Aug 26

The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman | Book Review

The-Madras-Affair-by-Sundari-Venkatraman-Book-ReviewThis is the very first book by Sundari that I have read, but I have followed her blog for quite some time now, so I am familiar with her writing style. Which is why, going in I knew I could expect a well-crafted story and pretty clean, error free language, and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

The Madras Affair is a book that hits all the right notes, and gives you everything that you would expect from a romance, and then some. The characters are very real and relatable, the scenes are well written, and the love story itself stands out brightly.

The plot of the book revolves around sweet, innocent, yet fiery, Sangita and the very charming blue eyed Gautam.

Sangita is a widowed single mother to a five year old, who hails from an extremely orthodox South Indian family, and has to battle the old fashioned customs and traditions prevalent in the Indian society on a daily basis. Enter Gautam, her very own knight in shining armour, and she is filled with renewed hopes and dreams for the future. But things are not that simple for them. They have an uphill battle against society, and more importantly  Sangita’s own insecurities. Would their love survive the struggle or would it crumble under the strain? That is the premise of this book.

Sundari addresses a social issue in this book which is a very crucial component of the story, but at no point does it overpower the romance. She does not sit in judgement, nor does she objectively dissect the issue. Instead, Sundari gives us a peek into the hearts and minds of the people who deal with this social evil in their day to day life, and she does it in a very matter-of-fact way without sounding preachy. All the while managing to keep the readers completely smitten by a set of blue eyes. This is what makes the book stand out to me. No not the blue eyes (well.. 🙂 ) , but the author’s ability to handle the two predominant themes, and make it flow seamlessly as an integral part of the story.

Also, I really liked that Sundari took a very realistic and believable path while leading us to a Fairy-Tale ending. This book not only tells you that things will get better, but shows you how and leads you there. It is the kind of story which gives you hope and reaffirms that there is a lot of good in our world, second chances do exist, and love does conquer all.

Sundari has come up with a great concoction for a sizzling romance, and I am happy to say that it was pleasantly unputdownable.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves to read romance.

Rating: 4/5

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.

P.S. The Madras Affair has released today, the 26th of August which happens to be ‘Women’s Equality Day’ (Yes there is such a day, I got to know of it only recently 😛 ). Nonetheless, it is a very befitting day for the release of a book which primarily revolves around a woman fighting for equality against the orthodox segment of Indian society. 🙂 

Buying Links:
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This is the first Indian romance that I read which has such a strong social theme running parallel to the love story, and I quite liked the way it was incorporated in the plot. It makes you think about these issues in a very different light, because it catches you off guard and is more personal in a way. Of course I am contrasting this to seeing a similar story on the news, which I feel can get a little impersonal at times. Have you read books in this genre (or outside of it) that are based on social issues? Do you feel that reading such stories alters the lens with which you perceive the issue?

Lots of Love

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  1. Loved your review Shantala! More than that, I am so happy that you enjoyed reading my book 😀
    Thank you so much

  2. Would love to get my hands on this one!!!!
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  3. Alok singhal says:

    Pretty detailed review and a good one at that.

  4. The only romances that I enjoy are those that run parallel to something else, something that gives the story another dimension. Looks like this one has the right ingredients!
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  5. I love stories that show how dreams can be attained. Thank you for an excellent review of the book.
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  6. This seems a good one. I like books that keep it real yet give a fairy tale ending. Makes it all seem possible.

  7. I love book with realistic storylines … enjoyed reading the review.
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  8. Great review! I normally don’t love mushy romances but this ones seems to be quite different. Will check this one out soon!
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  9. I have read all books written by Sundari and this is one of her best! The Madras Affair is a nice read!
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  10. Hii,I am new to your blog.Really enjoyed reading the review.I am not much into reading romantic novels.But tempted to read this one as it feels a little different.This would be my first read by Sundari Venkatraman.And I am already Ready,willing and able for it 🙂

  11. Sounds to me like an interesting choice for a train journey. Great review, will definitely try and pick this up.

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  12. This sounds like my kind of book. Everyone needs a little romance in their lives! ♥
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  13. A lovely review, Shantala. I will add this book to my reading list.
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  14. This sounds like a lovely book. Definitely will be looking out for this one.
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  15. Seems to be very good book. Definitely give it a shot. Thanks for the detailed review.
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