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A heartwarming and transporting romantic comedy about finding happy ever after on your own terms. Heir to his father’s Mumbai business empire, Ved Mehra has money, looks, and status. He is also living as a closeted gay man. Thirty-eight, lonely, still reeling from a breakup, and under pressure from his exasperated mother, Ved agrees to an arranged marriage. He regrettably n A heartwarming and transporting romantic comedy about finding happy ever after on your own terms. Heir to his father’s Mumbai business empire, Ved Mehra has money, looks, and status. He is also living as a closeted gay man. Thirty-eight, lonely, still reeling from a breakup, and under pressure from his exasperated mother, Ved agrees to an arranged marriage. He regrettably now faces a doomed future with the perfectly lovely Disha Kapoor. Then Ved’s world is turned upside down when he meets Carlos Silva, an American on a business trip in India. As preparations for his wedding get into full swing, Ved finds himself drawn into a relationship he could never have imagined―and ready to take a bold step. Ved is ready to embrace who he is and declare his true feelings regardless of family expectations and staunch traditions. But with his engagement party just days away, and with so much at risk, Ved will have to fight for what he wants―if it’s not too late to get it.


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A heartwarming and transporting romantic comedy about finding happy ever after on your own terms. Heir to his father’s Mumbai business empire, Ved Mehra has money, looks, and status. He is also living as a closeted gay man. Thirty-eight, lonely, still reeling from a breakup, and under pressure from his exasperated mother, Ved agrees to an arranged marriage. He regrettably n A heartwarming and transporting romantic comedy about finding happy ever after on your own terms. Heir to his father’s Mumbai business empire, Ved Mehra has money, looks, and status. He is also living as a closeted gay man. Thirty-eight, lonely, still reeling from a breakup, and under pressure from his exasperated mother, Ved agrees to an arranged marriage. He regrettably now faces a doomed future with the perfectly lovely Disha Kapoor. Then Ved’s world is turned upside down when he meets Carlos Silva, an American on a business trip in India. As preparations for his wedding get into full swing, Ved finds himself drawn into a relationship he could never have imagined―and ready to take a bold step. Ved is ready to embrace who he is and declare his true feelings regardless of family expectations and staunch traditions. But with his engagement party just days away, and with so much at risk, Ved will have to fight for what he wants―if it’s not too late to get it.

30 review for The Other Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    cal

    Carlos turned back to the window. "I could stare at this view all day." Ved continued looking at Carlos. "Me too." my bulleted thoughts for the other man: ➵ i know that this is romance novel but for me it focused more on ved's growth as an individual. i was here for the moment that he realized that this is his life and he is choosing happiness. ➵ loved how this book gave us the message that ved may be a closeted gay man but that didn't give him the right to be a shitty person to those wh Carlos turned back to the window. "I could stare at this view all day." Ved continued looking at Carlos. "Me too." my bulleted thoughts for the other man: ➵ i know that this is romance novel but for me it focused more on ved's growth as an individual. i was here for the moment that he realized that this is his life and he is choosing happiness. ➵ loved how this book gave us the message that ved may be a closeted gay man but that didn't give him the right to be a shitty person to those who care for him. ➵ i loved ved but this story is basically about him cheating on his fiancee, disha. no excuses. and also about him lying to carlos that he is indeed already engaged. ➵ i am honestly shocked that carlos never bothered to check up ved on social media or even on google! imagine dating one of the most influential man residing in mumbai and you didn't even know he is getting married. no facebook check? no twitter check? no instagram check? ➵ highly appreciate how india was so vivid and clear to me as a reader. the tradition, culture, food, and also the discrimination against the lgbtq was very much present. ➵ oh my god. this book is probably the most child-friendly adult romance ever! we got both no sex and sexual tension between ved and carlos. cheesiness and hugs are the only things present here. no groping too. maybe because it was set in a conservative country namely india? lacks spice in that department. ➵ i was so invested in this. I was turning the pages fast. ➵ consists of short chapters that, for me, ends in a cliffhanger-ish way. i literally couldn't stop reading this book. a page-turner. ➵ i smiled a lot reading this but marketing it as a romcom is way too much. the story was equally heartwarming and depressing. ➵ loved the parents! ➵ the hea in the end was so worth it! overall, i feel like this is one of those books that one can safely recommend to someone who wanna dive in to the mm romance genre without it getting super heavy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marieke du Pré

