Gyaan Adab hosted a book launch of Reshma Krishnan Barshikar’s debut novel published by Random House, Fade into Red on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The book was launched by the trustee of Gyaan Adab and the woman behind its conception, Nasima Maerchant. The launch was followed by a reading by the author from her book. She read excerpts that conveyed the mood of the book. Aryaa Naik Dalmiya, Head, Creatives at Gyaan Adab Centre then engaged in a discussion with the author. Reshma discussed the inspiration behind the novel, the process of writing it, the characters she enjoyed writing the most and the shift from investment banking to creative writing. Reshma also answered some questions posed by the audience. She said if she had to give the Reshma before the novel an advice, it would be “Don’t let go of your work ethics.”
About the book:
Fade Into Red is a multicultural women’s fiction novel based in Tuscany and Mumbai. Ayra Krishnamurthy is a dusky, slightly neurotic, convent educated, pretty girl’s sidekick that always wanted to be an Art Historian. At twenty, she saw herself flitting between galleries and calling out “Going thrice!” to high maintenance curators and talking Michelangelo and Dali with glamorous ease. Instead at twenty-nine, life has conspired to make her an underpaid investment banker in Mumbai juggling an eccentric family, a fading career and long –distance relationship that is soon becoming a light-year one. But on one monsoon day in July, 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 amidst midnight wine deals, dodgy vintners, rolling Tuscan hills and one playboy millionaire who is looking to taste more than just the wine.
About the Author:
After finishing her A Levels at Bridgine School, Windsor, and getting a BA (Hons) at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, Reshma Barshikar started her career as a Journalist for India’s national newspaper The Hindu but left mid-career to pursue an MBA at the Indian School of Business that led to a successful career in Investment Banking. She worked in Treasury for about 3 years after which she moved into Investment Banking at Avendus Capital, for about 5 years before quitting her job to travel. She travelled extensively for two years - Europe, China, and the US, during which time she conceptualized her novel. Simultaneously she also honed her skills as a Travel Writer, and has since contributed to India Today Travel Plus, SilverKris, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, National Geographic Traveller and The Hindu Business Line, where she profiles entrepreneurs for the Life section. She is also a co-founder of the literary blog, The Caterpillar Café.