This is a special post and today is a special day. What you ask is special about today?
Well it is 13th August for starters, 13 elicits some emotion from everyone. For me it is a good number and the day is Wednesday; which is an important good day.
My mother always says “Budh Kum Sudh” meaning, “Anything done on a Wednesday is done well”. So agreeing with my mother I have chosen today as the day for my first Guest Post.
I present to you the most honored, special and romantic GUEST BLOGGER/ WRITER who is the author of not one but 3 books.
She is a fantastic writer, a great human being and a beautiful person. Her books have so much emotion and so much love in her words that once you start reading her novels they are hard to put down. (Hence the romantic bit.)
Without further delay please welcome the best seller author of ‘The Malhotra Bride’, ‘Double Jeopardy’ & ‘Meghna’.
As you all know that since I talk a lot about women on my blog I asked Sundari if she could share her views on the heroines of her novels and what goes in her mind when she develops their personalities. What is her inspiration for the leading ladies that she writes about? The strong willed, positive and confident heroines and how they are like today’s women.
Here is what Sundari has to say….Enjoy!!
Despite Women’s Lib and Bra burning movements, women are very much a down-trodden race around the world. That said, it doesn’t mean that women are weak or fools.
I like to write stories where women turn out to be winners in every situation, which is but the truth. My heroines are all champions. While there are a number of atrocities like rape, etc that happen to women – events that are addressed by law – there are a number of things that happen quietly in many households across our country that cannot be legally punished.
Even today, in the 21st century, women are subordinates in most homes – whether they make a living or otherwise. Many put up with this without saying much. That again does not mean they – we are stupid. These are the issues that I like to write about.
In The Malhotra Bride, 20-year-old Sunita has a match arranged for her, much against her will.
Meghna has to put up with her colleague’s bad behaviour just because he thinks he’s in love with her. Is he bothered about her feelings? Absolutely not!
The Runaway Bridegroom (Coming in September 2014 on Amazon) brings to light the situation of child marriage that still happens in our country.
In Sangita’s Dilemma (to be published in 2015), Sangita becomes a widow at a young age, only to be taunted by her own parents.
In my novels, all of these women find solutions (easy ones, of course) to their issues. The novels talk of solutions to these problems; ways in which the family and society can handle the crises without blowing things out of proportion. Life should be a joy for everyone, especially women without whom creation will come to a standstill. What say?
Thank you, Sundari. These insights into the lives of your heroines and your future works are exciting indeed.
I look forward to reading them and I agree; you can’t do much without the advice and supervision of women!
MEGHNA by Sundari Venkatraman
The young and dashing Rahul Sinha lives in England with his parents, Shyam and Rajni. He is an only son of the rich banker. Rahul is totally attached to his father but does not care for his mother. Read the book to find out why….
Rahul is exulted with his efforts at work paying off and plans a holiday with his best friend Sanjay Srivastav who lives in Mumbai with his wife Reema, kids Sanya and Rehaan and most importantly, his sister, Meghna. Rahul recalls meeting Meghna just before they parted six years ago.
Meghna works for a website and also teaches modern dance as she loves it. She’s thrown for a toss when Rahul comes visiting. She had thought he had forgotten them.
But how could Rahul do that? Sanjay’s his best friend and Rahul had always treated their home as his own. Sanjay’s mother had been more of a mother to Rahul than his own. Rahul had stayed away after moving to England or so Meghna believes.
Thus begins the story between Rahul and Meghna, the teasing, the flirting, the anger, the tears… …will they find love?
A FRIENDLY WARNING: This book has been written only for the purpose of Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment! If you are looking to learn something or improve your lives after reading this work, then this book is not for you. I am not trying to get into competition with the Author Biggies of this world. I wrote this simply for the fun and joy of it. One thing I can promise the reader though: Well proof-read, perfect language that I feel is very important for every book that’s written in any tongue.
Meet the Author
The Author’s Thoughts
Even as a kid, she absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as Sundari grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. Soon, into her teens, she switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine.
Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! She could never string two sentences together. While her spoken English had always been excellent – thanks to her Grandpa – she could not write to save her life. She was bad at writing essays in both school and college. Later, when it was time to teach her kids, she could manage everything from Science to Mathematics and History & Geography.
When it came to writing compositions, her kids found her of no help at all. All this changed suddenly one fine day in the year 2000. She had just quit her job at a school’s office and did not know what to do with her life. She was saturated with simply reading books. That’s when she got home one evening after her walk and took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising Indian heroes and heroines needed an outlet and had to be put into words. That’s how her first novel, The Malhotra Bride, took shape.
While she felt discouraged when publishing did not happen, it was her husband who kept encouraging her not to give up. There was no looking back after that. While publishing took a long time happening, Sundari continued to write novels and then short stories. Her luck turned when Indireads approached her to write for them and Double Jeopardy was born.
Now it’s all about self-publishing her books on Amazon. She has published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition) and Meghna so far while planning to publish her fourth book – The Runaway Bridegroom – in September 2014.
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