26 September, 2015

#BookReview :: Milan (A Wedding Story) by Simi K. Rao

About the Book:

Milan (A Wedding Story)

When a daughter turns marriageable age, what should a responsible father do? Easy--wed her to the most suitable boy who comes knocking on the door. Jai Bharadwaj, Mili's father and owner of The Serenity Tea Estate in the idyllic Nilgiris would've probably liked to do the same, but being who he was, he had to ask her first. What would she say?

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Set in the beautiful hill station of Connoor, Milan is the story of Mili, Ahaan and their ‘arranged marriage'.

Mili’s father, a tea estate manager in the Nilgiri Hills, finds a perfect match for her. Ahaan is an eligible bachelor in every way and the best part is that Mili and Ahaan are not strangers who are brought together in this blessed union. But Mili has her reservations about marrying Ahaan and as she gets caught up in the whole situation, can she hold on to the dorky image of Ahaan that she remembers or will she fall for the hunk that he has turned into.

Mili is an interesting character with various shades. The first thing that I liked about her is her ambition to make a career in the music industry. Anyone who deviates from the traditional path of doctor / engineer / mba, has my respect instantly – especially the artictic ones whether fictional or real ;). She is enchanting for most parts except when she reacts badly to anything that doesn’t conform to her opinions. She sure did test me a bit. However, Ahaan is perfect for her… They complement each other so well that together they are complete. I liked Ahaan’s character and his convictions. The author paints a pretty picture throughout. Whether it is the backdrop of Connoor or the wedding setting, it is easy to picturize everything with the way she describes them. 

Though I understand that it is not always possible to round up everything perfectly, given the restrictions of a novella, I couldn’t help but feel a bit lost. There were so many questions in my mind and some characters were left without closure. This novella could have been really good if only a few loose ends were tied up.

In the end, the story was good and so were most of the characters. As such it made for an entertaining read.

Review Copy received from the Author

About the Author:
Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in both northern and southern India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. She is the author of multicultural contemporary romantic fiction.
The inspiration for her books and other creative projects comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.
Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.
Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.
A practicing physician, Rao lives in Denver with her family. Her published works include Inconvenient Relations and The Accidental Wife. She is currently at work on her next release.

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