29 Jun These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan
These Lines of Mehendi is a novella with a lot of spunk and substance. I have read Sumeetha’s earlier novel, The Perfect Groom and find that her stories always have a message, a depth and move you with not just the romance but relevance as well.
The story is of second chances and the fear to fail again. Both the Lalitha and Shrikanth have faced heart break and are least interested in marriage. That life finds them at a turn where marriage becomes their only solution is the crux of the book. The author has skillfully manipulated the story to reflect the reality of our times that a widow is ostracized for no fault of her. Her failed or bad marriage is no problem but being a widow lets all hell break loose.
Such double standards are the sad reality of our country. Till one is in the midst of it all the reality does not bother the average person. Shrikanth is a progressive, smart, handsome and caring person, perfect to ease all doubts that Lalitha has. He is a breadth of fresh air for her and she is the devoted, cultured, sweet lady, an ideal wife like his mother wanted for him. Only they initially fail to recognize it.
The book is a fast paced, sweet read and the conversations and messaging between Lalitha and Shrikanth were fun to read. The best part was that the distance brought them closer and the way they both found each other. The fun in the book is so endearing after they get married.
The twist in the story and the ending was so touching, I loved the validation that they both found with each other at the end of the story. The author brought them both together with finesse. I enjoy the book and the message it conveys so effortlessly.
Pick These Lines of Mehendi for a good book that is a charming, sentimental and engaging read.
I received a copy of the book from the author for editing/ proofreading. This is my honest opinion.
These Lines of Mehendi
Beautiful and efficient Lalitha loved to deck up brides for their wedding, though her own marriage was in shambles. When her estranged husband suddenly commits suicide she realizes that things wouldn’t be the same again…
Shrikanth thought that he was a confirmed bachelor but when his mother refused to get herself treated for cancer unless he got married, he had to get a bride in a hurry.
She needed a husband in name, to save her career while he needed to marry to please his mother. Will they find love second time around? Will they lower their shields and succumb to a mutual passion?