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Only Wheat Not White Kindle Edition
What if following your heart means failing your family?
Eila Sood leaves India for the U.S., hoping to unite her family and mend fences with her estranged older sister. She soon learns that her sister’s intercultural marriage, which outraged their parents, has hit rock bottom. To help pay the bills, Eila accepts an accounting job at a strip club, working for the fascinating yet infuriating Brett Wright.
As their friendship and mutual desire builds, Eila chooses keeping family peace over following her heart. After Brett misinterprets her fears and accuses Eila of prejudice, his ex-girlfriend steps in to offer solace.
Eila realizes that whichever choice she makes will rip her life apart. What will Eila choose? Love of her life or a life ruled by tradition?
Fall in love with love, in this steamy saga from a best selling romance author.
- ASIN : B00KQNNHVA
- Publisher : Penning Publishing (2 June 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 2570 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,065 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from India
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It’s a golden rule, ‘Only Wheat Not White’ in Eila’s world but everything she plans for, goes topsy-turvy. It’s a tale of complicated lives, where Eila not only finds friendship in the unlikeliest place but, she becomes a match fixer for the White Babe and the Wheat dude at work. Yes, our Eila cannot keep her mouth shut for long. She is mugged, saved by the American brother-in-law and is kissed out of the blue by the ogre. The book has family drama, love, friendship, sensuality and an anti-climax.
What is romance without humor and one-liners? Drab and boorish, you’ll argue and rightly so! Varsha Dixit effortless humor flits in the narration with utmost ease which breaks the monotony but never the flow. Varsha takes you in this world where you can pop in and out for a break through the funniest lines but you can’t stay away for long.
Or, this one which is one of my favorite that makes humor flawless and effortless in execution:
“Then, she stopped and turned around, ‘Food for thought! What’s the similarity between getting laid and laid off!” You need intelligence to steer this line to perfection.
In a nutshell, Only Wheat Not White has everything that can be beautifully adapted on the silver screen where the whole Indian family chip in at the restaurant owned by Bret and it’s narrated with an Indian feel how a community can pull the extraordinary to save the day. Mrs. Das is one such character, who mutters religious verses that echo our own Indian raga to attain Moksha. The book may have been set in US with White not Grey Love but the soul is Indian.
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Before I get into the review, a little background - I picked this book up right after reading (and re-reading) The Raven Cycle Series, and when, oddly enough, I was drifting into a reading slump. I say oddly enough, because I had loved the series, and it should have energized me to read more, but it didn't. I was in a strange lethargy.
And my go-to genre in such situations is - romance. A simple, light-hearted, fun, romantic comedy always picks me back up, and gets me going. And this book - Only Wheat, Not White (OWNW), fit the bill perfectly.
OWNW follows the life of Eila Sood, a 20 something, who takes up a project/job in USA to spend time (and mend fences) with her estranged elder sister - Sheela (who had a falling out with her family due to her inter-racial marriage 7 years back).
While coming to US, the one advice/warning Eila’s mother chose to give her was - Only Wheat, Not White. And nope, this wasn't nutritional, but matrimonial advice/warning!
The plot then revolves around Eila's life, as she lands in the country, starts a new job, meets different people, makes friends, and (eventually) falls in love.
This book has all the ingredients of a great rom-com. It is funny, witty, charming, and adorable. It’s also pretty fast paced with many twists and turns, and not a single boring moment.
While reading this book, I felt like I was watching this story unfold on the screen. That itself says a lot about the writing, characterization, and the author's story-telling ability.
A perfect light read for the summer. Highly recommended to fans of this genre.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.
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First when i read the title, I thought food might be the main content of the story. (Though i was not wrong fully) But as i moved forward with the story i understood the real meaning behind the title.
In India, love and inter caste marriages are looked down, as if its a great sin. So, Imagine if a girl marries not only outside caste or region but to a person who is a foreigner.... all hell breaks loose. Parents boycott the girl, they refuse to acknowledge her existence etc etc. Typical Indian Mentality.
Varsha has captured this perfectly in Only Wheat Not White...
Lovely and apt title. Perfect title to perfect love story, perfect mixture of love, romance and family. And When the story is based on India how can food be left behind. So a perfect fusion of Indian n foregin cuisine in one part of the book actually had me drooling and made me hungry.
Keep up the good work... cant wait to read more of your creations with rhyming title.
Top reviews from other countries
premises of an accepted partner for a Hindu.
Here, the family was torn apart not only by the marriage, but also by the Indian daughter, who entered the relationship with a Caucasian man, unprepared for its consequence. While her family blames the husband for the non-existent relationship after the marriage, we get to know that, their daughter is the one mainly responsible.
As the middle-daughter, Eila, takes a temporary job in New York, to try to restore the relationship between her sister and her parents, she discovers that the reality is very far from what she thought. Her sister is very different from the person she once knew. Also she gains a very different perspective about her brother in-law.
As Eila, despite her own misgivings, falls in love with a blue-eyed Caucasian, we get the sense that she now has the tools to navigate successfully through the relationship and to gain her family acceptance.
At the end of the book, I could picture the two couples, and the two kids, travelling to India together to meet the parents. Introducing the 'real' son-in-law and the son-in-law to be. Let them discover two good men, under their white skins.
It's a 3.5 stars for me.
Everytime I read Varsha Dixit I am in awe how she blends the humour so realistically to the story telling. It’s not just the story but also the humour and fun which adds the charm to the book.
The very concept of accepting a White into the very conservative Indian family, a husband and wife struggling to live with a burden of the same, one of them struggling hard to find the roots; she had to leave behind to be with her love… just not the right way and one poor lady trying hard to keep this Mr White out of her heart because he is not Wheat. Also Mr White is struggling hard to understand the very concept.
This romance with a blend of humour holds you all the way along.
Detailed Book Review in Book Reviews by Reshma Ranjan
Eila moved from India to USA to live and work temporarily there. During that time, she stays with her sister, Sheela, who had been alienated by their family for 7 years after marrying outside Indian. Right after getting off the plane, 'accidents' always happen around Eila, and fate has its way of showing Eila is her knight in shining armour.
Through the many happenings; bumping in the train to work, work hours cut, the sale of place where she is working, she finally get to meet her knight. One she has mixed feelings about. Fate has brought them to work together in the same place. But what about her promise to her parents? A promise she intends to keep if she doesn't want to be alienated by her family, just like her sister.
This is fun & light romantic story. Love the twists. The characters could be made more developed and each main character could have their own chapter in the same narrative style.
for a while like a trance. Its been a while I read a book of this genre and it cast a spell. If not all atleast some characters definitely did. Eila is a very beautiful name. Well sketched characters. Subtle humour. I read the book over 5 days but it held my interest and I took to it the first chance I got everytime!
This is the first time I have read an Indian author and Varsha definitely has an international appeal. Articulate and beautifully written. Romance and love will never be history.
Some words still lingering in my mind 'Ogre', 'Eila's hair clip' (the villian!) , Bretts shirt sleeve folded upto his forearm, Eila's liquid gold dress, hooded eyes and finally I was happy that blue was my favourite color!!
Interesting, crisp and short story told with a lot of love! Read it!