I received the book The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman from the author herself. It is a contemporary romance set in Chennai, and is the story of Sangita and Gautam.
Sangita Sinclair was not always this successful & passionate lady, heading the NGO “Penn Urimai” for downtrodden, abused and homeless women….
When Sangita catches the eye of Gautam Sinclair she is a simple, homely girl; utterly unaware of her charms & capabilities. She has the devil’s own time in overcoming her inhibitions, hesitation, and her family’s orthodox and outdated rules before recognising her love for Gautam.
Will Gautam be able to solve Sangita’s Dilemma or will she be forever trapped in her past?
Sangita, widowed at 20, now 25, is the mother of five year old Sandeep. She stays with her parents and works as a receptionist in a hospital in Chennai. Her parents and younger brother are very conservative and do not treat her well, constantly commenting on her status at every possible opportunity. Her elder brother, Raghavan and his wife, Rekha support her.
Gautam Sinclair, 30, Professor of English at Loyola College stays with his grandparents while his parents and family stay abroad. His family is very broad minded.
One day, Gautam walks into the hospital with a broken arm and Sangita has to guide him to the concerned doctor. He is attracted to her at the first instance and makes no qualms about it. He even proposes marriage to her, but she refuses because of her family. But go-getter Gautam does not take a no for an answer.
The book begins fourteen years later, when Sangita is the head of Penn Urimai – an NGO for downtrodden, homeless and abused women. The entire story moves in flashback.
Though the plot is simple, the author has beautifully portrayed the story in a simple, easily understandable language. The characters have been developed well and even the supportive characters are not mere names but have been given important roles in the story. The flow is good and the book is fast paced. The author has approached writing the flashback in a different manner. There are many Sangita’s in the society today who need to be brought into the mainstream today and the author has beautifully touched the social issue of widow remarriage in the story.
Highly recommended if you love romance and even if you don’t.
Book Source: The Author
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.