A Book Review of The Runaway Bridegroom

A Book Review of The Runaway Bridegroom
Indian satellite is on Mars,we have wiped out polio, we are the brave face of the new era…but wait, some places are still struck within the dungeon of middle ages.Are you confused ? No you shouldn’t be,Sundari Venkataraman sets her newbie upon the backdrop of ‘Child  Marriage’…(don’t draw your parallel with the chessy and lame Hindi serial..)
First and foremost the cover design,don’t you dare to miss the lady talking over the phone.We come across two well sketched characters like Chanda and Veerendra,you will be glued to find out what actually happens between them. The narration shifts from the tradition bound Rajasthan to the Great Indian Capital and so on.Let me give a brownie point to the author for keeping the pace of the writing at par with the daily chores, while the Delhi fraction is fast paced mixed metropolitan furiousness and the other part gives a feel of laidback rustic delight.Sundari Venkataraman breaks stereotypes,provides the little bride with a supportive family,and yes they are well cultured too.
Talking about the plot,it is well designed and nattily executed. She provides ample timings for the growth of characters. The third person narrative uses colloquial lingo with the right doses of dialogues and yes monologues too. You might wonder whether you are reading a modern day romance or a fairytale, because of the innocence of the lead pairs.They have a postmodern attitude in workplace, a modern lifestyle yet deeply traditional mindset.Venkataraman very aptly describes their struggle with their past,their innerconflicts. They want to breakaway the shackles yet they are reformed and restrained in their own way.But Shikha,the crazy hottie secretary is a completely out of control lady,you will enjoy her shades of grey,laugh at her intrigues….but beneath this superficial layer,there exist a comfort seeking lonely lady,loved the complex character portrayal.
The Runaway Bridegroom is a reader’s delight because of the twist and the moving climax provided in the story.The author inspite of dealing with a sensitive issue, never throws her judgemental points in the narration,it never gets preachy.  The story maintains neutrality in every facet. Unlike few authors who follows the western practise of intentional mockery of Indian tradition(hating bollywood,detestation for Indian symbolism,rituals and customs),Venkataraman actually states the facts without anykind of literary jargons and over the top intellectual wrapping, thats the beauty of this book.A nice plot,lucid narration, a perfect reading for the weekend,and you will be in love with the book…Do I have to tell you to go for the book? Run ..and  order,going to be out of stock very soon.A bestseller for sure…                  N.B- Marriages are made in Heaven

Ratings- 8 out of 10……

Sundari Venkatraman


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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Meet the Author

Sundari Venkatraman has authored four ebooks so far, The Runaway Bridegroom being the latest. Three of her books, namely, The Malhotra Bride; Meghna and The Runaway Bridegroom have all been self-published on Amazon under the banner of Flaming Sun. All three books are regularly seen on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers’ Contemporary Romances list. 

A great fan of Mills & Boon romances over the past four decades, Sundari has always believed in ‘Happily Ever Afters’ and all her books promise happy endings. 

The Runaway Bridegroom talks about ‘Child Marriage’, an evil perpetrated even in the 21st century in a country like India. While a large number of the country’s population live in the cities and lead modern lives, there are many who follow old customs unaware of the negative impact on the lives of the younger generation. 

The book is a work of fiction and of course does not preach. The author has but made an attempt to bring this ancient custom to the eyes of the modern public around the world while bringing a simple solution to the protagonists, the victims of child marriage. 

“I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I loved writing it,” says Sundari Venkatraman. 

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