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This Valentine’s Day, Indian authors pick their favourite romantic stories

On Valentine’s Day, here are some popular Indian authors who talk about their favourite romantic books, and also the best scenes and chapters from them.

art-and-culture Updated: May 27, 2017 08:16 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
We give a lowdown of the favourite romantic books of Indian authors.
We give a lowdown of the favourite romantic books of Indian authors. (Istock)

As a bibliophile, one must have one book or more of authors Anuja Chauhan, Amish Tripathi and Durjoy Datta, in the collection. But when it’s Valentine’s Day, one feels the urge to ask these authors for their own personal favourite romantic books. Here’s what they had to say:

Author Anuja Chauhan.
Author Anuja Chauhan.

“I love Princess Diary Ten, which I read in my thirties. I read Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer when I was in class nine. I also love this one chapter in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss on Stephen and Maggie. All for the same reason, they make me feel the romance. It’s like being in love yourself. And it’s not at all explicit – I hate explicit love scene,” says Anuja Chauhan.

Author Amish Tripathi.
Author Amish Tripathi. ( Kalpak Pathak/HT )
Cover of the book, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.
Cover of the book, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.

“I think the best romantic book I have ever read is The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. It is set during the post-French Revolution period of chaos, but is actually a fun adventure. I’d read the book when I was in school. The basic premise of the story is delightful: it is the story of Sir Percy Blakeney an English aristocrat who is a cowardly dandy, and the double life he leads in his secret persona as the Scarlet Pimpernel, a swashbuckling, daring, hero who saves Grench aristocrats from being executed.

“One of my favourite scenes in the book is when the wife of Percey Blakeny, who thinks her husband is a coward and an idiot, discovers that he is actually the heroic scarlet Scarlet Pimpernel. And they rediscover their love for each other. Tortured love, misunderstandings, heroism and a happy ending. I guess that’s what a good love story must have. No that I’m an expert on it,” says Amish Tripathi.

Author Durjoy Datta.
Author Durjoy Datta.

“I think there are two that I really like. One is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Read it way back when it came out. The part that really kills me is when the characters eulogize the main guy of the book. It’s just so. . . heartbreaking. The other is The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie. Read it a couple of years ago and love its filmy elements. That scene on a rainy day when Ormus Cama wins Vina in a game of cards was totally awesome. I keep coming back to the chunks of that book,” says Durjoy Datta.

First Published: Feb 13, 2017 19:27 IST

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