    Homosexuality in India, still criminalized. An arranged marriage. And a meeting between two men who are immediately attracted to each other. Ved has known he’s gay for a long time, he meets men via Grindr and even had a (secret) relationship. Then his mum sets up a date with Disha and at the same time he starts talking to Carlos through Grindr. These could be ingredients for a rom-com like the story is pitched, but in my opinion it’s more a romantic contemporary; a gay man who’s living in a count Homosexuality in India, still criminalized. An arranged marriage. And a meeting between two men who are immediately attracted to each other. Ved has known he’s gay for a long time, he meets men via Grindr and even had a (secret) relationship. Then his mum sets up a date with Disha and at the same time he starts talking to Carlos through Grindr. These could be ingredients for a rom-com like the story is pitched, but in my opinion it’s more a romantic contemporary; a gay man who’s living in a country where arranged marriages are normal and where being gay is considered ‘unnatural’. A man who has to chose between marrying a lovely girl or being true to himself which could mean losing his family. ”Maybe things would be better if queer love weren’t criminalized in India. If these men could see that there are more options, that they don’t have to feel pressured to marry women”. Sometimes I wanted to shout at Ved, tell him to take responsibility for his own life, not to lead Disha and Carlos on, to stop lying to Carlos, to stop cheating on Disha, and I cringed many times. But on the other hand, this story takes place just before homosexuality got decriminalized (2018), and I found out that more than 80% (!) of the marriages in India are still arranged. So, who am I to judge Ved? The Other Man is an easy and fast paced read, and I rooted for Ved to come out and finally be happy. I had some mixed feelings about Disha. Even though she seemed nice, I hated that she immediately told her mum about a conversation she had with Ved (and Ved’s mum immediately knew about it too), and I felt uncomfortable when she told Ved’s servant how to prepare food. It felt derogatory. Carlos was a cinnamon bun, so sweet and caring and talkative and lively. I loved it when the men were together and Ved was truly happy. The ending felt like it was pitched, like a rom-com, a bit too ... cheesy? But overall I really enjoyed reading this story. I received an ARC from Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars In The Other Man , boy meets girl…and then he meets boy. At age 38, Ved is truly an eligible bachelor. He’s handsome (many say he resembles George Clooney), he’s smart, and he is in line to run his family’s electronics empire. His mother knows any woman would be lucky to have him as a husband, and she’s determined to find him a suitable wife. She doesn’t understand why he keeps rejecting all the women she suggests! The thing is, Ved doesn’t want to disappoint his mother, but he is livi 3.5 stars In The Other Man , boy meets girl…and then he meets boy. At age 38, Ved is truly an eligible bachelor. He’s handsome (many say he resembles George Clooney), he’s smart, and he is in line to run his family’s electronics empire. His mother knows any woman would be lucky to have him as a husband, and she’s determined to find him a suitable wife. She doesn’t understand why he keeps rejecting all the women she suggests! The thing is, Ved doesn’t want to disappoint his mother, but he is living as a closeted gay man. Being gay is a crime in India, and he knows that telling his parents the truth will break their hearts. He has already fallen in love and had his heart broken once, so what’s the point anyway? But to keep the peace, he agrees to go out with the vivacious Disha. She’s smart, beautiful, independent, and her family could be an excellent business connection. He’d be foolish not to get engaged—who cares if he doesn’t love her? And then he meets Carlos, an American vacationing in Mumbai. Carlos is everything he could want, and he feels alive whenever he’s with him. With Carlos he dreams of a life he never thought he could have, and he’s finally ready to take the first step. But there’s the small matter of his engagement… This was a sweet, thought-provoking story, one which so many LGBTQIA+ people all over the world have dealt with. It’s a reminder that it’s sometimes so much harder to find the courage to live the life you want instead of the one others want you to live. I'll admit I wasn't completely enamored of Ved's behavior in the book, but I can't say I blame him. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anusmrta (anoukaschronicles)

    Really enjoyed this!! Truly was a south asian romcom written for a south asian audience, which I loved. We really need more books that talk about the LGBTQ community in south asia, but also those that at the same time include their worries and concerns beyond simply including them in stories that end perfectly for everyone. I felt that this book aimed to do that by having a cute, enjoyable plot that was super gripping but also addressed section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and all the efforts ma Really enjoyed this!! Truly was a south asian romcom written for a south asian audience, which I loved. We really need more books that talk about the LGBTQ community in south asia, but also those that at the same time include their worries and concerns beyond simply including them in stories that end perfectly for everyone. I felt that this book aimed to do that by having a cute, enjoyable plot that was super gripping but also addressed section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and all the efforts made the repeal it. Overall, a super enjoyable read💛

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    March 08, 2021: an urban gay rom-com in Mumbai? an urban gay rom-com in Mumbai? an urban gay rom-com in Mumbai? AH, YES.

