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The Reluctant Matchmaker

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

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    Not in my job description A hilariously amusing tale by Shobhan

    Not in my job description

    A hilariously amusing tale by Shobhan Bantwal, that gives new meaning to the term office romance! It certainly does not make a best first impression to meet the CEO of your company by falling at his feet…(literally), even if in your opinion it is his fault! The vantage point from the carpet allows you to take in shoes but not much else, except when finally able to gaze through tear-filled lashes, you notice the darkest most penetrating eyes peering down at you from a crouched position that appear to be attached to someone built like the back of a truck. However, maybe you are just delirious or suffering from a concussion, since it feels as if the back of a truck is what you may have ran in to! Maybe it is the deep voice calling out for someone to call 911! Meena Shenoy finds herself a little too close for comfort to Prajay Nayak, her new boss and CEO of the company, which he himself owns and just so happens to be currently working in the office building in which Meena works. The outcome of their chance “meeting” not only puts Meena and Prajay in close contact with each other but when summoned by Prajay to an important after hours visit to his office what else can she possibly be thinking but thoughts of romance? However, the top-secret assignment that Prajay presents, not only catches Meena off guard, but also leaves not much choice but to accept. Even if the task is not part of her job description!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    India lite (very lite)

    From reading the reviews and then the book, I can only imagine that no one had ever read a book with Indian protagonists before and so the sheer novelty of it has led to a much higher rating than deserved. The Indian components of the book, most of which anyone who'd ever read one other book with Indian characters or even just had an Indian friend would already be very familiar with, are not sprinkled entertainingly throughout the book but rather are force-fed to the reader as educational spoonfuls of rather patronizing baby food.

    Once the cultural aspects are removed, all that remains is a very shallow book with two-dimensional characters who manage to spend an entire book agonizing over the fact that they are separated by -- wait for it -- their height. The main character is a "little doll" who the love interest is afraid he will "break". So he stays away from her the entire book. Even though she has blown him away with her ability to relate to kids by -- again, wait for it -- asking his niece and nephew if they need to go potty before going to the amusement park. Yup, that's it. With some raita dolloped on top.

    I give this book two stars for correct grammar and good editing.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    This book is set on the Eastern Coast of the United States with

    This book is set on the Eastern Coast of the United States within the Hindi culture, generally Indian (as in from India). I have a brother in law who is Indian and have had two foreign exchange students from Pakistan, so I have quite a bit of knowledge about the culture. However, this book does a great job of explaining the culture especially the concept of arranged marriages and marrying within your caste.

    Not only does the book explain talk about cultural issues, but it is also a charming story. I love the exploration of the struggle first generation American children have in the pull between their traditional culture their parents still honor and the American ways they have been raised in.

    I totally enjoyed this story. I give this book 5 out of 5 clouds.

    This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Not a reluctant read!

    “Matchmaker, Matchmaker make me a match……” is not the song running thru Meena’s head when she runs into (literally!) her boss. She sprains her ankle, gets carried (by him) to his office where she spends the rest of the day on his couch resting. While she misses the whole thing he also carried her to his car and hauls her home. A very compassionate employer. What she didn’t miss is that he is 6’5” and she is five foot even if she stretches. He is HUGE for an Indian man and a bit intimidating.
    Meena, PR person for Prajay Nayak’s firm and the newest employee soon falls – and hard – for him. Her parents and aunts are trying weekly to set her up as she is past marrying age in their culture and is trying to be independent which is quite annoying to them. Meena turns down everyone or, after one date has found the man was not her type. This was happening before she met Prajay and now is worse. She tries, she really tries but they aren’t him.
    To make matters worse, Prajay is being harassed by his own family since he is nearly forty and single. He has an idea that, by hiring Meena to find him a potential wife; it will cut down the chaos of dating. She agrees, reluctantly and begins breaking her own heart with the task. He wants a smart woman who is 6’ tall. Amazing how many Indian women are out there who fit his requirements. Meena isn’t one of them. And then her aunt Akka shows up on the doorstep. Her brother falls in love – with a Muslim and chaos ensues.
    Obsession with size, misclues and failed dates populate this wonderful novel. The author has written five other books which I am currently looking for because this was a nice book. No cursing, no hard drugs nor alcohol. Just a fantastic story about a young Indian woman trying to find her way in a culture centuries old while not losing herself in the process. Go get it. NOW!

