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An Incurable Insanity

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Her heart fluttered when she heard the sound of the key turn in the lock. She quickly adjusted her maroon silk sari with the yellow border, the one that had caught his eye, and waited eagerly for his footsteps.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven... Yes, exactly seven steps before he stopped, hesitated for a few moments, then removed his shoes one by one and arranged
Paperback, 376 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Tate Publishing
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While chatting with my GR friend Nadine about An Incurable Insanity, I remembered I was overdue with a written review for this story. I finished it over a week ago and set the book aside because I was not sure what I wanted to say. I have read plenty of HRs with an arranged marriage but almost none set in contemporary times. The fact that it was a couple from India intrigued me even more.

Rhui Sharma loved her parents and would never do anything to intentionally displease them. Sure, she knew of
Rachelle Ayala
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A big hurrah to Simi Rao on her delightful story about Ruhi and Shaan, newlyweds, India style.

Ruhi is an independent, feisty, business school graduate who comes from a warm and loving family. Only problem. She is an only child and her parents want nothing more than to see her married. When the socially high-class and wealthy father of the groom brokers a match between Ruhi and his youngest son, Shaan, the stars seemed to line up and Ruhi is prepared for happily ever after.

Until... the groom
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rao evokes a vast array of emotions in her audience. Through brilliant descriptions, straightforward storytelling, and intimate narratives she draws you fully into this remarkable tale of trial and error and love at its finest. Rao definitely had my heart tied in knots with this one. She not only takes a practice that is less than popular in western culture, but plops it down in the seat of all things North American. This talented author also makes it work, and spins it into a novel that you won ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
what do I say??? the title "An Incurable Insanity" says it all.
right from the beginning when u start reading, U will fall in love with the characters Shaan and Ruhi, and U will be hooked with it. at times u even feel like hugging or even slapping the characters...and that tells U how beautifully the author has penned down all the emotions. it has the touch of both American and Indian culture. the story is matured, realistic and a passionate one...It will surely take U on a roller coaster ride
Cristian Arvinte
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very cogent allegory of the meaning of a Committed Relationship, of Love’s awesome power to either uplift and/or to hurt, and of the painful sacrifices that it sometimes requires to bear fruit. The shell of romance may appear playful, but the core contains as much drama as any journey towards one’s Essence (even celibate monks & nuns of different faiths admit that Marriage, as the model of a Committed Relationship, is as difficult and rewarding a Spiritual Path as their own).
I have a
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Incurable Insanity is a fun twist on the joys and woes of arranged marriage.

This was a fun story that took on a serious topic, that of a prearranged marriage. Many people have preconceived notions on prearranged marriage, including myself. It can seem cruel to force two strangers to get married but as in this story it can be something beautiful.

I loved the author’s take on the matter. It was a beautifully timed love story and I
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I bought this around 11:00 on a Wednesday evening and finished it at 4 am the next day! Once I fell in love with the main character, Ruhi, I couldn't put it down until I knew how it ended. I enjoyed the characters and their vibrant lives. I I especially enjoyed learning about Indian culture, and my only complaint is that it didn't include more of it! :)

You know you are emotionally invested in a story when you actually want to slap your favorite character, shake her hard and yell, "stop this
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Incurable insanity is a tale which makes you feel really really incurably insane. It is such a lovely story and the writer have nailed it by making our heart go out for Ruhi and later for Shaan. The characters start growing on you, making you too eager to know what happens with both their lives. And the way things have been detailed about both Indian and western culture. Very well written. Sunshine & JJ are sweet hearts. All the characters fall in place perfectly adding spice to the entire ...more
Roxanne Schulte
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Simi K. Rao wrote An Incurable Insanity with great emotion that one is entranced by every word on each page. The story of Ruhi and Shaan exhibited personal growth for each character and their journey together in a traditional culture and modern one. Their journey unfolded emotions and a new self awareness and self understanding which ignited and unveiled the passion within themselves and each other. It is truly a must read!
Reshma Dave
Jul 19, 2013 marked it as to-read
This is a fantastic book. The characters are flawed yet you can't help but love them. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down till I finished. It has just the right touch of romance and angst. Good book!
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour and rated it 5 out of 5 Stars.

