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Matches Made In Heaven by [Venkatraman, Sundari]
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Length: 148 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A collection of 13 romantic short stories based in India; a culture rich country steeped in tradition. Inspiration struck me from newspaper articles, TV shows and hearing people talk. The short stories are based on that fact that arranged marriages thrive right alongside love matches in India.

1.Groomnapped is Ameya-Surekha’s story as a light romantic take on the serious issue of groom kidnappings.
2.Dark skin on a woman puts off men in general or so says the society. Beauty Is But Skin Deep is Nitin-Simran’s story that proves it wrong!
3.Ritu is twenty-five and wants to wait for her Prince Charming but her parents are desperate to arrange her wedding. Does she find her prince in An Arranged Match?
4.Dating Agencies are doing their best to get young people together to tie the knot. My friend Diti runs an informal one; inspiring the Red Rose Dating Agency.
5.A guy’s complaint about his fiancée of a few years dumping him after becoming successful in her film career felt like a rant to me. Chahti Hoon Tumhe is an ode to the successful actress.
6.Soumya actually lives life like Soul Mates but how many have the guts to? This, incidentally, is the first short story that I ever wrote.
7.Does help bring Menka & Jeetu together with technology driven Matchmaking website?
8.I originally wrote Rahat Mili for an anthology; Rahat means ‘relief’ and is a name too. Read the story with the word in mind and it will fall in place.
9. Reema’s Matchmakers brings Arjun and Prisha together at a get-together through a matchmaking network. But will they get married?
10.Nikita wants Krish for a friend and not her husband. As The Reluctant Bride she manages to have her cake and eat it too.
11.Shweta Ka Swayamvar is inspired by the practice of Swayamwar in ancient India of choosing a husband, from among a list of suitors, by a girl of marriageable age.
12.Pappa’s Girl is about daughters of Industrialists taking over fathers’ businesses.
13. Mythology romances intrigue me; Love Match For Velan is my take on Lord Murugan falling in love with his consort Valli.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 814 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Flaming Sun (18 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #419,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’ve already read two novels by Sundari Venkatraman – "Meghna" and "The Runaway Bridegroom" – and loved both. This is totally new to me though, because I usually shy away from anthologies with short stories. I’m happy that I gave this a chance. To honour her talent, here’s a tiny review (more or less comments that popped into my head while and after reading) for each story in the aptly named collection "Matches Made in Heaven".

GROOMNAPPED: The title doesn’t leave much to imagination – or does it? You’re in for a surprise here, believe me. I loved the almost cocky confidence and humour this story exudes.

BEAUTY IS BUT SKIN DEEP: Know the saying about the ugly duckling growing into a beautiful swan? This is sort of what happens with Simi in this heart-warming story. She had beauty lurking inside her for all those years, but it takes a few shocks and the help of Cupid to make her realize it. Can I throw another fitting saying at you? Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder!

AN ARRANGED MATCH: I saw this one coming, but that made the tale no less satisfying. The author sure knows how to write a sensual steamy scene that gets the reader all hot and bothered. And as usual, I loved both the heroine and the hero instantly.

RED ROSE DATING AGENCY: Oh, another pleasant surprise. I really like the characterization in this, and the hidden messages peppering the plot. Well done, Ms. Venkatraman, well done!

CHAHTI HOON TUMHE: I had been waiting for the author to delve into the endless possibilities of Bollywood, and with this short story she has done so in a wonderful way. I had sensed danger coming, but not in the way it finally came. Nice twist! And I also loved it that the heroine and not the hero is the movie star in this!
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Sundari Venkatraman has the gift story telling especially in the Romance genre. She established herself firmly in this genre with Meghna and the Runaway Groom, and now she is out with an anthology of love stories. All you readers like to read romantic novels can have a peek into her assortment of racey and pacey stories.
Sundari has always emphasized that she writes for pure entertainment and true to her words her stories are simple, unpretentious and a breather to the weary mind. Though the stories are simple tales of love and romance she also brings to fore the social issues in some of the stories like,
Groomnapped – The social evil of dowry forces the two lovers to take an unconventional path to be together.
Beauty is Skin Deep – Sundari again explored the age old , in my opinion, a vice of the colour of skin being the only measure of beauty. We forget that a beautiful heart is worth more than complexion and physical attraction and good looks.
Soul Mates – This story cuts across age and time and underscores the fact that love is not dependant on a person’s country, colour, race and creed.
Sundari also has a few stories that are quite steamy as well like
An Arranged Marriage – The protagonist is unsure of getting married to someone she doesn’t know but caves into the family pressure. On her way home a chance encounter with a stranger turns her life around.
Chahti Hoon Tumhe – A story of love, success, glamour and deceit very well woven that ends in a positive note.
Papa’s Girl – An industrialist’s daughter, after being duped in love a few times finally finds her match.
I mention my favorite ones amidst all the stories and they are
Rahat Mili – An interesting story about rebirth. Two souls meet up again to be with each other.
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‘Matches Made in Heaven’ was like a ‘goody-bag’ of stories. And if they are romance with happy endings, what more can one ask? Each story that I read was a unique gift with its own color, fragrance and emotional immersion.

While all of them tugged at my heart, my personal favourites were; ‘Groomnapped’, dealt with the grooms being kidnapped in Bihar because of exorbitant dowry demands (which is a true situation there); ‘Chahti hoon Tumhe’, a story about two people, in larger than life world; ‘Soulmates’, where one gets a taste of years of wisdom; ‘The Reluctant Bride’, confident of his love, a man woos his bride after marriage; ‘Shweta Ka Swayamber’ was like little sprinkles of love-magic all around the two protagonists; and ‘Reema’s Matchmakers’, tells us about grabbing second chance at happiness; 'Papa's Girl', I loved the confidence of the hero, never thought I would drool over a history professor.

Each of the stories, by Sundari Venkatraman, were like coloured pearls woven together, sparkling, entertaining and spreading romance in the air. Each one with a different settings, be it locations, era, religion, or community and eloquently expressed.

Highly recommended.
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I like reading anthologies as they don't take much time and even if I pick the book after an interval of time, I don't have to re-read a few pages and the plot is never missed. Sundari’s latest book, Matches Made in Heaven is a collection of short romantic stories.

This anthology has 13 stories, each running into a few pages. Each story is woven around that blissful and warm feeling called love. The entire collection of stories in Matches Made in Heaven is entertaining and is lent extra freshness by the diversity of the characters, their situations, and the varied definitions of love. And in each of these short stories, the author made the characters come alive in such a small writing space, which is simply commendable. Though for some stories, I wished they had a bit more depth or were long enough.

I liked The Reluctant Bride the most. This story stood out to me as one of the more memorable tales. Groomnapped, and Rahat Mili are other two stories that touched me.

Matches Made in Heaven strings together sweet tales of love, passion and desire that endures time. A perfect read for a lazy afternoon or just before going to bed.
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