An Incurable Insanity

An Incurable Insanity

by Simi K. Rao

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781627465922
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely  wonderful read! I just bought the book yesterday and have already finished it because I just couldn't put it down. The characters and story are immensely captivating. I'm so enamoured by this book that I've started reading it again. Take a bow Simi K. Rao you have done a phenomenol job at writing this magneficient story! Really hoping that Simi continues to write as I would love to read more of her work.Truly your work is  a readers delight Simi 
BurgandyIce More than 1 year ago
 I knew I wanted to read Simi's book when I stumbled upon an excerpt and read the entire thing, losing track of time. I followed some links to another excerpt and lost myself in that one, too. Lol.  To read An Incurable Insanity is to be completely immersed in another world, a culture that originates in deep roots and clashes with the world I'm familiar with. It's fascinating. The writing style is unique and smooth-flowing.  Then the conversations POP! revealing a lot about the Indian culture beyond the story. It almost felt like there was a secret code with layers of polite communication in which words were a part - a very precise part - but were combined with actions and reactions resulting in... an exotic experience. I soaked up the details Simi shared last fall. It was a deeper look into a beautiful culture that I had never understood to the same extent before. I've seen Saris worn, even seen the vermilion red dot, but I had no clue what they meant. With the tour and the story, Simi doesn't just share the details, it felt like she took me by the hand for a personal tour of her cultural roots. I connected quickly with Ruhi. Her reaction to Shaan was totally justified, beginning to end, in my mind. Ha!  She is strong and confident while still remaining true to her culture. Some of her expectations of herself surprised me, but I came with no presuppositions, already recognizing that I was in unfamiliar territory and LOVING it.  I guess I really enjoy experiencing new cultures, but usually I don't get to learn of them as a proficient insider.  :-)  I loved that thoroughly. Shaan grew on me slowly, the stinker.  What is interesting is how immersed in the American culture he had become. Trying to combine the two cultures inside his home caused a big storm. His realization of things he had misunderstood and his shock of realizing what he had thrown away... these are so well expressed. I rarely dislike anyone so much... and then really like him sooo much. Very well done. After I realized that the side characters all came from the same Indian culture, I just rolled with it.  Lol. "It" was entertaining conversations that were wildly different than anything in my experience. The way everyone communicated with each other is remarkable and singular.   I began second-guessing my email communications with Simi, to be honest. Sometimes I am so blunt and skip over niceties... something every character in this story would never, ever, ever, ever do.  My respect for anyone & everyone coming from the Indian culture grew like a magical beanstalk. In this story, it was as if their culture demanded they follow their rules of polite engagement even if everyone around them does not... and if I was in their story, I would never know how horribly I was insulting everyone. With every encounter!  To be completely... uh, blunt, this book did drive me insane.  It is aptly named.  Just when I thought Ruhi was coming around, Shaan would do something stupid. Again. When Shaan was finally responding the way he wanted to and was actually amazing, Ruhi remembers something and the moment is shattered. I could have strangled both of them before I reached the end of the book. Lol.  4.5 Stars.  This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Indian culture!!  It's a thousand times better than any text book on the subject and should be a required compainion. Lol. It's similar to being immersed in the culture. It's also a must-read for romance lovers and everyone looking for something unique. And exotic. I really don't know how to say "Thank you very much" properly, Simi, but you're welcome at my house for tea any time.  It was an honor to read your book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marriage: May lead to An Incurable Insanity (with apologies to Ambrose Bierce) An arranged marriage seems like an extraordinary thing to those of us used to picking our own partners based on love, but having your spouse chosen for you is not uncommon in South Asian society. “An Incurable Insanity” opens with a quote from Ambrose Bierce, from which the title is taken: “Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.” But Ruhi and Shaan’s marriage is different: rather than falling in love and then having their insanity cured by the bonds of matrimony, theirs is an arranged marriage, and an unusual arranged marriage at that. Rather than curing their temporary insanity, their marriage just might be the cause of it… if they can learn to swallow their pride and communicate with each other. The book begins 29 days after their wedding, and the reader finds that Ruhi is disillusioned with