The Madras Affair Sundari Venkatraman Book Review

The Madras Affair Sundari Venkatraman Book Review

The Madras Affair is a romantic drama by noted author Sundari Venkatraman.

The Madras Affair Blurb

Sangita, head of Penn Urimai – an NGO for downtrodden, homeless and abused women – was not always this successful and confident… Born and brought up in the city of Madras and widowed at just twenty, Sangita builds an iron wall around herself till she meets Gautam who makes her aware of her sensuousness and charms. But Sangita not only has to fight her family’s orthodox and outdated rules, but also her own inhibitions and hesitations before she can walk into the future with her blue-eyed lover. Will Gautam be able to solve Sangita’s dilemma or will she be forever trapped in her past?


Sundari Venkatraman is a Mumbai-based romance fiction author. More than 3000 copies of her books have been downloaded across the world and she has been on the bestselling romance list of Amazon many times over.


Sundari Venkatraman is an excellent writer and in this book she crafts an emotional romantic story based on a social issue. The characters are based out of Chennai (Madras).

Characters – The character development is slow and nuanced. The author has been able to capture the conservative nature of the society very well. However for many readers, especially those not from Chennai, the the issue of widow remarriage and the stigma around widows may appear unbelievable or perhaps overly dramatized. They may also not be able to understand the villainous parents of Sangita and their strange reaction to every situation. Even Gautam Sinclair seems too good to be true  – but this is after all supposed to be a nice M&B type romance.

Plot – The plot is well-structured and the story is well-narrated. There are a few parallel strands which ultimately start converging towards the end. From the beginning it is obvious that the book has a happy ending, so the entire plot slowly moves towards making the ending happy.

Editing – Editing wise this book is at par with other top romance stories with no spelling or grammatical mistakes or formatting mistakes which I usually find to be a big letdown in many Indie Books. Another thing, not a mistake – South India, the authentic spelling would be Gautham and Sangeetha. Perhaps the author had to keep it the way she did to appeal to a pan-Indian audience.

Overall – The Madras Affair is a nice feel good story dealing a social issue with drama, misunderstanding and a few love scenes thrown in between.

For more on Widow Remarriage you may read this report by Law Commission of India.

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Fathima’s Passion Rabia Sultana Book Review

Fathimas Passion Rabia Sultana Book Review

Book Name: Fathima’s Passion: Desi Romance
Author: Rabia Sultana
Publisher: Panoo Publications (23 May 2017)

Fathima’s Passion Book Description

Fathima is a beautiful young newly wed woman from Hyderabad. After her marriage, she relocates to a new city down south where she has no friends and where no one speaks Urdu. She also discovers that her husband is a bully. She is scared, lonely and depressed. At this juncture, she suddenly meets the Urdu knowing handsome and muscular plumber Lingaa who earlier worked as a stuntman in Hyderabad films. Passions flare as they set eyes on each other. Things slowly spiral out of control as they sink in a whirlpool of uncontrollable desire.


Rabia Sultana is free spirited woman who passionately believes in love, peace and harmony.

Rabia grew up in Mumbai, in a family of independent strong-willed people who always encouraged her to ask questions and speak her mind. She likes to explore the world and meet new people.

A keen reader from a young age, she is also a pure romantic at heart and likes nothing better than curling up with a romance novel when free. She loves writing passionate love stories with a twist in her spare time.

Her FB page is this.


The premise of the story is very interesting and something women across South Asia encounter a lot. Impotency among men and spousal abuse.

Imran is a typical patriarchal misogynist Muslim man who drinks a lot and cannot tolerate the fact that his wife is more educated, refined and sophisticated than him. His lack of confidence leads him to beating his wife. He suffers from various urological ailments like premature ejaculation and partial impotence which leads to further depression and he spirals into a vicious circle.

This is the environment in which Fathima has to lead her daily life – in a distant place in south India where she is alone and lonely. She is the quintessential South Asian Muslim woman subaltern subject. Then she suddenly meets a male who is the exact opposite of Imran – he is good looking, virile, considerate, refined, belongs to a different culture but speaks the same language. Fathima is immediately attracted to Lingaa and repulsed by Imran.

