Love, Again, comprises of two novellas, These lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the desert Shrruti Patole Clarence. I received a review copycourtesy the Bok Club.
These lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan
Lalitha was married to Suresh for a few months before they separated. She now lives in Chennai and runs her beauty parlour with her aunt. She is famous for her mehendi patterns and her bridal make-up. Until one day, when she has to travel to Bangalore because Suresh is dead. Once she is back in Chennai, she loses her clientele because nobody wants a widow to dress up a bride.
Her aunt tells her to marry Shrikant, a confirmed bachelor, for the sake of his sick mother and her business. They decide on a marriage of convenience. He leaves for US with his ailing mother and she gets busy with her work and home. They communicate through whatsapp, emails and phone, and then their feelings for each other surface.
A beautiful book with very real life characters. The author has portrayed the society and its rules and she has shown Lalitha to be a strong character.
Loved the book, just could not keep it down till I finished it.
A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.
Charmaine Rai, the only child of horticulture loving parents moves to Amsterdam with her family when she is studying in secondary school. Now she is specializing in ancient Egyptian history in Holland. Ira is her best friend and Raj is a new entrant from India. They are also specializing in ancient history. Charmaine has read Cleopatra for the first time and is impressed and even haunted by her. It is when they go for a tour to Egypt that supernatural events start to take place.
The story is different from the other romances that I have read. The characters names match with the names of the characters in Cleopatra.
Publisher: Half Baked Books