I received the book Across Seven Seas as a review copy from the author Neelmani Bhatia. Thank you, Ma’am for the book. This book is the story of Anita Bhatt set in the early eighties in Delhi.
The blurb (from Amazon):
The characters in Across Seven Seas find themselves dealing with the challenges of their emotions, needs, and desires within the tapestry of their upbringing, values and the viewpoint of those around them. She thought all white-skinned men were interested only in one-night stand relationships, though proficient yet high handed and autocratic. He considered all Indians to be intrusive, wanting to know of personal details like marital status, salary, preferences immediately after first introduction. Thinking that if he allowed the take-it-easy attitude of most Indians to prevail, he will never get the work finished and head home made him taciturn. His authoritativeness became his tool of getting work done, a dead fiancé made Anita not only live in past but also becomes bitter and an introvert. Reticence was her armor for defense. He became dictatorial and she rebellious. The novel Across Seven Seas is set in the early eighties, when computers were still a novelty in India and mobile phones were unheard of. Love was still being expressed through real roses, and not the virtual cut-and-pasted ones, as is being done these days.
Anita Bhatt lives with her parents, her brother and his family in Delhi. She works as a personnel manager in a company. Having lost her fiancé in a train accident, she is a lonely person. Her colleague Rohit is like her younger brother and she shares a lot with him.
Until one day, Mr Keith Holroyd, an engineer by profession comes from Sheffield, England to supervise the installation of the machinery Anita’s factory had purchased from his company. He is there to stay for 6 months till the machine is fully established and running to full capacity.
Looks wise he is Prince charming incarnate but he is the villain as far as Anita is concerned mainly because he takes her room and she has to move into Rohit’s office. And In the process of getting back at him, Anita loses her room at home as well.
They are at loggerheads from the first meeting and fight on every small topic and he taunts her. To make matters worse, she has to accompany him to Agra, and then there is the attraction that she feels for him and does he reciprocate? Or is it just a fling on his part?
A book written in simple English, albeit, a little Victorian. The cover is simple and beautiful. The story has been written in first person from Anita’s point of view. And I could feel Anita narrating it to me. The plot is simple and the romance simmers on the slow burner, just like the biryani.
The characters are well developed and the scenes described in detail. The author has described the places, be it Agra or Connaught Place in Delhi in details.
Enjoyed the simple and slow romance in the fast world.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.