Pink Champagne is an Indireads novella written by Madhuri Iyer. Set in New York, it is the story of Arjun Mehta and Tanya Sen.
Alone and new to New York, Tanya’s chance encounter with Arjun turns out to be a blessing in disguise. He introduces her to new friends, rental condos and pink champagne, and generally spends way too much time with her.
At least, that’s what his very suitable fiancée, Lily, believes. Regardless of her mother-in-law’s obvious preference for the new girl, Lily digs her claws in deep and she isn’t planning on letting go of the suave Arjun.
With the wedding looming, Arjun is being pulled two ways; the flighty, fun-loving Tanya, or the sophisticated Lily?
Arjun Mehta, 31, runs the family business of chemical and plastics. His mother stays in Bergen County and his sister studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Half Indian-half British Lily Holmes, his fiancée, has a small family business in New York.
Tanya Sen, 23, the only child of academician parents, is academically brilliant with an impressive record. Her support system is her colleagues and friends.
Karsh Oberoi, Arjun’s friend, is a banker in New York. He becomes Tanya’s ‘How to’ authority.
Tanya gets a job offer in a New York based financial services firm as an Investment Banking Analyst and moves from Toronto to New York. She trips and collides into Arjun at a rest stop on the way and spills the contents of her bag. In a rush to put them back, she puts Arjun’s Blackberry in her bag, a mistake she realizes after his mother calls him when she reaches New York. She meets him for breakfast the next day and also meets his friend, Karsh. She gets busy with work, takes advice from Karsh and runs into Arjun off and on.
Arjun’s mother wants to meet her and he helps her in her search for her apartmrnt. Karsh likes Tanya and wants to date her himself but she is infatuated with Arjun and he is engaged to Lily.
The story is simple and cute and the characters are wonderfully portrayed. The author has described the feelings of the main characters as well as the supportive ones. I finished the book in one sitting and found it to be a perfect end to a hectic, stressful day.
Highly recommended. Like all Indireads books, this one also left me with a smile on my face.
Book Source: Bought