The rest of the story is how she deals with Imran and Lingaa. The characterization is quite good and rounded, and the story is fast and peppy. The love scenes are quite dreamy and steamy.

Another aspect which Rabia brings to our notice is the class hierarcy inherent in South Asian societies. Fathima belongs to a Nawab family, Imran is a working class individual, and Lingaa is an aristocrat who effortlessly straddles both the worlds. In a way Lingaa is the melting point of the capitalism and communism. I liked this social message.

Overall, I like the book, and feel that perhaps the ending could have been elaborated upon.

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Simha International (The Bansal Legacy Book 1) Book Review

Book Review - Simha International Bansal Legacy Sundari Venkatraman

Simha International is a romantic drama by noted author  Sundari Venkatraman. This book is the first part of The Bansal Legacy Series.

Publisher: Flaming Sun (Indie publisher) (16 February 2017)


Rohit Bansal, the handsome and suave managing director of Simha International, is the envy of many—from a director of the hotel to an employee.

A thief comes up with a simple modus operandi, believing that nobody’s really going to find out anything about the thefts taking place. But when a guest brings it to his notice, Rohit is determined to save the reputation of Simha International and ropes in a top-notch detective. Will Rohit be able to find who the thief is before time runs out?

The lovely and intelligent Tasha Sawant goes to work at Simha International as the duty manager. Her experience in the hotel industry only adds to the hotel’s excellent service.

Tasha is attracted to Rohit and it would seem that he reciprocates her feelings. Well, the lady isn’t looking for a permanent relationship as it looks likes she’s already had an unpleasant experience. But then, what about the guy? Does Rohit want any kind of relationship with Tasha?


Sundari venkatraman she is an excellent writer and in this book she crafts a superb romantic suspense thriller.

Editing – Except for a few minor glitches, editing wise this book is at par with other top notch books. It is heartening to note that there are practically no spelling or grammatical mistakes which are very common in many Indie books.

Characters – The characters are well rounded and three dimensional with various shades of emotions. The dialogues are realistic and believable and nothing over the top. The chemistry between Rohit and Tasha is sizzling. The character development is nuanced. By the by, there is an interesting back-story to Rohit and and Tasha.

Research – The author has done extensive research about the hotel industry and it clearly reflects in the book. In fact the entire mystery is tied to the internal nitigrities of how shifts and support staff work in hospitality industry.

Overall – Simha International is an enthralling fast paced page turner with a good dose of intrigue, mystery, misunderstanding and feel-good romance.

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Ashoka the Ungreat

Ashoka the Ungreat Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay

My name is Subhodeep Mukhopadhyay and I am glad to present my latest book Ashoka the Ungreat for your reading pleasure.

To know more about me, you may visit my Author’s Page at Amazon.

Ashoka Maurya

A great king. Master strategist. A legend. The inheritor of the greatest kingdom in Indian-subcontinent. One war, the bloody Kalinga War, however changes him forever. He makes a clean break with the past. Ashoka gives up Hinduism. He gives up war. He embraces Buddhism. He becomes a humanist. A messenger of peace and religious tolerance. This is what we are taught in schools and colleges.

But how much of this is really true?

We worship Rama. We venerate Krishna. Our country is named after King Bharat. We recall Mandhatri when we talk of the old. We talk of Yudhistira’s truthfulness. Bhima’s strength. Arjuna’s valor. Vikramaditya, Chandragupta, Raja Bhoja, Prithviraj Chauhan, Shivaji, Maharana Pratap, Guru Gobind Singh. They are our heroes. They are a part of our daily lives. Ashoka is not.

We never talk about Ashoka conversationally.

Our ancestors never talked about Ashoka. Ashoka was forgotten and unknown in India till the 19th century when the British popularized him. Later Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, eminent historians of Delhi, Shah Rukh Khan of Bollywood and others made him even more popular.