  6. 5 out of 5

    mace

    DNF at 6% Look, if a man's internal monologue about his secretary includes 'Sheetal had ditched her demure daytime sari for Friday-night “fuck me” attire, a short black dress with a plunging neckline' on page 2, I'm out. "Fuck me" attire? Really? DNF at 6% Look, if a man's internal monologue about his secretary includes 'Sheetal had ditched her demure daytime sari for Friday-night “fuck me” attire, a short black dress with a plunging neckline' on page 2, I'm out. "Fuck me" attire? Really?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Starla

    It took me a moment to get into the no frills, journalistic writing style, just because I'm not used to it, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. I flew through this story, and it tugged at the heartstrings quite a few times. I was very invested. I understood Ved, and Carlos, and I understood Disha. I think this book is something between a romance and romantic fiction, because romance isn't always necessarily the primary aspect since Ved's own journey, and his (and the other characters') struggle wi It took me a moment to get into the no frills, journalistic writing style, just because I'm not used to it, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. I flew through this story, and it tugged at the heartstrings quite a few times. I was very invested. I understood Ved, and Carlos, and I understood Disha. I think this book is something between a romance and romantic fiction, because romance isn't always necessarily the primary aspect since Ved's own journey, and his (and the other characters') struggle with societal norms and expectations are very much intertwined with it. This is a fast read, and I think the characters and the story, could have been slightly more fleshed-out, but it's very simple, straight to point, as well as honest and realistic. I was a little worried about the cheating aspect here but I didn't mind it. It's something that technically was cheating, and even the character says it was but it didn't feel quite that way, especially since Ved and Disha are pretty upfront about their situation, and their arrangement. I loved how Ved realises the hurt that was inflicted upon him in the past is now the hurt that he's causing, and he's very realistic about it, and it's easy to see why he's in such turmoil. I loved how his relationship with Carlos developed, and how both of them were persistent when they needed to be. Also, bonus point for the parents' reaction. And of course, I liked the ending, it was heartwarming, and even if it was a little too neatly wrapped up, it was the ending we needed. All in all, this was a compelling, thought-provoking story, and it made quite an impact on me. *I have received an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher, and I am leaving an honest review.*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    If I finish a book and immediately hug it, that's a solid 5 star read! I fell for this cover immediately, it's beautiful and eye catching. The story inside is just as wonderful. I'm so sad I'm finished reading this one. The Other Man is a heartwarming LGBTQIA+ contemporary romance. The main character, thirty-eight year old Ved Mehra is a closeted gay man. His mother continues to pressure him about marriage and grandkids ... and Ved, unable to come out to his family finally caves. So, there he is If I finish a book and immediately hug it, that's a solid 5 star read! I fell for this cover immediately, it's beautiful and eye catching. The story inside is just as wonderful. I'm so sad I'm finished reading this one. The Other Man is a heartwarming LGBTQIA+ contemporary romance. The main character, thirty-eight year old Ved Mehra is a closeted gay man. His mother continues to pressure him about marriage and grandkids ... and Ved, unable to come out to his family finally caves. So, there he is engaged to a woman when in walks a gorgeous man who sets his heart on fire. In the meantime wedding preparations are underway and Ved has a whole lot of secrets, and eventually, people to answer to. Some of Veds decisions drove me crazy but I just kept thinking to myself, it's easy to be outside of his situation looking in. I can't imagine being in his shoes. Huge thank you to Megan Beatie Communications and Lake Union Publishing for my gifted copy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    the part where lady gaga showed up to sing at disha's wedding was wild (& having typed that out, i realise it sounds fake but. i wish!) reasons u may want to read (& an author interview) Rep: Indian gay mc, Brazilian American gay li, Indian cast & setting CWs: mentions of homophobia, mentions of past domestic abuse the part where lady gaga showed up to sing at disha's wedding was wild (& having typed that out, i realise it sounds fake but. i wish!) reasons u may want to read (& an author interview) Rep: Indian gay mc, Brazilian American gay li, Indian cast & setting CWs: mentions of homophobia, mentions of past domestic abuse

