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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
I Have No Earthly Idea by S.K. Radhakrishnan is a wonderful, bittersweet romance with an international setting in India and the United States. Senthil is a physical therapist who is deeply in love with Sumathi. Both of them work hard to make ends meet, support their families, and save money for their wedding. But they know it’s hard in India, and that is why Senthil makes the difficult decision to move to the United States. He becomes a dedicated and successful physician assistant in America. Can he keep the flame burning for Sumathi in a far-off foreign land or will the distance erode the love he has for her?
S.K. Radhakrishnan’s novel is very well written and it is a beautiful meld of romance and adventure, a story that reflects the reality of modern-day couples in situations where a husband or wife has to leave in search of greener pastures. The narrative is filled with social and cultural commentaries that allow readers glimpses of Indian traditions and life. For instance, talking about marriage, the author offers insight: “In an arranged marriage, the parents of both the boy and the girl sought out compatible horoscopes for prospective matches from families of the same religion, similar caste, and equal economic standard.” The narrative voice is strong and the writing confident, and the phraseology is unique. I Have No Earthly Idea is written in a highly descriptive style and the author has the gift of bringing out emotions in the characters. The pacing is leisurely but the meticulousness in character development makes this novel an exciting read.