An Incurable Insanity by Simi K Rao

Book Blurb:
Her heart fluttered when she heard the sound of the key turn in the lock. She quickly adjusted her maroon silk sari with the yellow border, the one that had caught his eye, and waited eagerly for his footsteps. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven… Yes, exactly seven steps before he stopped, hesitated for a few moments, then removed his shoes one by one and arranged them neatly side by side on the shoe rack. She smiled. He had been mindful of taking his shoes off every day now. “I am not used to it, but I will if you want me to. It’s probably a good thing to do anyway.” As he settled down, he would pick up the TV remote and, without looking at her, would say in his smooth baritone, “So how did you spend your day, anything interesting?” 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.
About the Author:
Simi K. Rao was born in India and has been living in the United States for several years. Her contemporary romance novel An Incurable Insanity, published by Tate Publishing, was released on October 8, 2013. An Incurable Insanity is her first foray into writing. The inspiration for the story came from what she has seen transpire among and within the immigrant community. Some of the experiences included are her own; some have been garnered from friends and casual conversations with acquaintances. She also writes poetry, is an avid photographer, loves to travel, and is a practicing physician. She currently lives in Denver with her family.
My Thoughts:
I found this book to be a refreshing reprieve from reading serious mystery or thriller novels. This is a light-hearted love story that deals with a topic that is very much relevant to life today. It deals with relationships and the bond of trust that forms between two people and holds them together through thick and thin.
Nowadays when most people discount the concept of arranged marriage or frown upon it, this story manages to convey how an arranged marriage can turn into something beautiful and how love can blossom between two people through this.
I really liked Ruhi’s character and the spirit she shows and the strength she has to hold her own is indeed an inspiration for most women. We can take Ruhi as an example of how to hold on to what is yours while at the same time holding on to your dignity and self-respect. Shaan’s character is an interesting mix and it’s easy to appreciate him once he starts realising his mistakes and makes an effort to correct them. The characters are wonderful and Sunshine’s character is perhaps the best as she helps bring the two together.
Overall this is a well written story that doesn’t at any point deviate from the plot and it will definitely get you thinking about your thoughts and ideas of marriage and how it should be. I strongly recommend this book for everyone.

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