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Rani is a journalist in a small local newspaper in Bareilly, India. Besides her schoolteacher father, who is also the neighborhood poet and drunk, her family includes two sisters and a mother, Shakuntala, who has a past history of her own. The mother had run away from a small village, Rampur, in India, rebelling against a powerful father, who was forcing her to marry an ...more
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Published December 18th 2012 by Amazon
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Danielle Evans
Jan 26, 2013 Danielle Evans rated it really liked it
Rani of Rampur is not a typical murder mystery. It takes place in India, and it revolves around a dysfunctional and estranged family. Rani is a young journalist who grew up in a big city with not a lot of money. While there are issues at home with her unhappy mother and alcoholic father, she learns more about her extended family’s dark past when she is invited to help with a wedding. She heads to a small village and stays on the wealthy estate where she meets her aunt, uncle, and cousins for the ...more
Scott McCloskey
Mar 12, 2013 Scott McCloskey rated it really liked it
Rani of Rampur is an approximately 200-page mystery/drama depicting fictional characters, but heavily weighted in factual aspects of Indian culture and society. I received this book for free in return for providing a non-reciprocal, unbiased review. I am not one for providing detailed summaries in reviews, so I will delve directly into my thoughts (if you do desire a synopsis, one has been provided on the book's Amazon sales page).

I must say that I enjoyed the setting of this book, but I admit I
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Hope Barrett
Jan 21, 2013 Hope Barrett rated it liked it
Last night I completed reading Suneeta Misra's Rani of Rampur, and came out of the whole experience with mixed feelings. Rife with drama and death, making me think of the family dynamics in the series Dallas but set in Delhi —well, okay, Rampur— Misra's work is a riveting read but loses a lot of its impact by the way she mixes her tenses.

The past and present are oftentimes thrown together in a sentence, so that you have to read twice to see where the author is taking you. I am not sure if this
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J.E. Barrett
Mar 09, 2013 J.E. Barrett rated it it was amazing
“Rani of Rampur” by Suneeta Misra


“Rani of Rampur” by Suneeta Misra is a well written story chronicling the lives and relationships of two very different sides of an Indian family, trying to reconnect after many years. The family was torn apart many years before when the eldest sister chose to flee rather than go through with an arranged marriage. Her father disowned her and married his younger daughter to the wealthy and powerful politician instead. The main characters are introduced when, after
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Kathleen Garlock
Feb 07, 2013 Kathleen Garlock rated it liked it
Rani of Rampur begins with a murder but that's not the mystery.

It's an open secret that Vir Singh killed his first wife. That's why Rani's mother refused to marry him. Running away instead with Rani's father. Nearly twenty five years pass and everyone is miserable. Rani's mother is an endless nag; her father is a drunk, at least according to her mother; one sister wants to be a movie star and the other wants to be a journalist like her older sister, Rani. Pretty and practical, Rani tries to ign
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Manish Mahajan
Apr 13, 2013 Manish Mahajan rated it liked it
Rani of Rampur is a story of a young upright girl Rani from a small town Bareilly in North India. She is sent to her estranged aunt's place in the town of Rampur to help with a marriage preparation. Her uncle Vir Singh is the archetypical powerful politician and these two characters - Rani and Vir Singh are the fulcrums of the entire plot.

Firstly I loved the cover. It is appealing and very relevant to the story(you would know why once you read the book). Since I read this book in the electronic
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Janet McNulty
Feb 03, 2013 Janet McNulty rated it liked it
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I picked up this book thinking it was a typical murder mystery, but the murder portion is more secondary to the plot.

The story takes place in India (there is a glossary in the back which helps explain some aspects of the culture which I found useful). The main character, Rani, is summoned by her aunt, Savitri, to help with wedding preparations for her cousin. She is mostly treated as a servant even though she is part of the family.Her aunt, uncle, and cousins are stuck up jerks. Rani's uncle, Vi
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Bob Craton
Feb 24, 2013 Bob Craton rated it really liked it
When I agreed to review this book, I knew it was outside my normal reading list. I've never been to India and don't know all that much about it, and I learned a lot about the society while reading this. From that standpoint alone, it was worthwhile to me but that's not all. As other reviewers have noted, the murder mystery is not the main theme of the book. It happens two-thirds of the way through the story, and the problem for investigators is not finding a suspect but finding too many. The ...more
ChaiTime
Feb 23, 2013 ChaiTime rated it it was amazing
Full Review at chaitime212.blogspot.com

