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The Runaway Bridegroom by [Venkatraman, Sundari]
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Chanda Maheshwari’s family is shaken when her thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, the Maheshwaris move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.

Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?

Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desperate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance.

When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerendra. Does anyone want to know what she wants?

Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1342 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Flaming Sun (13 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N7IN69E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The runaway bridegroom is a typical South Asian romance story that is set in against a backdrop of the social issue of child marriage.

The protagonists, Chanda and Veer are married at a very young age by traditional Rajasthani customs. Veer, being thoroughly disinterested in the concept of wedding in such a young age escapes after the wedding is complete leaving Chanda married and without a husband.

Fourteen years later, Chanda finally has the guts to love Ranveer, the big boss of the company where she takes up a temporary job. Ranveer’s secretary, Shika already has her eye on Ranveer and has been trying to woo him to marry her. Sadly Ranveer doesn’t reciprocate her feelings.

Like every other typical Indian family, Chanda’s family also consults the astrologer about Chanda’s marriage only to be told that Chanda would get back to Veer, her long lost husband of the child marriage. This puts Chanda into a great dilemma. What follows is how Chanda’s life changes with this revelation.

Child marriage has always been serious and a rather common issue in the Northern and North-Western part of India. The writer took the unconventional route in talking about it. The conventional route obviously involves the young bride being saved and cops getting involved and a whole lot of drama. That typical plot line is a wee bit boring given that we are dealing with a fiction. Basing a story on a social issue is fine, but turning a work of fiction into a piece of advice is really a weak attempt in making a difference. Thankfully Sundari steered cleared of that line of thinking.

Though the story turned predictable at one point of time, the writing kept me hooked and made me want to know what actually happened. The characterization was perfect to dot.
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Sundari Venkatraman creates simple, down-to-earth, female leads. Sunita Rishi, who became 'The Malhotra Bride' was gorgeous and shy – just to urge those who haven't read it - 'TMB' is my favorite from Sundari's stable.
'The Runaway Bridegroom' starts with a child marriage. The book is not a sermon on the rights or wrongs of child marriage. Instead, one gets a close look at the kind of culture that perpetuates it, and gets a sense of why it still pervades our country. Both the bride and the groom – even though they are not together, and even after they have grown up and gotten themselves an education - continue to respect the religious union, showing how deep-rooted the malaise is. The author has exploited it to create a sweet romance and I cannot find any fault with that.
Sundari creates a lovely female lead, Chanda Maheshwari, who is demure, preferring not to succumb to the charms of any of the several men she meets – but by no means is she timid. Far from it, she goes bravely through life after being jilted by her husband of a few minutes. It helps that she has a very supportive family.
Ranveer Singh is portrayed as conflicted but caring. Happily, he is not a pushover, standing up quite nicely for himself on several occasions when anybody tries to bulldoze him.
The story revolves around strong family bonds and the primary and secondary characters all have great morals and values – except the villainess of the piece – yes, there is one! Just to keep the story from getting too cloying, Sundari has inserted a wicked-witch who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Does she succeed or does she get her comeuppance? Does the runaway bridegroom return? Read the book to find out. There is also a bit for those who like romance stories to be a little spiced up. Ha! I am not telling. Go read for yourself!
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I have enjoyed reading Sundari’s earlier novellas. So, when she asked me to read and review her latest book, I was quick to accept the offer. The Runaway Bridegroom is Sundari’s fourth novella that I finished reading, last week.
The attractive cover page of the book caught my eye and fired up my imagination and thus with great interest and anticipation I started reading the book. The Runaway Bridegroom started with a story-line that shocked and surprised me. Chanda is married when she is a eight year old child. Her bridegroom, Veerendra runs away just after the wedding. Unable to face the disgrace brought on by this incident, Chanda’s father decides to uproot his family and move to Jaipur.
Fourteen years later, after completing her Management Studies in a Delhi college, Chanda starts working along with 3 more friends as a temp at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. She feels a pull a towards the young Managing Director of the company, Ranveer Singh. And there’s Shikha, Ranveer’s secretary who tries all the tricks in the book to vie for his attention. But what about Ranveer ?
In the mean time, Chanda’s parents consult an astrologer who insists that Chanda would be with her husband Veerendra. Will his words come true? Who is Ranveer? And will Chanda find love in her life? Does anyone want to know what she wants? Of course, I am not answering any of these questions!
Nothing appeals to me than a book that has all ingredients to entertain, one that not only has romance but also the added bonus bits such as; drama, action, mystery, along with a story-line that talks about child-marriage, astrology, family values and traditions. Sundari has effortlessly woven a story-line with all these elements to make The Runaway Bridegroom a compelling read.
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