Sunday, June 1, 2014

#BookReview : That Autumn In Awadh by Rachna Singh

On the jacket:

 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 Samars 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 Samars 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 authors characteristic droll wit as it traipses through sensational turns of events that keep you absorbed till the very end.


The cover of the book, That Autumn In Awadh is extremely soothing and inviting. But the blurb and the cover don't prepare you for what is inside the covers. 

That Autumn In Awadh is a story about Sara and Samar, their love and how the society is out to not let it survive. The book starts in a flashback and proceeds to the present. We have Sara, a small town girl, trying to adjust in Lucknow. She meets Samar, working in the same company as hers and romance develops. Sara and Samar are the kind of people we can easily identify with; in fact most of us have people in our lives who are resemble these two. Characters are well defined, needless to say. 

What we have often read in newspapers, happens to Samar and Sara. Samar's family doesn't approve of this relationship, and are after Sara's blood. The lovers have only each other to rely on, and let their love survive.

What happens? Do they make it, or does the society trample their love? Sara and Samar's love will make you feel warm and fuzzy, and the sudden onset of blood hungry families will throw you off track. You would want them to be happily ever after, but will that happen? Read more to find out.

Rating: ****/5

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