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Meghna Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00KUPUURS
- Publisher : Flaming Sun; 1st edition (8 June 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 2390 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,690 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Whenever I read a book, I will visualize everything as if I am the main character. Whatever feelings they are going through, I would feel as if it was happening to me. However, this book was different. Not only did I visualize the whole book, but I did it sentence by sentence. I could feel myself swimming in the pool with the others, dancing at the Dandiya Raas, cooking Vegetable Upma in the kitchen, etc. This book is very special to me. I do not know why. I was so happy for Meghna. Her love story is just like a fairy-tale and I hope more and more girls in this world get a Prince just like she got Rahul in her life. The way they express their love is so touching. Rahul and Meghna are a match made in Heaven. The way Rahul made his way into Meghna's life after so many years, slowly and steadily, without rushing and taking so much of trouble to make the special evening a very memorable one! Well, I don't want to spoil the fun and would like to keep you in suspense. To find out more about Rahul and Meghna's love story, please read Meghna as soon as possible! :-)
The story is interesting with very rare moments when you would feel bored, the author manages to keep you glued on to the storyline and wonder what would happen next. Though it doesn’t have too many twists and turns, but the couple of them towards the end makes the novel a good read. Towards the middle of the story, it might seem to get stuck a bit and the romance between Meghna and Rahul might seem to be slightly stretched than required, but it all seems to make sense in the end. The highlight of the novel is the way Sundari describes her characters in detail, about their expressions at that particular moment, the detailed way in which a particular character is dressed up, it almost makes you visualise everything and the reader would seem to witness everything as if everything is happening in front of him.
The most beautiful passage I found was the way Sundari has described how Meghna gets ready before her big night when she is expecting Rahul to propose her, it reflects exactly the way a young girl would pay attention to detail about getting herself dressed for her life’s most awaited moment.
Overall, a decent novel to read, though might appear a bit slow at times, but the climax pulls it off and you end up feeling good about the story.
Having read Sundari’s works before, I had high flying expectations. Sadly, this book sort of fell flat without enough fireworks like her previous books. Sundari did warn me that she had written this book purely for entertainment; I really didn’t heed her warning I suppose. Of course, she was speaking the truth. This book is purely a tale that entertains without the typical social drama or message.
The cover looks a bit comical. Men wearing neon-ish pink pant is a huge turn off for me. Nevertheless, I love the black and pink color scheme. The characterization is pretty much normal, though Meghna’s character is quite well developed when compared to other characters. I felt the writer - Sundari was un-just towards Rahul’s character. I felt his emotions were rather superficial. That is not typically her style of writing. That narration was normally paced without much drama. I felt the writer dilly-dallied between making the intimate scenes sizzling hot to normal hot, thus the result of which lacked conviction. They story as such was simple that the twist in the end seemed hasty. That twist however, was vital for completion of the story. That magic that the writer crafted with ease in her previous book was absent in this book. Or maybe, the story didn’t actually need much of magic.What magic do two people need when they already half way in love with each other? The writing however was perfect for this story making the book overall a pleasant experience.
PLOT : 6/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 3/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10
Top reviews from other countries
But if you have a cuppa, a a few drizzles. Romance is in the air - then this airy, romantic story is for you. The story is simple and cute. Meghna is a girl next door. Maybe she will conquer the world when she grows up, but right now she is a moter-bike rider who is in love with her brother's friend. He is not aware of it of course. Thank god, for that. (pssst .. law? or did the Sisters of my convent just say that to scare me :O)
I am not summarizing the story. The blurb is concise and precise enough. But what I do want to get into- is the aesthetics of the story. Even if I read this story,after keeping my brain aside, it unfolds in front of me, many layers of relationship. Rahul and his parents, his dad with his mom and above all Meghna with own family. One thing about Sundari's characters I have noticed are - gray shades are more inclined towards white rather than being totally black. I asked Sundari about it. Here is a snippet of that : (without her permission, of course :P)
Rubina: "Sundari, your characters are always happy ? Why ?"
Sundari: "I see people like that."
Rubina: "But people are not like that. We cannot be good always...?
Sundari: "Why? Why can't we? And does a villain always mean someone who steals, rapes and murders?"
Rubina: "Err.. ummmm :O"
Sundari: If someone hurts your feelings, is he not a villain too?
Rubina: "Errr.. ummmmm ..uff.. ummm."
Sundari: "My book is about simple people in all walks of life."
Rubina: "So it's fine if a sixteen year old being kissed by an adult?" (I was again gaining footage)
Sundari: "Oh? That is a problem?"
Rubina : "Yes of course. In India 16 year old don't go about kissing." *biting my nails wondering - do they?
Sundari: "Have you ever suddenly gone to your building's terrace where the kids meet in the evening?" *Grumble Grumble.. how can I? I am too busy reading books at that time.
Sundari: "Ask around. And it is not 'old fashioned India' only. 16 means high school is over. Of course they know kissing!":O
Rubina quickly picks up the phone and shouts at her daughter to return home ASAP!
Rubina: "But what about that prologue.. I found it a bit forceful. Very filmy? Full hijack-shyjack!"
Sundari: "Ya sure! Hijack happens only in Chuck Norris movies? That's why you recite the Gayatri Mantra every time you plan a trip!"
Rubina: "But Sundari? That was a bit Dramatic na?"
Sundari: "Why? Can't a hijack happen and when it happens can't a couple realize.. *beep beep
Rubina : What about the mother and father? Why haven't you explored their characters?
Sundari: (typed sweetly) "because I am not writing Ramayana or Mahabharata. It is a short love story following the path of two lovers."
Rubina: "But the brother and sister of Meghna? Why did you not go deeper into their relationships?"
Sundari: "Yes yes... Next time promise, I will go to their neighbor's house also and tell their story. You will review na?"
Sundari: "Ok Rubina, cut the crap! Did you like the story or not?"
Rubina: (whispers) "I hate you .."
Sundari: shocked !
Rubina: "Then what, you write such simple stories.Putting lives into the characters, taken from people you know in real life. Simplicity is your poison, Sundari. Some will love it and some won't. But those who do will come back for more and more and more and...."
Sundari: "So this book will sell or not?
Rubina: "It has been on the bestseller list.."
Sundari: I rest my case :D
A disclaimer: This is an imagined conversation. Meant only for entertaining purpose. Writing a review for such a simple story which has touched the hearts of many is tough. The editing is flawless and one cannot imagine Sundari not writing this book.
When I say tough,I don't mean the story line or the way of writing. I don't mean the story is layered and just when you feel that you have read it all - Sundari in her own filmi way throws a punch! (Remember in The Malhotra Bride, the gunshot scene?)
Here too there is hijack scene. This is Sundari's style. Who am I to ask her to change it? Some might not like it and some might but to tell an author to change her style simply because I don't agree with it,does not mean she is not a good writer. She is a dynamic writer. But her poison is her believe. If she believes in the scene, come hail or storm, she will keep it. Now with so much passion, how can a story go wrong ?
I wont't be rating this book. When I gave Double Jeopardy a 5 star, I did not know Sundari Venkatraman then when I gave her The Malhotra Bride 5 stars,I knew well by then.
Now I am being accused of being biased. Yes, I am. I love her writing style. I love the simple, pure romantic books. Sue me!
A nice book. Highly recommended.
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