Fashionably Yours - Swati Sharma (2014)

Maya Kapoor is a small-town Indian girl with a big dream: to be a modern, independent woman, and work at Glamorous, a high-end fashion magazine. Every week, her mother's friends and their daughters come over to cook, sew, and talk about their favourite thing: matchmaking. Maya, however, doesn't have any interest in cooking or sewing, and couldn't care less about becoming some man's trophy wife. When she's offered a job at Style magazine in Mumbai, Maya leaves home and hopes for the best. It's not quite the job she wanted, but she figures it's a step in the right direction. Two years later, she's no closer to her dream job at Glamorous, is struggling to pay her bills, and is worried that she may have accidentally flashed her knickers and generously curvy thighs at the gorgeous mystery man in the elevator. As Maya feels the pressure from a demanding boss, her disapproving mother, mounting credit card debt and wondering why gorgeous mystery man is interested in a curvy, less-than-perfect girl like her, Maya wonders if she's meant to achieve her dreams at all. This story expertly contrasts the traditional roles of women vs their desire to be modern and independent. If you want an entertaining read, with laughter and a whole lot of fabulous fashion, then this book is for you. Swati Sharma has a promising career ahead of her. (CK)

Note: Swati Sharma is a contributor to Chicklit Club.

Chicklit Club contributor Swati Sharma's debut novel, Fashionably Yours, is about a single girl with big plans for her new Mumbai life. The synopsis says: "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 is out in November 2014.

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