Marriage Unarranged

No, It’s Not About Me… Or You… (That’s why it’s called Fiction)

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It’s been a whirlwind week since the launch, last Sunday, and I have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone.

From the blog tour posts (thank you to the awesome hosts), all the sharing of my book release, to the numerous comments of encouragement, I have been overwhelmed!

And, I am so excited to tell you that there are already several 5-star reviews on Amazon AND Goodreads.

But… there are so many people who automatically thought that as I have written a book, it must be about my life.

Er, no, folks, it’s not an autobiography, it’s fiction!

And, if you weren’t aware, I am married, happily! (No unarranging here – it wasn’t arranged at all, total love story here, but that is a personal story 😉)

If you ask any author, they will have been asked similar questions – unless you write science fiction, or fantasy, in which case, most readers will presume you have created your world from your crazy imagination.

It’s true what they say:

“Be careful around a writer – anything you do or say could be used for inspiration.”

But that doesn’t mean that I would take a person from my life and base a character, or story around them. Do I want to be sued?

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Sure, there may be elements of different people I have encountered in my life, within certain characters.

I’ll tell you for free that Daddy-ji in Marriage Unarranged is based loosely on my Pops. But the situations in the story are not situations that have arisen in our lives. It’s just his manner and how he handles things. Those who know my Pops would agree.

But aside from the fact that my main character is a young British-born Sikh girl who happens to be from Birmingham, there is nothing to link her to me (other than I created her!)

The places we visit in the book, in the UK and India, are based upon places I have been to. If I haven’t been there, how can I give you the best, most realistic feelings?

In fact, my mum is currenty reading the book, and, aside from making a small comment about a couple of rude Punjabi words used, said that she is enjoying it immensely, and the descriptions of the trip to India are bringing back memories of our own trip to Delhi when we went to do my wedding shopping twenty years ago.

So, no, the book isn’t about me, at all, and it’s not about you either (well, not all of it…😉)

You want to know what all the fuss is about?

‘Chick Pea Curry’ Lit, Chick Lit with an Indian twist

It all started ended with that box…

Aashi’s life was all set.

Or so she thought.

Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after.

But then Aashi found the empty condom box…

Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon an enlightening journey, to another country, where vibrant memories are created, and unforgettable friendships forged.

Old images erased, new beginnings to explore.

And how can she forget the handsome stranger she meets? A stranger who’s hiding something…

On Amazon – click here!

Marriage Unarranged Blog Tour

2020 Conversations with Colleen ~ Featuring Author, Ritu Bhathal @RituBhathal

This is it. The last day of the Blog Tour. I am being featured on Colleen’s blog, where you get to meet Aashi’s mum and dad – two key characters!

I’m thrilled to be part of an amazing writing community that helps to support other authors. Today, please welcome poet and author, Ritu Bhathal to discuss her new book, “Marriage Unarranged,” available for purchase at the link below. https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B082Z5D4NF&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_3dCqEbRKJ5T4R&tag=colleencheseb-20 I’ve had the opportunity to read this book and you can read my 5 STAR review below.…

Source: 2020 Conversations with Colleen ~ Featuring Author, Ritu Bhathal @RituBhathal

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Day 7 of the Blog Tour, and this one is a wonderful review from Lucy!

Lucy Mitchell

I am ridiculously PROUD to be part of the team for the LAUNCH OF THIS WONDERFUL AUTHOR’s DEBUT ROMANCE NOVEL – Marriage Unarranged.

Oh my goodness what an honour!

I was one of the beta readers for this FAB book and this is such a gorgeous debut.

So proud of you, Ritu!

Congrats from all of us at BlondeWriteMore 😍

Here’s the blurb:

Chickpea Curry’ Lit — Chick Lit with an Indian twist!

It all started ended with that box…

Aashi’s life was all set.

Or so she thought.

Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after.

But then Aashi found the empty condom box…

Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon an enlightening journey, to another country, where vibrant memories are created, and unforgettable friendships forged.

Old images erased, new beginnings to…

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Marriage Unarranged #ReleaseDay #PubDay

Finally, the day has come!

PUB DAY!

No, not sit in a drinking establishment and sup a gin or three all day (though that may be quite fun!) but Publication Day.

After all this time, my book baby has finally been delivered!

Yes, Marriage Unarranged is finally out there, in the world, delivered to at least fifty Kindles this morning, and the paperback is also available too.

How am I feeling?

A bag of nerves. The feedback will hopefully start to filter in soon, and I know I love my book baby, but I really want you to love it too!

Described as Chickpea Curry Lit – Chick Lit with an Indian twist! And not just for chicks, you chap(patti)s too!

Graphic made by Kate Rock ❤

‘Chick Pea Curry’ Lit, Chick Lit with an Indian twist

It all started ended with that box…

Aashi’s life was all set.

Or so she thought.

Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after.

But then Aashi found the empty condom box…

Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon an enlightening journey, to another country, where vibrant memories are created, and unforgettable friendships forged.

Old images erased, new beginnings to explore.

And how can she forget the handsome stranger she meets? A stranger who’s hiding something…

Order now at getbook.at/MarriageUnarranged

I’ve had some fantastic Blog Tour visits, so far, and there are are still a few to come, so please check them out to get a few more insights into the book, and me!

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Staying in with Ritu Bhathal, Author of Marriage Unarranged

Day 6 of the blog tour, and we are ‘Staying In’ with Linda and her Book Bag! Pop over for some masala chai and a great recipe too!

Linda's Book Bag

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It’s a real pleasure to be staying in with Ritu Bhathal today to celebrate her latest book Marriage Unarranged as I’ve met Ritu in real life and she’s lovely! My thanks to her for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

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Hi Ritu. Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Thank you so much for having me, Linda. I am nervously excited!

I think we might just have guessed, but tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 

Today, I have brought my new book, Marriage Unarranged. This truly is my book baby, having lovingly created it over the last twenty years. It has reached adult status, age-wise, and now it is time for it to grow wings and fly the nest…

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New Release: Ritu Bhathal’s Marriage Unarranged Blog Tour

Day five of the Blog Tour and we are visiting Eloise’s blog this time!

Thoughts by Mello-Elo

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It allstartedended with that box…

Aashi’s life was all set.Or so she thought.
Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after. But then Aashi found the empty condom box…
Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon an enlightening journey, to another country, where vibrant memories are created, and unforgettable friendships forged.Old images erased, new beginnings to explore. And how can she forget the handsome stranger she meets? A stranger who’s hiding something…

Welcome to the fifth stop on the whirlwind blog tour of Marriage Unarranged by Ritu Bathal. If you have missed previous posts on the tour, check out the blog tour listing on the right to enjoy all the snippets and reviews of the fabulous new book. Blog Tour - Insta (1)

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And here is Day 4 of the blog tour! This time it is the lovely Geoff Le Pard who is hosting, and asking all manner of questions!

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I have known Ritu Bhathal, yes this lovely lady

pretty much since we started blogging. In that time she had blogged her heart out. Her prolific output, her range of subjects, her dedication to improving the craft all stand out. But she is almost always the first one to read and comment on any new post I launch into the ether and her approach has been universally supportive, as you would expect of someone who values her Bloggily.

A while back she took what she considered to be a brave step with a book of poetry but she need not have fretted. It was an excellent read, a proper dipper-inner. At the time she talked about the book, that project that had been on the slowest of slow burns. Would it ever come to be?

Yes, it would! It’s here in

Marriage Unarranged

I was privileged to be a beta…

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