“Maya Kapoor swaps the snowy mountains for the glittering ocean.”
Maya Kapoor arrived in Mumbai with a glamorous dream, quite literally. Maya wants to be a serious fashion writer for the high-end fashion magazine, Glamorous, but luck is not in her favor. Instead, she lands a job with a local fashion magazine, Style. Maya hates everything about it but for now this is all she has. Despite all the odds, Maya is excited about living an independent, fashionable life in the city of dreams.
At twenty-five, love has eluded Maya. But when she bumps into the dashing photographer, Aryan Malik, she falls head over heels for his gorgeous smile and charming manner.
But Maya seems to be stuck in a rut – her credit card bills are sky-high, her melodramatic mother can’t stop ranting, the boss is unbearably cruel, her younger sister has decided to tie the knot, and she’s not sure if Aryan could love a simple, confused girl like her.
Will Maya get the fairytale life she dreamed about or will she let everything slip through her fingers? Read her diary and find out.
*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
Every fan of chick lit must be familiar with a fab chick lit site, called ChickLitClub which is probably one of the best sites for chick lit/women’s fiction. Many reviewers work hard every day, bringing us honest reviews, sharing recommendations and news about everything chick lit. It’s through this site that I became familiar with Ms Sharma, reading her honest reviews. When I found out she was publishing a book, I couldn’t be happier. I know a great deal of bloggers, who have decided to make the leap (or are currently in transition) and I must say I’m very proud of them all, proud of how brave they are to finally get to the other (not saying darker) side. I really can’t be more proud of Ms Sharma, as she proves she has great writing skills and stays truthful to her favorite genre, chick lit.
I expect some of you would be quite surprised with the Indian tradition, all the ‘laws’ the young need to obey out there, all the things which are really weird for the Westerns. However, I have read another fab chick lit from another writer with Indian heritage, writing about basically the same things a modern Indian girl is facing. I’m talking about Romi Moondi’s ‘Year of the Chick’, which I also enjoyed and reviewed. Now, I only mentioned this book because it was the first chick lit I’ve read that spoke about India and their tradition. So, baring this in mind, I had no problems in understanding the MC and I sure wasn’t surprised with the way she’s expected to lead a normal, family life obeying the traditions.
So, we have Maya Kapoor, a young girl with big dreams, trapped (if I may say) in a small, traditional place. While her sisters and most of her friends dream of finding Mr Right (hopefully, he’s rich too), becoming mothers and housewives, caring for their offspring and their husbands, Maya dreams of having a career. And not just any career, she dreams of working for ‘Glamorous’, a fashion magazine she loves. When getting a chance to work in less glamorous magazine “Style’, she grabs the opportunity because that way she’s at least in Mumbai, the city of opportunities, far enough from her judgmental and narrow minded family (especially her mother). There’s also a romance, with a dishy photographer Aryan Malik and loads of laugh out scenes with her BFF Anu.
The plot might seem pretty simple, and not very original. However, what makes this book stand out IMHO are the characters. Maya is an honest girl, saying it like it is, razor-sharp tongue and all. I absolutely loved this about her and her relationship with her best friend and co-worker Anu. They really have a special bond, nothing can break. They understand each other perfectly, and despite the bad language at times, they over come every trouble. And that made them seem even more real as characters, they are flawed and Ms Sharma sure managed to perfectly portray them and make it easier for readers to connect with them. There aren’t many characters, but I could tell the author put equal effort in creating Maya and the side characters. It’s fun and fast paced, loads of laugh out moments that make this book quite an enjoyable read.
I really enjoyed the humor, even the drama which escalated at the end, however I have to say the ending felt a bit rushed. We’re fast forwarded a month or so from some events and I felt some things needed a bit more clarification.
But overall, this was quite a remarkable debut and one I sure enjoyed. I love the fact Ms Sharma wrote about things she knows best, India and their tradition. There were couple of typos or errors, however baring in mind Ms Sharma wrote the entire novel in English which is not her native language, I’m actually pleasantly surprised and in awe of her knowledge in English. I am not from UK or US. But reviewing and reading books in English while not being from the UK/US, sure made me understand and appreciate even more all this effort that Ms Sharma put into her book. I definitely can’t wait to read more from this author who has the potential to become a great chick lit star right next to some well known and established names in the chick lit industry.
My rating: 8/10
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Swati Sharma is a born and bred Delhi product. Before dabbling into writing, she completed her post graduation in business. Before Fashionably Yours happened, Swati authored four coffee table books and has written for a lifestyle magazine.
One thing which very few people know that Swati is clairvoyant, and no it’s not a joke. She lives in Delhi with her extensive collection of nail polishes, lipsticks and with very neat piles of books and magazines.
Drop by her Facebook, Twitter (@Author_swati) or website (swatisharmabooks.com) and say hi!
Thanks to lovely Swati we have two e-copies to giveaway and this giveaway is open internationally! Closes on Monday, 17th November. All you have to do to be in for a chance to win this fantastic book is to tell us in the comment section, just how fashionable you are? Following trends, casual/sporty type, Miss Classy or Miss Sassy? How would you define your style?
Best of luck and Cherrio lovelies!