Author: Reshma K Barshikar
Publisher: Random House India
Published: June 2014
Number Of Pages: Paperback, 366
About the book:
Ayra always wanted to be an Art Historian. She saw herself flitting between galleries, talking Michelangelo and Dali with glamorous ease. At twenty nine, life has decided to make her an underpaid investment banker juggling an eccentric family, a fading career and a long–distance relationship that is becoming a light-year one.
On a monsoon day in June, she is suddenly sent packing from Mumbai to Tuscany to buy a vineyard for a star client. What should have been a four-day trip turns into a two-week treasure hunt that finds her in the middle of midnight wine deals, dodgy vintners, rolling Tuscan hills, a soap opera family and one playboy millionaire who is looking to taste more than just the wine. Towards the end she finds that the road to true happiness is almost as elusive as that perfect glass of Chianti.
The story is about an investment banker (who wanted to be an art historian), who accepts to handle a celebrity client so that she can earn some big bonus and at the same time she has to manage her personal life and take decision regarding her childhood sweetheart.
I found the protagonist, Ayra, to be confused but confident who didn’t know what she wanted in life but a good person at heart who took some decisions even endangering her professional and personal life. It was a little bit of comic relief when she did some silly mistakes when Ishaan Malhotra was around her. One quote from the book where Ayra says
“Am I destined to act like an oaf around him?”
At one point I even had tears in my eyes on seeing the condition of Ayra when she lost everything dear to her. But all’s well that ends well. I really liked the ending where the truth comes out and Ayra gets what she deserved and also how she takes strong decisions and follows her heart. It was really commendable to see Karthik and Ayra coming out of their comfort zones and doing what was best for them.
The book has interesting details about vineyards and wine. There is a little bit of romance and lots of travel. The book tells you to follow your heart.
Only thing which I disliked a bit was that the initial few pages were a little slow-moving due to which I kept on putting off reading the book but after a while it catches your attention and you get hooked to it.
A good fiction with vineyards, travels, lots of wine and some romance. Yes I would recommend it to anyone who loves reading fiction.
My Rating: 4.1/5
About the Author:
After finishing her A Levels at Bridgine School, Windsor, and getting a BA (Hons) at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, Reshma started her career as a Journalist for India’s national newspaper The Hindu, Business Line but left mid-career to pursue an MBA at the Indian School of Business that led to a successful career in Investment Banking. After 5 years in Investment Banking she quit her job to travel for two years and visited Europe, China, and the US. She has contributed to India Today Travel Plus, SilverKris, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, National Geographic Traveller and The Hindu Business Line. She is also co-founder of the literary blog, The Caterpillar Café.