I have been following The Book Club for some time now to get my fix of the latest happenings on the Indian Literary scene and appreciate their efforts when it comes to promoting new authors. I received a copy of Matches Made in Heaven by Sundari Venkataraman as a part of their blog tours initiative. I managed to finish reading the book within few days of receiving it but never quite found the time to post my thoughts about it. Here is a part of the blurb about the book..
“A collection of 13 romantic short stories based in India; a culture rich country steeped in tradition. Inspiration struck me from newspaper articles, TV shows and hearing people talk. The short stories are based on that fact that arranged marriages thrive right alongside love matches in India“
Though inspired by real life incidents, the author has thankfully chosen to leave the negativity, sadness or even boredom associated with many of those events and concentrated on bigger things like love and romance – we could all use tons of this in our lives 🙂 Using real life, Sundari has created some sweet stories that many would love to believe and experience. Here are some of the stories that I enjoyed reading…
The book starts with “Groomnapped” where Ameya plans his own kidnapping with some help from his friend, in order to marry Surekha, the girl of his choice. Things take a hilarious turn when his friend is the one who kidnapped and held captive in Surekha’s house. He is attended by Surekha’s pretty younger sister who thinks she is looking after her brother-in-law! In case you haven’t guessed it, read the book to know what happens next.
This was followed by “Beauty is But Skin deep” that throws light on the pet peeve of the Indian majority – fair skin! Lives are destroyed and people are made to feel small due to their skin shades…all is not well in the world of an Indian, if one doesn’t have fair skin and this is only accentuated in the case of women! Love knows no religions or boundary but what about skin tone? Read this to believe that love can transcend this as well.
The story that I particularly enjoyed was “Rahat-Mili“, whose subject dealt with love that transcends lifetimes. This story was very apt for a book titled “Matches Made in Heaven”. In fact I wish this has been the first story of the book…It would have been a great way to make an impression on the reader.
Though a pretty clichéd name for a dating agency, “The Red Rose Dating Agency” tells the story about a match maker who finds a match, but only this time the match maker is her father. This was a fun read!
The other stories that make up this light book provide ample fodder for a romantic at heart. The author’s language is simple and her ability to tell stories – great!.
Read more about the inspiration behind each of these stories here
Check out the authors blog and more about her works at sundarivenkatraman.blogspot.com