Girl from Fatehpur by Sarita Varma – Review

Ahh…after no broadband connectivity for more than a week,it feels great to be back to the blogging world.Here’s my first review of the year.

From the Big Fat Indian Wedding to the Kumbh Mela,from Masala chai to Grape crushing this 'Desi' romance  is as colourful as the country it is set in.

From the Big Fat Indian Wedding to the Kumbh Mela,from Masala chai to Grape crushing this ‘Desi’ romance tries to capture the colour and vibrance of India

Title: Girl from Fatehpur

Author: Sarita Varma

Publication date: June 10th,2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance,Adult

Synopsis:“I love you Rajan,” she had blurted out, hands clenched tightly at her sides.

“Sana, you are only a kid…you will soon forget all this. Besides, don’t you also love Shahrukh Khan?”Girl from Fatehpur

A decade has gone by and Sanjana, now a highflying professional in Mumbai, had thought she was over her childhood crush on Rajan. However, a chance encounter at a family wedding in her hometown Fatehpur re-kindles all her old feelings for him. But what about Krish, her persistent suitor who is also a senior colleague in the office? He just will not take no for an answer! His unexpected arrival in Fatehpur results in heated rivalry between the two men.

Will the ensuing tension and misunderstanding put an end to all her hopes of happiness? Her first love Rajan, or Krish, her handsome eligible colleague…who will win Sanjana’s impulsive heart?


Rating: 2.5/5

 A romantic comedy of sorts,Girl from Fatehpur is the story of Sanjana,aka,Sana,a girl  hailing from the small town of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh and her Prince Charming . The story begins with Sanjana catching a train to Fatehpur to attend her cousin’s wedding and also to get some breathing space to think over the  marriage proposal from her colleague Krish from her Mumbai office.En route she meets Rajan her childhood crush and neighbour who has recently returned to India on business after a long time from the States.Since Rajan also happens to be her cousin brother’s friend and a close family friend,he too attends her cousin’s wedding and they become acquainted again. Sanjana who had thought to have gotten over her crush is surprised to feel the same attraction towards him,and Rajan who had barely paid attention to the kid sister of his best friend begins to see her in new light.But this budding wedding romance becomes complicated when Krish comes to Fatehpur to be a part of the celebration from the groom’s side.So,in the midst of the wedding celebrations Sanjana must come to a decision on her Mr. Right.

Along the ride we get to experience a typical North Indian wedding with its many rituals and ceremonies,nach-gana( dancing-n-singing), the bond between cousins and other relatives,the banter with witty and all-knowing  grandparents,as well as the amalgamation of the East and the West in the lifestyle of today’s urban Indian youth.

The premise though enticing was not enough to hold my interest because the writing didn’t excite me.Being acquainted with the contemporary romance genre,I’ve come to overlook  bad writing  and other literary demerits in these books as long as the characters and the story have the potential to draw me in.But sadly this is not the case here. Varma‘s writing style does not work for a romance novella because it fails to connect the reader with the emotions of the protagonists.In total the writing is prosaic,too detached which does not encourage engagement with characters on a personal level.Also,some things,such as wine drinking and dancing at daytime in a bar,that too in a small town like Fatehpur in U.P.,seemed like props to cater to the Western reader.Had this particular scene been set in a city such as Mumbai or Delhi it would have been more believable.

In all,though I appreciate the effort on writing an  Indian contemporary romance,this  rather seems like a weak version of a Mills and Boon style romance riddled with Bollywood cliches.

A review copy was generously provided by Indireads in exchange for an honest review.Disclaimer: All opinions here are drawn from my own conclusions no part of which bears any external influence.  



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