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A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
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really liked it

Cute and sweet and colourful and dramatic and overall, a lovely love story!

This full review is also published on my blog - http://elliereadsfiction.blogspot.com/

What a fantastic debut romance! It was my first by an Indian author and I had so much fun reading the story Ms Dev has so skillfully created.

It is a lovely romance, full of passion and drama, colourful and funny and devastatingly sad at time, just like a typical Bollywood movie. And I do love watching Bollywood movies occasionally, they never fail to put me in a good mood and to leave me with a silly happy smile on my face. A Bollywood Affair did just that!

The story is set both in India and USA and follows Milli, village girl from India, once a child bride and now a young woman in search of her happiness and freedom. And she finds everything she has been looking for in Samir, a young successful Bollywood director and brother to her child husband. Now all this makes for one very messy, very sweet and very funny love story.

The story is told from dual POV - Milli and Samir - they were both fantastic characters. They had great chemistry, a slowly growing romance and heaps of funny moments.

The supporting cast was also very entertaining to read and they added to the creation of a very vibrant story. I loved the complex and detailed presentation of Indian culture. The references to Bollywood, the idiomatic phrases, the food references were abundant and although I'm not very familiar with Indian culture, I didn't find them confusing. On the contrary, I felt that they added authenticity to the story and made all the more intimate and real.

The author included some current social issues - poverty, arranged (underage) marriages, women's education and rights. They were subtly woven into the text and balanced out nicely the lighter elements in the story. It is a love story at heart, one about the nature of love, the meaning and importance of family. There were some darker undertones related to Samir and Milli's pasts but didn't dominate the story and overall, it was a fun, light read.

I had only a minor issue (which is generally a pet-peeve of mine) with the virgin sex - its description fitted into the tone of the story, yet I hated how unrealistically it was presented.

I can recommend this debut romance to anyone who is looking for a contemporary feel-good story with a strong falvour of Indian culture!
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Reading Progress

October 29, 2014 – Started Reading
October 29, 2014 – Shelved
November 2, 2014 –
25.0% "It such a sweet, fluffy and slightly crazy romance, just like a Bollywood movie :)"
November 2, 2014 –
68.0% "Poor Samir! I'm really enjoying this so far. There is a darker undertone to all the fluff and fun"
November 3, 2014 – Finished Reading

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