09 June, 2014

#BookReview :: That Autumn in Awadh by Rachna Singh

Young, impetuous and drawn to each other like gnats to resin, Samar Solanki and Sara Shergill try, furiously, to avoid falling in love, but, slowly succumb. All hell breaks loose as Samar’s conservative Rajput family swears vendetta, locking Samar away, on the eve of their clandestinely-planned wedding. They vow to eliminate Sara, the audacious girl who has dreamt of sullying their pedigreed lineage, from Samar’s life. Through that lonely autumn in Awadh, bereft of hope, fettered and helpless, the star-crossed lovers cling to the faith they have in each other, as they brave many storms together. This novel about love is peppered, generously, with the author’s characteristic droll wit as it traipses through sensational turns of events that keep you absorbed till the very end.

Essentially a love story, ‘That Autumn in Awadh’ tells us the story of Samar Solanki and Sara Shergill, brought together and then torn apart. Sara is a small town girl, making her living in the city of Lucknow. She meets Samar at work and their acquaintance soon turns into much more. But the society will not leave them be – as young lovers of different societal status – they have a lot of hurdles to cross. Their love will be tested most thoroughly, but will it survive?

The main advantage of this book is its characters and their situation. Sara and Samar are very relatable character and their story is that one of the thousands that show up in news every now and then. I particularly found Sara to be strong as she didn’t lose her calm completely when Samar’s family was out for blood. Bits of humour sprinkled here and there made the book more interesting. The author’s style of writing has the feel of a seasoned writer at times. However, the second half of the book seemed rushed and out of sync. It was very easy for me to take breaks while reading the book. 

While the book itself had its own ups and downs and moments of glory, I feel that the plot did not live up to its full potential. Overall it was a couple of hours of light reading and I do not regret knowing Sara and Samar.

About the Author:
Rachna Singh writes in the areas of humour, love, and organizational development. She believes in living in the moment, cherishing life as it comes, and reaping the most of every moment.
Born and schooled in Allahabad, Rachna studied at St. Mary’s Convent and, subsequently, at the University of Allahabad. She inherits her wicked humor from her father, Ajit Thakurdas, and her love for writing from her mother, Kamalini Thakurdas, who writes in poetry and prose in Hindi.
Rachna has worked in the area of Learning and Organizational Development for almost two decades. She has worked at Tata Motors, Infosys, Spice Telecom and Dell.
Married to Alok, alumni, IT-BHU(Meta, ’93), and IIM-Lucknow(’98), Rachna has two children, Aisha and Prithviraj.

The author plans to continue writing, across genres, giving her readers something new to relish, each time.

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