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    2.5 stars It was slow and heavy on the monologue. It was unique in that it was set in India and addressed various cultural and societal issues being gay there brings. I wanted to love it but didn’t really click with the writing style. If you’re looking for something different you should check it out. Most reviews are higher rated than mine (so it could be a me issue, not a book issue) and it’s on KU

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sonal

    Ved Mehra is handsome, heir to a multi million dollar company, and lives a dream life. Ved's mom has made it her mission to get him married to a girl with just as much money and status so he can expand his business and give her grandchildren. Only problem? Ved is gay. Aside from the fact that homosexuality is illegal in India, he is terrified of coming out to his parents and disappointing them. After a rough break up, he has given up on relationships. His mom introduces him to Disha, and before Ved Mehra is handsome, heir to a multi million dollar company, and lives a dream life. Ved's mom has made it her mission to get him married to a girl with just as much money and status so he can expand his business and give her grandchildren. Only problem? Ved is gay. Aside from the fact that homosexuality is illegal in India, he is terrified of coming out to his parents and disappointing them. After a rough break up, he has given up on relationships. His mom introduces him to Disha, and before he knows it, he is engaged. He almost resigns himself to his fate, until he meets Carlos and falls head over heels for him.. What will he do now? I really enjoyed this book. Ved was a bit annoying at times, but all the other characters made up for that. Carlos, Disha, and Ved's parents were the best characters and really made the story interesting. Having never read any LGBTQ fiction before, I wasn't sure how I would like it. It was a great story and well written. I'm looking forward to more by this author. Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC of this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    B.S. Casey

    Ved has everything - he's gorgeous, tall, wealthy, successful and he's getting married to Disha - a beautiful and equally as wealthy woman. There's only one problem - his overbearing mother pressured him into this marriage and he's actually gay. Ved tries to commit himself to following through with his wedding for his family, and even finds Disha to be a wonderful friend, but then he meets Carlos. A handsome American businessman visiting Mumbai for a few weeks who is everything he didn't dare to Ved has everything - he's gorgeous, tall, wealthy, successful and he's getting married to Disha - a beautiful and equally as wealthy woman. There's only one problem - his overbearing mother pressured him into this marriage and he's actually gay. Ved tries to commit himself to following through with his wedding for his family, and even finds Disha to be a wonderful friend, but then he meets Carlos. A handsome American businessman visiting Mumbai for a few weeks who is everything he didn't dare to dream about. Now, instead of getting ready for his own engagement party, Ved is falling in love. And he needs to decide whether he's ready to risk everything for a chance to finally be himself. The Other Man takes place just before Homosexuality was finally decriminalized in India, where arranged marriages are still commonplace and even enforced in some cultures. So aside from having to worry about what his seemingly traditional family will think, Ved has to worry about actually being persecuted for falling in love. At the beginning of this story, I didn't think I was going to love Ved - it felt like the first page was full of forced exposition and Ved seemed two-dimensional and stiff. But I was wrong, and happily so! I fell in love with him very quickly, he was highly flawed and made bad decisions, he didn't know how to take a break, he upset other people and himself, but ultimately he always tried to be there for the people he cared about. The other characters were wonderfully written and vibrant, especially Disha and Carlos. This book was full of heart and warmth, with tonnes of charm. Brimming with utterly adorable romance, it definitely bordered on cheesy at times but it worked so well. Far too easy to read in one sitting and I will definitely be waiting to see what Dadyburjor does next. Thank you to Farhad J Dadyburjor, Lake Union and Netgalley for this ARC in return for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. This was a high stakes queer romance, given that their relationship was both illegal and would feel like Ved was betraying his parents and what they wanted for them. It sucked that he was lying to everyone, continuing to date Carlos while going forward with wedding preparations with his fiancée Disha - who is AMAZING - sweet, clever, and a great friend, but not an amazing choice in a life partner for Ve Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. This was a high stakes queer romance, given that their relationship was both illegal and would feel like Ved was betraying his parents and what they wanted for them. It sucked that he was lying to everyone, continuing to date Carlos while going forward with wedding preparations with his fiancée Disha - who is AMAZING - sweet, clever, and a great friend, but not an amazing choice in a life partner for Ved, given he won't love her the way she deserves and he can't even handle the idea of kissing her. The end was a little shaky for me as it felt like it both dragged in the falling action and then wrapped up too quickly in the resolution. But overall, an interesting read, and definitely an author I'd want to read more of.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gabriele | QueerBookdom

