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Beautiful and efficient Lalitha loved to deck up brides for their wedding, though her own marriage was in shambles. When her estranged husband suddenly commits suicide she realizes that things wouldn’t be the same again…

Shrikanth thought that he was a confirmed bachelor but when his mother refused to get herself treated for cancer unless he got married, he had to get a
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Published March 4th 2016 by Half Baked Beans (first published May 25th 2015)
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Sumeetha Manikandan Hi Neha, Thanks for your interest in the book. Love Again is a double header book and contains two novellas of which one is mine - These Lines of…moreHi Neha, Thanks for your interest in the book. Love Again is a double header book and contains two novellas of which one is mine - These Lines of Mehendi. There is an exclusive cover image for These Lines Mehendi too but for some reason it is not being displayed in Goodreads. You can see it in Amazon.(less)

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Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a new adventure for me, and I found the immersion in a culture very different from my own to be interesting and enlightening. It takes place in modern-day India and is a romance through-and-through, focusing on a marriage of convenience between a young widow and a businessman in his 30s who finds himself in need of a wife to please his cancer-stricken mother. It is a slow-burn romance that takes place over several months, but the attraction simmers beneath the surface. Lalitha and ...more
Zeenat Mahal
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I love about Sumeetha's stories is that though they is romance, there is a love story, it is more than that. I love romances but I love strong stories even more and sometimes romances, just as romance can be too superficial, if the characters don't go deep enough. Sumeetha's stories for me fall under women's fiction, which is just another way of saying mainstream fiction. It was the same with The Perfect Groom. She delves into social problems, emotional and psychological depths of her ...more
Preethi Venugopala
Love again,is a double header with two romance novellas.
These lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.

Sumeetha takes you into the lives of Lalitha and Shrikanth who decides on a marriage of convenience. A very contemporary story that takes you through the struggles of heartbreak, betrayal and love in its purest form.

Shrruti tells you the tale of Raj and Charmaine who are united by their common love of Egyptology and something more than just
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Love, Again is a double header novel published by Half Baked Beans andFablery with two novellas – A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence and These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan.

FIRST :- These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan.
The story starts like this, Lalitha used to run her beauty parlour.
She had not seen Suresh, for almost ten years. She had gone to Banglore for his husband death.
she is feeling uncomfortable and worried .Would they blame her for his suicide?
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
"A ‘married woman’ is an auspicious creature as far as weddings are concerned. It doesn’t matter if her husband is greedy, selfish, foolish, retarded or if she herself was abused, beaten and miserable.”

And with this note “These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan” opens the window to our hypocritical society. Have you ever seen the loneliness and desperation etched on the faces of the widows in the streets of Banaras? Young girls can lead a life of desolation and poverty, yet when they try
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a simple, heartfelt book. For me, coming from a similar background and belonging to Chennai, I could relate to the places and the customs and Tamil words littered in the book and a huge part of the book's appeal to me was this ability to relate to the milieu.

The book never felt like a social commentary on how people look at remarriage, it just observes the everyday problem of a woman who is thrown in this unfortunate circumstance for no fault of hers. This is a marriage of convenience
Sundari Venkatraman
Disclaimer: I received the PDF version of this book via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for the same.

The book consists of two novellas by two authors. Let me deal with them separately.

THESE LINES OF MEHENDI by Sumeetha Manikandan (4-stars)

This is a story set in Chennai and is about Lalitha. The story opens with Lalitha rushing to Bangalore as Suresh, her husband of ten years had committed suicide. The wonder is that she had separated from him
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note : A Review of this book is posted in my blog - Book And Ink

Love, Again is a double header book featuring two stories, both focusing on giving love a second chance.