her husband and her marriage. Why this is so becomes clear within the first few pages – Shaan married her as a wife in name only, as “there is someone else” and he refuses to cheat on his girlfriend with his wife. His reasons for going through with an arranged marriage to a woman other than the one he loves are explained later in the book. You may not agree with his choice, but you at least can understand the reasoning behind his actions. The book becomes somewhat “Gift of the Magi”-ish later, as Shaan’s relationship with his girlfriend goes sour and he begins to see Ruhi more clearly, and perhaps as his ideal wife, while at the same time Ruhi decides to put her sadness behind her and move on with her life, making plans to end the marriage and return to India. Much like many real-life relationships, the tumultuous days that follow are made more difficult by a lack of communication. If only they would just TALK to each other about what they’re thinking and feeling! was a frequent thought as I read. I kind of wanted to shake some sense into the both of them (which is a sign of a good writer, that I cared enough about the characters that I wanted to reach into the pages and physically assault them for being so stubborn and prideful!) But the book provides an important lesson: in relationships (romantic or otherwise), communication can prevent (or solve) much confusion, misunderstandings, and anger. Negatives: There were sections that seemed a bit rushed (like the opening) and places where transitions seemed too abrupt (such as when switching between characters’ thoughts/speech, or characters physically appearing very suddenly). These problems are minor, though, and detract from the overall book very little. (Arguably it's a compliment if a reader states that there should be more writing!) Overall: Worth reading - the storyline is both humorous and sentimental, and I cared about the characters and what would happen to them. Ruhi in particular experiences a lot of personal growth as she adapts both to a new culture and the unexpected limitations of her marriage. (I was rooting for them to work things out, but you’ll have to read the book for yourself to see if that’s what happens!) *Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
I found this book so good and so infuriating at the same time.  I am finding it hard to put into words how I feel about the book.  I have some very strong opinions about how a marriage should be, and the idea of an arranged marriage is something my mind cannot comprehend, so even though it was an awesome book, I often found myself very frustrated with both of the MC's of this book..   Forced to move to California after getting married to Shaan, Ruhi finds herself in marriage that seems to have no hope, and in a country and city she is unfamiliar with. Ruhi finds out from the very beginning of the marriage that Shaan never plans to "be" with her because he is in love with another woman.  He gave into tradition but had no intention of being with Ruhi.  Ruhi on the other hand, had a plan to sort of "woo" her husband into wanting to be in the marriage. The back and forth between Ruhi and Shaan "in their heads" sometimes made me want to scream.  Why couldn't they say what was on their mind out loud?   It would have solved a lot of problems right away.  Yet, that is what kept me reading.  I also found it very funny..I often find myself having a conversation in my head as well, so it was entertaining to me. Ruhi at times seems a little bi-polar to me.  She goes from being "shy, quiet, and easy going", to "bat crazy" in no time at all.  One minute she is saying sweet things, and trying to be a good wife, the next minute she is playing games, and flying off the handle.  She has a very short temper.  She is bullheaded, which I love, but found frustrating at times. When Shaan realizes the mistake he has made and tries to make up for it, he redeems himself in my eyes.  A little.  He proves himself to be the most patient man on the planet.  I even at times was like "gosh, kick this woman to the curb, all she does is play games".  I have to remind myself I am reading a book, not living it. hehe! The progression of their relationship is sweet, and frustrating.  I know that doesn't seem to go together, but read the book and you might understand where I am coming from. I love how they discover more about themselves during their "trial" time together, and realize how important it is to be "in" a marriage and not just go through the motions. I do not believe a marriage should ever consist of a person believing they "own" the other person, so there were a few things that bothered me in that aspect. This really is a sweet love story.  I found it very hard to put down.  I love reading about different traditions and cultures, even if it's fiction.  I love how each MC talk to themselves in their head.  We always make things out to be worse than they really are in our minds, and this book made me chuckle sometimes because there is a lot of "in head" struggle, fighting, and talking.  Silly things that make you want to find out if they are every going to get the nerve up to say to each other! I hope that you enjoy reading this book!  It's a beautiful story about falling in love even in the hardest of circumstances!