What Ashoka the Ungreat is About

In this book I have delved into this Ashoka-industry and its massive propaganda. I have attempted to undertake a critical, unbiased and apolitical re-reading of Ashokan rock edicts, Buddhist sources like Ashokavadana and Mahavamsa and findings from latest cutting-edge research in Ashoka and Buddhist studies.

I have presented a radically different picture by joining the dots and taking all the available evidence to its logical conclusion.

It becomes evident that far from being an epitome of rationality and secularism, Emperor Ashoka was a ruthless tyrant and a religious fanatic, and much of what we know about him are mere fabrications.

This book is about the life and times of Ashoka the Ungreat.

Ashoka the Ungreat is available on Amazon Kindle. If you have Kindle Unlimited you may read this book Absolutely Free !

Author Bio

I am an Independent Management Consultant associated with the Education and Agriculture Sector. I have a keen interest in Indian history from a civilizational perspective, Hindu science and technology and in Tantra Shastra. I have authored two books “Legendary Mughal Kings” and “Ashoka the Ungreat” and am based out of Kolkata.

I am an author at IndiaFacts and MatriWords.

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Top Rated herbal tea brands in India

top rated herbal tea brands in India

In this article I provide top rated herbal tea brands in India. For each of these teas, I have discussed the tea features, packaging, taste, health & mental benefits, company history and other trivia. Hope you find it useful.

#8 Mango ‘n Friends – Fruity – Rooibos – Herbal Loose Leaf Tea – Caffeine Free – Hot & Iced Tea (110g / 4oz)

Our Mango n’ Friends is a refreshing and fruity combination of Mango, pineapple, strawberries and tangerine with pure red rooibos, creating a super flavorful healthy alternative to sugary juice, and makes the best fruity iced tea, or tea cocktails.

Caffeine Free – Fruity Herbal Blend
Perfect for ice of hot tea infusion

Rooibos tea, natural blood orange flavoring, pineapple cubes, mango cubes, pineapple and mango flakes, orange slices, flavoring, freeze-dried tangerine-orange pieces, safflower, marigold blossoms, freeze-dried strawberry slices.

Product Description – Size:4oz / 110g


  1. Reviews Received by the Product have been generally positive.
  2. Fruity and especially good when had with ice.
  3. Big fruit pieces gives a wonderful juicy fruity flavor.

#7 Tea Lab | Royal Kashmiri Kahwa , Mountain Green Tea with Saffron and Indian Spices 100 gms

Leaf Green tea delicately blended with roasty almonds, saffron strands, rose petals and indian spices, the Kashmiri Kahwa is a sensory delight.

Green Tea, Roasted Almonds, Saffron Strands, Rose Petals, Cardamom, Cinnamon

Time of Consumption
Best loved in the afternoon on a cold wintry day

Take 2 grams of tea in a Pot
Pour Hot Water and let it brew for a minute
Strain the Tea into cups and relish the equisite Kahwah Flavour

Suggested Add-ons
Any sweetener of your choice and finely sliced almonds

#6 Herbal Seeds & Spices Stores Organic Lemongrass-Nettle leaf Mint flavored tea 200gm

Herbal Seeds And Spices Stores is a coompany based out of Uttarakhand. Their products include Organic teas, like Nettle leaf tea, Lemon grass tea, Mint tea, Peppermint tea, and other processed organic fruits and vegetables.

  • Organic Lemongrass dried,nettle leaf dried and mint leaf chopped into small pieces
  • Free of preservative

To make tea use one or two spoons, boil 5 to 7 minutes add sugar w/o sugar to consume.

Trivia/ Review
Can be used to make Parsi chai – it gives a lovely flavor to chai made on the stove with milk and tea leaves.
Can also brew with green tea for added flavor.

#5 Basilur Fruit Infusions Loose Tea, Bloody Orange, 100g

Basilur Tea is a 100% Pure Ceylon tea product company. They offer a range of Ceylon High Grown teas, Medium Growns and Low Growns. High Grown & low Grown black teas are also available with & without flavours. They also provide a range of flavoured & non flavored green teas.

