About the author: Sreemoyee Piu Kundu has been a lifestyle editor and PR head, and is now a fulltime novelist based in Delhi. She is the author of two novels, Faraway Music and the bestselling Sita’s Curse, and is planning her fourth novel a political tragedy titled Rahula. Her first non-fiction title, Status Single, will be published in 2016.
Blurb: On a sultry night, on a deserted lawn overlooking a moonlit Taj Mahal, two strangers make passionate love and promise never to meet again… But promises are meant to be broken, right? This is the story of Dushyant Singh Rathore – the 30-something bestselling author of Kinda Clichéd, a blockbuster romance novel based on his one night of bliss with a girl whose name he does not know. Under pressure to produce a money-spinning sequel – from his obsessive fans, his hit-seeking publisher, his pushy agent and a sceptical journalist ready to expose the true story angle as a marketing gimmick – he sets off, three years on, to find the elusive girl whom he had promised never to seek out. When his quest, many twists and turns later, leads him to the unlikeliest of places and the strangest of characters, Dushyant discovers there’s a little more to his search than he had anticipated. Will Dushyant discover his mystery woman? What if the wrong girl was really always the right one for him? Will he get a second chance? Delightful, unconventional, heart-warming, You’ve Got the Wrong Girl is about one man’s journey to discover his heart and the supremely unpredictable nature of love.
Review: You’ve Got the Wrong Girl published by Hachette and authored Sreemoyee Piu Kundu is a lad-lit. What is lad-lit? Lad-lit is defined as “fiction about young men about their personal and emotional lives.” This, by common understanding, would be expected to be created by a man who would be able to enter the head of a young man much better than a woman. But Sreemoyee has turned the tables of this genre by deciding to pen a novel with a male as the protagonist and giving him the first person voice in the narrative. It is a big challenge to get into a man’s head, trying to understand the way he thinks about certain things on love, life, relationships and so on. Sreemoyee has reversed the mythological love story of Dushyanta and Shakuntala by setting Dushyanta in search of this lady he fell in love with at first sight and had no peace till he finally found the girl had spent a night of love and passion with against the blurred backdrop of the Taj Mahal in silhouette. “You’ve Got the Wrong Girl is a contemporary relocation and reinterpretation of this mythological story placed in post-modern India with its five-star hotels and shopping malls and branded clothes and so on. Iit is a multi city, roller-coaster ride, sometimes soulful, sometimes bittersweet, sometimes fun, sometimes family drama-oriented tumultuous that involves a whole bunch of motley, everyday characters drawn from the people we see around us. And since it’s based on inspiration by Shakuntala as told from the male perspective – the author has designed it as a search Dushyanta embarks on and not the other way round. How he wins her back is the backbone of the story Dushyant is a best-selling, new-age romance writer and his novel which becomes an overnight bestseller and is made into a film by a noted filmmaker,” sums up the book. Sreemoyee has tried to mix up the stereotype formula of the girl pining away for the boy she fell in love with but could not marry because he is poor and the parents put their foot down. “Why must it always be the girl burdened with the emotional burden of this lost-and-found drama called love? I liked that she wanted to shake this up every which way and the result is You’ve Got the Wrong Girl who is probably the right girl for Dushyant”.
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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