    DRC provided by Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Representation: gay Indian protagonist, gay Brazilian secondary character, Indian secondary and tertiary characters. Content Warning: overworking, drugs, mentions of fatphobia, body issues, anxiety, mentions of spousal abuse, alcohol, mention of death, mentions of bullying. The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor is a contemporary novel about love, both familial and romantic, about living one’s truth in spite of ad DRC provided by Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Representation: gay Indian protagonist, gay Brazilian secondary character, Indian secondary and tertiary characters. Content Warning: overworking, drugs, mentions of fatphobia, body issues, anxiety, mentions of spousal abuse, alcohol, mention of death, mentions of bullying. The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor is a contemporary novel about love, both familial and romantic, about living one’s truth in spite of adversities and the expectations of others, and the weight of lying; set around the time of the repealing of section 377 from the Indian Penal Code, which criminalised homosexuality. Almost forty, Ved Mehra is a closeted gay man living in Mumbai, working in his father’s electronics company, who after the end of a steady affair four year before and the resulting heartbreak decides to only pursue one-night stands. His mother continuous meddling in his love life though forces him to go on dates with women he has no intention of marrying and when he cannot think of a reason to refuse his mother’s latest match, his already troubled life becomes even more difficult. The only bright spot being a friendly stranger on Grindr. The Other Man was a quick and refreshing reading experience. I loved the fact that Ved was not the clichéd twenty-something that usually star in romantic comedies and that he managed to find love only later in life. I know this was predominantly due to the criminalisation of homosexuality in India, but I still liked reading about this kind of experience in spite of the reasons for it. The only negative feedback I would give is related to the italicisation of words when there was not emphasis on them. It was a stylistic choice influenced by the fact that people from different cultures would not have been familiar with those words and it sort of irked me. Another aspect I adored was how important for Ved’s parents was to see him finally happy. His father in particular, but they both were set on doing everything they could to see their son happy. Everything they did was for him (even when inadvertently doing something that would have made him sad) and I loved this so much. The Other Man is an emotional roller-coaster of a novel that made laugh and cry in tandem with its protagonist, which I absolutely recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Cute, but I'm not sure what to call this. It's not romance so I would call it Women's Fiction, since it's about self-discovery and includes family, friend, and romantic relationships, but the main character is a cis male. So, Relationship Fiction? I've heard that used a bit but not aware that it's taken off, but it seems the best fit. This feels like what The Marriage Clock wanted to be. Recommended for general library collections. Cute, but I'm not sure what to call this. It's not romance so I would call it Women's Fiction, since it's about self-discovery and includes family, friend, and romantic relationships, but the main character is a cis male. So, Relationship Fiction? I've heard that used a bit but not aware that it's taken off, but it seems the best fit. This feels like what The Marriage Clock wanted to be. Recommended for general library collections.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    The Other Man By Farhad J Dadyburjor The Other Man is a contemporary romance read about a closeted gay man, and a wealthy heir to a business empire living in India where arranged marriages are the norm and being queer or gay is not accepted by the culture, and is considered an unnatural offence and a punishable crime. At 38 yo, with a family pushing for a matrimonial match, he finally agrees to a potential future with Disha Kapoor. Enter Carlos Silva a dashing businessman from America. What comes The Other Man By Farhad J Dadyburjor The Other Man is a contemporary romance read about a closeted gay man, and a wealthy heir to a business empire living in India where arranged marriages are the norm and being queer or gay is not accepted by the culture, and is considered an unnatural offence and a punishable crime. At 38 yo, with a family pushing for a matrimonial match, he finally agrees to a potential future with Disha Kapoor. Enter Carlos Silva a dashing businessman from America. What comes next is an enjoyable romcom that is a quick feel good read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Fredericks

