Bookish Witch

These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan

Book blurb:

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?

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Pages: 127

Format: Kindle

Price: 29 INR/ $1.20

My Ratings: 4/5

A light hearted mix of emotions, this is a book with a simple story yet some strong messages about our society, which claims to have progressed but still lacks basic broad minded thinking in certain matters.


What I liked about the book :
–> Talks about a profession which is looked down upon or not considered a major business/creative skill
–> Tells us about the problems faced by widow women in a supposedly progressive society but doesn’t demean or bring down the society at any point
–>Deals with relationship issues like adultery, trust issues, moving on,etc without being too preachy–> The cultural roots and traditions around Tambrahm community which I was unaware about
–> The female protagonist is strong and independent in her profession, yet vulnerable and shy when it comes to her personal relationships, which makes her relatable for most Indian women.


What I didn’t like about the book:

–> The end became quite predictable ( but I liked how the other woman didn’t turn out to be a complete negative character).
–> I wish the trust issues that the main characters were dealing with were shown more deeply, like how they got over it and probably had to seek counsel.


Overall a good one which can be finished in 2-3 days max.

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