Fashionably Yours by Swati Sharma
Release Date: 1st November 2014
Publisher: Harlequin India
“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.
Fashionably Yours tells the story of ambitious twenty five year old Maya Kapoor. Maya is determined to do something with her life, other than be married off to some man she’s met before by her mother and live forever under the scrutiny of her family.
Maya dreams of working for the hugely successful ‘Glamorous’ magazine after spending so many years devouring its glossy pages, but when she is offered a job at the not-quite-as-fabulous ‘Style’ magazine, desperate to escape her mother’s clutches she accepts and heads off to live a super fashionable, super successful life as an independent woman in the city of Mumbai…
Only things don’t quite go to plan. It turns out that living the life of a successful independent woman is hard. Unable to resist the tempting calls of retail therapy and acquiring one or two debts, living on take-outs and working for one mega-cow of a boss, Maya struggles to find her feet. However she overcomes these struggles with help from her best friend Anu and she is one tough cookie. Maya gives as good as she gets and is determined to get what she wants. (Including that hot looking photographer, Aryan Malik, who has turned up at the ‘Style’ offices…)
However everything looks set to change when her mother rings her up to inform her that her younger sister is getting married (and before Maya no less!) and Maya suddenly finds herself fighting a whole new series of battles…
I loved the sound of Fashionably Yours; the plot line sounded like classic chick-lit (plus there’s the added extra of having a fashion related storyline…always a winner in my eyes!)
As soon as I started reading I became engrossed in Maya’s battle to follow her dreams against the wishes of her family. I really enjoyed reading about the Indian traditions and feel as though I learnt a fair bit about their culture. I don’t recall reading a book that was set in India before so it was a completely new back drop to a story for me, and one that I found to be really enjoyable. The Indian traditions were really brought to life and very authentic to read about, especially as I didn’t know a great deal about them. Whilst I found this side of the story fascinating, I really felt for Maya and the difficulties she went through to be allowed to go off and live a life of her own as opposed to obeying all the rules and traditions of her culture. Swati really did a good job of conveying what life must be like for young girls in India that are expected to live their lives in a certain way.
I loved Swati’s style of writing; reading this novel feels just like having a good old gossip with your best friend and it’s extremely easy to glide through. The writing is down to earth and draws you in with its witty, conversational tone.
I fell in love with Maya right from the off. She is definitely my kind of girl with her love for fashion that she can’t afford and a fondness for ice-cream. She’s inspiring with the way that she sets out to achieve her dreams and works extremely hard in the process. She’s insecure, funny without even realising it and down to earth. She does sometimes overreact and do the odd thing that will have you yelling in frustration, but that means she’s just like the rest of us. I saw a scarily large amount of myself in Maya but I have decided that’s a good thing as she’s pretty ace when it comes down to it.
I didn’t understand why everyone seemed to have it in for Maya; her boss, her mother, her sister, her co-workers. Give the girl a break!
However she was a brilliantly formed character and her relationship with Anu was pure gold. I loved these two together and how Anu was always there for her friend, no matter what. They’re both hilarious and extremely likeable and their friendship with make you feel all warm and glowy inside.
I found myself getting frustrated with Aryan at times but he does sound pretty gorgeous so I can see why Maya fell for him. As long as he treats her right then that’s just fine…
All in all this is an addictive, very funny story which will open your eyes to one girls struggle to go after her dreams. I thoroughly enjoyed Maya’s roller-coaster of an adventure as she navigates life in Mumbai and found myself cheering for her all the way.
Swati Sharma has produced a very fine debut here and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future…
A huge thank you to Swati for sending me a copy of Fashionably Yours to read and review. ♥
Swati Sharma is born and grew up in Delhi. Before dabbling into writing, she completed her post graduation in business. Amazingly she has learned Spanish and German and has valid certification in both but sadly can’t speak any of it in decent fluency. Before writing this book, Swati has authored four coffee-table books and written for a lifestyle magazine. One thing which very few people know, that she is clairvoyant and no it’s not a joke. Currently she lives in Delhi with her extensive collection of nail polishes, lipsticks and with very neat piles of books and magazines. Drop by her facebook or twitter and say hi!