Swati Hegde (swatithegeek on QT) has signed with agent Rachel Beck of Liza Dawson Associates.
Jia Deshpande has the perfect life: a loving family, check; a writing job with India's biggest dating magazine, check; an anonymous relationship blog that gets thousands of weekly views, check! The final item on her to-do list? Become India's best millennial matchmaker.
After successfully setting up not one, but two women with their future husbands, Jia sets her sights on her next project: plain-Jane newbie journalist Charu with the hottie from work. The only obstacle in her path to matchmaker-stardom is her cynical family friend Jaiman, better known as the apple of her dad's eye, an overall pain in the ass, and the only person she's ever been attracted to. Not that she'd admit it to him.
Jaiman Patil has always had just one dream: run a successful pub in Mumbai. But the bills are stacking up and profits are dwindling, and he has to do whatever it takes to keep J's Pub afloat. Especially once his arch-nemesis from culinary school starts his own pub next door and catches not just the pubgoers' attention, but also Jia's—the woman Jaiman has (secretly) loved for years now.
When Jia's matchmaking goes haywire, breaking a string of hearts along the way and pulling Jaiman into the mess, she realizes there's a lot more to love than she thought—especially when it comes to her own life.
[BOOK TITLE] is a desi romantic comedy set in Mumbai, pitched as a contemporary take on Jane Austen's EMMA with vibes of SET IT UP and HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, complete at 75,000 words. It is written in dual POVs and also features snippets from Jia's anonymous blog.