Book Review: His Drunken Wife by Sundari Venkatraman

drunken-wifeA bride who drinks herself into a stupor at her wedding reception when the bridegroom is everything she has wanted in a husband, rich, rich and rich. It makes for an interesting story. As the Maggi ketchup ad says, “It’s different!”


‘His Drunken Wife’ is the second novella in the ‘Marriages Made in India’ series by Sundari Venkatraman. Now, the reasons I wanted to read it in the first place were:

  1. It was part of the “Marriages made in India” series.
  2. I love the way Sundari writes the love scenes.
  3. Her characters come alive.

Both Shikha and Abhimanyu are very strong characters, more complex than any of the characters I’ve encountered in any of Sundari’s previous books. They have layers which are revealed as the story unfolds. This is something pretty difficult to do in a novella, given its length, but Sundari has managed to do it.

A heroine who loves her drinks and is unabashedly sexual, Shikha lives life on her own terms, refusing to let society dictate how she should behave.

A hero who feeds you! My kind of hero! Abhimanu loves Shikha for who she is yet doesn’t allow his personal space to be trampled upon. Like when he tells her that she can have her smoke just not in his house because his mother had died of cancer as a result of passive smoking.  So often we give in to the people we love just because we don’t want to hurt them or because we are afraid that they will withhold their affection from us.

Even when Shikha is mad enough to keep him at length, he continues loving her with a love that shows no signs of martyrdom. That was what made the story really refreshing.

The trip to Bangkok was an added treat. It brought the place vividly alive. Sundari has a knack for description without it getting too boring. I was transported to my Mills & Boons reading days when I learnt all about Greece and Rome from the holidays the heroines took there.

All in all a quick, enjoyable read!



The badass Shikha is startled when the nerdy Abhimanyu proposes marriage. She loves… herself, and Abhimanyu doesn’t figure on her list anywhere. For Abhimanyu, however, it was love at first sight when Shikha walked into RS Software, where the two of them work.

When Abhimanyu shows her that he just might be rich enough for her, a pleasantly surprised Shikha accepts his marriage proposal and moves into his swanky apartment.

But it looks like the love is all from only Abhi’s side as Shikha continues to drink herself crazy. Yeah, even at their wedding party.

And then Abhi sets out on a honeymoon to Thailand with His Drunken Wife…

*MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA is a five-novella series that revolves around the characters you have met in The Runaway Bridegroom.

Read an excerpt from #HDW

It was at least another half an hour before Shikha returned to the party. She directly walked up to her husband and kissed him on his masculine lips. “Forgive me?”

Abhi pulled her close, kissing her deeply. “Always.”

“Did I tell you that you’re the best thing that’s happened to me?” she whispered in his ear, nipping at his earlobe.

“Shikha,” growled Abhi, “Are you even aware of what you’re doing to me? Position yourself in front of me till I gain control or I won’t be responsible for the consequences.”

Shikha gave a tinkling laugh, her hand on his fly, tracing his shape delightedly. “How did I ever imagine you were a staid guy?”

Abhi groaned. “Take your hand off, woman. Please!”

Shikha laughed again, kissing him. “How I love to hear you beg.” She winked at him.

She turned right around and got a waiter to get her another drink, much to Abhi’s chagrin. “Will you lay off the drink, Shikha?” he frowned.

“Why? You can’t afford it or what?” she challenged him, a shapely eyebrow up in query, sherry brown eyes dancing.

“You’ve already had four large pegs.”

“You’ve been counting.” The smile left her face.

“Do you plan to get drunk?”

“Arre yaar, Abhi! It’s our wedding, a once-in-a-lifetime event. I’m only celebrating. Give me a break,” she protested.

“The way you’ve been knocking down the drinks, anyone would think that you’re in pain rather than celebrating.”

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About the author

Sundari Venkatraman 19317-sundariv

His Drunken Wife is the ninth book authored by Sundari Venkatraman. This is a hot romance and is Book #2 of the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India; Book #1 being The Smitten Husband. Other published novels by the author are The Malhotra Bride, Meghna, The Runaway Bridegroom, The Madras Affair and An Autograph for Anjali—all romances. She also has a collection of romantic short stories called Matches Made in Heaven; and a collection of human interest stories called Tales of Sunshine. All of Sundari Venkatraman’s books are on Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers in India, USA, UK, Canada & Australia under both #romance & #drama categories.

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