Free Press Journal

Romance an eternal theme, always relevant in books



New Delhi : In an era when finding true love sometimes seems to be a distant dream, budding Indian writers still hold on to romantic fantasies to mark their debut in the world of fiction.

“The best thing about books is that they offer temporary escape from reality. Fortunately, romance is a genre that appeals to people of all ages, who look upon it as a gateway from the routine that dictates their routine,” Sakshama Puri, author of the “The Wedding Planner”, told IANS in an email interview. Like Puri, Madhvi Ahuja, whose first book “Cupidity, Ping me love” is based on urban cyber love, too strongly believes that romantic books are very much relevant in present scenario.

Take Priyanka Varma, who marked her debut with “The Rite to Love” that takes up issues like love, marriage and live-in partnerships. “My purpose in writing this book was to showcase the different types of relationships and lifestyles that persist today and how emotions are perceived through the microscopic lens of the society,” responded Varma when asked why she opted to portray urban routine in her book.

“The urban space is evolving and people are experimenting with all kinds of new things. The characters are true to the age of technology, living between laptops and the effervescent mouse, looking to find and meet people in their busy lives. I also like the shades of love that the book has captured and which are so archetypal of urban women in India today,” stated Rai, whose book is her second.

For the debutant writers, taking up a plot based on urban residents makes it easier to easily click with readers as they can comfortably and easily relate to the stories.

But does writing about the urban routine with characters belonging to the upper class not shut out certain sections of readers? For Rai, region or cosmopolitan life can never be a barrier for reaching out to readers.