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
It seemed promising . . . Did I enjoy this book: I couldn’t really enjoy it because I was pretty much confused by it. But I’ll discuss the book to the best of my ability. The bright spots: First, the cover art is lovely. Second, she starts the novel with a quote from Ambrose Bierce, “Love: a temporary insanity curable by marriage.” Then she follows this quote by saying, “This tale is an attempt to prove the reverse or at least give it a chance.” Awww. How could I resist? It just seemed so promising. But then I started reading. The story goes something like this: An Indian woman is being heavily courted by many suitors for an arranged marriage. After seeing a picture of one fetching suitor, she decides,”OH, yeah baby, he da ONE!!!,” or something like that . . . the Indian equivalent of love at first sight. On her wedding night, Mr. Super Hot tells her he’s not interested in well, you know because he’s already got some serious hanky-panky going on with his boss’s wife. HUH? So why did he agree to the arranged marriage? Apparently, he didn’t want to disappoint his dying grandfather. But no worries; he’s got it all worked out. He’ll just return her in two months and say it didn’t work out. Grandpa would be so proud! From there, the couple fights for several chapters before falling hopelessly in love. Maybe I’m just a jaded American who doesn’t appreciate the romantic virtues of arranged marriages, infidelity, and lies. Or maybe this story just doesn’t make sense. Would I recommend it: Gosh, maybe I’ll recommend it just so someone can explain it to me. Will I read it again: No. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
mmbear More than 1 year ago
It's a wonderfully told love story that begins very unconventionally. Poor Ruhi had to marry someone that her parents had arranged for her to marry and even though she did not love him in the beginning, she decided to make the most of it and make the marriage work. Of course, Shaan had no intentions of making anything work and he had a mistress on the side. It took awhile but the lies and deceit became known to Ruhi and she was heartbroken. She refused for a very long time to forgive Shaan. Once the damage was done, he truly regretted his actions. Can he be forgiven and will they be able to put this all behind them? I don't know so much about Indian culture but I have a feeling it's not easy to walk away from a marriage. I only know here in America, I would not hesitate to leave and never look back. In doesn't matter how badly someone was hurt by another, they have no right to inflict hurt on another person, just because they are afraid to love or want to shut someone out. But, it's a good story and will keep you captivated, and that is after all, what a good book should do.
csingh More than 1 year ago
Ruhi fell in love with Shaan the first time she saw his photograph. While she was happily thinking of wedded bliss he was thinking of the woman he'd left behind in the US. Ruhi's dreams are shattered and while she''d like nothing more to leave Shaan behind she can't because she doesn't want to hurt her parents. Ruhi manages to get Shaan agree to give her some time before she has to break the news to her parents. Will the extra time be enough to change Shaan's mind?  This books falls somewhere between I liked and it and I really liked it. Having similar cultural traditions to the author, I was really happy and excited when she offered it to me to read and review. (Thanks Simi!) Not too many books are available that are like this, that do it well. Simi writes great characters. They're complicated and yet simple at the same time. I liked Ruhi and felt like the bottom of my stomach had dropped out when I read Shaan's statement regarding his desires for their marriage. My pity and pain turned to admiration when I saw how Ruhi handled the situation. While initially I was angry with Shaan for his callousness my opinion slowly turned favorable. Her secondary characters are great too, from the Benagli family, Sunshine, Surjit, Sanjana, Pratik, everyone you'll meet when you read this book. I do wish the different story arcs with many of these characters had been wrapped up. Many of the social issues discussed in this book were also left incomplete as most of them were with these characters. I really liked the inclusion of social issues, especially since they are relevant to all cultures.  I did feel like the book was a little lengthy. There were bits of dialogue between Shaan and Ruhi that confused me a little and felt superfluous. Most of these dialogues weren't verbal, but thoughts they were having. Plus they way they kept taking digs at each other. One moment everything would be okay and the next one of them would be walking away from the other in a huff. I did find the first half of the book to be slower reading than the second half. I did find all the information about the planets and astronomy tidbits to be fascinating.  