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R.S.V.P.: A Novel by Ruchira Khanna
Jay Sethi, an Indian-born American, has lived with the consequences of a torn family since a teenager. After facing the effects of unrequited love and unpaid credit card bills, he settles in a small town in California from where he embarks on a cruise with his canine best friend, Yogi. He is shipwrecked and washed ashore on an island that would be nothing short of fantasy to others. There he realizes the impact of love and a lack of attachments. Through the work of a local, he is given the opportunity to visit his past.
Will Jay be able to relieve his hiccup of years?
Will the broken bridges and the seemingly permanent goodbyes remain that way?
RSVP: A novel explores the lines between reality and illusion and the significance of family.
I like the importance of family connections and relationships, something this we need more of, since our world today seems to reflect on the more negative aspects. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter really spoke to me, as I know it did with Ruchira as well.
Ruchira you have really beautiful writing. I love your writing style and you are very descriptive of what everything looks like. It was slow going for me for the first couple of chapters, but when Jay’s cousin came into the scene that’s when it started to pick up. For me it had the “Life of Pi” feel to it, since it also deals with knowing about finding out who you are (or more so who Jay is). I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who likes to reflect on what they have read and see if it can help in your own everyday life.
About the Author
Ruchira Khanna, a biochemist turned writer, left her homeland of India to study in America. She obtained her Master’s degree in Biochemistry from SJSU and a degree in Technical Writing from UC Berkeley.
After finishing her studies, Ruchira worked as a biochemist at a Silicon Valley startup for five years. After the birth of her son, Ruchira took a job as a technical writer, so that she could work from home. Soon, she began doing freelance writing work as well.
Her love of writing grew and she started working on her own books. After four years of freelancing, Ruchira published her first book, a fiction novel for adults called Choices.