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Shobhan Bantwal | Short Heroine, Tall Hero – Will the twain meet?

July 10, 2012

Shobhan BantwalTHE RELUCTANT MATCHMAKERAs a very short woman who is contentedly married to a compatibly short man, I have often wondered what it would be like for a petite woman to fall in love with an unusually tall man. My daughter, who is dainty like me, is married to a taller man. Theirs is a happy marriage and they are raising two kids. The difference in their heights is about ten inches. No big deal, right?

But what if the hero were a foot and a half taller than the woman who is in love with him? Would it be possible for the two to have a satisfying physical relationship? In the first place, would a tiny woman be able to grab a remarkably tall man’s attention? Common wisdom says “like seeks like,” and that most people are attracted to persons with similar physical characteristics as their own. But what if two seemingly incompatible individuals develop strong feelings for each other?

This question ultimately became the theme of my new book, THE RELUCTANT MATCHMAKER. My latest tale is a vivid blend of contemporary Indian-American culture with an unconventional romance—the conflict between two people who are attracted to each other and yet they can’t see beyond their mutual physiques.

The story: When a bizarre accident leads to petite Meena literally colliding with her new boss, Prajay, and suffering a nasty fall, she doesn’t count on “falling in love” with him as well. Nevertheless she does. So imagine her dismay when Prajay makes an astonishing request. He wants her to craft a personal ad that will help him find a suitable wife: a statuesque, sophisticated Indian-American woman who will complement his striking height.

Despite her own tender feelings for him, Meena can’t refuse his absurd assignment—or the generous fee attached to it. So how can she convince Prajay that she is his perfect soul-mate? Is she willing to make some sacrifices to win over the giant she loves?

Have any of you been in this situation, or know someone who has? If yes, what are some of your/their unique experiences—good, bad, funny, weird? I would love to hear your comments.

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