That Autumn in Awadh
A true love story...
Young, impetuous and drawn to each other like gnats to resin, Samar Solanki and Sara Shergill try, furiously, to avoid falling in love, but, slowly succumb.
All hell breaks loose as Samar’s conservative Rajput family swears vendetta, locking Samar away, on the eve of their clandestinely-planned wedding. They vow to eliminate Sara, the audacious girl who has dreamt of sullying their pedigreed lineage, from Samar’s life.
Through that lonely autumn in Awadh, bereft of hope, fettered and helpless, the star-crossed lovers cling to the faith they have in each other, as they brave many storms together.
This novel about love is peppered, generously, with the author’s characteristic droll wit as it traipses through sensational turns of events that keep you absorbed till the very end.
"It is a love story but not a traditional sweet one. It has a volcanic, seething, simmering core—almost like a thriller with plenty of twists. It is set in places like Awadh, Lucknow, Allahabad and Mussoorie in the early nineties before the age of cell phones and the internet. It is the story of a couple Samar and Sara who fall in love and the external and internal struggles they go through."
Preeti Zachariah, The Hindu Metro Plus
That Autumn in Awadh is a love story with a difference. The book has the pace of a thriller with India’s tightly woven caste system as its base. “It’s like a volcano really. It has society and its systems, there’s the couple in love and their tensions, and then there’s this lava simmering up inside related to these conflicts. It has to do with this anthropological concept prevalent in India called shame and the opposite of shame, ‘izzat’,” she explains. Interestingly, the book is loosely based on her own love story.
Shyama Krishna Kumar, The New Indian Express