Book Review : Milan

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From the author of The Accidental Wife, Simi K. Rao!
When a daughter turns marriageable age, what should a responsible father do?

Easy–wed her to the most suitable boy who comes knocking on their door.

Jai Bharadwaj, Mili’s father and owner of The Serenity Tea Estate in the idyllic Nilgiris would’ve probably liked to do the same, but being who he was, he had to ask her first.

But what would Mili say?


Indian weddings are like chocolate, you can’t get enough of them. But then, they need to be sold in really good wrappers for you to even consider them. Milan being ‘A Wedding Story’, had expectations raised to give us a good peek at a grand Indian wedding. The author is already writing a series on Arranged Marriage and this novella is probably an offspring of the same.

Firstly, the cover is gorgeous. It kind of glowed on my reading device and looked dazzling, much like an Indian wedding. The book started with a lot of promise giving the readers a glimpse of beautiful Connoor and into Mili’s life. Mili is an aspiring musician who wants to make something big out of her life. Just then, comes a marriage proposal from someone she considered a dork in school. He’s Ahaan and her parents as well the entire town is enthralled by him.

cbp1Mili’s head and heart collide real hard as her memories of Ahaan don’t coincide with the hunk he’s become now. She tries not to fall for him, but fails in the process and agrees to marry him.

The plot had much to give us in terms of a wedding. The rituals of roka, sagai, haldi and mehndi are described briefly in the book. I wish the author concentrated a little more on them to acquaint global readers about Indian wedding. It would have made the story more interesting. The plot is simple and the pre-wedding tension between Mili and Ahaan has been stressed upon. Mili is pretty likeable and had the author explored more of her, the story would have really taken flights. But her dialogues irk you sometimes, wondering if she’s still a love-struck kid. The language is simple and laced with Hindi words and phrases. I did ignore the editorial errors as it was an advance review copy.

Recommended if you love romance and wedding novels.

My Rating: 3/5

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About the Author:

Simi K. Rao was born in India and has been living in the United States for several years. Milan (A Wedding Story) is her third book. Her previous novels are titled Inconvenient Relations and The Accidental Wife. The inspiration for her stories come from what she has seen transpire among and within the immigrant community. Some of the experiences included are her own; some have been garnered from friends. She currently lives in Denver with her family. You can connect with the author and read more of her work on her website.

Book Details: 

Language: English,  Genre: Fiction/Romance

Author(s): Simi K. Rao

Publisher: Kando Books, Year Published: 2015 August

Format: Kindle, Edition: First, Pages: 162


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