That Autumn in Awadh

That Autumn in Awadh - Rachna Singh Essentially a love story, ‘That Autumn in Awadh’ tells us the story of Samar Solanki and Sara Shergill, brought together and then torn apart. Sara is a small town girl, making her living in the city of Lucknow. She meets Samar at work and their acquaintance soon turns into much more. But the society will not leave them be – as young lovers of different societal status – they have a lot of hurdles to cross. Their love will be tested most thoroughly, but will it survive?

The main advantage of this book is its characters and their situation. Sara and Samar are very relatable character and their story is that one of the thousands that show up in news every now and then. I particularly found Sara to be strong as she didn’t lose her calm completely when Samar’s family was out for blood. Bits of humour sprinkled here and there made the book more interesting. The author’s style of writing has the feel of a seasoned writer at times. However, the second half of the book seemed rushed and out of sync. It was very easy for me to take breaks while reading the book.

While the book itself had its own ups and downs and moments of glory, I feel that the plot did not live up to its full potential. Overall it was a couple of hours of light reading and I do not regret knowing Sara and Samar.