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 But Sangita not only has to fight her family’s orthodox and outdated rules, but also her own inhibitions and hesitations before she can walk into the future with her blue-eyed lover.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