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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: 959 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Flaming Sun (13 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital South Asia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N7IN69E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I bought this book after reading so many good reviews. It's highly overrated. It's nothing more than a stereotyped bollywood story & badly written. The social issue of child married is in the Centre , but towards the end I felt like it was glorified.
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I finished this book in just a matter of hours and I really liked how it kept on moving. I could really picture Ranveer and Chanda in my head and their various reactions: veer's reaction when he is forced to get married, Chanda' reaction when she is older and cant fully move on since she is technically still married, their meeting and dates.

There were many pros and cons in this book.
First of all, let me tell you exactly why I liked the book:
1. The prose was nicely paced. It kept you turning the pages just to see when they would realize they were each other's better half.
2. The author can really narrate well. I could really believe Chanda and Ranveer were meant for each other and to see them interact and how Chanda changed Ranveer for the better was really done well.
3. Abhimanyu and Shika - oh god, I loved him so much. Well not as much as Ranveer(who I kept picturing as the hero Ranveer Singh - HOT ), but he was a really nice side character to the main leads. I liked how he learnt to take control of his romance with Shika in the end. I dont think she deserved him, but it was good to see their scenes.
5. Whoa! The chemistry between the lead pairs and second pairs and the kissing scenes. It was very well done.

As for the things I think could've improved it:
1. There were a couple of grammatical errors that threw me out of the story
2. Use of astrologers as the basis of finding a missing person really seemed archaic to me. Why did they never file a missing report about Veer?
3. The whole marriage couldve been annulled as simply as that. Why did they never do that?

Overall, it was an amusing and entertaining read.
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Rating Edit: 3.5 Stars

I have read 2 books by Sundari now, and the one thing that holds good for both of them, is that they give me the feeling of watching a television drama or movie unfold.

There is no doubt that Sundari is a very talented storyteller. Her stories come in a package titled - Entertainment, entertainment, entertainment!

Also, her stories always have a strong social message. Through her characters, she tries to outline- a model way of conduct, but does it without sounding the least bit preachy.

That, I believe, is Sundari’s USP.

The Runaway Bridegroom is centered around the issue of Child Marriage, which is a practice that is still prevalent in some parts of the Indian society.

She has taken this social evil, and woven a simple, sweet tale of love around it. But with Sundari, it is never only a romance - there is some suspense, lots of drama, and a big supporting cast of characters, which includes an astrologer and a private detective.

An interesting premise, likable characters, and effortless narration, ensures that the reader keeps turning pages.

Having said that, there are a few things which could have been different (for me). I am a person who prefers only 2 POVs in romances - the hero’s and the heroine’s, and this book has multiple POVs.

To her credit, Sundari does make multiple POVs work very well in her stories, and for the most part I think they are fine.

However, in this particular case, I could have done with a lot less of Shikha’s POV. This is just personal preference, as I know a lot of people enjoyed reading about Shikha. I just couldn’t get myself to like or care about her enough to want to get to know her.
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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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