A love story between an Indian photographer and a French artist, Letters from an Indian Summer is suffused with a strong sense of serendipity and spiritually liberal doses of the things Arjun Bedi and Genevieve Casta hold dear in this world. The past, though, lurks constantly around every chosen corner. Will the secrets they harbour end up destroying them, or will the unspoken belief in their entwined cosmic paths be much too strong a force . . . ?
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What can a photographer from India and an Artist of French origin have in common? Well, there’s their flighty nature, love for travelling and a bunch of letters!
When Arjun Bedi and Genevieve Casta meet for the first time in the beautiful Kathmandu, they hit it off almost instantly. As they part ways, they keep in touch through letters. But as time passes, their letter writing declines and then comes their meeting in Pune. They both feel the attraction that has been brewing over time, yet their individual pasts keep them apart. Will these wandering souls finally find a home, and would it be with each other?
The first thing about this book that stands out is its language. Right from page one, you know this is not going to be one of those commercially successful novels that sell masala plot and sex in name of literature. Once you realise that, it is impossible to not keep turning the pages until the very end. Siddharth Dasgupta has a very matured and grand sense of language that has the wow factor without feeling heavy. Then there are the two characters of Arjun and Genevieve who are endearing, flawed and very real. They are so different, yet so similar to each other. It could not have been easy to portray the characters with all their imperfections, yet make them so loveable. Another factor in this book is the detailed descriptions of places. The author must be well-travelled to have captured so many details about so many different places. It cannot be the result of research – the vivid descriptions help paint a clear picture of the places in the readers’ minds.
This is a rather refreshing IWE book that I recommend to all fiction lovers.
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