Bookish Witch

Meghna by Sundari Venkatraman

Blurb (as on Amazon)

The young and dashing Rahul Sinha lives in England with his parents, Shyam and Rajni. He is the only son of a 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?

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Drama

Format: Kindle eBook

Pages: 176

Price: ₹199/$3.99

My rating: 4.3/5

Rahul is an NRI visiting his best friend’s family in Mumbai after many years. Amongst the said family members, is Sanjay’s (the best friend) baby sister, Meghna. Rahul and Meghna’s last meeting has left a lasting impression on both, what with it leading to a kiss, that too Meghna’s first one. Will they be able to move past that encounter or will they be able to take it one step ahead this time?

What I liked about the book:

  • Megha’s feisty, free and aspiring personality is instantly likable. Though she comes with her own flaws, it’s easy to start rooting for her from the first page.
  •  There are elements of friendships, family, parenting, and festive spirit, in short, a lot of things beyond the romance, that keep the reader in you satisfied.
  • The two kids and their bonding with Rahul and Meghna is especially endearing. I love how both the children compete with each other for Rahul’s attention.
  • The aesthetics of the story are what make it truly commendable. It unfolds many layers of relationships right from that of Rahul and his parents, Meghna with her own family, and above all, the clingy others in both Rahul and Meghna’s life who pose a threat in their blooming story. Most characters have gray shades, but they’re also inclined more towards white, making them more pleasing than annoying or hateful.
  • The charm of this story lies in its small details, especially on things like how Meghna behaves around Rahul, how she takes care of the way she dresses, and most adorable is how she reacts when Rahul teases her or doesn’t compliment her when she has made an effort to dress up.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The treatment of the attack on Meghna by her colleague felt rushed. There was scope to address how Rahul blames Meghna for what happened. It also felt like it ended without proper closure.
  • The hijack scenario felt a little unbelievable and convenient as well.

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