The Writer’s Retreat by Indu Balachandran book review

the writers retreat

The Writer’s Retreat written by Indu Balachandran, publisher Jacaranda Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Amby Balan has had enough of the corporate life in a multinational bank in India. On a reckless whim, she quits her job and becomes a Tweet Writer for Krish Kumaar, the hunky new Kollywood superstar. Despite her glamorous new job (and the opportunity to ogle her gorgeous boss all day long) Amby still longs to fulfil her dream of becoming a writer.

She comes across an exciting ad for a Writers’ Workshop in Greece and cannot pack her bags soon enough. On the way to Crete and Santorini, she meets Mini Cherian, a bestselling children’s book author who fantasises about writing erotic novels; and Bobby Varma, who left behind the advertising world to become a travel writer.

Together, they embark on an unforgettable adventure to discover their true selves and find love in impossibly romantic Greek islands.

sunrise greece

This was such a fun read and very different from the usual romcoms I’ve read with it having Indian characters and set in India. Some of the names I struggled with but after a while I didn’t care if I pronounced their names incorrectly as I was drawn into the characters and their personality. I loved the premise of the story; three different women wishing to fulfil their dreams of becoming a writer and taking the plunge going on a retreat thousands of miles away to Greece. The different settings and culture from India to Greece worked well and I felt the thrill of their eyes experiencing new sites myself. The romance was a slow burning one which made it all the more special when the flames actually grew stronger.

This is my first experience of Indu Balachandran’s writing and I really enjoyed her wit and humour within the storyline.  Indu Balachandran transported me to the lushness of India and the very different landscape of Greece.  A gorgeous, fun romcom that made me smile and melted my heart.

About the Author

Indu Balachandran had a 30-year career in advertising, before switching to travel writing. She has published articles in Travel Plus, The Lonely Planet, iDiva, The Sunday Times and reviewed seventy eco- friendly destinations all over India for Travel to Care. Her writings have featured in five anthologies of short stories. She lives in Chennai. The Writers’ Retreat is her second novel.

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7 thoughts on “The Writer’s Retreat by Indu Balachandran book review

  1. Hi Adele, thanks so much for such a fab well written review! Have shared it with the whole world on my Facebook page–and has drawn such fine comments for the way you have written it. You must come to India some day (via Greece :-!) Indu Balachandran

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  2. Hi Adele! Thanks for such a fab well written review! Have shared it with the whole world on my Facebook page, and drew such fine comments for your words. Do visit India some day (via-Greece:-!) Cheers Indu Balachandran

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