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 But Sangita not only has to fight her family’s orthodox and outdated rules, but also her own inhibitions and hesitations before she can walk into the future with her blue-eyed lover.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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