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

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    The main character, Meena, is an Indian American who has a mind

    The main character, Meena, is an Indian American who has a mind of her own despite cultural traditions. She does an unusual favor for her boss, who is also Indian, and in the process finds herself in a rather uncomfortable situation. This romantic novel revolves around Meena trying to follow the desires of her own heart while still being mindful of the culture she treasures. While this book is a romance, one of the things I particularly enjoyed about it was getting to know something of one part of the Indian culture here in the US. I knew next to nothing about the culture, and I found myself going to the Internet frequently to learn more about what I was reading. I truly liked Meena as a character and was happy with the ending. I like her respect for her family while remaining her own person. This novel was an excellent summertime read since it isn't a deep, dark, serious novel with a complicated plot structure. Read this for pleasure and for gaining an appreciation for a culture that is unfamiliar to most of us.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    ¿Love Doesn¿t Always Need a Matchmaker¿

    Petite,Single,31 yr.old Meena Shenoy is a Mkting/P.R.Exec for a software company based in N.J. & Washington D.C. Meena enjoys her job & working with her boss,Paul and co-worker,“Pinky”. Paul and Meena are asked to come to the office of the co.’s CEO Prajay Nayak, who she has heard alot about, but has never met. With the appt.,Meena has a turn at“Destiny’s Game”. Nervous & flustered, Meena steps off the elevator, not looking right or left and collides with Nayak,who towers over her like a giant. Meena is knocked to the floor and sprains her ankle. After regaining his composure, he carries Meena into his office and summons the,who gives her medication for pain and she sleeps on his office couch for the afternoon. Maybe it was the meds,or just overwhelmed at Prajay’s actions, but Meena starts to see him in a different light. He’s older and taller than her 5’ 1” & is good-looking. Her Mother & her Aunt Shabari remind her that she’s not getting any younger & her biological clock is ticking. When Prajay offers rides to and from work,& she receives a bouquet of roses,they get the wrong impression.Deep-down, Meena hopes he is interested but does not want to seem forward. When Prajay sends her a mysterious email asking her to come to his office after hrs., her heart leaps with joy. Nervously,Prajay asks if she would write personal ads for him,so he can find a suitable,tall wife.His family has been nagging him to settle down too. Disappointed and a bit angry,she agrees,writes the ads and per his instructions,sends them to his home. Prajay likes her work & next,has the gall to ask if she would “weed out” the unsuitable candidates from the enormous amt. of replies he has received. Annoyed and hurt, Meena once again agrees for two reasons; to check out her competition & Prajay will pay her a consultant’s fee. She keeps this assignment secreted away from her family & sends him a list of prospects. He calls on Meena’s good nature once more, asking if she will assist him in babysitting his Niece and Nephew for a day. They have a wonderful outing and she is completely perplexed. If he isn’t interested in her, why is he sending out such confusing signals? When he invites her for a “Thank-You dinner” the next day, she hesitates, then accepts with disasterous results.Figuring she was right all along & needs to get thoughts and heart away from Prajay, Meena weakens and accepts a dinner invitation from a analyst;Deepak Iyer,who has asked her for a date numerous times. When Deepak,who she thinks is a pleasant soul, shows his true colors, she cools any possible relationship & faces the truth—she may be single forever. However, her Aunt,Madhuri-Bhat has a possible match. She gives her the email address of a 32 year-old stockbroker named Ajit Baliga. They correspond & agree to meet for lunch. Ajit is charming w/ a good sense of humor & they click.Maybe he will be “The One”? In the midst of it all is a visit by her elderly Great Aunt “Akka”,who makes her yearly rounds with family members.Meena finds that Akka is a wealth of common sense & logic as she inserts herself in Meena’s Brother; Maneel’s romantic troubles and then accompanies her to the co. office in Washington. Many twists & tears take place. This is the 2nd volume of Ms. Bantwal’s I have read (the first being “Full Moon Bride”) and have enjoyed the story,characters and learning more about the Desi Culture. Nancy Narma

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