Book Review: THE MALHOTRA BRIDE (By Sundari Venkatraman)

Book Details

Title: The Malhotra Bride

Author: Sundari Venkatraman

# of pages: 147

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Author Profile

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.


Sunita Rishi’s just turned twenty, having completed her graduation. She wants to fly free as a bird, explore career options and travel the world. Does she have a choice when Mamma & Pappa insist on arranging her marriage? Born in a rich business family steeped in tradition, Sunita has a tough job on her hands. Can she stop the tide?

Tall, dark and handsome, Akshay Malhotra is the catch of the decade. The only son of Billionaire Raj Malhotra, he’s in a strange fix. His father’s keen that Akshay meets Sunita with marriage in mind. He’s too close to his parents to say ‘no’ for the preliminary meeting. And then he comes face-to-face with Sunita….

Will Sunita be falling from the frying pan into the fire when she agrees to become The Malhotra Bride?

Non-review Rant

I have read a short romantic story by the author and had enjoyed the quick read and cute story. I decided to read more. This is part of my ‘read the same author’ spree. This is the fourth and last book by Sundari, that I read during the readathon. I will pick another desi author next. Any suggestions?

Plot & Review


The story is about how an arranged marriage turns out to be a love marriage, with bits of drama and tragedy thrown in.


Short, quick, romantic, Bollywood like, fun, fluffy, cheesy… These are some of the tags I would use to describe the book.

Sunita and Akshayboth are unwilling to get married but their parents’ incessant badgering convinces them to at least meet each other, once. Akshay, however, goes to see her outside her class and is smitten instantly. He, therefore, proposes a three year contract marriage and promises that Sunita can lead the life of her dreams; as he and his family is quite open minded. 

They start seeing each other and fall for each other. The chemistry is good and you can visualize how they gradually become Of each other. The drama – Sunita’s father suddenly becoming the mean guy and then suddenly realizing his mistakes – was not believable, for me.

Of all the books I have read by the author, this one’s writing felt plain in a few places. Apart from that, a nice quick read.

Shabana Mukhtar

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