What I always love about Sundari Venkatraman is her command over the language and engaging narrative. Her books are unputdownable and will guarantee to bring a positivity and smile in you. This one is no exception and a fitting prequel to the Malhotra Bride. In fact I feel like reading Malhotra Bride all over again so I can spend some more time with Tanu and Raj. Such is the magic Sundari weaves with her perfect relatable characters. Highly recommend the book and I can guarantee it would bring a smile as you finish it. The epilogue especially is guaranteed to make you go Aww.
The 70s feel is reflected in her characters and thought process. Don't miss this one and the Malhotra Bride:) 5 stars. It's perfect!
I was tempted by the blurb which felt like an Indian take on Cinderella but the book is much more delightful. Felt like I was watching a classic Hindi movie. While I read, I even cast a few actors of my choice in the role of the main characters. Tanu was Hemamalini and Raj was Dharmendra for me. :) I finished it in one sitting. What a lovely story!
If you've grown up reading Cinderella, and ever wondered, what if we had an Indian version, then this is the "go to" book. Only a "Sundari Venkatraman" can make it a reality. What an awesome story line as always. Not sure and hope such a cruel step mother and siblings do not exist in reality. Even minute details, like calling from the hotel room phone (added to the bill), is recorded in the story. Very realistic. I know a couple, where the man had refused to see the girl's photo, when pestered by his mother. After six years, he met the girl on a trip. She was riding a horse. Her face mesmerized him and he did everything to get in touch with her. Well, marriages are indeed made in heaven, and now they are happily married. This story also has Raj mesmerized by Tanuja during the Mahabaleshwar trip. Fighting all odds, Tanuja finally gets her prince charming. Letter sent by Raj and landline usage (not the mobile age the new generation is accustomed now) are familiar to people who experienced these in the 70s-90s. A small kahani meh twist by a knee jero kidnapping is spice to the story. And the ending shot, where Tanuja writes "The End" seems like a familiar Hindi movie scene like PK. Will not be surprised, if this is made into a movie. Now, am off to Sundari's next book. 😀
I have read almost all the books of sundari venkatraman, the stories are very interesting to read. the language is simple and easy to understand . storytelling skills are good writing skills is good and she keeps the story interesting till the end .It's worth spending money on her books. If you love reading romantic novels then you would definitely enjoy her books The prince charming seemed adaption of Indian version of Cinderella
if you like reading books which are set into the pre 2000s India, this book can be a great choice for you. The story is nice the narration is really good and it kinda reminded me of R.K. Narayan's writing style.