    The Other Man was an entertaining read. I really enjoy coming of age stories, even when the the main character is 38 years old. Ved is a successful and good looking man in India who like so many, is lonely. His parents arranged a suitable marriage for him both personally and business wise, but the only issue is that Ved is gay and hasn't come out to his family. Dadyburjor takes his readers on Ved's journey to self-discovery and happiness. He did a wonderful job showing how happy Ved could truly The Other Man was an entertaining read. I really enjoy coming of age stories, even when the the main character is 38 years old. Ved is a successful and good looking man in India who like so many, is lonely. His parents arranged a suitable marriage for him both personally and business wise, but the only issue is that Ved is gay and hasn't come out to his family. Dadyburjor takes his readers on Ved's journey to self-discovery and happiness. He did a wonderful job showing how happy Ved could truly be when he found the love of his life. The question is, will he reveal his true self to the people around him before the wedding, and at what cost? It was very easy to feel the frustration of Ved living in a country that did not support homosexuality. Dadyburjor nicely hit all of the cultural barriers, while still keeping the story on the lighter side. Ved was a frustrating character and not always that likable. I understand that his behavior and attitude came from his unhappiness, but there were so many times I wished he would have just stood up for himself instead of dragging out his misery. For the most part, The Other Man was a quick read. I was invested in the story from page one. It did drag on a bit towards the end, but I imagine the author wanted to include the after math to the fullest extent possible. Overall, The Other Man was a fun read! Thank you Lake Union Publishing for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. The Other Man comes out 10/12/21

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claire Tumlin

    The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor is a fun romance for readers looking to expand their horizons with a story of a Mumbai business heir and a forbidden love of a closeted gay man who falls in love with a visiting businessman. Full of self-discovery and the theme of admitting love no matter the cost, The Other Man is a sweet romance perfect for fall 2021.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Interesting Romance In (Arguably) Underserved Setting. Maybe there are more gay romances set in India written in Hindi and/ or marketed to Indian audiences. This American that doesn't know any human languages other than English can't say. But *in my experience* as someone for whom this was Book 189 on the year and who has read over 600 books since Jan 1, 2019 alone... this was unique in setting and primary characters. Further, as someone in tech (who actually manages - and thus interacts near-da Interesting Romance In (Arguably) Underserved Setting. Maybe there are more gay romances set in India written in Hindi and/ or marketed to Indian audiences. This American that doesn't know any human languages other than English can't say. But *in my experience* as someone for whom this was Book 189 on the year and who has read over 600 books since Jan 1, 2019 alone... this was unique in setting and primary characters. Further, as someone in tech (who actually manages - and thus interacts near-daily with - teams of Indian nationals), the workload described here sounds realistic. (For better or for worse. My guys are *awesome*, but they *do* tend to work quite a bit.) The interfering family dynamics are something Nicola Marsh has written of fairly often in her straight romances involving the Indian diaspora (such as July 2021's The Man Ban), and the struggles of coming out vs submitting to familial and societal expectations are well known and told quite often in American literature and culture at minimum. Hell, even in the US gay sex was officially illegal even this Millennium! All of this to say, as a romance, I think this book actually works in showing a (mostly) seemingly realistic view while still falling into the standard rules of the genre. Yes, there is a fair amount of sex, on screen though not erotica level explicit. Yes, there is a happily ever after. And yes, there is a fair amount of angst getting there, culminating in a massive fight that splits the couple up before finally coming together - fairly standard stuff for the genre, and yet filled with details specific to its setting. While I don't know if the Indian law that plays a fair role in the background of the story was ever actually overturned and I have no idea when this fight was going on, it doesn't play enough of a role to detract from the story not knowing when this was - though those that *are* more familiar with that particular fight may be able to identify a bit more with the book just from seeing what was happening in their own lives at that time. While I'm not sure that I personally would classify this book as romantic *comedy*, there were a few funny moments and it could well be that there is more humor to be found here for those more familiar with Indian culture. Overall a strong and interesting book, and very much recommended.

  20. 4 out of 5

    trishla ⚡ | YourLocalBookReader

    "I want you to be who you are. You are our greatest blessing." rep // Indian MC, mlm cw // homophobia, cheating I remember when Section 377 was struck down. I remember the day I saw that love was no longer criminalized in my home country. I think this book was a beautiful birth inspired by that one moment of hope - where everything could be better. The Other Man starts out with a story that's far too common and ends on a romantic note. It follows Ved, a 38 year old unmarried, sole son and heir o "I want you to be who you are. You are our greatest blessing." rep // Indian MC, mlm cw // homophobia, cheating I remember when Section 377 was struck down. I remember the day I saw that love was no longer criminalized in my home country. I think this book was a beautiful birth inspired by that one moment of hope - where everything could be better. The Other Man starts out with a story that's far too common and ends on a romantic note. It follows Ved, a 38 year old unmarried, sole son and heir of his fathers electronic business who also happens to be gay and in the closet. He's put off marriage for this by throwing himself into his work and trying to make his parents proud. However, the time is coming where his mom is sending him more and more matches. Usually he's able to get around this by finding an "issue" with the bride, but Disha is as perfect as can be. Even more so, he likes her - in a platonic way. This leads to their imminent engagement in 2 weeks. However, just as Ved is considering a marriage of convenience - along comes JapuirVisitor aka Carlos - an American man working in India on Grindr. Ved is taken aback by this kind man that seems to want more than just a hookup and finds himself going on dates with him and falling more and more in love. However, Carlos is still in the dark about his engagement to Disha, and with his work contract expiring soon, Ved is going to have to decide soon about what he truly wants in life and what he's willing to risk for his own happiness. I have to say I loved the family dynamics in this book. They start of rather cookie cutter - emotionally absent father and overbearing mother but they grow into such lovely representations of what a healthy family looks like. The coming out scenes for both his parents were just touching and made me have hope going forward for acceptance. Their support, understanding and unconditional love are reasons alone to read this book. Find me on: instagram The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rishi Vohra

