The Accidental Wife
Author: Simi K. Rao
The eyes on the cover of Simi K. Rao's 'The Accidental Wife' are gorgeous, just as Naina, the accidental wife is. The eyes do not have a joyous expression, as a bride's eyes should. But they are not sad either. They have a questioning, poignant look about them.
If one looks closely, a couple is reflected in them. The eyes are arresting and one has to consciously look at the rest of the cover and see the shadowed couple, the flying helicopters, the beautiful sunset...
The prologue of 'The Accidental Wife' starts with the wedding night of Rihaan. The typical double-meaning teasing by friends and cousins, most of them as good as strangers. And the prologue ends with Rihaan meeting his wife... the problem is the woman there is not the one he was supposed to have married.
The mystery is revealed. The stage is set for an engrossing story. The need for answers to 'how and why it happened' and 'what next' keep the pages of 'The Accidental Wife' turning fast.
Rihaan Mehta is a successful neurosurgeon from New York. His mother wants him to get married, much to his exasperation.
As is expected in most such cases, Rihaan finally gives in to the pressure.
Rihaan's reasons for not wanting be tied down by matrimony are convincing, what with a nagging mother, and misguided friends, and certain scheming women. He seems to be surrounded by unhappily married couples.
Life has interesting twists in store for him though.
The successful doctor is still emotionally insecure. He doesn't seem to know himself.
His expectations from his would-be wife are also rather impractical and chauvinistic.
But things are set to change as 'The Accidental Wife' progresses. If you ask me, he should thank his stars for it.
He comes into his own, even as he discovers that it is not a sign of weakness to need someone else.
Naina is an independent woman with a past. A past that is not sordid, but has affected her expectations and attitude towards life. She is not a hopeless romantic, nor is she a cynic like Rihaan.
The story of 'The Accidental Wife' is the story of Rihaan and Naina growing as individuals, and as a couple. They discover about each other in India, in America and in Afganisthan.
Hindi phrases are used pretty often in the narrative. They do add to the emotion being conveyed if one knows the language. The phrases are translated in English though and there is a rather exhaustive glossary at the end of the book, so not knowing the local language doesn't hamper the narrative.
I have to repeat though that knowing the phrases adds to the fun of reading.
'What kind of terrible fix have I got myself in', describes the moment perfectly. But 'Kahaan aake phas gaya yaar', adds a more relatable, personal touch for me.
Certain parts of the story are dealt with rather hurriedly.
Ignore certain cliched moments and a few practicalities which could have avoided the twists in the tale, and reading 'The Accidental Wife' is a fun, engrossing experience.
'The Accidental Wife' by Simi K. Rao is a hopeful love story blooming in difficult circumstances. From the city of New York, to urban and rural India, to the disturbing environs of Kabul, Rihaan and Naina find themselves and each other.
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About the Author
The inspiration for her books and other creative projects comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.
Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.
Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.
A practicing physician, Rao lives in Denver with her family. Her published works include Inconvenient Relations and The Accidental Wife. She is currently at work on her next release.
Connect with the author and read more of her work on her website at www.SimiKRao.com.
Find her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SimiKRao and Twitter @SimiKRao.
For more information, to schedule an interview, public appearance or book signing; to request a review copy or to obtain promotional materials, please contact Maria Connor at My Author Concierge (firstname.lastname@example.org; 858-431-6777).
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About the Book:
From the author of Inconvenient Relations Simi K Rao!
If you enjoyed Inconvenient Relations, you'll love The Accidental Wife, a new contemporary romance from Simi K. Rao.
Some accidents are meant to happen…
Dr. Rihaan Mehta is a brilliant young neurosurgeon who has no inclination for love or marriage. According to him wives and girlfriends are annoying accessories that one can do without. But when his mother dangles the sword over his head in classic Bollywood style, he succumbs, and sets out in search of a bride who would fit his 'requirements'. But can Rihaan deal with what he gets instead?
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“Another beer to calm the nerves?” A distant cousin who Rihaan had never the pleasure of meeting before, suggested with a knowing smirk.
This was followed by a loud burst of laughter. It was close to midnight, but the party had just begun at the usually serene Mehta abode in South Delhi. “Rihaan doesn’t need anything to cool him down. He’s going to be a full-on man tonight! Can’t afford to disappoint bhabhi, right?” This was promptly followed by another outburst of mirth.
Rihaan submitted to several friendly thumps on his back, returning them with the obligatory wry smile that could be interpreted any which way they desired. He didn’t care about their opinions.
It was true, he hadn’t let a single drop of alcohol pass through his lips. Not because he was anxious to perform well on his wedding night and impress his new wife. On the contrary, he wanted to keep all his faculties intact so he could confirm the suspicion that had been gnawing at his brain ever since the wedding ceremony. And with each moment that passed, his unease had grown steadily.
Unable to bide his time any longer, he stood up and went toward his room paying no heed to the numerous whistles and catcalls that followed in his wake.
Thrusting the door wide open he strode toward the marital bed. It was bare except for his bride’s wedding finery that lay in a neat pile in one corner. His heart now thudding at a frantic pace inside his chest, he scanned the vicinity, fervently hoping his concerns were for nothing.
He approached the wide open balcony door, and his pulse slowed down slightly. Perhaps he’d just been imagining it all?
A girl stood there leaning against the railing, her face upturned toward the full moon. On hearing him approach, she turned around. “Finally! I’ve been waiting like forever!”
He frowned, straining to decipher her features obscured by deep shadow. “Deepika?”
“Naa…, not Deepika.” She stepped forward into the light, a bright smile illuminating her strikingly graceful features.
His heart sank. Not Deepika.
“I am Naina—the girl you married. Goodbye, Rihaan.”
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