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Matches Made In Heaven by [Venkatraman, Sundari]
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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 Madeinheaven.com 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 Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited (India)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #847 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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Stories that worked for me ....

Beauty Is But Skin Deep: This one was a beauty. My Fair Lady is a bit overated in India. To have a dark skin is still looked down upon in the marriage market and Sundari has very sensitively transfrormed Simran. She did not have an expensive pigmentation injections but she underwent a confidence lesson under the gentle hands of Nitin.

I just loved An Arranged Match. It was just too cute. Ritu came out as a fiesty beauty while Yash was a cool guy. Both complimented each other. Though the ending was predicatable .. well some stories however predictable they are, as a romance reader you always want to read it. This is one of those stories.

Rehaan and Jhanavi took my heart in Chahti Hoon Main Tujhe. It was a hot-hot romance and one of the best in this series. It has a complete feel. A story, a conflict and a beautiful ending. Jhanavi as an actress comes out superbly. The history and the papparrazzi create the right amount of tension.

MadeInHeaven.com : Damn cute. Sundari is good in raising social issues without sounding preachy. In here too she has subtly brought out the fact about the worries parents go through if they have an unmarried daughter sitting in the house. I just loved the listing Menka created for her needs in a groom :D

Rahat Mili: is a story of reincarnation. The journey of unfulfilled desire of souls. The story goes back and forth and then falls into place, making this into a page turner.

The Reluctant Bride: Loved it. Till a woman is not ready-- she is not ready. If a man understands that, he is really a man. Again a beautifully portrayed story of a woman understanding her heart and a man waiting till she does not.

Shewta Ka Swayamvar: Too good.
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If there is anything as magical as comfort food, it is short stories with happy endings. They revive your mood immediately and inspire in you some much-needed hope. And if they are love stories, then it is like a key to happiness brought to you on a silver platter.
This is just what I think Sundari’s latest offering, Matches Made in Heaven is. An anthology of 13 short love stories, this book is perfect for those moments when you want to laze around with a book and go away in a world that is filled with happily-ever-afters.
I’ve read another one of Sundari’s works – The Runaway Bridegroom – and what I like aboput her writing style is that she knows just how much to write – every time. This book is another testimony to this talent of hers. Although these are short stories, they’ve not been cut down only to meet a certain word count. Sundari beautifully describes scenes that would have required elaborate words to portray them in a crisp way.
Out of the 13, six made it to my absolute favorites: The Reluctant Bride (yes, that the female protagonist is a namesake is a reason :P), Groomnapped, Beauty is But Skin Deep, Chahti Hoon Tumhe, Rahat Mili (this one gave me goosebumps), and Love Match for Velan. Having said that, the remaining seven are as cheerful and as unique in their own way. Every story has a different storyline, almost unique in the way it is treated. Although some stories do fall in the leap-of-faith/clichéd zone , each story has its own charm and it is difficult to leave a story halfway.
If you are a romantic at heart, then this is one book you shouldn’t be missing!
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