Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Review: His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkataraman

Sundari Venkatraman


The badass Shikha is startled when the nerdy Abhimanyu proposes marriage. She loves... herself, and Abhimanyu doesn't figure on her list anywhere. For Abhimanyu, however, it was love at first sight when Shikha walked into RS Software, where the two of them work. 

When Abhimanyu shows her that he just might be rich enough for her, a pleasantly surprised Shikha accepts his marriage proposal and moves into his swanky apartment. 

But it looks like the love is all from only Abhi’s side as Shikha continues to drink herself crazy. Yeah, even at their wedding party. 

And then Abhi sets out on a honeymoon to Thailand with His Drunken Wife... 

*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.

My Review

His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman is one of the many published books (have stopped counting books from this author, as I have tagged her as a 'writer who pens as she breathes')

This is a story about unconditional love from Abhimanyu who is a partner in a business firm with Ranveer and falls for his secretary, Shikha. Sparks fly, but when lust was kept on a back burner, there would be conflict and exchange of heated conversation over a subject that would be out of control for Shikha. She is an addict towards alcohol and would land up being drunk in most of the occasions when they would try to mingle with other adults.

The story moves forward as a couple thanks to the absolute dedication from the male protagonist, Abhimanyu. His genuine emotions were forthright but sometimes misunderstood as a reader since justice was not given to the scene. Example: when the secretary Shikha was given work by her new boss, Abhimanyu. The challenges were kept superficial thus, not making the reader actually understand the character, Shikha. The second instance when jealousy was portrayed by Shikha when her ex-boss, Ranveer declared his love for Chanda. That raised confusion since she was already in a relationship with Abhimanyu. Thus making me find her very arrogant, and disconnected and not being able to sympathize with her past as it was not evolved well. Being a novella, each scene should have been downright explicit to get the attention of the reader; unfortunately, the author was in a hurry to resolve things and move further. 

Needless to say kudos to the character, Abhimanyu to help his better half (Shikha) come out of the addiction of alcohol and make her drunk with his love! 

Overall a light, breezy read.

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