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……
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