“Another beer to calm the nerves?” A distant cousin who Rihaan had never the pleasure of meeting before, suggested with a knowing smirk.
This was followed by a loud burst of laughter. It was close to midnight, but the party had just begun at the usually serene Mehta abode in South Delhi. “Rihaan doesn’t need anything to cool him down. He’s going to be a full-on man tonight! Can’t afford to disappoint bhabhi, right?” This was promptly followed by another outburst of mirth.
Rihaan submitted to several friendly thumps on his back, returning them with the obligatory wry smile that could be interpreted any which way they desired. He didn’t care about their opinions.
It was true, he hadn’t let a single drop of alcohol pass through his lips. Not because he was anxious to perform well on his wedding night and impress his new wife. On the contrary, he wanted to keep all his faculties intact so he could confirm the suspicion that had been gnawing at his brain ever since the wedding ceremony. And with each moment that passed, his unease had grown steadily.
Unable to bide his time any longer, he stood up and went toward his room paying no heed to the numerous whistles and catcalls that followed in his wake.
Thrusting the door wide open he strode toward the marital bed. It was bare except for his bride’s wedding finery that lay in a neat pile in one corner. His heart now thudding at a frantic pace inside his chest, he scanned the vicinity, fervently hoping his concerns were for nothing.
He approached the wide open balcony door, and his pulse slowed down slightly. Perhaps he’d just been imagining it all?
A girl stood there leaning against the railing, her face upturned toward the full moon. On hearing him approach, she turned around. “Finally! I’ve been waiting like forever!”
He frowned, straining to decipher her features obscured by deep shadow. “Deepika?”
“Naa…, not Deepika.” She stepped forward into the light, a bright smile illuminating her strikingly graceful features.
His heart sank. Not Deepika.
“I am Naina—the girl you married. Goodbye, Rihaan.”
Dr. Rihaan is a successful neurosurgeon. He is the best in his field, he has magic in his fingers. But all his skills seems to be useless when it comes to deal with the demands put up by his mother. His mother wants him to get married a to a nice Indian girl and settled down. But Rihaan is afraid of marriage. He feels it will be a setback to his career and he can’t let some girl to interfere in his life.
But his mother is also not the kind of woman who would give up. Finally, Rihaan has to give in to his mother’s demands and starts looking for a suitable girl. He does succeed to do so but accidentally get married to Naina.
Review: I loved the title of the book and was sure that book would be good too. Now to be frank I didn’t like the first half of the book much. There was too much use of the Hindi words and in brackets translation was also given. It was a bit irritating for me and that’s why I couldn’t enjoy the book much in starting. But as the story progressed, I started loving it. The best part of the book is that moment you would feel that story is going to end now. Something would happen and the story would get a new twist and turn. I enjoyed those surprises a lot. The author kept me guessing about what would happen next.
Overall, it is a good book and you would definitely enjoy reading the book. It’s sweet and cute and a lovely book.
About the Author
Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in both northern and southern India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. She is the author of multicultural contemporary romantic fiction.
The inspiration for her books and other creative projects comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.
Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.
Much of Rao’s down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.
A practicing physician, Rao lives in Denver with her family. Her published works include Inconvenient Relations and The Accidental Wife. She is currently at work on her next release.
Connect with the author and read more of her work on her website at http://www.SimiKRao.com.
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