Book review

Love in Lutyen’s Delhi by Amitabh Pandey #bookreview @panmacmillanindia #summerreads

Hello booklovers, today I book review of a novella I read recently. The author is Indian, the book is a short read, perfect for hot summer days and a breeze for travel times. Happy Reading.


Title – Love in Lutyen’s Delhi
Author – Amitabh Pandey
Publisher – Pan Macmillan India
Published – December 2017
Rating 4/5
Location set in – Delhi, India
Profession of lead characters – Surgeon, Editor, student.

Book Available at all retailers.

Other books by the author:
Himalayan White and
Himalayan Hazard


Are women in urban India becoming independent, or is it just an illusion?

Are the young men of India truly liberal? Will they stand by their partners or conform to their traditional family values?

Have the urban youth been able to break out of their class hangovers?

Akriti ‘Akku’ Patel and Sanjay ‘Sanju’ Saran become friends in kindergarten, lovers in college, and then

hit the real world. With bureaucrats for parents, Sanju’s world is one of
power, privilege and entitlement.

Akku, on the other hand, is brought up by a single mother – a distinguished
surgeon widowed very young – and an aunt who is a smart and sassy books
editor with commitment problems.

Sanju’s mind is in turmoil as he chooses to abandon his dreams and, like
his parents, looks to the Civil Services for what he thinks will be a
meaningful career. Meanwhile, Akku, armed with a BTech from IIT, is jetting
off to California, land of systems design and fun-loving computer geniuses.

Can their love survive these growing differences? Or will the compulsions
of Lutyens’ Delhi stand in the way of their togetherness?

My thoughts

Amitabh Pandey is a new to me author and I liked the subject he’s chosen for this story. His writing is crisp and relaxed in this story.

What compelled me to ask for a review copy of the book from the Pan Macmillan India team was the summary and the location of the story.
It is set in a part of Delhi which is the power seat of the country, where the decision makers, movers and shakers of the society reside. A place where lives are made, secrets harbored, of hedonism and sometimes plane old boring daily life antics.

It is also a place where one of my favorite Author grew up and I wanted to read how others perceive this place. Besides all that it is also a place attractive in terms of architecture, history of which I am a sucker.

The title Love in Lutyen’s Delhi is so very apt, there is love literally in the story cover to cover.

The novella introduces the reader to 3 women living in a rented house in Lutyen’s; they maybe from a typical, traditional Indian Gujrati family but their lives are anything but that. 2 sisters and a daughter, of the elder sister are the leads whose love live makes up the novella. Akriti is a student, her mother is a successful, busy surgeon, and her aunt, Aabha Patel is a publishing hot shot. The sisters may be the adults but Akriti who though the child is also one of them. She is smart and mature for her age given how independently the sisters bring her up.

The story sees their lives revolve around love and at times lack of it. We get a glimpse of how some of the independent, modern, successful women live in India. Even after all the success and financial freedom how their lives sometime revolve around Love, only goes to prove it is ‘Love’ that makes the world go round at the end of the day.

I enjoyed knowing these women and their point of views, their struggles and triumphs in life. It felt like catching up with old friends over a drink on a chilly evening in the capital.

It is a short read and i finished it in a few hours in a single sitting. Grab a copy and you can finish reading it over a few coffees and find yourself feeling amused and having a few laughs in return.


AMITABH PANDEY studied Economics at St Stephen’s College and Delhi School
of Economics. He taught Economics at an undergraduate college of Delhi
University and then joined the Indian Railways where he worked for
twenty-four years, during the course of which he conceptualized, implemented
and managed the Railways’ online ticket reservation system at the IRCTC. In
2007, Amitabh shifted to the private sector and spent five years building
business software. He now lives in Noida and writes full-time.

Reviewed by Bharti

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