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The story revolves around Mahi and Samrat ,who knew each other since adulthood. They have a past and when they meet after a long time every thing came back rushing. How they dealt with it and whether they end up together or not is this story is all about.
The plot and narration is beautiful and a treat to read.
The character of Mahi is full of life .
A perfect read !!
“Former” bad girl, Mahi, grew up and wants to lead an uncomplicated life – That’s how the story actually begins. Little does she realize that her “bad girl” past would continue to haunt her. Enter Samart, the nerd whose chance at a prestigious American university was ruined by Mahi. They end up being neighbors. One thing leads to another and sparks fly between them. What follows is a racy tale of two people who are polar opposites.
The pacing of the story was fairly stable with enough twists and turns to keep the readers hooked. Nevertheless, these twists were a wee bit predictable. I guess the writer was being brutally honest in naming the book so. It was indeed the same old love story narrated in an interesting manner. The narration was surprisingly perfect for a rookie writer. The characterization was spot on and all the character emoted to dot.
I felt that the writer could have done away with a couple of love scenes which ended up filling pages at one point in the story. I also felt the Ananaya’s story (Samart’s sister) ended up consuming pages without adding much effect to dramatization of story. That part of the story could have used tighter editing. The climax was predictable but was dragged a bit. Again, tighter editing would have resulted in a better reading experience.
The author has kept the story moving in the present and interspersed with flashbacks. Though, the story moves back and forth but even once, I did not feel that they were confusing.
I felt that this book could have actually been two books, the prologue to Ananya’s and Sidhu’s marriage as the first book, epilogue, saying 14 years later, Mahi is back. And the second book moves from when Mahi comes back.
All in all a very well written book, unputdownable.
A confession, I started to read it on my desktop at lunch and downloaded the book on my phone so that I could read it on the metro home and not waste a minute. (this is the first book that I have downloaded on my phone).
Looking forward to more from the author, maybe a sequel with Srishti as the lead…..
Different story and one of the best book I have ever read. I always enjoy reading M.V.Kasi's book.
Go for the book without giving a second thought.
I would go a step further by stating that well-behaved women seldom shocks a reader in remembering her as we remember, even today, Scarlett O' Hara or Moll Flanders. And now for me, Mahi of India's Most Unlikely Bride by M V Kasi.
A former bad girl with a past..."
The above line caught my attention. Will it be wild or sensual? Temperamental or evocative or would it simply be the same old story of a woman fighting off an attractive, chauvinistic and yet completely irresistible male? The blurb will not prepare you for Mahi.
The prologue introduces Mahi as a bully and a trouble maker. A girl, who has no moral conscience; and is ready to lie just for the thrill of it. Her one lie- changes the course of life for many people and this forms the plot of this novel.
“Let’s see how Tarzan puts that so called brilliant mind to use and get out of this problem, she thought with a smirk, formulating a quick plan.”
Such a breath of fresh air from a damsel in distress.
Gone are the days when women were busy in hiding their sensuality. 'Making out' as she did with her ex-boyfriend was a hushed affair. Right now we live in a very extreme culture I suppose. One side “live in relationships” are growing while on the other hand parts of India are still getting more embroiled in the Khaap culture. Mahi represents every woman in India. The abuser and the abused. The complacent and the revolutionary.The story starts with Mahi returning to India after a long gap. She is divorced and single. Her neighbor is none other than her college Samrat Reddy. The man whom she had once falsely accused of cheating and kissing her during her college days. A man who had always lived under the shadow of her false accusations.
“The humiliation and the loss, not just for him, but for his entire family had affected him through the years. Then there was also the matter of other false allegations she threw at him…”
Is Mahi really such a bitch?
The story behind the facade...
Mahi carries many shades of pain on her shoulders. The rejected daughter to the abused wife. And these pains her nothing compared to that she felt after becoming a mother. But the role she revels in is that of being a sensual woman. I found many shades of Scarlett O'Hara in Mahi. Those buried pains covered under a mask of 'devil may care attitude.'
Weaving of stories...
This novel cannot be taken as single read. Multiple POVs showcases the lives of many of those touching the life of Mahi. Even her ex-boyfriend gets a happy ending. This book can be divided into three parts.
1) Mahi and Samrat come together
2)Fifty shades of Mahi
3)Mahi winning back Samrat.
While the first part can be called as a cute love story, the hot scenes in the middle part of the novel will either shock you or send you into raptures. Be ready for some well-written but very sensual scenes. The third part from where Mahi’s journey towards happiness starts is a bit of a cliché. She is angry and then he is angry and then… and throughout this, it is their physical attraction they have for each other that keeps them together. One might find this a bit of a weak conflict to go on.. but for romance lovers, it’s this ultimate thrill that makes us want to be part of this romantic journey.
But the question here is was it needed? For the growth of Mahi, yes. It’s a weapon for her. A facade, which hides her pain. A facade which Samrat shreds to pieces. A facade that becomes her reality. But does it drive the story further? I wouldn’t say that after the first instance, the repeat “performances” were needed. A few of them could have been let go of to make this a much tighter read.
Side characters take a center stage…
Mahi's ex-boyfriend, Sidhu occupies a lot of space in this novel as does Samrat’s sister, Ananya As if the author does not like any loose ends. The best part of the novel was the practicality attached to the attitude of the characters. Love happens. Breakups happen. Live moves on. People grow up and meet other people. And this is exactly what life is all about.
I could connect with Mahi a lot. In her mature 'avatar' she could handle anything. Even a very boorish Samrat. Isn't real life a bit like that too?You make mistakes in your youth. Fun for some, nightmare for others. Yet you grow out to be a good human being. Characters like Mahi are a very welcome change for those who are into heavy literature. This is one book, you can read without analyzing a lot of what ifs and why not's. Again one cannot call this a frivolous read. Certain topics like extra- marital affair to sexuality in marriage have been touched upon.
Samrat, on the other hand, disappointed me a bit. He is very likable till he does not reach his village. Suffering heartbreak is only a woman's prerogative is truly proven here. His throwing off the clothes out of the window really brought him down a bit in my eyes. I just hope he folded them back.
Though the story follows a very steady curve of growth, it hits a lacuna once Samrat and Mahi come on the same page. For those who love hot romances, you will like it but for those who are romantic without the steam, you might skip a few pages here. I didn’t.
THE REASON FOR RATING...
The way a women is protreyed... Its a fact... Nothing can break a woman... Sshe may be beautiful sexy... Intelligent soft loving but..... Behind all this shes a sherni.. Tigeress.... Thats the most important part i liked in this book....