Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blog Tour: “MEGHNA” REVIEWS from The Book Club members

This "THANK YOU" blog has been long overdue. I would like to thank each and every person who has come forward to read and review my novel Meghna on their blogs. 


Sumeetha Manikandan
I met Sumeetha through Indireads, the publishers of both our novels. Sumeetha is also a member of The Book Club and is a regular reader of my novels. Thank you Sumeetha for the wonderful review of my book Meghna!

About Sumeetha Manikandan:

"Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter. After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads."

Sumeetha reviews Meghna:

Sundari Venkatraman is an anomaly among today’s self publishing authors. In my experience, most of the self-published books are badly edited with a shoddy plot line and not to mention bad language but Sundari’s books stand out brilliant amidst huge slush pile of bad books. Meghna is a hot romance and as the author herself mentioned, it is meant for complete entertainment. Needless to say, it delivers its promise.

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Meghan Duce
It was a lucky day when I contacted Meghan Duce and requested her to review Meghna. What struck the lady was the name of my book as it sounded so similar to her own. Not very fond of romances, Meghan still showed a lot of enthusiasm for reading and reviewing my book. Thank you so much Meghan Duce for that awesome and detailed review! 

About Meghan Duce in her own words:

“I am a woman of many passions and goals! I am a mother and I am a survivor! I have been through a lot in my life, and my goal is to give what I have learned to other women who have walked the same path. I pray that we all be free from suffering, and if I can ease it for anyone, then it’s a job well done.”

Meghan’s review of Meghna:

I liked the suspense and drama between Meghna and Rahul because you never quite know till the end whether they are gonna make it or not.  Plus their love is so innocent and naive, because in life they both only wanted each other...never anyone else. They also make some pretty hilarious comments towards each other!!

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Ahana Mukherjee
I met Ahana Mukherjee through The Book Club. I felt very happy when she showed interest in reading and reviewing my book. Thank you Ahana for thE positive and encouraging review!

About Ahana Mukherjee in her own words:

“An avid reader, can read whatever I lay my hands on but I think as I am growing old I am gravitating towards lighter reading. I also like travelling. I have been to a few places but the the world is so huge and with so many many beautiful places to visit and new things to see and experience, this life time will be not be enough to explore all. And last but not the least I am a movie fanatic. I am not just interested in movies made in Bollywood and Hollywood but everywhere around the world and in any language. After watching so many of them I do think Hollywood movies are over rated, there are so many other world movies to catch up with.”

Ahana’s review of Meghna:

Meghna is an out and out entertaining book. A Bollywood style rom com with a cute, innocent heroine; suave and wealthy hero; a scheming mother; lusty colleague and a sexy trying hard to be wife, vamp. Sundari Venkatraman has cooked up a masala story with a flavor for all palates with her latest book Meghna.

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Aditi Saha
Aditi Saha won my book The Malhotra Bride during the Tornado Giveaway conducted by The Book Club and gave it an awesome review. That’s when I requested this #1 Goodreads Indian reviewer to read and review Meghna too. I was thrilled when she agreed immediately. Thank you so much Aditi for the awesome review of Meghna!

About Aditi Saha in her own words:

“I am a software-engineer by profession and a book-lover by passion! Why I love fiction? In a recent interview, Ruskin Bond, my favorite author, has been asked the same question, he replied: "It makes one understand life better, be philosophical about it. Take the ups and downs of life more easily because if you are reading good books—I am talking about fiction—you learn so much about human nature and the difficulties that people might encounter. It helps you to be more sensitive to others." I'm a reader..end of story!!..I read as much as possible and review as much as I like. All credit goes to Good reads for turning my passion for books into an obsession. I'm an online shopaholic, animal-lover, in-love with the weekends, and sucker for all kinds of stupid TV Series. In short, living my life as much as possible.”

Aditi’s review of Meghna:

MEGHNA by Sundari Venkatraman, is another coming-age Bollywood-style love-story, which will leave you happy, amused and totally full-on "ENTERTAINED"!

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Pooja Abhay
I met Pooja Abhay through The Book Club and was quite thrilled when she showed interest in reading and reviewing Meghna. Thank you so much Pooja for the lovely review of my book! 

About Pooja Abhay:

“I am Pooja. I was born in Sirsi (a small yet beautiful town in the Western Ghat region in Karnataka) and was brought up in Bangalore. Currently, I reside in Oceanside, California with my husband, Abhay.

Back in Bangalore, having completed my masters in Biochemistry, I worked as a Scientific Analyst in an Insilico Discovery based company. Currently, I am a full time blogger.

“Thoughtless Ramifications…” was started around 4 years ago as a personal blog on blogspot. However, I decided to take it a notch higher and bought my own domain “poojaabhay.com”. Most of the posts that are published here are my own life’s anecdotes. However, I also do book reviews on a regular basis. You can also find that I have pages called “Pooja’s Café” and “Being Silly”, one being my food blog and the other being a cartoon page that I have on Facebook, where I make husband-wife cartoons using Bitstrips.”

