GENRE: Fiction – Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 288
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer in exchange of an honest review. Thanks a lot Sundari!
There are hardly few fiction books that have a story line set in my city – Chennai/Madras. Most of such books seem to have stereotyped the culture in one way or the other. To me, the city in which the story plays an integral part in setting the tone of the story. The culture of the city when reflected properly makes the story realistic. Thus I was intrigued by what Sundari had to tell about my city. She didn’t disappointment me one bit. The Madras Affair turned out to be a pleasurable and a positive read.
Gautam falls head over heels in love with Sangita when he first meets her in the hospital. Sangita has her own baggage which she has to get rid of to accept Gautam into her life. Shackled by parents who believe in typical orthodox and out dated customs, Sangita finds it extremely difficult to move on from her tormenting past.
The writer Sundari, got all tiny details about my city and its culture totally right and I’m eternally grateful to her for not stereotyping Madras as a city which still lives in the past. She has beautifully shown the progressive mind set of the people on sensitive issues like marital rape and widow re-marriage. While one set of characters don’t even acknowledge marital rape as buse, the other set – mainly the protagonist Gautam, is so progressive and supportive of Sangita’s predicament. The way that the writer, Sundari has woven such high octane topics into a romantic story is simply brilliant. The romance between Gautam and Sangita is frustratingly slow, but that has its own charm and I felt it was very apt for this book. Needless to say, the writing was perfect and the characterization was bang on making the book a very pleasurable read. I drooled over Gautam and had to keep reminding myself that he is after all a fictional character. One more thing that the writer seems to have nailed are the emotions. Every character, be is the protagonists or the secondary characters, emoted so perfectly that I could actually emote with them.
The cover deserves a special mention. Beautiful job with that!
MY SAY: A highly realistic read, sprinkled with sizzling chemistry and charming old world romance.
PLOT : 8/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 9/10
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