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The Madras Affair

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Sangita Sinclair was not always this successful & passionate lady, heading the NGO “Penn Urimai” for downtrodden, abused and homeless women….

When Sangita catches the eye of Gautam Sinclair she is a simple, homely girl; utterly unaware of her charms & capabilities. She has the devil’s own time in overcoming her inhibitions, hesitation, and her family’s orthodox and outdate
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Published August 2015 by Readomania
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Swathi Shenoy
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

Meet Sangita, a widow in her early twenties, who is trapped in the confines of an orthodox family. Sweet and shy, Sangita's world revolves around her son Sandeep. Unaware of her own beauty and charms, Sangita is bound to make the readers fall for her.

Meet Gautam Sinclair, our blue eyed hero from America. Gautam is the handsome hunk, who falls head over heels in love with Sangita, right from the first sight. English lecturer, a perfect gentleman and romantic at heart, Gautam is going
G. K. Malathi
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a 'Chennaite' I was all kinds of excited and gleaming with pride just with the title. The book has made an accurate description on the city along with the timeline. Talks about how fu**ed up some old school parents behave and how that messes lives and hearts. But there were traces of the Typical Indian arrogance found in Gautam that could have been avoided and I felt the story was kind of short, not concise but short. A little more of emotional and physical chemistry could have drawn it a ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love blooms between Sangita and Gautam, he is suave and handsome; a perfect gentleman. She is shy, beautiful, resplendent in her charms and yet innocently unaware as Gautam falls for her simplicity and sensuality. The Madras Affair is a story that reads itself; you end up turning the pages even as you wish the book would not finish so fast!

But there is more to the story. When I read the book in it beta it moved me and to say the end product gleams like the glittering Diamond Rose Sangita receiv
Leena Varghese
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Madras Affair was my first choice among Sundari Venkatraman’s books, simply because of the title! The moment I started reading the story, I was hooked because it is set in the late 90s, exactly the time I went to live in Chennai with my brand new husband. I still call it Madras in my head. The book was like a trip down the memory lane for me!

The protagonists, including the minor characters are very realistic. Sangita is the quintessential Indian woman from an orthodox family who struggles w
Devika Fernando
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Sundari Venkatraman’s books like “The Runaway Bridegroom” and “Meghna”, so I was over the moon when she approached me with a beta-reading request for her latest romance novel “The Madras Affair”. And the book didn’t let me down at all, quite the contrary. I think it’s her best novel yet (though I have a tendency to say that after each of her new releases).

The story started with a glimpse of the present, where everything seemed so positive but with foreshadowing hints that I ju
Ruchi Singh
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman is an entertaining but mature love story, written fluently that I finished it in one sitting by 1am in the night or morning, whatever. The novel addresses the deep-rooted outdated and regressive customs still prevalent in India for widows and remarriage. Though the perception and outlook is changing bit by bit, it still is a kind of a disease in some parts of the country.

Sangita is a widow with a five year-old child, the story revolves around her life and
Shikha Kumarr
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Positive. Engaging, Well-narrated. These are the top 3 things I liked about Madras Affair.
The story of Sangita's journey of rediscovering herself & both emotional as well sensuous aspects of relationships is the theme of the book.
MA is very fresh take on the widow-remarriage concept. Usually, books on this subject have the tendency of getting preachy or boring, but no MA was an expectation and indeed a wonderful one. People talk about the social aspect of this issue; MA explored a personal jour
Kirthi Jayakumar
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Few things mark the coming of age of mainstream entertainment and its portrayal of women. As a professional nitpicker on the way any gender is portrayed, objectified and disrespected by the mass media in its every form, every attempt at deconstructing it is a life jacket for me. Sundari Venkatraman’s The Madras Affair sees to that. What I enjoyed most about the book is that there is nothing conventional, whatsoever. I’ve lived between Madras and Bangalore all my life, and I’ve been thrust this n ...more
Kavipriya Moorthy
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman, a book that would draw any Chennaite to pick a copy for the title and the author. I received the e-book for review from the book club. Regardless of my love for Madras, Sundari, and TBC, the review presented below is honest indeed.
First Impression: Pretty attractive title and a cover so strong. With a voluptuous woman’s body and a face with eyes so powerful, representing a tale of a woman’s life history. Inviting!
Overall Impression: Spellbound. The smi
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Indisputably, Indian authors have a knack for writing books in simple language which is easy to read and less taxing for the mind. This book thus felt like a whiff of fresh air with thoughts and words blending seamlessly into each other.

