The Diary of a Lutyens’ Princess
Author: Bindu Dalmia
Publisher: RUPA Publishers
“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
― Roman Payne
With ‘The diary of a Lutyens’ Princess’ Bindu Dalmia has portrayed many phases of a life of a woman. This novella focuses on the life of Akshra and her battles with self. When asked by her parents to get married at an early age, she finds it difficult to go against the tide. Akshra’s new life with Arnaab makes her come apart at the seams; the love languishes, happiness becomes dry and not much is left for her to expect. But she never gives up. Her never-ending the quest to find happiness is something that inspires and also instils in us the faith in ourselves.
The lucid narrative style of the author makes this an interesting read. This is more like diary writing than a story. The organization of the events and balance between the characters is so good that a steady pace can be maintained while reading. At times, the monologues become too long and extra descriptive. When Akshra finds love yet again, she makes sure not to let it go this time. Her choices and her ability to take a stand for herself are what the author has projected perfectly.
The blurb contains the previews by different hot-shots and I did not find that helpful in selecting this book. The cover looks intense and speaks volumes. Also, the editing has been taken care of. The plot serves as a delight for the ones who like reading first-person narratives. Overall, a refreshing story that will touch your heart.