  • Basilur’s blood orange infusion is a burst of exquisite citrus flavours which will refresh your palate with every sip
  • A delightful combination of natural apple, natural zesty orange peel, orange flower and other natural ingredients
  • A perfect thirst quencher to be taken cold or a perfect complement to any dessert when taken warm
  • Available in beautifully designed paper packets with loose leaf tea

Orange peel, hibiscus, orange flower, apple, sunflower, rosehip shell and flavours orange and cream.

Features/ Reviews

  • Unique silhouette leaf container allows to fully appreciate ceylon’s teas.
  • Exotic tea – definitely premium.
  • One can smell the orange blossoms and apple in the tea
  • The packaging is beautiful
  • Soothes the throat and eases my bodyache.

#4 TE-A-ME Orange Ginger Infusion Tea Pack of 25 Tea Bags

TE-A-ME is a 70 year old company with a legacy of producing fine teas. They offer black teas, natura; green teas, aromatic spice teas, frtuit and flower infusions teas.

Features/ Review

  • This tea is a blend of orange peel, ginger, apple pomace, cinnamon, clove and hibiscus.
  • The infusion is good with great flavour and fragrance.
  • Helps one relax.
  • Some people have found the orange flavor slightly stronger compared to ginger falvor.
  • Generally it is a good tea with great refreshing taste

# 3 Tea Lab | Turkish Apple Tea with Natural Dried Apple

This tea tries to recreate the tastes of teas on banks of Bosphorus and through the bazaars of Istanbul.

  • It is a spciy combination of the east and the west.
  • A combination of Dried Apples, Hibiscus, Cloves, Dried Ginger, Cardamon, Pepper, Stevia, Cornflower petals.
  • Natural flavours.
  • It contains no Caffeine

Dried Apples, Hibiscus, Cloves, Dried Ginger, Cardamon, Pepper, Stevia, Cornflower petals, Natural flavours


  1. Take 2 grams of tea in a Pot.
  2. Pour Hot Water and let it brew for 3-4 minutes .
  3. Strain the tea into cups and enjoy Turkish taste.

Features/ Review

  • Very refreshing – can be had cold as well.
  • The subtle flavor of apple makes the tea taste wonderful and leaves behind a refreshing flavour.
  • This tea goes well with Rum.
  • Best loved in the afternoon on a cold wintry day and in the evenings on other days.

# 2 TE-A-ME Cranberry Apple Fruit and Flower Herbal Tea Infusion Pack of 25 Tea Bags

Has a unique balance of sweet cranberries and juicy apples, blended very well.

Hibiscus (43%), Rosehip (36%), Apple Peel (16%), Natural Cranberry Apple Flavor (2.5%) and Natural Apple Flavor (2.5%)

Features/ Review

  • Great flavour, aroma and color.
  • There are times when you want some taste to your healthy tea without adding sugar to it – this tea is the best in this category because of its citrus taste combined with cranberry.
  • Overall great tangy flavor.

#1 TE-A-ME Chamomile Infusion Tea Pack of 25 Tea Bags

TE-A-ME Chamomile Herbal Infusion Tea is made from Egyptian Chamomile Flowers, imported and carefully packed in a sterile facility. Chamomile flowers have been attributed to have a soothing effect on the mind and body, releasing stress and aiding in sleep.
Caffeine Free and 100 percent Nautral
Made from Egyptian Chamomile Flowers

Features/ Reviews

  • The tea smells amazing just like herbal flowers.
  • Mild fragrance.
  • The taste is not bitter and it does not require any extra additional sweetening agent.
  • Best for unwinding at the end of the day – nature’s gentle way of bringing a peaceful end to a long hard day.
  • Best consumed in the evening or even after dinner.
  • It helps in calming the stomach and in sleeping well.
  • Helps in digestion problem and acidity problems.
  • The tea bags are bigger compared to other comparable brands.

