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Book Spotlight, Guest Post and Book Review--> Meghna by Sundari Venkatraman

 Meghna by Sundari Venkatraman

The Blurb
     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. 

Yours truly, 

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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. 

Guest Post by Sundari Venkatraman: Evolution in your writing style

Hmm… you have set me thinking hard.

Let me see! I couldn’t string two sentences together for the first four decades of my life – at least not creatively. While I read voraciously, I was bad with essays and creative writing. But there were a lot of tales within me that wanted to be told. I used to make up stories for my kids all the time. All happy endings, mind you! That is very important, even today. I have been comfortable in the Queen’s language since I was three years old, thanks to my Grandpa.

When I began writing suddenly, I thought I wrote well. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that good either. Lollll!

When I wrote my third novel “Sangita’s Dilemma”, (not published yet) I realized that I had come a long way. The language, the characters and scenes had all improved, tremendously. This was in 2001.

Later, working for Mumbai Mirror and a couple of websites for Network 18 improved my writing, editing and proofing skills terrifically.

The icing on the cake was writing Double Jeopardy for Indireads. Naheed Hassan trained me to cut out extra words like ‘had’ and ‘that’ which South Asians tend to use more than the others. I could see her point and once I did that to my novels, they improved them a long way. I also did a lot of proof-reading for Indireads - nine of their novellas actually. Reading books critically and reading them for the sake of it are two different things altogether. It really helped hone my skills as a writer as well as a proof-reader.

Today, with The Malhotra Bride & Meghna, you see the best of my writing so far. Though I wrote them both back in 2000-2001, I have completely revamped them for publishing them this year. I do feel thrilled when reviewers tell me that my books are written in excellent English and well edited.

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