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The Perfect Groom

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Very little has gone right in Nithya’s young life. So, when a proposal from a young, handsome NRI comes along, her mother jumps at the opportunity and packs her daughter off to the US with her perfect groom.

Nithya seems to have settled in with Ashok, ostensibly happy, if as yet childless, in her new life. When an old flame comes back into her life, however, the cracks in
ebook, 140 pages
Published June 12th 2013 by Indireads
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Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Perfect Groom by Sumeetha Manikandan is yet another sweet love story and accounts of a young married woman who goes through the torments and pangs of her not-so-perfect marriage.

Thanks to Indireads for providing me with a copy of this book, in return for an honest review.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, a German philosopher of the late 19th century, has once quoted:
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

Sumeetha Manikandan, is one such author, who
Leela Pal Chaudhuri
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was first my 'novella' and it was the perfect nightcap over two nights. Simple, succinct, fluent and flowing, Sumeetha's easy style smoothly pulled me into Nithya's life as she manoeuvred her way pre and post marriage to emerge a survivor. Neat plot and storyline. Topical concerns - gay man, straight woman trapped in a loveless marriage. I liked the author's handling of the wife's empathy and sympathy for her erring husband contrasted with the straightforward perception of sheer wrongdoing ...more
4 Stars!

There's something to be said for nostalgia and how reading a book triggers memories in your head. This is my second book of the author, I cherished The Lines of Mehendi, I loved this one too but a little less than the other. But through a book she made me miss my hometown, the food and everything about it. I never fully understood when other people comment on how the author based this book on their hometown and how it was so relatable. Now I get it :)

The relatability ends there though ,
Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nikita by: Sumeetha Manikandan

What do you do when you are stuck in a loveless marriage?
Should you try and come out of this predicament knowing that it will most likely break your mother's heart and ruin your sister's future?
Or Should you just go on living and feigning happiness to everyone around?

Nithya is stuck in such a dark pit of a marriage where there is no way out for her. Ashok, her husband, is rich, handsome, lives in the U.S and provides Nithya with a comfortable existence
Roopa Raveendran Menon
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
In The Perfect Groom, Sumeetha Manikandan explores the stereotypes and politics of finding ‘the perfect groom’ with effortless ease. Effectively using a string of characters with rigid and narrow mindset that lurks around in our society, she brings out the very Indian idea of marriage- that of one marrying the family along with one’s spouse- very well. The protagonist Nithya is the one to watch out for in this book- she is bold, caring, confident, independent with a strong voice and a mind of ...more
Lakshya Chauhan
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A week before I got this novella on my mail. And yesterday after my hectic week I held on to it to read. It was 3 hrs of suspense excitement that bound me with the book and I finished it by the end. Reader easily get connected with the central charachter Nithya very well charachterised by the Author. One feels the emotions of Nithya himself while reading.
The story is fast paced and only at a place u feel it jumped a bit between chapter 10 and 11. probably I was expecting some more of Nithya and
Adiana Ray
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kudos to Sumeetha Manikandan for bringing out some culturally taboo subjects and then building a story around it. From describing how marriages are arranged by so called well meaning, 'charitable' relatives to spousal relationships within a marriage and a relationship outside it. She covers it all.
Circumstances have victimized Nithya but she rises above being a victim of her circumstances.
Her description and commentary on societal interactions are very tongue in cheek and hit the nail right on
Reet Singh
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quite an engaging read! I enjoyed the simplicity of the prose and the clever twists. Sumeetha Manikandan, the author, has portrayed an independent yet loyal female lead, one who deals well with all the wickedness of conniving relatives. She is so generous and forgiving, that I felt almost sorry when some of the evil characters got their comeuppance! Must read!
Deepika Ramesh
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nithya, the protagonist of Sumeetha Manikandan's 'The Perfect Groom', doesn't seem like a stranger to me. I have known her all my life...

Full review here:
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and touching

I'm beginning to admire the author's emphasis on women's independence-both in thoughts+ action and financially. The two books of this author that I've read have a melancholic backdrop, but what's admirable is the way the protagonist wades her way through.
This book may appear adulterous to a conservative mind, but is really a pure and sweet love story, completed by picking up the broken pieces of the heart. Yes, many people have suffered by having closeted homosexual married
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
It's a 3.5 actually.

