In which features me

Mumbaigloss was completely thrilled to feature a multifaceted and talented woman liker her who is also a mum to 10 year old Krish. She rather likes to introduce herself as a school-gate mom who was a journalist once but now a blogger and a writer. Kiran, 42, has come out with another interesting chic-lit called Once Upon A Crush, which is a rom-com and a fun read. She brings out the anxiety of the growing breed of young Indian women who are hitting 30s and are yet to marry; the social stigma of marrying late, the parental intrusion while choosing a partner, the constant pressure of striving for a career which might give a fat pay cheque but is not fulfilling enough. We decided to ask her more about her latest novel.

Once Upon A Crush, Kiran Manral

MG: Kiran, thank you for being a part of Mumbaigloss. Can you tell us why should our readers buy this book? Is it based on true life events? Who is the inspiration behind the main characters?

KM: The story of Once Upon A Crush is quite simple. It is about a girl Rayna De, almost hitting 30, feeling the pressure from her parents to ‘settle down’. Not having found the perfect man, she is ‘seeing’ prospective suitable partners. She has a completely inappropriate crush on a man in her office, and tries hard not to make a fool of herself. It isn’t based on true life events in my life for sure, but a lot of chats I’ve had with friends. The inspiration behind the characters were the many late twenties women I’ve spoken to, who are single in the city and can’t seem to find the right person to settle down with.

Kiran Manral, Konkona Sen, Dove event

MG: How is it different from the various chic-lits available in the market?

KM: The tone of the novel is terse. It is irreverent, it is fun, and yet it is very emotional because it deals with a certain stage in the life of the protagonist where nothing seems to be going right for her and she’s questioning everything about herself. It is not all rose-tinted like other stories

Well said Kiran! I am not sure how many of us would agree to this definition of love but we are certainly game for a new entertaining chic-lit from you. What say ladies? Go pre-order it at Flipkart, Crossword, Landmark, infibeam, etc.


Read the entire feature here


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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One Response to In which features me

  1. Tedulkar says:

    Problem is lot of working girl have unrealistic anti family expectations which does not work in a marriage.Marriage is all about “we” not,”I”


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