The first story, These Lines of Mehendi is by Sumeetha Manikandan. The protagonist, Lalitha is a beautician who is seperated from her husband and eventually becomes a widow. Her parlor business takes a major hit when she is widowed. To revive her dying business, Lalitha has to marry again. Along comes Shrikanth who is forced to
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These lines of Mehendi Review

I'm not sure what exactly about this book that appealed to me but I really enjoyed the story. Dare I say it was poetic. Not really sure if others will find it poetic but the love story spoke to me as if it was a poem. So glad I chose this book to read. Can't wait to read another one from this author.
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a simple story with a fiercely strong yet vulnerable protagonist, Lalita. Full review coming up on my blog Desi Lekh.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author : Sumeetha Manikandan

Genre : Romance fiction

Spoiler free plot : lalitha venkateshwaran a successful beautician suddenly starts losing her bridal orders after her estranged husband for ten years commits suicide thanks to the superstitious societies that still existed in Chennai. Shrikant, NRI entrepreneur doesn’t want to marry, unhealed by the betrayal of his childhood sweetheart who eloped with his best friend.

Circumstances force them to marry each other, but it is a marriage of
Shivangi Rawat
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lines of mehendi is a unique titile it is catchy. Cover suited title can say both title justified story at little extent but personally i feel both could be more better.
So protagonist of strory are lalitha and Shrikant. Lalitha was married but she was staying alone and away from her husband can say both were parted their ways after six months of their marriage, she was a strong woman and was a beautician and was excelling in her business and life till his husband didn’t suicide. After his death
Divya Garg
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was as Intriguing as it could have been, a fast paced read that I completed on the very day I started it.

Author has done a nice job in depicting the dilemma, the protagonist Geetha had, while struggling to strive in the conservative society or if it had been from turning a Sorry-Pair to the one it meant to be.

As an Independent woman, having conflicts in deciding "if it is right to get one's self bound by the sacred bounds of matrimony just to avoid a financial ruin", clearly depicts the
Jheelkamal Nayak
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novella by Sumeetha Manikandan is hypnotic and deeply rooted in the hypocrisy of our society. Manikandan gently prodes the pretence that is ingrained in our minds in the name of marriage and comes out beautifully with this absolute delight. With strong characters and an equally strong yet vulnerable female protagonist as well as a gud premise, this book has all the correct ingredients to be loved by all romantic buffs like me. Lalitha, a beautician is in inner turmoil after she becomes a ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I call it a love story.A simple beautiful love story of two beautiful souls whose trust was broken in the past.And the story is about how they get into marriage for each other's benefits and later realize the love they have for each other.The other point which the author has made is how people still believe that a widow is inauspicious.The narration is so simple and easy.The distance and time have made them fall for each other.The conversations which both of them share are really sweet.The ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book

I loved this book.
I love this author will read more books written by her.
I love stories set in India.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In India, a woman's value is judged by the presence or absence of sindoor and mangalsutra on her.

A woman being auspicious or inauspicious is mainly based on presence or absence of a Husband in her life.

These Fine Lines of Mehendi deals with similar issue wherein, Lalitha's parlor business hangs by a thread after her estranged husband's demise. And people's sudden change in attitude puts her in dilemma of whether she should remarry or sell her business.

Sumeetha has covered all the fine points
Nikita Jhanglani
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These lines of Mehendi is the story of Lalitha, recently widowed at the young age of 29 by the suicide of her estranged husband of ten years. To save the beauty parlor she runs with her aunt Padma, she enters into a marriage of convenience with Shrikanth. Lalitha has been hurt immensely in the past and isn't looking for love again, lest it becomes a thorn in her path again. The same holds true for Shrikanth.
I liked the story. It is a simple tale of love and betrayal. Without endlessly dragging
Shalini | Muffytales
a. These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan
Lalitha, a self-sufficient woman is seperated from her husband Suresh for ten years, for reasons known to them. Suresh commits suicide leaving Lalitha a widow and thus dooming her business because in this superstitious society who will let a widow apply bridal mehendi to her daughters? Shrikanth enters her life in this stage. He who was betrayed by his childhood best friend just days before their wedding has contempt at the mere thought
Enakshi J.
“Love, again” is a delightful read. The cover is picturesque, with all the dreamy colors and the title is self explanatory. The first story, “These lines of mehendi”, has been beautifully crafted but is predictable to a large extent. The narration is lucid, the expressions and dialogues give life to the characters. Lalitha is the protagonist opposite to Shrikant and both the characters balance each other pretty well. The content is grammatically correct. The author has successfully portrayed a ...more
Ruchi Singh
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mythology
Love Again is a collection of two romance novellas; 'These Lines Of Mehendi' by Sumeetha Manikandan and 'A Tulip in the Desert' by Shrruti Patole Clarence.

