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Giveaway Excerpt AN INCURABLE INSANITY by SIMI K. @simikrao



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 October 8, 2013


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.

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Excerpt - this is a draft from the prologue


AN INCURABLE INSANITY

Simi K. Rao

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‘Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.’

Ambrose Bierce

This tale is an attempt to prove the reverse or at least give it a chance.



PROLOGUE

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.

1-2-3-4-5-6-7…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 everyday now. ”I am not used to it but I will if you want me to. It’s probably a good thing to do anyway.”

He walked into the hall towards his favorite chair. He never sat on the settee beside her.

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?”

She would shake her head, still looking down, though out of the corner of her eye, she liked to steal glances at his feet. They were nice to look at, clean with well manicured nails. Then realizing that he was not looking at her, she would vocalize in the negative.

Her soft “no” would drown easily in the raucous loud blast from the TV game.
He probably didn’t hear her, he probably didn’t care.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From Simi:

I am a physician–and to many I may appear serious and solitary. But once people get to know me better, they often think that I am frank, down to earth, with quite a quirky sense of humor. And that is what I bring to my writing—read and you shall see.

I was born in the dead center of India, but had the privilege of spending time both in the north and south. Therefore I have been able to sample and absorb to some extent the vastly diverse cultures and languages of both these regions (the very quality that imparts tremendous richness to our country’s heritage,) —a phenomenon perhaps not seen anywhere else in the world.

After immigrating to the United States in my early twenties and spending several years in this country, whenever I travel back to my homeland now, I find that I appreciate my roots a lot more. Still there is so much to see and learn, that a lifetime won’t suffice.

I wish to share some of my experiences here as well as write on all things and sundry.



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17 comments:

  1. I've not ever read any romance having to do with Indian customs, nor have I read anything by Simi before. But after reading the summary and the excerpt, I believe I will! I like learning about new customs from different lands and this one has piqued my interest. Thanks for the post. jdh2690@gmail.com

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  2. We have several friends that are from India and I think it would be lovely to read a book that engages the culture, what a treat. Thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity and for sharing with us :)

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  3. Sounds interesting. Thanx for the giveaway.

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  4. Sounds like a really good read. Thanksf or the giveaway.

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  5. I haven't read any books like this before. I enjoyed what I read and would like to read more.

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  6. Looking forward to reading. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  7. Sounds like an intriguing book. The idea of the arranged marriage is fascinating. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  8. I loved the excerpt. I look forward to reading more!

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  9. This looks really good and hope to read it soon

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  10. The cover is beautiful and the summary sounds like it would be a beautiful book inside as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I am attracted to Indian fiction. Right now I am reading a Indian murder mystery. There is a glossary in the back so I am picking up some Hindi words. I love learning about different cultures this way. This book seems very curious so I would love to read it.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. Thank you all for showing such keen interest in my book. I assure you that you won't be disappointed.:)

    In brief my story is a contemporary romance with its roots in Indian culture. To quote one of my male reviewers--"A cogent allegory of the meaning of a committed relationship, of love's awesome power to uplift and or to hurt..." Read more here:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18187461-an-incurable-insanity

    You will find a couple more excerpts along with other things I write (including poems) in my blog:
    simikrao.com

    And yes there is a glossary in the back. :)

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  13. Sounds like a good book, and I would enjoy reading it. It has a very pretty cover. Thanks for this chance.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  14. Sounds like this is a different kind of book than what I normally read. I am trying to expand a little and see what all is out there and I do love reading about other countries and their traditions.

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  15. Oohhh this book sounds really good! I'll definitely be reading this one. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!!!

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