Simi's debut book is wonderful. It's great for those days when you're all cozy and have lots of free time on your hands. Try it while you enjoy a chai latte and your foreign-ish experience will be complete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't stop thinking about this book I'm not sure what to say about it. And don't automatically assume that it is a bad thing, because in this case, it isn't. I started it on a Saturday, finished it on a Sunday and here I am over a week later still trying to tie everything up in a pretty little bow and put it away on my "read" shelf. But it won't go quietly. I have been married for 15 years and let me tell you -- it isn't easy. And I adore my husband. We got married after dating long distance (well, if you can say 80 miles apart is long distance) for 3 years and living together for 1.5 years, so I feel pretty confident in saying that I knew him pretty well on the day we said "I do." So I can't even imagine marrying somebody that I didn't know. The premise of this book fascinated me. To be in Ruhi's shoes. To be in Shaan's shoes. I mean, talk about taking a leap of faith. Yikes! I love a good friends to more story - I've mentioned that before - but this was the exact opposite. A "more to friends", maybe? Then throw in the fact that one of the involved parties has absolutely no intention of following through. That can't be easy. And it isn't. (side note - this review is not going at all in the direction that I thought it would) The characters - I found myself really really liking them, though there were quite a few times where I wanted to grab them by the shoulders and shake some sense into them. Ruhi, in particular. She came across as a petulant, spoiled brat...but then I took a few steps back and thought about all the "steps" that she missed. This marriage was her first, her only, relationship. Marriage, people. No dating, no flirting, no messy break-ups. Marriage. She was completely naive. And maybe that allowed me to forgive her behavior just a little bit. Maybe...though she still generated her fair share of "eyerolls". That being said, there was no shortage of emotion in this book. There was a little bit of everything. For every passage that made me want to smack somebody, there was one where I wanted to nod my head and say "see, you're doing it right". The swoony moments were swoony, and there was just enough humor to lighten moments at the exact right time. Thank you, Sunshine and that crazy bird of hers. Now, I do feel like I need to talk about the writing. It was beautiful and fluid and flowy -- but it was also a bit...much. Not all the time, but there were times when I felt like a moment/scene/chapter/dialogue could have been cut in half and had the same impact. And yet, I don't know what I'd cut. See what this book has done to me? And stepping back and looking at my ramblings, maybe that is the sign of a good story. One that does grab a hold of the reader and lingers long after the final page is turned. It makes it a bit easier to overlook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delicious, seductive, spicy, evolving, and humbling. I enjoyed this book! Ruhi's growth is inspiring, and her drive to liver her life on her tems is refreshing! An excellent read! Lauren Stoltz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Fantastic book and a must buy! This book is a beautiful love story that introduces you to the culture and customs surrounding romance and marriage in India. The plot is captivating, and the characters are developed, conflicted, and relatable. It will certainly pull on your heart strings! You won't be able to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what do I say??? the title "An Incurable Insanity" says it all.  "An Incurable Insanity" is a bitter-sweet journey of the newly married couple Shaan and Ruhi...tied to each other by an Arranged Marriage. right from the beginning when u start reading, you will fall in love with the characters Shaan and Ruhi, and you will be hooked with it. The author, Simi K. Rao has penned down all the emotions beautifully. One can connect with the characters very easily and feel for both Shaan and Ruhi. At times it will become hard as to whose side you should take and whom you should support, because both are extremely right in their own way. and that says that the author wasn't biased to any of the characters. also the side characters are extremely lovable and they make the story all the more interesting. It has the touch of both Indian and American culture.  The story is matured, realistic and a passionate one...It will surely takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Individually both Shaan and Ruhi are imperfect but together they are beyond the word just 'Perfect'. The book is a must read and deserves countless stars.  I would like to congratulate and thank the author Simi K.Rao for this wonderful story. She has done an wonderful, fantastic job. I would love to read more from her in future. -- Priyasree    
StoreyBookReviews More than 1 year ago
