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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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,789 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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Many a time when a story is based on a social evil, there is a tendency for the author to get preachy. But Sundari doesn’t preach instead she just presents a lovely love story of coincidences, love, guilt and finding each other at the end of the day.

Chanda and Veerendra are married to each other when they are very young. Right after the ceremony Veer runs away from the village and disappears from their life. Fourteen years later, Chanda joins Ranveer’s company (an entrepreneur).

We get to know Ranveer’s character through his secretary Shikha who is desperate for him to notice her. Ranveer being the gentleman that he is seems to be immune to her charms and keeps her at a arms length. When Chanda joins his office, he falls hard for her in the first meeting. Sparks fly almost instantly between the shy and quiet Chanda and handsome Ranveer.

Parallel to their romance, we see Chanda’s parents consulting an astrologer who predicts that Chanda is finally with her husband. What will happen to Chanda? Will her husband come back to her? To learn this, you will need to read the book.

What I liked

I liked the character development of Ranveer through Shika’s eyes and the dilemma that Chanda faced all through her life. (Being married she is unable to get close to anybody or dream of a normal life.)

The breezy tone of Sundari’s words keeps us hooked on to the story and the romance is great as always. (Hot and sultry is the trademark of all of Sundari’s books)
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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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