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.
Ayra, an investment banker, actually wanted to be an art historian, lives in Mumbai. She lives with her cat and her friend, Narina, pitches in for the cat whenever Ayra is away. Karthik, her childhood friend cum family friend cum boyfriend, lives in Chennai. He wants them to get engaged and marry and end the long distance relationship. The families agree to meet and he proposes to her in candlelight and she agrees. At that very moment, her boss, Sandeep, asks her to go to Tuscany to meet their big client, the Malhoras, and negotiate a deal for a vineyard. She tells them that she would be back soon. Enter, Ishaan Malhotra, the Casanova. And her life changes.
The names of the characters have been chosen with a lot of care, both Ayra and Narina, are new names for me. I loved it everytime Ayra’s Blackberry is mentioned because everyone in her family including her boyfriend are jealous of it. Ayra’s independent, career driven character reminded me of my own niece who is always on her Blackberry and busy with her career to get married. Kartik is such a sweet boy, I wanted him to be the happiest in the book.
The author has described Ayra’s south Indian family to the T. She seems to have put in a lot of research into the vineyards and the wine making process.
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