Title: Beauty is but Skin Deep
Author: Sundari Venkatraman
# of pages: 43
Link to Buy: Amazon.in
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 41 titles (37 books & 4 collections) to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1 Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.
It’s the last straw for Simran when the guy who had come home to meet her with the intention of marriage, falls for her younger sister.
Going to her mother’s best friend’s home in Mumbai to lick her wounds, she finds it difficult to forget the rejection she’s suffered at her father’s hands, all because she is dark-skinned.
Nitin returns early from his trip to Sydney and is fascinated with his mother’s young guest right from the moment he sets eyes on her.
Simran finds it too strange that someone as handsome as Nitin would want to spend time with her unattractive self and tries her best to keep him at arm’s length.
Only, Nitin won’t listen as he pursues her relentlessly.
Will Simran ever be able to come out of her shell to see how much Nitin loves her? Or will she continue to wallow in self-pity?
*A shorter version of this story was published before in the anthology Matches Made in Heaven
I have read a short romantic story by the author and had enjoyed the quick read and cute story. I decided to read more.
Plot & Review
The book is about Simran who has lost her self-confidence owing to the constant humiliation by her own father.
Simran’s only ‘flaw’ is being slightly dark-skinned. Her father and younger sister insult her continuously, to a point where she needs to be away from them. Her mother Sadhana sends her to a friend’s place – Nandita, a widower, who lives with her son Nitin.
Things change dramatically as the mother-son duo see the person she is, and not the colour of her skin.
Indians have a colour fetish and we discriminate more than the those who are names ‘racists’. There is only one idea of beauty – a fair complexion. The book highlights that.
Wait, that applies to all Asians, because from what I hear and read, Pakistani’s are just the same.
If you don’t believe it, look around and observe. You will notice the colour discrimination. Perhaps, you’re doing that, too.
Enough about my feelings about the sensitive topic of ‘complexion’.
The book is short. The story has a happy ending. It makes for easy and quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.