Join Amitabh Pandey and Neelima Dalmia Adhar, as they launch ‘Love in Lutyens’ Delhi’ and talk about this sparkling #lovestory with a difference.
Akku and Sanju, friends in kindergarten, lovers in college, are about to face the big bad world. Will their love survive the trials? Or will the compulsions of #LutyensDelhi stand in the way of their togetherness?
- Are women in urban India becoming independent, or is it just an illusion?
- Are the young men of India truly liberal? Will they stand by their partners or conform to their traditional family values?
- Have the urban youth been able to break out of their class hangovers?
Akriti ‘Akku’ Patel and Sanjay ‘Sanju’ Saran become friends in kindergarten, lovers in college, and then
hit the real world. With bureaucrats for parents, Sanju’s world is one of power, privilege and entitlement.
Akku, on the other hand, is brought up by a single mother – a distinguished surgeon widowed very young – and an aunt who is a smart and sassy books editor with commitment problems.
Sanju’s mind is in turmoil as he chooses to abandon his dreams and, like his parents, looks to the Civil Services for what he thinks will be a meaningful career. Meanwhile, Akku, armed with a BTech from IIT, is jetting off to California, land of systems design and fun-loving computer geniuses.
Can their love survive these growing differences? Or will the compulsions of Lutyens’ Delhi stand in the way of their togetherness?
AMITABH PANDEY studied Economics at St Stephen’s College and Delhi School of Economics. He taught Economics at an undergraduate college of Delhi University and then joined the Indian Railways where he worked for twenty-four years, during the course of which he conceptualized, implemented and managed the Railways’ online ticket reservation system at the IRCTC. In 2007, Amitabh shifted to the private sector and spent five years building business software. He now lives in Noida and writes full-time.