Pooja reviews Meghna:

There comes a time when nostalgia knocks on the door and sometimes, it knocks very hard. Well, this is what happened when I finished reading Sundari’s book Meghna. It took me back to my school and college days where I was a sucker for “happily ever-afters”. The equation hasn’t changed much, but now that I read more and more genres, this book was like a flash back into the good old times.

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Ruchira Khanna
I met Ruchira Khanna via The Book Club and was very happy when she came forward to read and review my book. Thank you so much for the lovely review Ruchira!

About Ruchira Khanna:

Ruchira says, “Just another soul trying to make a difference in this lifetime by juggling between my passion and responsibilities.”

A Biochemist turned Writer who draws inspiration from various sources and tries to pen them down to create awareness within her and the society. Recently published a novel, which peeps into every one's daily life named, "Choices" She is working on a children's book, which should be out this year.

A Reiki Master in her spare time where she passes out information about channelling universal energy and conducts sessions.

Ruchira reviews Meghna:

The author does a good job in delivering the characters’ deep sentiments with regards to their thoughts, reflections, and understanding from what they each want from a relationship.

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Shilpa Garg
I met Shilpa Garg via Write Tribe when she offered to read and review Double Jeopardy. I am glad that she showed interest in reading and reviewing Meghna too. Thank you Shilpa for the awesome review!

About Shilpa Garg:

"Shilpa Garg is a blogger from the Pink City of India who is passionate about the written words, sweets and beautiful conversations that happen over a mug of tea. She loves writing micro fiction, book reviews and general observations of life, things and circumstances on her blog, A rose is a rose is a rose! Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+."

Shilpa reviews Meghna

The overall story is good, the sizzle is nicely done and the climax is delightful. A vivid, rich, descriptive style with not a single dull moment in the story, the author manages to keeps you engrossed in either sweet romance or high emotional drama.

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Nilima Mohite
I have known Nilima Kadam Mohite for a few years now since I met her at Web18 where we both worked together. Thank you so much Nilima for taking the time out from your extra busy schedule to read and review my book. 

About Nilima Mohite:

Nilima is a software engineer who was holding a full time job with www.rediff.com when she reviewed Meghna. As on today, she’s taking a break. Nilima is married and lives in a joint family and is mother to little Pranav. 

Nilima reviews Meghna

Rahul is the fast, nimble minded young member of the board for a bank. He is quick, intelligent, has a knack for making people agree to his ideas, generous, caring, gentleman-types, added to this, he is drool worthy, an eligible bachelor, millionaire... but still single.
Reason: Meghna, the grey-lightning eyed sister of his best friend Sanjay whose mother embraced Rahul as her own son.

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Jaibala Rao
I got introduced to Jaibala Rao via The Book Club. Thank you Jaibala for taking the time to read and review my book!

About Jaibala Rao in her own words:

"Although new to professional writing and reviewing, Jaibala has lived in a world of books ever since she could read. Outside that Utopia of books, she is academically a Microbiologist and professionally has been an Event Manger and Content Writer. Just like her colourful professional background her interest in books is also spread across various genres. “There is something good in every book,” is a belief she carries while reading."

Jaibala’s review of Meghna:

True to its genre, and full of all possible problems that the lovers have to face before realizing their love for each other and it ends in a happily ever after. True to her word, the language of the story is simple and perfect and the book is well edited and proof read.

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Yamini Vijendran
I met Yamini Vijendran via Indireads as we both published our debut novellas through the publisher. Thank you Yamini for your constructive review of Meghna!

About Yamini Vijendran:

"Yamini Vijendran is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen."

Yamini reviews Meghna:

Sundari is one of the most talented writers I have had the privilege of interacting with through my writers’ network. I read her Double Jeopardy, published by Indireads, and enjoyed it. What stands out in her writing in the crackling style. There is never a dull moment, and the words bring out rich flavors and vibrant hues of romance and drama. It is, to let the foodie in me get the better of me, like an authentic spicy Hyderabadi Biryani, which makes your eyes water but you just can’t stop eating. Meghna is no different. Right from the first page till the last, the book is packed with all the flavors of romance. Sizzling – if I were to describe it in one word. 

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Archana KB
Archana offered to read and review my book on behalf of The Book Club. Thank you so much Archana for the lovely review of Meghna!

About Archana KB in her own words:

“My name is Archana K B residing in Bangalore with husband, RK and daughter Nayana. I did work in Software Testing in Chennai before resigning after marriage. At present, I am on the path of rediscovering my identity and career through photography, writing and other interests and dreams of being popular, creative, productive superwoman one day…”

Archana reviews Meghna:

The dialogues, full of tongue-in-cheek comebacks were quite different from the romantic clichéd ones. The writing style of the author is somewhat old-fashioned and laced with heavy influence of the Bollywood movies, but that’s what I loved in the book!

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  1. Thanks for the mention. Glad that you liked it as much as I liked your book! :)