Sumeetha Manikandan's novella The Perfect Groom is an easy read. The language is easy and it is refreshing to see a novel that is targeted at the Indian reader and therefore, does not explain pakoras, samosas, appalam, amma, mama etc.,

The plotline is simple enough. Nithya is caught in an unhappy marriage in a distant country with herself for company. How she escapes from the unhappy marriage, a manipulative uncle, an abusive and domineering mother in law, in the process
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
A book I got free from Indireads as a ‘joining offer’ on Goodreads. Never to say no to a free book, I downloaded the book that appealed the most to me.

Nithya has been married to Ashok for three years. Ashok is the perfect groom on paper. Successful, handsome, from a ‘good family’, things that Nithya’s family couldn’t even dream about. Nithya and her sister were brought up by their widowed mother, who survived on the scraps that her step-sister and brother-in-law handed out to them. When Nithya’s
Ipshita Ranjana
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Perfect Groom by Sumeetha Manikandan has everything I love in romance--Drama,passion,well developed characters and an enjoyable story line.I don't know how the author managed to pack so much in just 140 pages. I pretty much guessed the twist in the story early on because the cover and the starting pages do state the obvious but I enjoyed discovering how the author played the whole story and weaved so many interesting situations.

Nithya,the protagonist is a mature and beautiful woman who has
Rajlakshmi HB
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
In short "The Perfect Groom" is a novelette about a young woman, trapped in a loveless marriage, awaiting a day when she can walk away from the relationship. Can she escape the fate that her Chitappa enforced on her? Can she be happy and live a life with the one she truly loves? That is for you to find out.

I finished the book in two hours. The story is short but it keeps you hooked. An overbearing mother-in-law forcing Nithya for a grandson, probing relatives and a shocking secret about her
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kru by: Indireads Inc
Shelves: indian, 2014reads, stars-4
This is my first book as part of the Indireads Reviewer program.Need to mention the beautifully illustrated cover, by Shehna Khan. Beautiful bride with a masked groom... quite intriguing.

The story is a first person narrative by Nithya, a girl from Mylapore, Chennai, and starts with her troubled marriage to Ashok, an NRI. She recollects her past, the circumstances under which her marriage took place. Sumeetha has beautifully accounted these moments, just sufficient to keep it crisp. The narrative
Shuchi Kalra
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
‘The Perfect Groom’ by Sumeetha Manikandan contains all the right ingredients that make for a gripping story (distant husband, familial obligations, imposing relatives, the complete DIL-MIL drama, a spunky heroine, twist, turns and of course, romance). When you start off with Nithya on her journey, you can’t help but feel sorry for her. But as she unravels the multiple layers in her personality, you feel confident that she is capable of tiding over her predicament – and she does, in her own time ...more
Shweta Ganesh Kumar
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sumeetha Manikandan’s ‘The Perfect Groom’, is a story of a brave and ambitious woman struggling to make the best of a sticky situation.
Pushed into a marriage that is far from ideal, Nithya is trying to do the right thing by staying in it for her mother and her younger sister.
Enter Vasu, an old childhood friend who kindles feelings that she had buried deep underneath.
The story explores how a woman brought up in a severe and traditional setting rises to meet the challenges that come her way in a
Shilpa Garg
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the storyline, as it is slice of real life and can happen to anybody. The narrow-minded people, the wily relatives, the perceptions of a ‘perfect groom’, the effect on the marriage of a younger sibling if the elder one is divorced are some of the commonplace happenings and beliefs of our society, which has been explored well in this novella. The story also gives a sneak peak into the Tamilian lifestyle and culture. The characterization is good and one connects with the characters real ...more
Prity Malhotra
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had never ever read a book on martial bliss or a similar topic so I quite had made my mind that I won't like this book much but soon my apprehensions got squandered. What I liked abt this book was how real the Characters were. The Cunning parents in law, the uncle-aunt which relished misery of their own clan, Nithya a quiet wife, ashok a troubled husband, all touched a raw nerve. Author Sumeetha in her way shackles the mediocracy of the ' Perfect groom' tag that society today accepts. This ...more
Jairam Mohan
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finally got around to finishing this lovely little novella by Sumeetha Manikandan and I must admit I quite enjoyed this unconventional love story. Although I was able to see the 'turning point' of the story well before the big reveal, the fact remained that the narrative was so good that it didn't take anything away from the fun of it all. What also worked beautifully well for me was the fact that the entire Tamil Brahmin milieu in which the story was set was something that I could completely ...more
Shreya Tagra
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
'The Perfect Groom' is a good assortment of different flavors (culture, family drama, self-quest, realisations)

