In the tradition of Shobhan Bantwal's successful Indian American novels, Sonali Dev's debut captures the colorful spirit and fascinating details of Indian and Bollywood culture - including a lavish wedding - while delivering an emotionally layered and accessible story.
Mili Rathod has been bound by marriage since she was four years old. But when her husband shows no sign of claiming her after 20 years of waiting, Mili grabs the chance to leave India and come to America on a scholarship.
Playboy filmmaker Samir "Sam" Rathod is Bollywood's favorite bad boy. He'll do anything for his big brother - even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the "wife" who just crawled out of his brother's past. Yet Mili isn't the simple village girl Sam expected. She's a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate's elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes. And though Mili fancies herself in love with his big brother, the husband she has never met, Sam is hoping for a very different ending.
©2014 Sonali Dev (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
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I generally enjoy reading books by Indian authors. Best I can say about this one, though, is that it was an average read. With the exception of a few chapters, most move too slowly, with much repetition of old stereotypes. I would skip this one.
I've never been this disappointed in an audiobook. The narrator mispronounced 90% of the Hindi words to the point where it actually pulled me out of the story. If you speak Hindi or anything Hindi adjacent, be prepared to grit your teeth constantly.
This was a fun read. I thought the author tied in the romance, drama, and Indian culture/generation clashes together really well. There were a few times where the feuding between the two main characters dragged. The first person internal POV also shifts between characters in the middle of scenes. I think this is unusual in an interesting way. It can be jarring but I think it gives this novel an edge. I recommend it if you like romance/family drama stories. The narrator did a great job with the voices and accents. I do not speak Hindi or any local dialects so I cannot speak to that as other reviewers may have.
Beautiful story. I loved every moment of this book. Milli's innocence and Sameer's realizing that the girl he'd been thinking all sorts of misdeed against was totally the opposite. Priya Ayyar narrating this was also a great match. I love how she can differentiate her voice for all the characters. The feeling she also invoke in their voices was wonderful. I would definitely recommend this to everyone and relistening too.
One of the best books I've read in 2014! A Bollywood Affair is like a chocolate truffle, meant to be devoured slowly, purposefully, each word, each phrase, melting into you and becoming one with your soul, leaving you feeling warm and satisfied.
"You stole the words from my heart."
Priya brings Mili to life!
I don't usually like love stories as they all seem to be written by the same formula. This one was wonderful and I couldn't put it down. I would love to listen to more books by this narrator.
This book will keep you intrigued from the very beginning to the end! This book immersed me into the beautiful indian culture and the insights of a humble rural girl. I felt Mellie's joy and pain. There are no plot twist and story somewhat predictable but if you looking for a feel good book this is it. This should be on everyone's list to read. I'm on to the next in this series.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
An easy listen, if you enjoy India, Pakistan and Bollywood accents. Carried me thru a lot of housework with a smile on my face.
Have not read the print
She has a pleasant voice and I enjoyed it except that she makes no effort to at least lower her voice an octave or two for male characters. Sometimes it is confusing and it takes a beat or two to realize it is a male speaking.
I love Sonali Dev and I anxiously await her next book, A Change of Heart. Hope there is a different reader!
From the very start this I knew this book would be a wild ride and I was not disappointed. The main characters were full of life and well rounded. At some points I couldn't help but laugh out loud at their antics. I would recommend this book to anyone regardless of their knowledge about Indian culture.
For me this is the perfect type of romance novel. I loved it. I took all sorts of sneaky opportunities to listen to it. It was beautiful, funny, sad and heartwarming. If I wrote romances, I would have wanted to have written this one.
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