I have read and loved Sumeetha's 'The Perfect Groom', and I wasn't disappointed. She focuses on another core issue which Indian women face even today, and has spun a wonderful romance. The honest emotions into the lives of Lalitha and Shrikanthin touches one's heart.

'A Tulip in the Desert' is the story of Raj and Charmaine with a very unique
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the premise that Sumeetha creates- a beautician who suddenly becomes inauspicious when she is widowed. We feel with the protagonist as she asks herself, why she was acceptable when she was estranged from her husband for a decade, and no one had an issue. But having learnt of her husband's demise her parlour business is on the brink of closure.

Enter a convenient marriage, and a convenient husband. And then it is pure M&B. SMS, emails, a plotting servant, entry of the ex-flame, the
Himani Gupta
This book is clubbed with two stories with different genre, but main motive is love. I enjoyed reading both the stories. Emotions, mystery, love, Adventure and History you will find in one book. A must read book

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Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Romantic at heart

Loved it. Matter fact, love it so much that instead of going into the house to read the book, I just stayed in the car to finish. Story fills the romantic at heart.
Paromita Goswami
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely story of romance between two heartbroken souls. How they end up being each other's support and finally fall in love is very beautiful.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Quite expected story out of a movie...

Quite expected story out of a movie... interested fr those who dnt Hindu Brahmin traditions of d south.. 3 ouf of 5
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simple quick read.
Inderpreet Uppal
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These Lines of Mehendi is a novella with a lot of spunk and substance. I have read Sumeetha’s earlier novel, The Perfect Groom and find that her stories always have a message, a depth and move you with not just the romance but relevance as well.

The story is of second chances and the fear to fail again. Both the Lalitha and Shrikanth have faced heart break and are least interested in marriage. That life finds them at a turn where marriage becomes their only solution is the crux of the book. The
Kavipriya Moorthy
Love, Again by Sumeetha and Shrruti
Received this book on behalf of the book club in exchange for an honest review.
First Impression – The blurb of the book was intriguing as it spoke about the decisions one makes in life. A double header book with two stories – one by sumeetha titled “These lines of Mehendi” and another by Shrruti titled “A tulip in the desert” I fell in the love with the titles immediately. Though the cover didn’t impress much, the stories did leap my expectation of just
Viswanath Kumar
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marriage of convenience is always an interesting plot when it comes to short novels. Having read "The perfect groom", I was looking forward for sumeetha's next tambhram novel. "These lines of mehandi" is a feel good book for a short read. As always the author had successfully captured the essence of tambhram culture along with mama-mami syllables. While the screenplay is nothing new and the climax is well expected, the narration and story telling is still fresh and provide good grip for the ...more
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Shrruti has been a voracious reader since early years and took to composing poems when she was very young.

An Aviation Manager and 10years with various airlines, she has been on a sabbatical for her two son's aged six years and 1 year respectively.

She enjoys this welcome break from career, to be able to pursue her passion, writing!

She has to her credit 6 short stories featuring in different
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“With the first line of Mehendi, she forgot her troubles and delved into the beautiful world of checkered patterns and intricate lines.” 6 likes
“Destiny always has definite plans for everyone and they get reveled at the right time. There is a divine purpose in everyone’s life but as human beings, we tend to deviate from His plans, getting over confident in our own abilities....
From A Tulip in the Desert.”
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