I really enjoyed this book. It is well-written, interesting, and fast-paced. The main character was well-developed and there is a colorful cast of supporting (also well-developed) characters as well. This book is a gritty, thriller-type novel, that exposes the dirty underbelly of life in rural India, so some aspects may shock those readers with more conservative sensibilities. This, however, is the reality of life in the village, and as such, is necessary f
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Simon Wheeler
Oct 25, 2013 Simon Wheeler rated it really liked it
I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this - it's so much more than a whodunnit. Its setting in India raises it above the rest.
Apart from a cleverly-plotted murder, it has a touch of romance, (without any heaving of bosoms and swooning - in fact the main character, Rani, is a very level-headed and sensible young woman.) Much of the story is tied up with clearing skeletons out of the family closet, so there is a lot of murky family politics.
But it is when you look beyond the plot that you discov
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C.L.
Feb 24, 2013 C.L. rated it really liked it
I love to travel, but between work, kids and a perpetually strapped bank account, there are some areas of the world that I can only visit vicariously. I would love to visit India, but it's probably not going to happen any time soon. The most wonderful thing about this book is that I really did feel that I was taking a brief vacation in an Indian village. Misra's descriptions made me feel as if I were there and gave me insight into a different culture.

This book will definitely appeal to those who
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Adrianne Ambrose
Jan 18, 2013 Adrianne Ambrose rated it it was amazing
I ended up reading the whole thing down in two sittings. It was that enjoyable.

Rani of Rampur is set in India. That alone makes it stand out from so many books out there. But you aren't just reading the story or seeing the story through the author's eyes, you are immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of India. Really vivid imagery. Suneeta Misra also gives you the language of India, in terms of how people converse, expessions, casts. You experience the setting more so than read about it.

The
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Christoph Fischer
Jan 22, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
“Rani of Rampur” by Suneeta Misra was recommended to me by a fellow reviewer and I am glad he praised it the way he did. It is an excellent murder mystery, or at least that is how it is advertised in some places, but it is so much more. It is the story of a dysfunctional family, a story about family values and the caste system in India, about Village life, about politics and corruption.
The heroine, journalist Rani, is sent to assist her aunt with a family wedding where she gets drawn into the in
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Ty Patterson
Jan 20, 2013 Ty Patterson rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a formulaic book set in a Western milieu, this book is not for you.

However if you are willing to be dragged out of the comfort zone of your drawing room in the Western world, then wade in.

Suneeta Misra's Rani of Rampur is the story of Rani, a young educated journalist in a small town in India. She visits her aunt to help in the wedding preparations of her aunt's son and stumbles across murder,political machinations, family secrets and cover ups.

This is an India far from th
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Will
Feb 22, 2013 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always considered myself to be a student of cultures and Rani of Rampur didn't disappoint. Reading the book, I felt almost as though I was being told a story orally by a native Indian. The way the story was written it felt very much like a transcript of a play or movie. The author did a good job of helping me to see the setting with her descriptions.

Rani is the plucky female protagonist and the story tells of her 'adventure' in the city of Rampur where she has been summoned by her aunt to h
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Fleur Gaskin
Mar 21, 2013 Fleur Gaskin rated it liked it
Rani of Rampur is a fascinating look into the complicated world of Indian families, politics and marriages. I found the book to be quite unpredictable, which I really liked. I thought it was going in one direction and then about halfway through everything changed.
Rani of Rampur is full of eccentric characters, villains and heroes. Rani herself is strong figure, a bold female character, not one to be pushed around.
The story brings up many issues that exist within modern Indian culture (like an
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Suzy Miss
Dec 26, 2012 Suzy Miss rated it really liked it
This book really kept me gripped throughout. The metaphorical use of language was very interesting and well-placed, while the book itself was well-paced. I believed the central character, Rani, was very likeable, enhancing the overall likeability of the story. In addition, I could tell that a lot of effort was put in in the descriptions of the setting, which really helped me immerse myself in the village of Rampur that much more. However, it was a little too descriptive at times, telling the ...more
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I am a lifelong teacher, having taught in the Maryland school district for the last 15 years. I have also made documentaries and short films, most recently Tinka Tinka: A Dream of Education in Modern India. In my spare time, I love to read mysteries, watch movies, and travel. Look out for my next book about an autistic girl, who overcomes challenges to save her family, and in the process solves a ...more
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