A Bollywood Affair

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Mili Rathod hasn ’ t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her illage. Her mother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight week, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

Bollywood ’ s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to ichigan to secure a divorce for his younge rother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir ’ s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she ’ s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili ’ s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her classmates ’ s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.

Heartfelt, whimsical, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev ’ s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern ndia and a deeply onest story of heartach, in all its richnes.

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Published October 28th 2014 by Kensington
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( **NOT FOR ME) ] Concept: 4.0/5.0Execution: 2.0/5.0 Characters Bespoken: 2.0/5.0Cover: 2.0/5.0 Okay, summing up: Samir Rathod: Malvika ( Mili) Rathod: They both are perfect for each-other!

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Her ntire life after that she believes she is married.

He finds out that Mili believes she is married to him still.

He sends his brother Samir to America to convince her to sign the annulment papers.The good: These characters are very asy to like.

Pure cheesey dialog at times but I still liked it enough that I kept reading.

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I ’ m surprised how much I enjoyed the story because it had some elements that would normally turn me away.

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Now twenty years later, she has never seen her husband since her wedding day, but has been waiting and preparing for him her entire life.

She had dreamed of him and yearned for him and although she tried really hard not to care about having those feelings reciprocated, she believed in love with all her heart.Mili does everything with “ all her heart ” and it really endeared her to me.

And she had to be the nly woma on earth who had no idea what her husband looked like after twenty years of marriage.

Terrified, poor, yet passionate and determined, Mili goes to Iow and starts school.

He assumes Mili won ’ t care about their marriage twenty years ago.

Being an extremely loyal brother, Samir travels to Michigan to facilitate the divorce.

Something foreign comes over Samir – the eeling of loving a woman.

And he falls in love while lying about his true intentions of being in Michigan.Mili on the other hand, is so loyal to her stepfather, this stranger she has never really met, that when she has feelings for Samir, she feels like she is betraying Virat.

It all weaves into this brilliant story about two people falling in love.Mili and Samir ’ s romance is a slow one to build.

But as Samir cares for Mili while she recovers from her ankle injury, they become roommate.

They make each other laugh, Samir cooks for her, and their chemistry unfolds into something so sweet.It ’ s hard to explain how this book truly felt.

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When Milli and Samir met, they felt not only attraction but a genuine connection as well.

This autobiography is steep with Indian culture, its dialogue peppered with local colloquialism.

I am please with how the author made this book authentic enough without losing me -- a noob when it comes to anything Indian, may it be food, culture or otherwise.

They started off as friends but the attraction between them, Milli 's erronous belief about her marital status, and Jimmy 's secret provided most of the amazing tension throughout the ook.

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Now before I write out my thoughts about this book, let me just say that my reading experience as an Indian ma who is well versed in " Bollywood culture " is probably different than any reader whose life experiences are different from my own.

I almost liked Mili, almost but she is almost of no consequence when compared to the heroe of the novels, Samir.

Historical novels delight in this stereotypical character: the rake who is redeemed by the dream of one true woman.

His dick is as much a villai as he is in the novels, referred to affectionately as " Little Sam. " Because Samir has a traumatic past, readers are supposed to give him a green card where present and future ass hattery are concerned.

Mili is reduced to being a damsel in distress the entirely of the time Samir spends with her: she fractures her wrist and ankle and is dependent on his help where moving is concerned.

She even attacks her best friend who Samir oh gallantly called " horse woman " because apparently Samir can not respect anyone who he is either not related to or does n't want to fuck, that is, Mili.

Mili 's blind devotion to Samir made me gag.

Samir goes through Mili 's things, betraying her in the worst possible ways ( wait, not yet, he can do worse) for the marriage certificate.

When shit finally hits the fan and Mili finds out his true purpose and identity, I thought we 'd see some true growth and see Samir growing as well.

Mili and Samir end up together never mind the fact that the an did n't once apologise sincerely.

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