Top positive review
19 January 2018
Sunita, 20, the younger daughter of Gokul and Leela Rishi, of Rishi Enterprises, is just out of college and wants to do a course in interior design, travel abroad and be independent. She belongs to a traditional family and her autocratic father wants her have an arranged marriage. Her father is a dominating male who feels women are made for marriage and home. She respects her mother and grandfather. She can twist her mother around her finger and her grandfather dotes on her and understands her. She has an older sister, Sandhya, who has had an arranged marriage.
Akshay Malhotra, 28, the only son of Raj and Tanuja Malhotra, is the heir of the Malhotra Empire. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Syracruse University. Unlike the Rishis, the Malhotras have a free, modern and non-formal relationship. They give him complete freedom to do what he wants.
One day, Sunita’s mother tells her that the Malhotras would be coming with their son, Akshay, with whom her horoscope matches perfectly and that she should meet them. She protests and goes to her grandfather who tells her that the only way she can be saved from the wedding is ‘if the ‘boy’ rejects her’. In the meanwhile, Akshay is upset that his father is forcing him to meet a girl for matrimonial purposes, as he Is not keen on an arranged match. But, after seeing her photograph, decides to see her for himself and waits outside her computer Institute to check her out and decides to go and meet her in the evening. Sunita also sees him (not knowing who he is) and decides ‘to send Akshay Malhotra packing’.
In the evening, he goes to her house to meet her and they are both startled to see each other and she tells him that she does not want to get married to anyone now because of her dreams and asks him to reject her. He tells her that her father would get her married off to someone else and tells her to marry him and he would help her realize her dreams.
Next morning, she hears her father telling her mother that if the Malhotras were to refuse, he would hold a Swayamwar and she decides to go ahead with Akshay’s plan. And thus starts the story of smitten Akshay trying to woo Sunita to become the Malhotra bride with all the twists and turns.
The story is sweet and once I started it, I could not keep the book down, I was so hooked to it. The characters have been developed well and are very real: Akshay is someone every girl dreams of and Sunita is really confused. Grandpa Ratan is endearing and I loved the way Raj Malhotra calls Sunita ‘Princess’. It felt that I was watching a Bollywood movie, only the songs were missing.