Meghna by Sundari Venkataraman
The young and dashing Rahul Sinha lives in England with his parents, Shyam and Rajni. He is an only son of the rich banker. Rahul is totally attached to his father but does not care for his mother. Read the book to find out why….
Rahul is exulted with his efforts at work paying off and plans a holiday with his best friend Sanjay Srivastav who lives in Mumbai with his wife Reema, kids Sanya and Rehaan and most importantly, his sister, Meghna. Rahul recalls meeting Meghna just before they parted six years ago.
Meghna works for a website and also teaches modern dance as she loves it. She’s thrown for a toss when Rahul comes visiting. She had thought he had forgotten them.
But how could Rahul do that? Sanjay’s his best friend and Rahul had always treated their home as his own. Sanjay’s mother had been more of a mother to Rahul than his own. Rahul had stayed away after moving to England or so Meghna believes.
Thus begins the story between Rahul and Meghna, the teasing, the flirting, the anger, the tears… …will they find love?
A FRIENDLY WARNING: This book has been written only for the purpose of Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment! If you are looking to learn something or improve your lives after reading this work, then this book is not for you. I am not trying to get into competition with the Author Biggies of this world. I wrote this simply for the fun and joy of it. One thing I can promise the reader though: Well proof-read, perfect language that I feel is very important for every book that’s written in any tongue.
Sundari is one of the most talented writers I have had the privilege of interacting with through my writers network. I read her Double Jeopardy, published by Indireads, and enjoyed it. What stands out in her writing in the crackling style. There is never a dull moment, and the words bring out rich flavors and vibrant hues of romance and drama. It is, to let the foodie in me get the better of me, like an authentic spicy Hyderabadi Biryani, which makes your eyes water but you just can’t stop eating. Meghna is no different. Right from the first page till the last, the book is packed with all the flavors of romance. Sizzling – if I were to describe it in one word.
Meghna is a young lady with smoking hot looks and a hotter temper. She juggles with her day job and her passion to teach dance and comes across as the real cool chick who rides a motorbike. Rahul, on the other hand, is the suave, handsome hunk, with women falling for him with just a glance. But his heart is already set on a chubby teen he left behind in India when he left for London, whom he kissed for not more than a few seconds. The stage is thus set for a romance Karan Johar would be proud of. And it only gets mushier and sizzling after this. Rahul comes back to India, ostentatiously to meet his friend, while both know that what he really wants to do is to get hitched with the friend’s sister. And the friend, and his wife, both are cool about it! Wish all brothers were like this, hehe!
Most of the book is about the encounters between Meghna and Rahul. While Sundari’s writing sparkles in bringing across the simmering tension between the two perfectly, it becomes too sweet to enjoy after a point, with there being no real conflict in the story. Here miya bhi razi, biwi bhi razi, and what’s more, even the kazi is razi. As you reach the mid point, it is so much of sweetness that you’ve got to head for that dabba of savories. Even the attempts to bring in conflict through Aisha’s appearance or Prashant’s feeble attempt at making Meghna his, do not make an impact. It is the chemistry between Meghna and Rahul all the way.
The best thing about this book is definitely Sundari’s writing. Her words are crisp and confident. Her style is entertaining and keeps you hooked to the book even though the storyline doesn’t have much to offer. She definitely takes the chemistry between the lead pair to another level with her writing. The intimate scenes are crackling, full of tension and passion. Sundari comes across as a master in the art of describing the chemistry between the lovers, without making it sound vulgar or explicit.
However, there were some things that didn’t go down too well with me. The one major irritant was the use of the word female while referring to women. While of course women are female in gender, usually, such usage is considered colloquial and even objectionable or disrespectful in some cases. I found women being repeatedly mentioned as ‘that female’ (or its variations) and that left a very bad aftertaste in me. Similarly, the hijack scene in the climax looked too contrived and out of place. Perhaps the author could have used Rahul’s mother or Aisha to up the conflict in the climax, instead of resorting to a very cliched hijack scene. Meghna came across as too brash and stupid by abruptly running away to Dubai in her brother’s airplane. To be fair to Sundari though, her friendly warning does acknowledge that the book is only for entertainment, and she keeps her promise of great writing and language.
My verdict – A one-time read.
Meet the Author
The Author’s Thoughts
Even as a kid, she absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as Sundari grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. Soon, into her teens, she switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine.
Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent – thanks to her Grandpa – she could not write to save her life. She was bad at writing essays in both school and college. Later, when it was time to teach her kids, she could manage everything from Science to Mathematics and History & Geography.
When it came to writing compositions, her kids found her of no help at all. All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job at a school’s office and did not know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That’s when she got home one evening after her walk and took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape.
While she felt discouraged when publishing did not happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up. There was no looking back after that. While publishing took a long time happening, Sundari continued to write novels and then short stories. Her luck turned when Indireads approached her to write for them and Double Jeopardy was born.
Now it’s all about self-publishing her books on Amazon. She has published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition) and Meghna so far while planning to publish her fourth book – The Runaway Bridegroom – in September 2014.
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