Sister of the Bollywood Bride follows 17-year-old Mini Kapoor, whose older sister Vinnie is getting married over the summer. Mini & Vinnie’s mother passed away seven years ago and between their father’s new start-up and Vinnie’s medical residency, there’s no one but Mini to plan the wedding.
About The Book:
Author: Nandini Bajpai.
Genre: Teens & YA, Contemporary Romance.
Mini’s big sister, Vinnie, is getting married. Their mom passed away seven years ago and between Dad’s new start-up and Vinnie’s medical residency, there’s no one but Mini to plan the wedding. Dad raised her to know more about computers, calculus, and cars than Desi weddings, but from the moment Mini held the jewelry Mom left them, she wanted her sister to have the wedding Mom would’ve planned.
Now Mini has only two months to get it done, and she’s not going to let anything distract her, not even the persistent, mysterious, and smoking-hot Vir Mirchandani. Flower garlands, decorations, music, even a white wedding horse—everything is in place.
That is, until a monster hurricane heads for Boston that could ruin everything. Will Mini come through as sister of the bride and save the day?
It is a cute story with dozens of lively characters and a protagonist (Mini) who is trying to juggle everything and everyone. It is a fun walk through Indian-American culture, with strong, likable characters and lots of local flavors.
There is a strong focus on Indian wedding attire, along with detailed imagery. I really liked the Punjabi and Tamil representations. Indian weddings are such a delightful set of festivities, and I enjoyed reading about Mini’s meticulous planning. I thoroughly loved reading this entire section, from the wedding dress to the mehandi, the decorations, and even the religious parts of the celebration.
I wasn’t drawn into the book, and though some portions were amusing, others fell flat for me.
The romance was also quite okay. I enjoyed how it started off – there was a meet-cute and a steadily developing relationship as they learnt about one other’s interests and soon began going out. After all of that, there seemed to be some superfluous drama added. I also didn’t care about the way it was settled.
It was also difficult for me to envision Mini as a 17-year-old high school student. I guess there was just an absence of those parts that may have given her character a background.
There was too much going on towards the ending, and I found a lot of it was not needed.
Overall, the book began off great and had a lot of potentials, but a lot of things just didn’t work for me, and although it was pleasant in a lot of sections and is undoubtedly something that a lot of people would love if they wanted some additional drama.
What to expect?
- Indian Wedding.
- Punjabi-Tamil Interpretations.
- Loss of a loved one.
- Family gatherings.
About The Author:
Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi, India, one of four sisters and many cousins, in a family that liked to read.
She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets. Although she dabbled in corporate finance, business analysis, and fostering shelter animals, her first love is writing.