Today on GUEST BLOG POST we have with us the authors of LOVE AGAIN, Sumeetha Manikandan and Shrruti Patole Clarence.

LOVE AGAIN is a double header book bringing you two stories about chancing love again –These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.

Sumeetha Manikandan talks about her story ,These Lines of Mehendi, in the book. 

Was the story of the book inspired by real life incident or is it a fiction?

These Lines of Mehendi, the first novella in Love, Again was inspired by a real life incident. While I was toying with the plot of the novel, I spoke to many beauticians to know more about their life.

The basic premise of my story was of a woman who ran a beauty parlor living alone away from her estranged husband. She was a successful businesswoman and a talented beautician, who was much in demand. When her husband dies, she finds herself in a quandary. Her clients didn’t want a widow near the bride because she was inauspicious. Though I liked the plot that I came up with, I had a suspicion that this might be an out-dated concept in today’s world but sadly I was wrong.

During the course of my research, I stumbled upon a widowed beautician, who found it difficult to take on bridal orders after she became a widow. She vividly narrated to me how she had to go to a wedding mandap for bridal make up, three months after her husband passed away. While she did the bridal makeup there were many who questioned about her lack of mangal sutra and bindi that are the hallmarks of a married woman. She lied to them out of necessity because she had two young kids to support. At the end of this narrative she broke down and told me that since then, she had to maintain a façade with her clients that she was a married woman. As a tribute to this strong woman, I named my protagonist after her.

One of the many things that I hoped to highlight through this novella was the hypocrisy that we live by, even in today’s times –

A ‘married woman’ is an auspicious creature as far as weddings are concerned. It doesn’t matter if her husband is greedy, selfish, foolish, retarded or if she herself was abused, beaten and miserable. So long as she had a husband living, no one can question her, about touching the bridal articles. No one will accuse her of transferring her own miserable luck to the bride.


Shrruti Patole Clarence talks about her story , A Tulip in the Desert , in the book. 

Was the story of the book inspired by real life incident or is it a fiction?

My Story, A Tulip in the Dessert, is a mix bag! Since it is a Historical fiction, the era and the character names are real and the story of Queen Cleopatra and Marc Antony is true (based on research).

However, though the protagonist name and character is based on the real life Cleopatra’s maid and assistant, Charmion; her part of the story is totally a result of my imagination!

Apart from her name, and the fact that Charmion was present during the last minutes of Cleopatra; nothing more has been noted about the maid. This made for a perfect historical fiction!

Confused? Do read the story to find out more!!!!


Life is tough, and it becomes tougher when you need to make life changing decisions. Would you dare to love again? Would you allow yourself to be loved and to be cherished again? Many of us turn away from life, thinking that it is not for them but some take a leap of faith rewrite their story for the sake of love?
Love, Again is a double header book bringing you two stories about chancing love again -These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.
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Meet the Authors 

Sumeetha Manikandan 
Sumeetha Manikandan is a freelance writer and an author who loves to write and base her plots on the tambrahm community of Mylapore, Chennai. She is the author of ‘The Perfect Groom’ that has been a bestselling ebook on the top 50 charts of Amazon India ever since publication.
An avid reader, she loves to read across different genres – romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, mystery, fantasy etc. A history buff to the core,
she is currently translating Ponniyin Selvan – the evergreen tamil classic epic history by Kalki Krishnamurthy into English.
Married to film maker K.S. Manikandan, Sumeetha lives in Chennai, along with her six year old daughter. 

Shrruti Patole Clarence

Shrruti has been a voracious reader since early years and took to composing poems when she was very young.

An Aviation Manager and 10years with various airlines, she has been on a sabbatical for her two son’s aged six years and 1 year respectively.

She enjoys this welcome break from career, to be able to pursue her passion, writing!

She has to her credit 6 short stories featuring in different Anthologies all published this year, one of which will soon be seen as a short movie.

And Love, Again a double header romance Novel publish date 25th May 2015, with her story A Tulip in the Desert will soon be seen on the stands!

Her lyrics feature in the theme song of group Young Indians – an off shoot of CII (Confederation of Indian Industries).

Her poems feature in Zest of Inklings and a Hindi poem in an e-book – Ehsaas, judged by eminent Urdu and Hindi screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright – Javed Siddiqui.
Shrruti is a warm and friendly person who loves music and watching sports when she is not writing.

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