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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 bri
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Published March 4th 2016 by Half Baked Beans
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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
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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"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 t
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
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 convinie
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 wi ...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 o
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 ail
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.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simple quick read.
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
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.
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 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.