It feels like a typical soap-opera, only that it was to be read. The author has crafted this tale with such beauty that every character, every scene took perfect shape in my mind. To my amazement, I felt the joy of characters as much as their sorrows.

The book re
Sunanda Chatterjee
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book starts with Sangita, the empowered, successful head of an NGO that works to improve the lives of battered and homeless women. We are introduced to her supporting and loving husband Gautam, an American.

As the story unfolds, we find out about Sangita’s past. She is born to an orthodox South Indian family and married off at the age of nineteen. We find out about her abusive husband, his sudden death while driving drunk, and the impossible
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Vidya Sury
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read “The runaway bridegroom“, and looked forward to reading The Madras Affair with great anticipation. I am delighted to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sundari has the gift of weaving a story skilfully. What intrigued me about The Madras Affair was her insightful understanding of exactly how orthodox South Indian families work, to the minutest detail. I would know – I come from one. Another thing I admired was the way she presented various timelines in the book, dextrously navigating between
Shalini | Muffytales
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story revolves around Sangita, a widow in her early twenties, confined in the cruelties and extremities of her orthodox family. The handsome Gautam Sinclair falls in love with the sweet and innocent Sangita and is determined to marry her. Having been brought up abroad, he has a distinct view on life and do not believe in the atrocious norms and customs surrounding widows, prevailing in many parts of India. Having treated unfairly, the marriage had left a bad taste in Sangita's mouth. With he ...more
Neelam Chandra
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
What I loved about the book: To begin with, the best part was the way in which the book had been written. Language was flawless, the characters had been well framed and the setting ready for something to take place. The way the author handled the religious orthodoxy deserve accolades. In some stories, even though you know how the end will be, you wish to know how it eventually did. And the way the novel ended was again wonderful.
What I didn't like about the book: Very little. At one or two place
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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She is Sangita. Introduced to us as the head of an NGO for downtrodden and homeless women. But not many eons ago, Sangita was one of them. Ah well, not homeless but a woman doesn't need the deprivation of a 'house' to feel homeless, now does she? An abusive husband is a gift enough to make one feel so.

Sangita's first marriage is introduced to us as abusive and violent. Marital rape is such a hushed up subject, both in India and on the western shores. Ms. Venkatraman has not glorified it n
Angela Peixoto
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in March 2016 but I really enjoyed rereading it now in its revamped edition. I have run out of adjectives to qualify Sundari's books but all I can say is that Sundari never defrauds my expectations. A must read.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

There is no escaping the fact that blue eyes and a lone dimple can play havoc in the mind of a woman! Especially a woman like Sangita whose life so far has been no bed of roses. A delicate beauty, she has never known real love, as her husband, Giridhar, keeps her teetering between apprehension and unhappiness. The only gift he gives her is her son, Sandeep, who is the centre of her universe. When he conveniently dies, she is far from devastated.
However, she cannot escape the curses and the barb
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Madras Affair
Author: Sundari Venkatraman
Publisher: Readomania
Rating: Four stars


You are in for a surprise for Sundari Venkatraman’s, ‘The Madras Affair’ releases today.The author who displays effortless finesse in narrating romance stories pushes up the bar higher this time and successfully experiments with a new genre. Yes! It is romance but successfully explore the condition of a woman, a divorcee, her sexuality, struggle from an unsuccessful marriage, in a ultra conservative family f
Namitha Varma
The Madras Affair by Sundari Venkatraman is a mushy romance perfect for light reading. It was a quick and simple read, and combined romance with high-drama, full of pointless vituperations. I liked the way the author brought alive the mind of the protagonist Sangita to the reader.

