Love calls... Again (Book Review - Love, Again)

Love, Again
Authors: Sumeeta Manikandan & Shrruti Patole Clarence

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Love, Again is a treat to read. Two stories with a similar theme, yet so very different. The emotions in each pull you into their world of passion, courage and destiny.

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
Maya Angelou

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I started writing this on International Women's Day. And it was a pleasure to be writing about These Lines of Mehendi, the story of Lalitha on this day.

The author says in the Foreword that she has named her heroine "as a tribute to a strong woman who beat the odds to succeed in life".
Lalitha is a woman who has been dealt unfair cards in her life and she has made the best of it. She is leading a good, contented life when circumstances make things more difficult.
Shrikanth has had his heart broken once, and chosen to take the safe course of becoming a 'confirmed bachelor', of never taking a chance at love again.

Circumstances bring the two together in a marriage of convenience.

These Lines of Mehendi is not a typical in-your-face love story. It is not a story where 'love is blind' needs to be used as an excuse. It is about two mature individuals who make sensible decisions. Thankfully, a few of their plans do go haywire. And then they beautifully handle the changes too, thus making for a heart-warming tale.

The language is conversational and easy-to-read. I loved reading the email and chat exchanges of the couple. So inconsequential, and yet that's how sturdy relationships are initiated.

For me personally, this book is also a slight peek into the Tamilian customs. Googling a few traditional terms here and there gave an educational tinge to These Lines of Mehendi too.
And then, there is the social message unobtrusively included in the story.

The beauty of These Lines of Mehendi is the effortless course that the story seems to take. A pleasing 'Meant to be' is the feeling I got as I read Lalitha's and Shrikanth's story.

These Lines of Mehendi, with its delicate title, is a complete, concise, interesting story.

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A Tulip in The Desert came across as a big surprise. Although the two stories of Love, Again have a common theme, they are not in any way similar.

If These Lines of Mehendi won my heart with its simplicity, A Tulip in The Desert has a almost Bollywood-like grandeur to it. Girl meets boy in college. There are many light, sweet moments between the two and their friends, interspersed with a simmering, passionate past. What follows after that is not at all predictable.

The story of Charmaine and Raj, students of Egyptology in Amsterdam, is layered with mystique, and uses the facts of history to extend into an interesting, believable present day story.

Cleopatra's and Antony's timeless love kinders this story where fact merges with fiction.

A Tulip in The Desert travels through the serene streets of Amsterdam, and enigmatic sites of Egypt, giving a fitting background to the story of this young couple, who accept their connections with the old with an elan that makes this story enjoyable.

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Life is tough, and it becomes tougher when you need to make life changing decisions. Would you dare to love again? Would you allow yourself to be loved and to be cherished again? Many of us turn away from life, thinking that it is not for them but some take a leap of faith rewrite their story for the sake of love? 

Love, Again is a double header book bringing you two stories about chancing love again -These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.

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Meet the Authors 

Sumeetha Manikandan 

Sumeetha Manikandan is a freelance writer and an author who loves to write and base her plots on the tambrahm community of Mylapore, Chennai. She is the author of ‘The Perfect Groom’ that has been a bestselling ebook on the top 50 charts of Amazon India ever since publication.

An avid reader, she loves to read across different genres – romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy etc. A history buff to the core,
she is currently translating Ponniyin Selvan – the evergreen tamil classic epic history by Kalki Krishnamurthy into English.

Married to film maker K.S. Manikandan, Sumeetha lives in Chennai, along with her six year old daughter.

       Shrruti Patole Clarence

Shrruti has been a voracious reader since early years and took to composing poems when she was very young.
An Aviation Manager and 10years with various airlines, she has been on a sabbatical for her two son's aged six years and 1 year respectively.
She enjoys this welcome break from career, to be able to pursue her passion, writing!
She has to her credit 6 short stories featuring in different Anthologies all published this year, one of which will soon be seen as a short movie.
And Love, Again a double header romance Novel publish date 25th May 2015, with her story A Tulip in the Desert will soon be seen on the stands!
Her lyrics feature in the theme song of group Young Indians – an off shoot of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries).
Her poems feature in Zest of Inklings and a Hindi poem in an e-book – Ehsaas, judged by eminent Urdu and Hindi screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright - Javed Siddiqui.

Shrruti is a warm and friendly person who loves music and watching sports when she is not writing.



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  1. Thank you Nimi Arora for this lovely review :)

    1. Welcome to my blog, Sumeetha. And it was lovely reading your story, so...


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