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Simi K. Rao
Adult Contemporary RomanceMarch 4th 2015
Paperback & ebook, 270 Pages
Paperback & ebook, 270 Pages
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?
Rihaan’s reluctance to marry clashes with his emerging feelings for his photojournalist wife. Will their contemporary lifestyles and ideas of romance be reconciled with their family's traditional expectations? When an accident results in amnesia, both Rihaan and his 'accidental wife' will begin to re-examine their relationship, but can they discover love together?
Rihaan gave a wry shrug.
“Okay, then let your mom choose your wife and live happily ever after with my blessings,” Rudy said, grinning widely.
“No! Never! I can’t!”
Rudy looked puzzled. “What do you mean?”
“I can’t get married to someone she chooses. I’ll be finished. All those obligations, parties, demanding wife and in-laws. No way, man, I’d rather kill myself.”
“But that’s what marriage is all about—compromise.”
Rihaan nodded. “Exactly. That’s why I’ve kept away from it this long. I don’t want to compromise. I have no interest in assuming the role of a dutiful husband and son-in-law. What I want is somebody who will stay out of my way. Mind her own business while I mind mine.”
“You don’t need a wife. You need a servant.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” Rihaan said. “I just want someone who will comprehend me and my work. I want to continue like I am now…without any distractions. She can do what she wants; kitty parties, pujas, whatever. Just don’t expect me to be a part of it. We’ll get a bigger place. She’ll have all the luxuries she wants.”
“If that is so, I agree. You won’t find a girl like that here. Even if you do, her family won’t leave you alone.”
“Then what am I to do?” Rihaan asked, feeling desperate.
“Maybe you’ll find someone suitable back home?”
“Really?” Rihaan was unconvinced. “Are girls less demanding there?”
“Well…that’s for you to find out.” Rudy shrugged. “Besides, a guy like you is a dream catch. Any father would give his right hand to get a son-in-law like you. Plus, the perk of coming here to the States. Anyhow, that seems to be the only reasonable option for you now.”
“How am I supposed to find this mystery girl? Fly to India and search with a bloody microscope?”
Rudy shook his head in mock disbelief. “Pal, haven’t you heard of the world wide web?”
The inspiration for this book, and her other 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 next novel, The Accidental Wife, will be released in early 2015.
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