A mixture of contemporary romance, coming of age tale and multicultural fiction, Simi K. Rao’s An Incurable Insanity is a wonderful debut novel. Facing an arranged marriage, Ms. Rao’s characters give us a chance to explore ancient traditions against the backdrop of a modern society with a high divorce rate. We also get the chance to experience the cultural differences between two countries, men
I was enchanted by the idea of reading a book written by an Indian author of an Indian couple who came together in an arranged marriage and eventually found love so I grabbed up this one with great anticipation.

Ruhi is shown a picture of Shaan and agrees to the match her parents and her dad's friend set up for her and Shaan. She is the apple of her parent's eye and has led a light easy life so far. She knows she has a lot to offer a husband as she knows she is lovely, she has finished university
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had originally scheduled my review of An Incurable Insanity to post in a couple of weeks due to the backlog of pending posts I have looming over my head -- but I can't seem to stop thinking about it.

I'm not sure what to say about it. And don't automatically assume that it is a bad thing, because in this case, it isn't. I started it on Saturday, finished it on Sunday and here I am on Wednesday still trying to tie everything up in a pretty little bow and put it away on my "read" shelf. But it
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ruhi and Shaan are both from India. They got married a month ago and are now living in LA. Their marriage was arranged and Shaan dropped a bombshell on Ruhi on their wedding night--he can't make love to her because there's someone else. She's shocked but decides to stay for a couple of months so they can say they tried to make their marriage work, and it will be easier for her to start over. We also learn from a conversation he had with his father prior to getting married, that he can't marry ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

The first time Ruhi saw Shaan’s picture – she just knew he was the one. So, among all the suitors that are vying for her attention, she allowed her father to arrange her marriage with a man she had never seen or talked to before. After all, their fathers have been friends and he was an eligible bachelor – handsome, smart, and has a stable job.

But at the night of the wedding, she realized that all her dreams were just illusions. The man she had dreamt about
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Incurable Insanity" true to its meaning, you will fall insanely and incurably in love with the story and its protagonist!...its all about true love.It will make you fall in love,believe in love.One thing i would like to warn you all about is whenever you plan to start reading the book keep yourself free from all the work coz once you start theres nothingstoppin you! the story is gonna stay with you will easily connect with the story as it's close to reality...people will be able ...more
Carmen Giovanella Cruz
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Won this book in the goodreads giveaway.

First thing first. I loved Ruhi. She was a spitfire at times yet fragile in others. There were some characteristics I completely relate to. The relationship between the characters at first was built on obligations and how you saw your parents marriage. Then they became their own selfs and I really loved that about this book. Now this is my first time reading a book of a different culture. And I can say I'm glad it was an Incurable insanity.!

