A Bollywood Affair
Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would...more
I guess the moon was right or something like that. This one was cute.
Mili was married at the age of four. He was twelve at the time. Yes, I know. Her village believed in a now considered outdated ideal. Her entire life after that she believes she is married.
Years later she has gone to America to study. While there the guy she "married" has an accident and has a pregnant wife. He finds o ...more
1st book in the Bollywood series. Contemporary romance with Indian protagonists.
As was sometimes custom, Mili was married at the age of four. Her husband only five. Obviously arranged by family.
This story follows Samir, the husband’s brother, as he meets Mili, and tries to find a way to convince her that divorce is her best option. But an accident delays the conversion until Samir finds himself enamored with Mili’s life and friends. Being with Mili changes his o ...more
What a fantastic debut from this author!
A Bollywood Affair is a story of a young girl named Milli who was married off at a very tender age of 4 years old. It follows her journey as a young woman who waited for 20 years for her husband to finally claim her and bring her home. While "waiting" Milli immersed herself in her studies earning a fellowship to come and study in America.
Meanwhile, her "husband" unbeknownst to Milli got married to another woman thinking that the previ ...more
Well, it looks like I’m going to be the black sheep this time. I was pretty excited about getting to read this e-arc because it came highly recommended by one of my favorite PRN romance authors, plus it had many early rave reviews. That’s why I was so disappointed because not only did I not love it, but I didn't even like it, not even a little bit, not even at all. In fact it made me mad enough to want to throw my comput ...more
But it lived up to my expectations, ANYWAY!
Seriously, about the initial concept I could have bestowed all five-stars to it, BUT(**Trust me, it’s ugly but) the way it is executed is really, really, REALLY cliché.
[Well, definitely for the ones who love SRK dramas - hair flying, eye-lashes battering, undetectable romance music in background blah blah! (**NOT FOR ME)]
Characters Bespoken: 2.0/5.0
Okay, summing u ...more
When this book arrived unsolicited in the mail, I immediately turned it over and read the back blurb, because a Bollywood book intrigued me. The blurb interested me, so I threw it on my to-be-read pile and made a note to review it later. But then twitter started popping up little ...more
Series: Yes, I think. Or rather, sorta.
Sexy times: I'm sticking with my new ice cream metaphor - so this is delicious homemade french vanilla bean
Plan on reading more by the author: I tried to read the second book, but couldn't quite get into it. It was weird. So, perhaps
Synopsis Mili has been promised to Samir's brother since age four. Actually, she was married to him at age four. Wow. Just wow. That boggles the mind, righ ...more
I’m surprised how much I enjoyed the story because it had some elements that would normally turn me away. An accident-prone, Mary Sue-ish heroine that cries a lot would be one of them. But there’s something infinitely sweet about Mili that made me overlook these dislikes and cheer and root for her happiness.
I’m not a fan of Bollywood films and the story felt like reading a quintessential Bollywood film with its comb ...more
Mili at age four undergoes an arranged marriage to Virat, a wealthy boy in her village. His fami ...more
In A Bollywood Affair, we start with a marriage between two children. Mili, at age 4, is married off to Virat, a much older 12 years old, by arra ...more
He was arrogant and impatient and stubborn. But he was also self-deprecating and more gentle and generous than anyone she knew. And when all his contradictions mingled in his face, in his big muscular body, he was like a huge living magnet…
A huge living magnet that had totally sucked her in.
All the people in this book are completely....irrational. Is that the word I want to use? close enough, really.
But I had very much fallen in love with the words, the relationship, the Bollywood fil ...more
When she was four and he was twelve, Malvika and Virat Rathod were married during an (illegal) mass religious ceremony. Virat moves away from the village, grows up, marries another woman, and is expecting a child, when he finds out that Mili – despite not having heard from him in twenty years - still considers them to be married. Virat is concerned about possible legal repercussions for his (current) wife and future chi ...more
3.5 stars. I think??
I had a complicated relationship with this book. Because, like, it was super fast paced, very compelling, and I loved the dynamic between the romantic leads. I loved the fact that Samir wanted to take care of her, and that he showed it through cooking for Mili.
Samir was kind of a controlling asshat? And he ...more
Mili has been married since she was four-years old and spent her whole life waiting and preparing to be a good wife to a h ...more
-Excellent writing: This is Sonali Dev’s first book, and it is crafted beautifully. Her descriptions of locations and people immediately paint a vivid picture that allows you to really immerse yourself in this story. ...more
This has been floating around the blogosphere as a fantastic romance. I wasn't too interested at first, until I noticed that every single one of my friends had read and loved it! So what's a girl to do? Obviously, she reads it!
This is my review:
Read this book.
Seriously, don't wait, don't drag your feet; read this book.
I think it's listed as Women's Fiction, but that might be just to market it. It's definitely a Contemporary Romance, and it's spectacul ...more
Narrated by Priya Ayyar
I loved this highly original, culturally rich, exploration into the depths the human will is capable of stooping to when attempting to right a perceived wrong against a loved one. The most amazing thing, however, is that out of all this ugliness and seeming despair, comes a truly inspirational love story between two surprisingly selfless individuals who can’t help but rescue others, even pra ...more
However, I am quitting this book (2 hours from the end! Of a 10-hour listen!) because the sex scene made me SO uncomfortable because it is so NOT romantic and sexy and it is SUPER problematic in so many ways, and it just erased all the goodwill I had towards the book until then.
Before I get into the spoilers, I just want to say that, in general, this was a pretty light listen though Samir (the male main charac ...more
This full review is also published on my blog - http://elliereadsfiction.blogspot.com/
What a fantastic debut romance! It was my first by an Indian author and I had so much fun reading the story Ms Dev has so skillfully created.
It is a lovely romance, full of passion and drama, colourful and funny and devastatingly sad at time, just like a typical Bollywood movie. And I do love watching Bollywood movies occasionally, they ...more
There’s a secret in this book an ...more