to the setting of this novel, nor did I empathize with the characters. Essentially the author wrote her idealized Bollywood story. There was no depth of character, no depth of scene, no depth of story, and certainly, no depth in the ending. The story was presented as a Bollywood movie - sweet, angelic, innocent heroine, dashing, self-assured, rich hero. The hero falls in love at first sight. The couple meet, dance around, sing some songs. The hero gets into trouble (innocently, of course, because he's a hunk, who's of excellent character). The heroine nurses him back to health, and is willing to sacrifice everything for the hero. Enter the "bad guy" - her father. Sprinkle in the wise grandfather, useless mother, and even more useless older sister. Everything is resolved within one page; the father feeling ashamed at his own father's magnanimous behavior. The contract being ripped to shreds by both lovers. End of story. The only problem was there was no story. There was no heart to this tale; nothing new, no growth. I could not have hated this book more than I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read it if you are a die-hard romantic 22 March 2014
By sumeetha manikandan - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all I was amazed to find out that The Malhotra Bride was a self published book by Sundari. If books like this are around, then there may yet be hope for other good authors who want to get published through this route.

The Malhotra Bride is the story of Sunita, a young 20 year old girl who wants a career and longs to travel. But her parents want her to get married and are actively looking for a match. They find the perfect one in Akshay Malhotra, a young handsome scion of a business family. Sunita tries to resist but her parents are adamant. She tries to enlist her adorable dadiji and he promises her that he won’t allow anyone to pressurize her.

Enter the hero, Akshay. Sauve, handsome and debonair he is certainly the stuff that dreams are made of :) He too is not very happy with his parents trying to arrange a marriage with an unknown girl. He protests against the match until he glances at the beautiful photo of Sunita. Captivated by her beauty, he agrees to meet her with an open mind. And he gets a clandestine glimpse at her when she comes out of her computer class.

What happens when they meet? Will Sunita reject him outright?

Sundari’s impeccable language and prose is a joy to read and will have you turning page after page. And she has a knack of creating hot (very) couples in all her novels. The Malhotra Bride makes a perfect weekend read, especially if you are looking for some hot romance.

Plus Points: Sundari’s perfect prose and language. It’s impeccable! And her hot heroes and heroines

Minus Points: Wished this was a much longer novel with more conflicts.

Verdict: Read it if you are die-hard romantic. If not you will become one, after reading this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet sweet romance!! 30 April 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Well paced. Beautifully written.
I read a lot of romance and this is the first Indian romance , it very well written and so cute.
It has SAM. It is 18+ reading but nothing trashy...just like lot of other famous historical and contemporary romances those hit the best sellers list.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Malhotra Bride Review 25 August 2016
By Mrs. K. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a quick read. Sometimes the characters parents are a little more than normal. But overall an okay story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, romantic and decent 10 August 2014
By Mehitabel - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not a fan of steamy "romance" novels - but a lovely romance with sex afterwards, in it's proper place .... this kind of storytelling we DEFINITELY need more of.