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Government Jobs in Kolkata February 2017

Government Jobs in Kolkata February 2017

I will share details of Government Jobs in Kolkata February 2017. The various positions for Government recruitment in Kolkata for February 2017 are for:

  • Research Associate
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Technical Officer
  • Teacher
  • Computer Instructor
  • Doctor
  • Nurse

The different institutes/ companies/ PSU looking for candidates in Kolkata are:

  • Balmer Lawrie Co Ltd
  • Bengal Engineering and Science University
  • Birbhum District – Govt of West Bengal
  • Bose Institute
  • Braithwaite – Co Ltd
  • Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres
  • Department of Health – Family Welfare
  • Department of Municipal Affairs – Dinhata Municipality
  • Department of Municipal Affairs – South Dum Dum Municipality
  • ECIL
  • IACS
  • IICB
  • IISER Kolkata
  • Indian Jute Industries Research Association
  • Indian railway
  • ISI Kolkata
  • Jadavpur University
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya
  • Kolkata Port Trust
  • Management Development Institute
  • National Council of Science Museums
  • National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases
  • National Institute of Homoeopathy
  • National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology
  • Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics
  • Satyajit Ray Film Television Institute
  • Seva Bharati Krishi Vigyan Kendra
  • University of Calcutta
  • University of Kalyani
  • Uttar Dinajpur – Govt of West Bengal
  • Visva-Bharati Santiniketan
  • West Bengal PSC
  • Zoological Survey of India