The story unfolds gradually revealing the details that were hidden in a subtle manner giving readers a few hints here and there.

Initally you will have resentment for many characters including the protagonist for her quiescent nature but with the gradual pace of the story, you get to learn how strong-headed and determined her character have been and sudden spurt of confidence in her
Jigar Doshi
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
A nice read that leaves you sad for the most part of the Nithya's story but ends with a perfect happy ending.
Story of struggles of a woman to keep her family happy and how she forgoes her dreams and her happiness for the happiness of her family.

the whole review :
Sarita Rajiv
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked reading ‘The Perfect Groom’ for the underlying thread that ‘good people are the real winners’, for building the character of an independent heroine, for the simple story telling writing style and for the fast paced plot.
Jazz Singh
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Perfect Groom is not your typical airy romance. It is a story with substance, reality with elements of romance. A good plot and a story well told make it an enjoyable read.
Melissa Jacobson
I quite enjoyed this novella! It had an engaging plot and characters that I enjoyed. it certainly wasn't mind blowing but it certainly entertained me and I read it all in one sitting! I am really having a great time with these Own Voices Indian contemporaries that I have been reading. I think I've found a new genre to binge haha. That aside this was a solid story with a solid ending and some delightful writing.
Dhivya Balaji
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two important notes before I start this review.

1. As a prelude, read the ‘About the Author’ section of this review to know what this story is about.

2. Don’t read the summary and form a bad opinion about ‘Nithya’ and her ‘chastity’.

There, that done, let me start my review. As a chennaite by heart and having grown up in the Metropolis, any book about Chennai will surely pique both my curiosity and a certain amount of dread for the author to get the facts about the city right. No one can write
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-in-2017
A short and sweet (and sour) story about Nithya. The writing style was thoroughly enjoyed, and so was the story line. Looking forward to reading such simple and happy ending reads.
Ahana Mukherjee
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
The Perfect Groom is not just any romantic story but a story that is being played out in many Indian households. On one hand it talks about the agony of a widow, the pains of being raised by an uncle, the circumstances that doesn’t allow a woman to voice her opinions, the fear of ostracism even if you are stuck in a bad marriage, the inherent dilemma of falling in love despite having a husband and on the other it is a story about coming out of the closet. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Perfect ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
There are stories and then there are Stories. Every story should have a storyline which touches one's soul, a reader can resonate and end of the day does two things. Go to sleep with a smile and dreams of Salmaan Khan or contemplate about the biggest question in the universe. What if? What if I was Nithya? What if I was the NRI housewife who had to go through all that she is going through. What if my life is a series of unnatural events. I shiver to think what I will do under such circumstances. ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Title: The Perfect Groom
Author: Sumeetha Manikandan
Publisher: Indireads Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-927826-14-0
Genre: Chick Lit
Pages: 122
Rating: 2/5

I am reviewing The Perfect Groom as part of the Indireads Reviewer Program. I feel this initiative is great as it encourages dialogue between writers and readers.

The Perfect Groom is the story of Nithya, a young Indian girl who comes from a poor family, and how she finds her perfect groom. In the first chapter itself, the reader learns that Nithya is stuck in a
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Sumeetha Manikandan is a freelance writer and an author who loves to write and base her plots on the tambrahm community of Mylapore, Chennai. She is the author of ‘The Perfect Groom’ that has been a bestselling ebook on the top 50 charts of Amazon India ever since publication.

An avid reader, she loves to read across different genres – romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy etc.
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