Review: With the boom of anthologies and short stories here comes another one, a collection of 13 romantic short stories. But for me this collection has come with a difference. Most of the collection or anthologies that I have read have a feel of love but somewhere that overwhelming effect is missing. For me it comes as ‘trying hard’ to let out an emotion as simple and complicated at the same time that as Love. But Sundari Venkatraman’s ‘Matches Made in Heaven’ is class apart from these collections and anthologies. Simple yet striking stories with a tinge of honey and creamy layer of Love, these stories are sure to keep you happy and smile as you read them.
Moreover when you have a foreword by Milan Vohra, India’s first M&B author, it surely adds to the credibility of the book and I must say I was not left disappointed. In fact I am completely in awe of her writing. Each story, each character and the situations kept me entertained without going overboard at once. Thus conveying a message in a subtle yet striking manner and also weaving a magic of love which for me as a reader and as a writer is highly commendable.
The simple narrative and excellent editing also adds to the aura of love is this collection of short stories.
Out of all the stories, I liked ‘Beauty Is Skin Deep’, ‘An Arranged Match’ and ‘Red Rose Dating Agency’ the most. But somewhere I wished few of the stories to be a bit longer than it is.
Overall: A good and highly entertaining read in this season of love. I recommend this book for all the romance lovers. Do grab it right now!!
A collection of 13 romantic short stories based in India; a culture rich country steeped in tradition. Inspiration struck me from newspaper articles, TV shows and hearing people talk. The short stories are based on that fact that arranged marriages thrive right alongside love matches in India. 1. Groomnapped is Ameya-Surekha’s story as a light romantic take on the serious issue of groom kidnappings. 2. Dark skin on a woman puts off men in general or so says the society. Beauty Is But Skin Deep is Nitin-Simran’s story that proves it wrong! 3. Ritu is twenty-five and wants to wait for her Prince Charming but her parents are desperate to arrange her wedding. Does she find her prince in An Arranged Match? 4. Dating Agencies are doing their best to get young people together to tie the knot. My friend Diti runs an informal one; inspiring the Red Rose Dating Agency. 5. A guy’s complaint about his fiancée of a few years dumping him after becoming successful in her film career felt like a rant to me. Chahti Hoon Tumhe is an ode to the successful actress. 6. Soumya actually lives life like Soul Mates but how many have the guts to? This, incidentally, is the first short story that I ever wrote. 7. Does Madeinheaven.com help bring Menka & Jeetu together with technology driven Matchmaking website? 8. I originally wrote Rahat Mili for an anthology; Rahat means ‘relief’ and is a name too. Read the story with the word in mind and it will fall in place. 9. Reema’s Matchmakers brings Arjun and Prisha together at a get-together through a matchmaking network. But will they get married? 10. Nikita wants Krish for a friend and not her husband. As The Reluctant Bride she manages to have her cake and eat it too. 11. Shweta Ka Swayamvar is inspired by the practice of Swayamwar in ancient India of choosing a husband, from among a list of suitors, by a girl of marriageable age. 12. Pappa’s Girl is about daughters of Industrialists taking over fathers’ businesses. 13. Mythology romances intrigue me; Love Match For Velan is my take on Lord Murugan falling in love with his consort Valli.
Sundari Venkatraman has authored four novels and a short story anthology till now, Matches Made In Heaven (anthology) being the latest. The Malhotra Bride; Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven have all been self-published on Amazon under the banner of Flaming Sun. The three novels are regularly seen on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers’ Contemporary Romances list. The Box Set and Anthology are bound to catch up soon.
A great fan of Mills & Boon romances over the past four decades, Sundari has always believed in ‘Happily Ever Afters’ and all her books promise happy endings.
Matches Made In Heaven is a compilation of thirteen short stories – all romantic – based on many situations anyone can come upon in their day-to-day lives. The stories revolve around the different ways a couple can get to meet and tie the knot in a culture rich country like India. Those reading the stories will definitely be able to connect realising that one of the situations has definitely been a part of their lives.
Rohan Kachalia is an avid reader and writer who has a keen interest in reading fiction and writing stories which revolve around love. His short stories and poetries are published in various anthologies, the recent one being 'The Fence'. Taking his writing to a next level, his first co-authored project and a novel 'The 23rd Girl' is out! You can reach him on Twitter - @rohank01 & on Instagram- kacrohan