I have a very fascinating book to share with all of you called An Incurable Insanity written by Simi K. Rao.
Her heart fluttered when she heard the sound of the key turn in the lock. She quickly adjusted her maroon silk sari with the yellow border, the one that had caught his eye, and waited eagerly for his footsteps.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven... Yes, exactly seven steps before he stopped, hesitated for a few moments, then removed his shoes one by one and arranged them neatly side by side on the shoe rack.
She smiled. He had been mindful of taking his shoes off every day now. 'I am not used to it, but I will if you want me to. It's probably a good thing to do anyway'.
As he settled down, he would pick up the TV remote and, without looking at her, would say in his smooth baritone, So how did you spend your day, anything interesting?
Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again.
Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.It's a wonderfully told love story that begins very unconventionally. Poor Ruhi had to marry someone that her parents had arranged for her to marry and even though she did not love him in the beginning, she decided to make the most of it and make the marriage work.
Of course, Shaan had no intentions of making anything work and he had a mistress on the side. It took awhile but the lies and deceit became known to Ruhi and she was heartbroken. She refused for a very long time to forgive Shaan.
Once the damage was done, he truly regretted his actions. Can he be forgiven and will they be able to put this all behind them? I don't know so much about Indian culture but I have a feeling it's not easy to walk away from a marriage.
I only know here in America, I would not hesitate to leave and never look back. In doesn't matter how badly someone was hurt by another, they have no right to inflict hurt on another person, just because they are afraid to love or want to shut someone out.
But, it's a good story and will keep you captivated, and that is after all, what a good book should do.
Here... lunch." She pushed a box towards him.
"I don't want it."
"I feel awkward."
"But you never felt that way before, so why now?" You took me for granted. She stared reproachfully at him.
"It's different now." My perspective has changed. I behaved like a slave master, it's humiliating. He stared right back.
She pretended to appear disinterested, "you can eat it, give it to your friends or throw it away. This is all I can do to pay you back right now."
"You don't have to worry about paying me back. It's the least that I can do to make up for what I've put you through."
Her chair knocked sharply against the wall, as she jumped to her feet. "What? You think that's compensation enough? Nothing you do will give me back what I've lost! Yes, I agreed to marry you because I was blind and innocent!
But who gave you the right to destroy my life, especially since you were having an affair and there was no hope for us? You treated me as if I was a disposable object!Simi K. Rao:
Why? Tell me why?"
"Yes I know I'm the worst kind of cad! But my hands were tied! My grandfather was on his death bed, I had no choice!" He snapped back gripping the counter till his knuckles turned white.
Walking up to him, she said softly,"Yes you had a choice.
You could have walked away. You could have been a man."
Simi K. Rao was born in India and has been living in the United States for several years. This book is her first foray into writing. The inspiration for the story came 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 and casual conversations with acquaintances. She also writes poetry, is an avid photographer, loves to travel, and is a practicing physician. She currently lives in Denver with her family.
You can connect with the author and read more of her work on her website at www.simikrao.com.
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