An Incurable Insanity is a look inside arranged marriages in India. While this could happen anyway, the author is drawing upon her cultural knowledge to share with us what two people may feel when entering into such an arrangement. Ruhi is a very sought after woman in India but her parents will only marry her to a deserving man. Shaan is bending to pressure from his family to marry a girl from India despite living in the US and becoming successful in his own right and thinking that he found love with another woman in the US. I found the book fascinating just with the whole custom of arranged marriages. It was good to see that the two involved parties had some say in whether they married the other person. I understood Ruhi’s position, that she agreed to marry this guy but didn’t know any of his past or anything about the other woman. I sympathized with her feelings about her situation and how she was treated because it wasn’t fair to her that he married her under false pretenses. However, not quite midway through the book Shaan realizes that he has a gem of a woman and wants to move forward with Ruhi but Ruhi acts like a petulant child (and funny enough is called that in the book, not long after I first thought that of her!). Both Ruhi and Shaan say or do one thing but think another as evidenced by the text in italics. I can understand guarding your heart but when do you believe the other person and start accepting their words and actions? During the first half of the book I sided with Ruhi. However, during the second half I sided with Shaan because I saw the changes he was making and the effort he was making into their relationship. The story has a lot of back and forth with what seems like immaturity on both sides, but eventually they start to realize that maybe things aren’t quite as bad as they seem. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
carvinte More than 1 year ago
A very cogent allegory of the meaning of a Committed Relationship, of Love’s awesome power to either uplift and/or to hurt, and of the painful sacrifices that it requires to bear fruit. The shell of romance may appear playful, but the core contains as much drama as any journey towards one’s Essence (even celibate monks & nuns of different faiths admit that Marriage, as the model of a Committed Relationship, is as difficult and rewarding a Spiritual Path as their own). I have a wonderful 16 y/o Son whom I have urged to always do his best to not break a girl’s/woman’s heart, regardless of how committed (or not) his relationship(s) will be. I don’t need to teach this to my wonderful 18 y/o Daughter; she, as most other women, are wiser than most of us, rascal-men, [at least] when it comes to commitment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the relationship between the characters, Ruhi and Shaan, and really felt that this book pulled you onto the emotional roller coaster that these two were on as they began their arranged marriage. In addition, the author provided unique insight into the custom of arranged marriages and the Indian culture. She did an excellent job of getting your interest from the beginning and keeping it throughout the book. It was an easy read and very well written, in terms of character development and smooth plot progression. I look forward to more works from this author and even maybe a sequel to this one.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Debut Novel  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. A mixture of contemporary romance, coming of age tale and multicultural fiction, Simi K. Rao’s An Incurable Insanity is a wonderful debut novel.  Facing an arranged marriage, Ms. Rao’s characters give us a chance to explore ancient traditions against the backdrop of a modern society with a high divorce rate.  We also get the chance to experience the cultural differences between two countries, men and women and the basic truth that all you need is love. The only daughter of a well to do family in India, Ruhi Sharma faces a bright future; educated, loved and beautiful, she agrees to an arranged marriage to make her father happy.  She’s even encouraged to participate in the choice of her future husband and chooses Shaan Ahuja, the son of a family friend, whose picture she falls in love with.  Looking forward to her wedding and move to America, Ruhi is unprepared for what she discovers on her wedding night; a groom with no intentions of staying married who claims he’s given his heart to someone else. A graduate student when he first came to the United States, Shaan Ahuja is now an aerospace engineer with no intentions of ever returning to India.  Involved in an unsatisfying affair with an American woman, Shaan is determined to avoid marriage at all costs.  At least until his father informs him his grandfather is dying and that his last wish is to see Shaan married.  Forced into an arranged marriage, Shaan is determined to make his intentions clear to his wife and plans to return her “untouched” to her family.  Only he never planned on his wife being determined to save her pride and demand a two month time period where they could gently break it to their families they’re not a good fit.  