    A well-known entertainment and lifestyle journalist, Farhad Dadyburjor made his literary debut with his spectacular novel, 'How I Got Lucky.' Now he strikes gold once again with his just released new book, 'The Other Man.' The book revolves around an illustrious and eligible Mumbai bachelor who is being pushed into marriage with a woman from his society circles. The alliance makes sense to the business community and of course, his divorced parents who also see the ideal match for their only child A well-known entertainment and lifestyle journalist, Farhad Dadyburjor made his literary debut with his spectacular novel, 'How I Got Lucky.' Now he strikes gold once again with his just released new book, 'The Other Man.' The book revolves around an illustrious and eligible Mumbai bachelor who is being pushed into marriage with a woman from his society circles. The alliance makes sense to the business community and of course, his divorced parents who also see the ideal match for their only child in this good-hearted and beautiful young woman. But the protagonist is in a dilemma. He is gay and cannot come out in our close-minded society. However, this book is more about conflicting emotions and choices we have to make - what we really want vs what is expected of us. Therein lies the brilliance of the author as even though the book is set in the Indian context with its ingrained mindsets, it is relatable and relevant to all and holds universal appeal! 'The Other Man' is a unique story superbly told and well-paced with well-crafted characters and peppered with Farhad's characteristic humor that ever so often brings a smile to one's face! His writing is lucid and intelligent with the right amount of depth when the story demands it. There are plenty of memorable, heartwarming and dramatic moments, along with brilliantly timed twists and turns. This is a book that gives one a lot to think about while keeping one entertained throughout! A thoroughly enjoyable and meaningful read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ritu Bhathal

    3.5 Stars Reading the blurb for this book, I felt I really wanted to read it. an LGBTQ romance, based in recent years, in Mumbai. It's not something that is written about often, so I was excited. Ved Mehra is the son of an affluent businessman, from a wealthy family, and wants for nothing. Except for love and acceptance. Finding himself forced into an engagement with the delightful Disha, Ved thinks it must be for the best. Only... he's gay. Then he meets Carlos. The story is set around the time when S 3.5 Stars Reading the blurb for this book, I felt I really wanted to read it. an LGBTQ romance, based in recent years, in Mumbai. It's not something that is written about often, so I was excited. Ved Mehra is the son of an affluent businessman, from a wealthy family, and wants for nothing. Except for love and acceptance. Finding himself forced into an engagement with the delightful Disha, Ved thinks it must be for the best. Only... he's gay. Then he meets Carlos. The story is set around the time when Section 377, a law set in British colonial times, criminalising homosexual activity, amongst other things is due to be overturned. While I really wanted to love the story, I found the characters to be underdeveloped, and there were areas that the story almost went too fast, or felt a little unbelievable. I mean, considering Ved hadn't come out to his parents, would he still have brought a man back to the house, so brazenly, indulged in such loud physical pleasure, and have none of the house staff batting an eyelid, nor his father asking questions? But, there was a HEA, so, I was happy! Many thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Sumner

    4.5 stars. I’ve never read a gay romance set in India and I enjoyed it very much. I choked up several times reading about Ved’s panic attacks, guilt, anxiety, depression and his general lack of a life. He was basically waiting to die when we meet him. Mumbai as a character was wonderful. It was fun going along for the ride as Ved increasingly allowed himself to be his authentic self even though the growing pains were tough on him. The only negative I would say is the dialogue. For such a descrip 4.5 stars. I’ve never read a gay romance set in India and I enjoyed it very much. I choked up several times reading about Ved’s panic attacks, guilt, anxiety, depression and his general lack of a life. He was basically waiting to die when we meet him. Mumbai as a character was wonderful. It was fun going along for the ride as Ved increasingly allowed himself to be his authentic self even though the growing pains were tough on him. The only negative I would say is the dialogue. For such a descriptive, well written book the dialogue was stilted. But I can look past that. The story is truly about Ved and his inner dialogue as a closeted man in a country where gay sex is illegal (during the time the story takes place) and homosexuality in general is frowned upon. Ved’s dialogue with himself is deeply moving and makes up for the other dialogue.