Sangita is a widow with a little son whose mean husband dies in a drunken bike accident. She picks up the pieces and starts living with her parents, but her parents are orthodox about widowhood to the point of malice ag
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Meet Sangita, the head of a NGO that works towards the betterment of abused and homeless women. At a glance, she is a smart, intelligent and successful lady who seems to have her life under control. But we all know that nothing as it seems on the surface and Sangita’s life is no different. She has had a difficult and tremulous life. All Sangita needed was Gautam to walk into her life.
Sangita is a character who I wish reflected more women in our society. She is strong and even idealistic to a po
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note : This review was first published in my blog - Book and Ink

There are hardly few fiction books that have a story line set in my city – Chennai/Madras. Most of such books seem to have stereotyped the culture in one way or the other. To me, the city in which the story plays an integral part in setting the tone of the story. The culture of the city when reflected properly makes the story realistic. Thus I was intrigued by what Sundari had to tell about my city. She didn’t disappointment me on
Nikita Jhanglani
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Madras Affair came to me when it was Sangita's Dilemma and I am thankful to Sundari Venkatraman for giving me a chance to beta-read this scintillating, sensual, and sensible book.
Like all of Sundari's books, this one isn't just a passionate romance but also carries a strong social message. And like all her books, Sundari brings out the evils of society without being preachy.
The story brings forth the plight of a woman abused not just physically but also mentally, emotionally. As a society,
Titli Littleprincess
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have literally grown up on a staple of romantic novels, hungrily chomping on anything and everything that has love printed across it, whether in bold prints or fine! Reading ‘The Madras Affair’, I realized that I will always be a sucker for romance and that one can never be too old for it…Ever! This ooh-so-endearing book by Sundari Venkatraman had me in ‘hook-line-and-sinker’ from the word go!
Whether it was the nubile Sangita and her 'will-she-won’t-she' moments, or the sexy Gautam causing you
 Ashwini Gopalkrishnan
The Madras Affair is a book written by Sundari Venkatraman for romance lovers like U.S.The Madras Affair is a great book to read .Author Sundari has weaved the plot and characters like a weaver weaving a woollen cloth by using some innovating designs which gives a different look all together.Why I used woollen cloth hear because it is season celebration and during this season we all feel chilly here ;-) …So as I was saying the plot and characters are weaved like weaver weaving a woollen cloth , ...more
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This is the very first book by Sundari that I have read, but I have followed her blog for quite some time now, so I am familiar with her writing style. Which is why, going in I knew I could expect a well-crafted story and pretty clean, error free language, and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

The Madras Affair is a book that hits all the right notes, and gives you everything that you would expect from a romance, and then some. The characters are very r
Geeta Nair
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
STORYLINE: Interesting. A simple yet strong one, this story of Sangita and Gautam Sinclair is not all about falling head over heels for someone. Instead it conveys something more. It is a take on society, its aversion towards the hapless widow, false egos, selfish motives, outdated rituals, false notions, etc……… It is also a call to the victimized to stand up for their rights and enjoy life and love.
The story would have been another run-of-the-mill romance, another Mills & Boons book if the auth
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I loved about The Madras Affair is the way it’s written. The book highlights the suffering of Sangita who is ignored by her parents as she is a girl and the mental agony she undergoes as a widow. The way Sundari has woven the story of Sangita, and shown two sides of society is highlight of the story. Gautam’s character too is loveable and it’s like every girl’s dream come true. While reading the book you fall in love with Gautam, feel sorry for Sangita and her plight, feel angry on Sangita’ ...more
Preethi Venugopala
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one book that I am going to re-read very soon. I have to, *have to*, return to the world of Sangeetha and Gautam created by Sundari.
The character sketch is so vivid that they stay with you long after the last page has been turned, the last word read.
Sundari narrates the story as a flashback, flitting between the present and the past. The book tells you the story of Sangeetha who is a young widow facing the wrath of being branded unlucky by the society and even by her own family. An unl
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sundari Venkatraman weaves tales of love, family, relationships and sets them in a cultural milieu that every Indian reader can relate to. But the best part of Sundari's writing is that her stories have a universal quality about them, making readers care for the protagonists even if they are totally clueless about Indian customs and traditions.

The Madras Affair touches on the sensitive subject of widow remarriage and the taboos surrounding it even today. It is the story of how two families (wit
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