Agreeing to her plan, Shaan is unprepared for the realities of having a roommate who has no intentions of going home. The scenes between Ruhi and Shaan are well written and full of emotional angst.   While Ruhi is infuriated with Shaan and his duplicity, she’s determined to save her family from the embarrassing truth and also save her pride.  While Shaan attempts to pretend Ruhi means nothing to his life, Ruhi quickly immerses herself into his house and attempts to break down his resistance – she’s not giving up her husband without a fight.  Ms. Rao does an excellent job developing her characters and dealing with the conflicting emotions they both undergo throughout the story.  While neither planned on an emotional war for the other’s heart, they do find themselves engaged in an emotional battle.  Ruhi wants to win her husband’s heart and feel love, while Shaan begins to realize he’s been used by his previous partner and that Ruhi could very well be everything he’s ever wanted.  The secondary characters all contribute something to Ms. Rao’s tale; from Ruhi’s parents, to Shaan’s friends in America, the colorful people Ruhi meets at the bus stop and even the woman who stands between them at first.  Showcasing the strengths, and weaknesses of each culture, Ms. Rao gives us insight into Indian cuisine, traditions and their colorful emotions.   While an arranged marriage goes against the American idea of falling in love and choosing your own spouse, it’s clear that an arranged marriage does have some appeal.  Of course it’s only when Ms. Rao’s characters face their past, are honest about what they truly feel and make a conscious decision to give their future a chance that their arranged marriage has the greatest chance for success. Will Ruhi learn to embrace life in the U.S. and capture her husband’s heart?  Will Shaan realize the happiness he’s looking for can be found when he gives his heart to his new wife?  You’ll have to read An Incurable Insanity to find out.  I loved it and can’t wait to read what Ms. Rao writes next.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Undoubtedly 5 stars for the awesome work... This book holds a beautiful ocean of love, relatioships and shades of life... Simi K. Rao has brilliantly captured the words and gave the possibly best outcome..  Outstanding work and writing... Simple yet so appealing ..... 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading it!!! The best thing is its about how people fall in love after arranged marriage!!! Can able to emotionally connect with the protagonist immediately and feel for both Shaan and Ruhi..The flow of the story is impeccable!!! I definitely recommend this book!!! It's a must read!!!
saturn567 More than 1 year ago
 Amazing tale  filled with adventure, suspense, romance realism yet one of the most emotional rollercoaster rides I have ever felt while reading a book. I had to hold my breath in some scenes, at just how amazing it was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simi K. Rao wrote An Incurable Insanity with great emotion that one is entranced by every word on each page. The story of Ruhi and Shaan exhibited personal growth for each character and their journey together in a traditional culture and modern one. Their journey unfolded emotions and a new self awareness and self understanding which ignited and unveiled the passion within themselves and each other. It is truly a must read!
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Rao evokes a vast array of emotions in her audience. Through brilliant descriptions, straightforward storytelling, and intimate narratives she draws you fully into this remarkable tale of trial and error and love at its finest. Rao definitely had my heart tied in knots with this one. She not only takes a practice that is less than popular in western culture, but plops it down in the seat of all things North American. This talented author also makes it work, and spins it into a novel that you won’t be able to put down. The writing in this novel was amazing, but don’t even get me started on the characters themselves. They were so real and easy to relate to that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them, both as individuals and as a couple. I found myself at one second thinking ‘If they’d just talk to each other’ and at the next thinking ‘but I’d so have done the same thing.’ This was a true comedy of errors with no easy way out of the corner they’ve backed themselves into. Since this novel was so focused on these two very different yet remarkable individuals the minimal development of the supporting cast actually worked in the author’s favour.  As a whole this was a brilliant novel. Rao walks the line between traditional Indian culture and all that is Hollywood to create a tale that will pull at your heartstrings and keep you captivated throughout.  Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author/publisher/blog tour company in exchange for an honest review.