Thanks to the
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read the book and completed it today.The family had to have mum answering in monosyllables-while she was engrossed in the read.
As I did allude to earlier the author's descriptions are very visual and transports the reader to faraway lands. One can almost empathise with Ruhi,-the solo trips,the self discovery,using the husband's credit card, meeting Sunshine,the Asian corner shop,the Sindoor and the lack there of,and of course the sense of fulfilment and security that comes with genuine
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
An interesting story of an arranged marriage of two people who settle in Los Angeles after their marriage ceremony in India. It's a love story of how the reluctant husband eventually comes to cherish his rebuffed wife. I learned a lot about the Indian culture and was taken behind the scenes of some traditional unions, what a couple might have to go through before they settle into the inevitability of an arranged marriage. In this novel, the final outcome is predictable, and the
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An Incurable Insanity
My friend recommended this book to me because she knows that I enjoy reading books about different cultures. As I read this book, I realized that this was not a story about an Indian American relationship, it was a very well told story about a relationship that began with deceit and betrayal between two people that happened to be of Indian American descent. If you are looking for the rich culture describing, oppressed Indian woman redemption story, then this is not that
Sharon Cooper
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a good read and kept my interest from beginning to end. The reader is often kept in suspense as to what was going to happen next. The author had a writing style that pulled the reader into Rhui and Shaan's life as well as their thoughts about each other. Just when you thought everything was going to be fine Rhui or Shaan would create another crisis in their "marriage". Of course, all of the couple's problems are the result of an "arranged" marriage. Not ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a masterpiece, it had drama, comedy, reality, romance action packed all in one. There were moments that I held my breath because it was so breathtaking. Shaan and Ruhi's journey is amazing from being in a contract sort of situation to blooming into love. , this book way surpasses desi soaps at depicting real desi life and couples. You can relate to this book far more than any Indian movie or show. Following Shaan and Ruhi's tale makes me wish for an action packed sequence from ...more
Kelley Moulds
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved the relationship between the characters, Ruhi and Shaan, and really felt that this book pulled you onto the emotional roller coaster that these two were on as they began their arranged marriage. In addition, the author provided unique insight into the custom of arranged marriages and the Indian culture. She did an excellent job of getting your interest from the beginning and keeping it throughout the book. It was an easy read and very well written, in terms of character development and ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book, i felt glad that i read it:)
It gives the perfect insight of a marriage in which two people are bound who have cultural difference and the plight of a woman married to a man who is in love with someone else. Then how with time and patient, the two fall in love and finally their marriage succeeds and blossoms.
Beautiful story with an amazing plot filled with drama, humour and loads of romance which keeps the reader glued to the story till the end.
The writing and the
Ranjini Love yashkaran
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading the book, the foremost reason being its very addictive, finished it at a stretch, not a single moment you can predict what is coming next. The character Ruhi is a perfect example of typical Indian girl, traditional yet strong. Shaan is a adorable character, sensitive and sweet. I love how the author portrays the side characters, they makes the story complete, Sunshine and JJ being my favorite ones. I recommend all to read this book, you will discover the sweet journey which the ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ruhi Sharma is a blushing bride, with dreams to have a loving husband and a family. A dream which most of the brides are supposed to dream. But what does a lady do when she is told by her new husband that he is in love with someone else and would prefer to have this marriage annulled?

After her dreams are shattered, she requests Shaan to let her tag along with Los Angeles till she is not ready to tell her parents. Against Shaan’s better judgment, he takes her along thinking that all would be
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It’s simply fantastic… The Protagonists Ruhi n Shaan make us fall in love with them instantly and you develop an emotional connect with them right from the word GO…! Love, Hope and faith being taught in a simplest possible way...n Arranged marriages do work...!all you need is Love and understanding in it...I'm Glad that I did'nt miss out on reading such a lovely book... Kudos to the writer and expecting many more from the writer in the future which are as beautiful as 'An Incurable Insanity'
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The author has done a splendid job of developing and portraying the feeling of the characters. she was also successfull in providing an insight in the indian culture.

The story is so captivating that you will not put it down until you have finished it. I fell in love with both the protagonist, they are like real people with mistakes and feelings. the book takes you on a emotional rollar coaster ride.

In all the book is a must read.
Khristy Cooper dean
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very intimate look at cultural differences. I also enjoy the richness of the characters, the struggle to be accepted and loved by those we love. This struggle was very evident and beautifully written. The vividness and richness of locations kept me turning the pages! Already shared it with Mom and can't wait for Katie to read it, so we can have a little book talk.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Fantastic book and a must buy! This book is a beautiful love story that introduces you to the culture and customs surrounding romance and marriage in India. The plot is captivating, and the characters are developed, conflicted, and relatable. It will certainly pull on your heart strings! You won't be able to put it down!
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Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years.

The inspiration for her books, and other 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