  24. 5 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    More romantic fiction than a romance. There is an HEA, but the story is mostly focused on Ved's personal journey to truth and acceptance versus his relationship with his love interest. There is a lot of lying and secrets, especially in regards to Ved having an arranged marriage/engagement with a woman, who he becomes friends with. They do have an understanding this isn't a love match, but it can still be construed as lying and deception. The audiobook narrator was really good, just not a story I' More romantic fiction than a romance. There is an HEA, but the story is mostly focused on Ved's personal journey to truth and acceptance versus his relationship with his love interest. There is a lot of lying and secrets, especially in regards to Ved having an arranged marriage/engagement with a woman, who he becomes friends with. They do have an understanding this isn't a love match, but it can still be construed as lying and deception. The audiobook narrator was really good, just not a story I'd have picked up on my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    n/a

    Fun light read. A romance to take to the beach. I genuinely liked all the characters in the book and wanted each of them to find their own happiness. The author portrayed the characters in a way that showed their flaws but had you cheering them on anyway. In all romance novels, there's a part where you wonder if it will all work out and I definitely wondered if this was a lost cause. The ending was thoughtful and realistic in a way you sometimes don't see. Fun light read. A romance to take to the beach. I genuinely liked all the characters in the book and wanted each of them to find their own happiness. The author portrayed the characters in a way that showed their flaws but had you cheering them on anyway. In all romance novels, there's a part where you wonder if it will all work out and I definitely wondered if this was a lost cause. The ending was thoughtful and realistic in a way you sometimes don't see.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ShanKL (ShopCoffeeKids - Instagram)

    An endearing romantic comedy set in Mumbai about finding your happy place to be you. Ved Mehra has it all - gorgeous, wealthy and wildly successful. He’s also living a life as closeted gay man. Heart broken after a four-year hidden relationship, he finally agrees to marry to please his mother and her meddling ways. At the same time, he meets a man who restores his heart to be able to love again. Carlos has a carefree lifestyle, challenging Ved to rethink his choices to pick him. Please give me m An endearing romantic comedy set in Mumbai about finding your happy place to be you. Ved Mehra has it all - gorgeous, wealthy and wildly successful. He’s also living a life as closeted gay man. Heart broken after a four-year hidden relationship, he finally agrees to marry to please his mother and her meddling ways. At the same time, he meets a man who restores his heart to be able to love again. Carlos has a carefree lifestyle, challenging Ved to rethink his choices to pick him. Please give me more of Ved and Carlos as the ending felt a bit rushed. Thank you NetGalley and @amazonpublishing (Lake Union Publishing) for the complimentary copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book! While the storytelling dragged on a little for my taste, this book is an incredibly important addition to shelves in the fiction genre. This talks about a homosexual relationship in India, and I thought it was handled with deep respect and taught me a lot. It was a story I felt needed to be told.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    I've been trying to read more books outside of my own cultural experience and this was both enjoyable and an eye-opener. My only complaint was that all the characters became so 'enlightened' by the end. Don't get me wrong-I'm glad the leads got their happy endings, I just wish it would have been despite some other characters rather than aided by them. I've been trying to read more books outside of my own cultural experience and this was both enjoyable and an eye-opener. My only complaint was that all the characters became so 'enlightened' by the end. Don't get me wrong-I'm glad the leads got their happy endings, I just wish it would have been despite some other characters rather than aided by them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This ARC was provided to me via Kindle by Lake Union Publishing and #NetGalley for my honest opinion. A quirky little read with lovely characters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jay Barnhart

    I’m biased, but I could not put this book down! What a fantastic read and inspiring story. This book gives a glimpse at what it’s like to come out to a family that expects a completely different ending to the story and WILL inspire EVERYONE who reads it. It definitely hit home for me. Highly recommended.

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