Meet The Protagonist
1. Hi, Ayra...first things first, what were you like as a child and a teenager?
I was terribly spoilt but nevertheless a good girl. Being an only child, all my whims were catered to and honestly because I could do everything I wanted, I think I did nothing at all. It was all very charmed and you wouldn’t have liked me too much. I wasn’t very interesting at all. As I child, I spent a lot of time with Kartik and we read and played technics. But as I became a teenager, my friends changed and I whiled my time away playing tennis and hanging out at the Madras Club. I don’t think you can be much of a rebel in Chennai really, but I wish I had been somewhat naughty. I remember preffering to spend Sundays in my dad’s study helping him with filing or gossiping with my aunts in the kitchen while they listened to MS Subhalakshmi. God, it was wonderfully boring.
2. When is your birthday and do you believe in Zodiac signs?
My birthday is on the 29th of July and I am a Leo with absolutely no Leo like tendencies. Well I am a little melodramatic, but not so vain. Which sign is the most paranoid? Well that’s the sign I should have been born under!
4. What does Ayra do on a typical Sunday?
Sunday mornings are spent cleaning Nila’s litter box followed by dusting the house and catching up on Grey’s Anatomy reruns. Fun fun. Dinner is almost always at Narina’s, her cook is wonderful. If Kartik is over for the weekend, then we head to Lonavala and stay at the wonderful tree house resort there.
5. Do you believe in love at first sight? ;)
Not really. I was always a very practical girl and still am. But there are sparks, lusty ones I think. Most definitely not love but lust, yes. There is lust at first sight, as I have recently come to realize.
6. And do you have any celebrity crushes?
Hugh Grant in Notting Hill.
7. What are the other places in the world you'd like to travel to?
I have always wanted to go to Russia and the Napa Valley. I used to keep telling Kartik we need to travel more but his idea of travel is either to see Primal Scream scream at some strange music festival.
8. Do you plan to tell us about your next adventures?
After all that has happened, adventure needs to come without the drama. But I have been gifted a small trip to Florence to do a course in Art History. I am very excited about that.
9. Have you added any more shoes to your collection?
Not really. Considering I am now unemployed, I am stock piling my savings for my trip to Florence. Once there, however, I am pretty certain window shop furiously.
10. Finally, what's next for you? Following your adventures in Fade into Red?
Well, Florence of course and a certain dinner date I have at a restaurant you might have heard of- The Bald Rabbit. J
Catch Ayra in Fade into Red:
About the Book:
Ayra always wanted to be an Art Historian. She saw herself flitting between galleries, talking Michelangelo and Dali with glamorous ease. At twenty–nine, life has decided to make her an underpaid investment banker juggling an eccentric family, a fading career and a long–distance relationship that is becoming a light-year one. On a monsoon day in June, she is suddenly sent packing from Mumbai to Tuscany to buy a vineyard for a star client. What should have been a four day trip turns into a two week treasure hunt that finds her in the middle of midnight wine deals, dodgy vintners, rolling Tuscan hills, a soap opera family and one playboy millionaire who is looking to taste more than just the wine. Towards the end she finds that the road to true happiness is almost as elusive as that perfect glass of Chianti.
About the Author:
After finishing her A Levels at Bridgine School, Windsor, and getting a BA (Hons) at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, Reshma started her career as a Journalist for India’s national newspaper The Hindu, Business Line but left mid-career to pursue an MBA at the Indian School of Business that led to a successful career in Investment Banking. After 5 years in Investment Banking she quit her job to travel for two years and visited Europe, China, and the US. She conceptualized the novel during her travels through the Tuscany wine country. She created the eccentric Ms Krishnamurthy, her precocious cat and her dog eat deal environment. Her deep appreciation for the south Indian family dynamic, experience as a freelance journalist and a passion for Italian wine helped create Fade Into Red. Simultaneously she also honed her skills as a Travel Writer and has contributed to India Today Travel Plus, SilverKris, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, National Geographic Traveller and The Hindu Business Line. She is also co-founder of the literary blog, The Caterpillar Café.