Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.
This multi-cultural contemporary romance story of an arranged marriage is a beautiful blending of showing the Indian and American cultures. Readers will learn more about the Indian heritage and the romance that happens behind closed doors in an Indian relationship in Simi K. Rao’s Inconvenient Relations. This coming of age story about true love explores multi-cultural issues. Her next book, The Accidental Wife, will be available in 2015.
Do you people believe that pairs are made in heaven? No. Then please go and read this story. This story will make you believe that when love has to come, it will come of it’s own accord, you would not have to ask for it or search, and when it would come, it would make your world a much better place to reside in.
The story begins with the arranged marriage of Shaan and Ruhi. But soon after marriage, on their wedding night, Shaan reveals that he is already in a relationship with someone else, and asks Ruhi to leave him. But Ruhi decides to give their marriage a chance, i.e, she decides to be with Shaan for two months and even after that if parting is only option left then she would leave him. But after they go to L.A, where Shaan works, tables turn, and soon Shaan realises what he actually wants.
The different layers of Ruhi’s character were worth exploring, how she tries to woo him, and then at some point decides enough is enough. Same applies to Shaan too, his emotional side, his vulnerable side, his honest side, are all to die for.
Lastly I would say that if you like reading a love story with a sweet and happy ending, then you would surely love it.
P.s Thank you! For making this novel so Indian.
Life at 17 Rating:
🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸(4.5 stars, for being a tad bit filmy at parts)
NOW AND FOREVER
Can Shaan and Ruhi face their biggest fears and unite together? Shaan and Ruhi Ahuja, very much in love Indian newlyweds, discover each other in Simi K. Rao’s Now and Forever—the sassy and sexy sequel to Inconvenient Relations. After getting the scare of their lives while traveling in the Grand Canyon, Shaan and Ruhi go back home to one dilemma after another. Shaan’s job is in jeopardy, and one of Ruhi’s closest friends, Sunshine, needs her. How will Shaan and Ruhi handle life’s hurdles, while still trying to get to know each other as husband and wife? Will they be able to forsake all others and consolidate their relationship?
This novel is actually the continuation of ‘Inconvenient Relations’ and tells the story of newly married Shaan and Ruhi who are now, terribly in love with each other, the different problems they face and how they overcome them together.
This part showed how strong Ruhi truly is, when she handles her family single handedly, after Shaan loses his job, and drowns into depression.
Through this novel, you would yet again, agree, that if you have someone by your side, who you know won’t leave your side, whatever happens, then battles, ordeals, and dark phases would seem easier to handle.
Hardships are integral part of any marriage or relationship, and if you both love each other, then problems would strengthen your relationship, your love and not weaken it. True, Ruhi and Shaan will make you believe this.
The novel was sweet and humourous at parts and at other parts serious and heart weighing.
Overall I would say that I really liked the novel.
Life at 17 Rating:
🎐🎐🎐🎐 ( I found the middle part to be a bit boring, so -1, but this novel was worth reading)
About the Author:
Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.
Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.
Much of Rao’s down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.
A practicing physician, Rao lives in the United States with her family.