Shilpa Suraj, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters.

Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters by Shilpa Suraj

Genre Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 7/10

She believes in love, family and…squiggles!

Alisha Rana is not your typical single desi girl. For one, she is on the wrong side of 30. For another, she is divorced. And last but definitely not least, she is still, gasp, a virgin!

Alisha doesn’t want much. But what she does want is that elusive thing all women search for – A man who gets her…but a man who gets her hot! She calls it “feeling the squiggle.”

Enter Dr. Vivaan Kapoor, cute, hot, squiggle-worthy. The younger brother of her cousin’s prospective groom, he’s got the squiggle factor in spades. The only catch? He’s never been married and is years younger than Alisha. Basically, completely off-limits.

And then there is Arjun. Widowed, older than her by the right number of years and a genuinely nice guy. He’s Vivaan’s cousin and a so-called perfect match for Alisha. The problem is, Alisha’s squiggle-o-meter refuses to budge for him.

What will Alisha choose? A lifetime together with the ‘right’ man or a chance at happiness with the ‘wrong’ one?

Know the Heroine from Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?

She’d watch a movie in her pyjamas while demolishing a bowl of ice cream.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Ice cream. Always, ice cream.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Jeans with ethnic kurtas, simple dresses and comfortable shorts and pyjamas at home.

Does she know how to fix things?

No. She’s not the fix things type. She’d prefer to call in an expert to do it.

She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

Alisha tries to be the dutiful daughter and meet the man her parents have picked out for her. Unfortunately, this does not go well as she finds herself strongly attracted to his cousin. It’s an attraction that is as intense as it is inappropriate, and Alisha finds herself torn between familial expectations and her own desires.

How does she act around children she doesn’t know?

Alisha isn’t instinctively maternal. She’s extremely family oriented and would make a wonderful mother to her own children but she isn’t the sort to cuddle or play with every child she happens to meet.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

She is not a morning person and is extremely grumpy until her humongous mug of tea kickstarts her day.

Can she use chopsticks?

She has never attempted it so far but would be game to try.

Does she drink coffee? If so, how does she take it? If not, what does she drink instead?

Yes. Coffee with milk and enough sugar to make your teeth hurt. Although, the first beverage every morning is tea. Coffee is for the rest of the day.

What apps would she have on her phone?

Candy Crush, WhatsApp, Kindle

Android or iPhone?


Earrings or unpierced ears?


Tattoos or unadorned skin?

Unadorned skin

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Personal vehicle on most days but sometimes uses the company cab when she isn’t in the mood to drive herself.

Recycle or toss?


Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

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Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.
An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present-day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
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