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 conceptualized the novel during her travels through the Tuscany wine country. She created the eccentric Ms Krishnamurthy, her precocious cat and her dog eat deal environment. Her deep appreciation for the south Indian family dynamic, experience as a freelance journalist and a passion for Italian wine helped create Fade Into Red. Simultaneously she also honed her skills as a Travel Writer and 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.
Website : http://www.reshmakrishnan.com/
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Blurb: 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.
Review: 2015’s first read, which is definitely fiction but more with a real touch. The story has real locations with a crash course on winemaking. It’s highly recommended to anyone planning to travel to Tuscany (Italy) and to anyone unwinding by reading a really fun book. This is writer Reshma’s first book who has attempted in a brilliant way. Apart from vineyards, the story has south Indian Brahmin household touch to it. Ayra, a struggling investment banker in Mumbai, in a long-distance relationship with Karthik, her childhood best-friend and long-time boyfriend. Ayra takes off to Tuscany with little horror billionaire Ishaan Malhotra to buy a vineyard. The story grows between board-rooms and vineyards – the Tuscany landscape is brought to life vividly, and the author’s love for travelling is obvious. What I liked reading in this book is author Reshma’s knowledge of investment banking, the details of wine-making and vineyard-buying process, diligence and the problems of it. Coming to characterisation, Ayra has a penchant for shoes and shopping, a modern Indian woman who is happy spending time with her Blackberry than her boyfriend. Ishaan is completely unpredictable, He sneers Ayra for no reason, he’s stand-offish, rude, and a big flirt. Disloyalty for such an apparent reason was completely out-of-character of Ishaan for Ayra. Maybe if Ishaan’s character had been etched out a bit better, the middle wouldn’t have dragged so much. The story picks up towards the end, because Ayra knows what she wants to do with her life. I really enjoyed this book. It’s a perfect relaxed read with joviality, romance and trepidation together. If you like rom-coms this is the perfect way to start the year.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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