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My review

Can you run away from your love? I mean to ask – Really? For those, whose answer is a ‘No’ then, you are quite blessed to having learnt the lesson your way but, for those, whose answer is a ‘YES’ then, my dear friend, you need to re-consider your options ASAP!!!

Yes and here is this frivolous wordily magician – Sundari Venkatraman,The Runaway Bridegroom presenting to your rescue, her novel – ‘The Runaway Bridegroom’. Running away from marriage has been considered a taboo (since ages) in our Indian culture but that doesn’t stops from its occurrences. She intelligently mixes the concept of modern-day corporate romance with yet another taboo – ‘Child Marriage’ and makes an attempt to highlight its (unforeseen) consequences. Though she puts forward her opinions in a light tone but ends on a strong note i.e. ‘Love finds it way, come what may’.

The Runaway Bridegroom, is an interesting story of contrasting thoughts about the school of marriage in India; spanning through three generations. Children are always considered novice and their hearts soft. Do they actually recognize, understand and respect their share of duties and for that matter of fact, their aspiration? They are so fragile that they do not even know what to expect from themselves, leave aside their life partners. Veerendra is one such chap, who is forced into marriage at an innocent age of thirteen. He is yet not mature enough to appreciate the gravity of the situation and runs away. Has he run away from home or family or his duties or himself? It is you, who need to find the answer.

In a marriage, if there is a groom, of course, there has to be bride as well. Here she is – Chanda. A vibrant and full of life gal, who is well protected under the warmth of love from her family, which includes her parents and caring brothers. She is at content within herself but her fate exposes her to the brutality of the stigma of being an abandoned bride. How sad it is? We, the hypocrites, boast of equality for girls and then blame them for some stupid act of the masculine gender. Yet another pitiful example of ironical clash. Her family decides to relocate for her benefit. Glad to learn that at least, they stood by her side. But, as she matures to marriageable age, will they stick to their caring attitude towards her or will they be just like any other parents? Again, it is you, who need to find the answer.

Today, after fourteen years of the episode, Chanda is a grown up, intelligent and beautiful girl. She has kept herself calm and composed since these past years but her hormones have started showing their effect. She is feeling attracted to her new boss. She is being threatened by his secretary. Her boss is showing inclination but has not expressed his love for her!

To make it yet more thrilling, her parents claim to having found the missing husband of childhood? The source of their new hope is an astrologer. Is he someone to be relied on? How and why? What she should decide? Should she too run away?

What is her definition of true love – her childhood husband or present day love? Read the story to find out how true love finds its way into her life and changes all the set protocols of love.

The book has every single element to prove its worth. Starting from a catchy and intriguing cover page to an interesting story to well connecting theme to easily relatable characters to strong message towards the end and ending with a sweet couple living happily. What else would you expect from a blockbuster novel?

Any script writer (movies or tele-serials) reading my review? This is a call for you –

‘A corporate romance drama interwoven with family values and served with an icing of romance; a perfect evening cocktail!”

I recommend it (with a big loving smile on my face)

About the Book

Chanda Maheswari’s family is shaken when thirteen-year-old bridegroom Veerendra runs away immediately after the wedding. The eight-year-old child doesn’t even understand the impact on her life. Unable to face their neighbours and friends, The Maheswari’s move from their village to Jaipur and begin a new life in the city.

Fourteen years later, Chanda is studying in a Delhi College. She takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd. and falls head-over-heels for the boss of the operation. But what about Ranveer Singh? Is he interested in her?

Ranveer’s secretary Shikha is desparate to make him fall for her. All she wants is life-long security with a rich-man. But it’s nerd Abhimanyu who keeps getting in the way. Abhi is Ranveer’s second-in-command and Shikha isn’t keen on him as she’s eyeing the main chance.

When Ranveer appears to show interest in Chanda, she’s faced with a new problem. Astrologer Vidyasagar insists that she would get back with her husband Veerandra. Does anyone want to know what she wants?

Chanda feels torn between the man she has fallen for and the family values that have been instilled in her. Will she ever find happiness?