Title: Married in NameMarried in Name

Author: India Daram

Publisher: Self Published Kindle Edition

Pages: 246

My Review:

Marriage is an institution which is still respected and followed religiously by all Indian irrespective of their ethnicity. Though, Indians are spread all across the inhabited mainland; they carry the traits of Indian-ness within their hearts and saving their marriage counts the top most position for all. Though, there may be superficial differences in thoughts and opinions; the crux is that they measure all crests and troughs in order to safeguard their beliefs and faith in their spouses. Once shaken, it is hard to reconcile but once patch-up done, they let others taste waters, come what may!

Married in name is a story of a marriage deal set up between the bride and the groom; both encircled by familial pressure and found the best solution was to get married to.each.other. Destiny shatters their best-laid plans and provides them a chance to follow their dreams only to land up in a situation in near future (after 18 months) and guides them to follow their heart. Who says, what’s in name? After all, it is all about name, fame and game. Isn’t it?

The story starts with a terrific beginning with a gutsy heroine and an irresistible guy (now if he is the hero of the mentioned heroine or not, you need to find out) living next door. They both get along comfortably until one day one of the prospective clients from the bride’s office (is he another party from the marriage deal?) visits her place and invites him to reside at his place. The story progresses as an exciting romance sets up as they both decide to a living arrangement in a shared room. Set using an amusing cast and bemused characters, the author serves an absorbing story of a realistic relationship between a couple married-in-name.

Is marriage in name equally committed as the real marriage is? Do spouse need to be loyal to each other in such an agreement? If no then what is the purpose of entering into such a relationship and make chaos? And if the answer is ‘Yes’ then, why is to be underrated than the real marriage at all? Next, a trivial question tags along with these – what are the reasons / need that urge both the partners to get married at all?

The groom is shown possessive at times and contrastingly, the bride is shown carefree and independent in order to show the variety in their characters and shades in their behaviors. As the plot was set in London and New York (away from Indian mainland), the treatment seems to be acceptable but had it been set in India, perceptions would have been strikingly different wherein the groom looked as over-possessive feminine eater while bride stretched to the extent of carelessness. I respect how the author imbibed the essence of being an Indian in relocated individuals and maintained a balance between modern day life-style and age-old perceptions (of course related to marriage).

Like me, you will enjoy their encounters with each other only to find out how they rubbed across each other in a wrong way! Their mutual bang-bang is hilarious and oozes passionate romance (I won’t dilute the sanctity of the institution of marriage by terming it as ‘sexual’). An enjoyable read which is hot and has a witty approach to continue marriage using a 5-Rule agenda!

About the Book:

Riyha Sharma’s dreams of studying in the UK were set to biting the dust as her parents insisted marriage came first. Rohan Kumar proposed a solution – marriage in name. Everything was going as planned when Riyha did something she had not planned – she fell in love with her husband. Keen to save her marriage Riyha came up with the RULES OF SEDUCTION…