Fashionably Yours by Swati Sharma is the story of a small town girl who goes to a big city to pursue her dreams. It his debut book and one look at the cover wanted me to pick it up.
“Maya Kapoor swaps the snowy mountains for the glittering ocean.”
Maya Kapoor arrived in Mumbai with a glamorous dream, quite literally. Maya wants to be a serious fashion writer for the high-end fashion magazine, Glamorous but luck is not in her favour. Instead, she lands a job with a local fashion magazine, Style. Maya hates everything about it but for now this is all she has. Despite all the odds, Maya is excited about living an independent, fashionable life in the city of dreams.
At twenty-five, love has eluded Maya. But when she bumps into the dashing photographer, Aryan Malik, she falls head over heels for his gorgeous smile and charming manner.
But Maya seems to be stuck in a rut – her credit card bills are sky-high, her melodramatic mother can’t stop ranting, the boss is unbearably cruel, her younger sister has decided to tie the knot, and she’s not sure if Aryan could love a simple, confused girl like her.
Will Maya get the fairytale life she dreamed about or will she let everything slip through her fingers? Read her diary and find out.
Maya Kapoor lives in Shimla with her parents and her sister, Payal. Every Sunday all the ladies of Gulmohar Street, Shimla (where Maya lives) meet with their eligible daughters for brunch and to discuss marriages, prospective grooms and various classes the girls are attending. The mothers want the daughters married eligible bachelors and make good wives and the daughters want rich husbands, but Maya is different. She dreams of working in THE fashion magazine, ‘Glamourous’ but is happy to be placed on Campus with the magazine ‘Style’, the compensation being that she can move to Mumbai. She is scared to break the news to her family as she knows her mother would never agree. However, she moves to Mumbai with her father’s support and promises to call him every day and visit him every three months.
Now, 2 years later,
Maya still writes a column for Style, has a demanding boss, is upto her neck in debts and does not have a boyfriend, she spends her weekends watching movies on DVD. Not to mention her mother. Anu is her best friend and colleague and they share their dreams with each other. Then she is given an assignment for which she has to meet photographer Aryan Malik, the most handsome man she has ever seen and she is attracted to him. There is Natasha, her boss, who is ready to demean her at every possible opportunity and is close to Aryan. To top it all, her mother calls her up from Shimla to tell her that her younger sister, Payal, is getting married.
The story is simple and fast paced. The language is easy to understand and the pace is good. It is funny and the characters are interesting. The book has been written in first person as a diary and is hilarious at times. I felt bad for Maya because she was always on the wrong side.