Government Jobs in Kolkata February 2017

Company Position Eligibility Last Date
Balmer Lawrie Co Ltd Assistant Manager Taxation CA, B.Com 16-Feb-17
Bengal Engineering and Science University SRF Electronics ME/M.Tech 13-Feb-17
Birbhum District – Govt of West Bengal House Staff Dental BDS 14-Feb-17
Bose Institute Research Associate Biology M Phil / Phd(Biology, Chemistry) 23-Feb-17
Bose Institute Research Associate Institute M Phil / Phd 28-Feb-17
Bose Institute Research Associate Mathematics M Phil / Phd(Maths, Phy) 14-Feb-17
Bose Institute Short Term Training ME/M.Tech, MVSc 7-Mar-17
Braithwaite – Co Ltd Car Driver 10th Pass (SSC) 4-Mar-17
Braithwaite – Co Ltd Office Attendant / Pharmacist 12th Pass (HSE), 10th Pass (SSC), Diploma 4-Mar-17
Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres Manager MSc 15-Feb-17
Department of Health – Family Welfare Laboratory Attendant DOME Upto 9th Std 28-Feb-17
Department of Health – Family Welfare Senior/Junior House Physician MBBS 15-Feb-17
Department of Municipal Affairs – Dinhata Municipality Dealing Assistant/Data Entry Operator 12th Pass (HSE) 20-Feb-17
Department of Municipal Affairs – South Dum Dum Municipality Manager BA 20-Feb-17
ECIL Technical Officer BE/B.Tech(CSE, ECE, Electronics & Instrumentation) 16-Feb-17
IACS Research Associate Chemistry M Phil / Phd 22-Feb-17
IACS Research Associate-1 Chemistry M Phil / Phd 24-Feb-17
IACS Safety Consultant M Phil / Phd 6-Mar-17
IICB Project Assistant Microbiology MSc 15-Feb-17
IISER Kolkata Postdoctoral Research Associate M Phil / Phd(Chemistry, Phy) 15-Feb-17
Indian Jute Industries Research Association Polymer Engineer / Research Engineer BE/B.Tech 20-Feb-17
Indian Jute Industries Research Association Project Associate Chemistry/ Project Assistant ME/M.Tech, MSc, BSc, BE/B.Tech 15-Feb-17
Indian railway Cultural Quota Any Graduate, 12th Pass (HSE), Diploma 20-Feb-17
ISI Kolkata JRF Statistics ME/M.Tech, MA, BSc, MCA, BE/B.Tech…… 10-Mar-17
ISI Kolkata Project Linked Person Computer Engineering ME/M.Tech, M Phil / Phd 20-Feb-17
Jadavpur University Doctoral Fellowship Any Post Graduate 20-Feb-17
Jadavpur University Research Assistant Ayurveda M.Pham 17-Feb-17
Jadavpur University Research Fellows Architecture MSc, BE/B.Tech 13-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya PGT/ TGT/ PRT/ Counsellor BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd, MBBS…… 25-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers BEd, Any Graduate 20-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers /Computer Instructor/Coach/Doctor/Nurse/ Counselor BEd, Any Post Graduate, BSc 13-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers/Coaches/Computer Instructor/Doctor Nurse/Counselor Any Graduate, Any Post Graduate, BSc, B.P.Ed, BEd…… 22-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya Teachers/Computer Instructor/Doctor/Nurse BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd, MBBS…… 20-Feb-17
Kendriya Vidyalaya TGT/ PRT/ Dance Teacher/ Nurse 12th Pass (HSE), BSc, BCA, BE/B.Tech, BEd…… 19-Feb-17
Kolkata Port Trust Assistant Manager BE/B.Tech 17-Feb-17
Kolkata Port Trust General Duty Medical Officers MBBS 8-Mar-17
Kolkata Port Trust Nurses Diploma 22-Feb-17
Kolkata Port Trust Optometrist BSc, Diploma 14-Feb-17
Management Development Institute Assistant Professor M Phil / Phd 14-Feb-17
National Council of Science Museums ConsultantHindi MA(English, Hindi) 28-Feb-17
National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases JRF Life Sciences MSc 15-Feb-17
National Institute of Homoeopathy Lecturer/ Medical Officer/ Assistant Research Officer/ Nurse 12th Pass (HSE), 10th Pass (SSC), BSc(Library and Information Science, Nursing), MD, MS…… 18-Mar-17
National Institute of Homoeopathy Store Officer/Maintenance Officer/Hostel Supervisor Any Graduate, 10th Pass (SSC) 18-Mar-17
National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology Young Professional-IIfor MIS-FMS Project/ Young Professional-IIunder QEI Division ME/M.Tech(Remote Sensing), MSc(CS, IT), BE/B.Tech(IT) 22-Feb-17
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Jr. Project Consultant Legacy Advance Registers B.Com 17-Feb-17
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Research Associate Physics M Phil / Phd(Phy) 28-Feb-17
Satyajit Ray Film Television Institute Professional Attendant Library Information Science BSc(Library and Information Science) 15-Feb-17
Seva Bharati Krishi Vigyan Kendra Subject Matter Specialist Animal Husbandry Vet. Sc/ Subject Matter Specialist Fishery Sc. M.Sc MVSc, MSc 14-Feb-17
University of Calcutta JRF Chemistry ME/M.Tech, MSc(Chemistry) 20-Feb-17
University of Calcutta JRF Chemistry MSc, BE/B.Tech 24-Feb-17
University of Calcutta Ph.D. Programme MSc 16-Feb-17
University of Calcutta PhD Programme Geography MA 17-Feb-17
University of Kalyani JRF Microbiology MSc 14-Feb-17
University of Kalyani Ph.D Programme ME/M.Tech, M.Com, MA, MCA, MBA/PGDM…… 16-Feb-17
Uttar Dinajpur – Govt of West Bengal Project Director Any Graduate, Diploma 15-Feb-17
Visva-Bharati Santiniketan JRF Botany MSc 18-Feb-17
Visva-Bharati Santiniketan Multi-Tasking Staff Any Graduate, Diploma 20-Feb-17
West Bengal PSC Inspector Legal Metrology/ Sub-Editor/ Junior Programmer BA, BSc, BCA 22-Feb-17
West Bengal PSC Psychologist MSc(Psychology) 28-Feb-17
Zoological Survey of India Project Fellow/ Research Associate M Phil / Phd(Zoology), MSc(Zoology) 22-Feb-17


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