Seduction by Truth by Mukul Kumar

“I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset

Publisher : Bloomsbury India

Publication Date : 18th Oct 2018

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Blurb :

Shiva is handsome, an irresistible talker, well-off, lives in Delhi’s poshest suburb, is a
dutiful husband to the attractive Akriti and is a perfect father to their little son. So why is he the picture of disenchantment?

Is it that not-so-uncommon human condition-boredom that sometimes accompanies fidelity-that haunts him? In Shiva’s case, the discovery that Akriti has already found distraction with someone else frees him to look for excitement on his own-but with a mind conflicted between dharma and desire. Which is the path that he will choose to walk on?

Shiva embarks on a journey to empirically explore different options-the sexually vibrant Sana and Mary, to name a few-but at the end, winds up with more questions
than he started out with. To confuse things further, Akriti continues to occupy a tender place in his heart-as a woman first and a wife later.

A slice-of-life tale, which is part reality and part legend, Seduction by Truth dares the modern reader to solve civilization’s oldest puzzle-marriage.

A story of the interplay of sex, trust and love in a marriage, and what happens when attraction dies and a man stands at the crossroads of dharma and desire.

Review :

The plot revolves around shiva, a rich businessman living in a posh apartment with his wife akriti and son ankur. Though life has given him everything right from a succesful career, a posh house in delhi, a beautiful wife and a son he is unhappy and discontent.. reason??.. his wife’s infidelity. His own bad temper at the slightest provocation and his being busy always are the reasons behind his wife’s affair but instead of trying to make things right he decides to stray just like her, to take revenge and in order to prove himself his worthiness or his desirability, he takes on his secretary sana first, he seduces her with his intellectual talks since she’s already going through a turbulent marriage herself she decides to play along with him inspite of her having a college going daughter, even with sana he goes for another colleague of his who is again in an unhappy marriage, next women he seduces is a foreigner Mary.

The story is Part real, Part legend as the author puts it.

Maybe this book was not my cup of tea. The book was gripping initially but i started losing interest afterwards.
Though Shiva went through pangs of guilt he still went pursuing other women though he remained a good husband and a great father which was the one thing i liked.

Yes there were many intellectual debates and dialogues in the book, they happen between shiva and the many women when he was trying to shake their beliefs on adultery, which all three thought was a sin. With his immense knowledge on mythology and other topics he breaks the women’s beliefs that they can pursue relationship outside marriage especially when they are unhappy in their marriage. now this ‘the breaking the belief then seduce them’ is something that didn’t go down well with me.

I liked the debate stuff, few like the polygamy part where the author throws light at the time when polygamy actually started and the reason behind it and how people are misusing it now.

Akriti’s character was decent and dignified but her character timeline seemed incomplete, Shiva as a person was beyond my understanding.

I would rate the language and writing style be 3.5/5. This is entirely my opinion maybe others would like it. This is just my perspective of the book and not of the author. My opinion on the story comes from deep rooted beliefs and values in me, Having said that this book is courageous and brave in many ways.

The author’s take and knowledge on varied topics was very enlightening. It is always a privilege to read a fresh perspective.

Love-O-Meter : 3🌟

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review : The Heartfulness Way by Kamlesh Daaji and Joshua Pollock.

I got this book as part of “Writersmelon Book Review Program”.

“To meditate for the sake of receiving anything is against etiquette. The best attitude is one of love and gratitude, which develops over time as a result of our ever deepening contact with the source within.”

Publisher : Westland

Date : 16 Jan 2018

Book Length : 212

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Table of contents

Why Heartfulness.
The seeker’s journey.
Demystifying Meditation.
  • Attitude.
  • Yogic Transmission.
Practising Heartfulness.
Meditation.
  • When and Where to meditate.
  • The meditative posture.
  • Relaxation.
  • How to Meditate.
  • How long to Meditate.
  • The Meditative State.
  • Cleaning.
  • Doing the Cleaning.
  • Prayer.
  • Connecting through Prayer.
  • The Heartfulness Prayer.
The Guru.
The Role of the Guru.

Review :

“Focus on the practice. Focus on the three elements of the Heartfulness practice : Meditation, Cleaning and Prayer. Practice is the most important thing because it is
through practice that everything else comes. Without practice there is no yoga. it is practice that leads to mastery of yoga, and mastery of yoga only means mastery of one’s own self.”

” Focus on the Practice”….

Meditation has been an integral part of my life from past few years, but there had been times when i wasn’t regular with it, its only 2 years back i started doing it seriously….seriously means everyday but still there have been gaps. Regularity and Practice was the thing i was lacking. Infact not doing Practice is the main hurdle for anyone who is trying to make meditation a habit. In that case the author have brilliant convincing skills because i am on it already.

for example, someone courts a romantic interest for years, but, eventually, the other person backs off. or you may expend a lot of time trying to build a business relationship, but it proves fruitless in the end. wouldn’t it have been better to understand the reality of these situations from the very start?. Meditation provides a level of insight that allows us to appreciate situations for what they actually are. This can save us years of time.

Therefore, meditation is an enormous timesaver. I would even say that the less time you have, the more vital meditation becomes. If you can meditate for even five minutes at a fixed time everyday, it will be of great benefit. So do meditate – especially when you don’t have enough time.

Now what is the effect of meditations in daily life..this has been covered extensively too but the one point that can explain it in short is It provides us with a level of insight that may actually help us to avoid many of the grave situations before it can even happen. Now that was a point worth noting down. so whenever i feel lazy and want to skip meditating for a day i just refer this. That is just enough for motivation.

Whoever has been doing meditation on their own will understand how much of doubt lingers in the mind on whether we are doing it correctly or not. Just like yoga, though not that strict, meditation does have a proper defined way of doing.

Being a book addict and an extreme introvert, a book or in that sense any book which would do the job of explaining how to do it was always in the back of my mind and in my Amazon’s wishlist. Fast forward to Writersmelon review program featuring this book and i immediately signed up praying that i would get it and TADAA i got it.

My first tryst with this particular branch of meditation “Heartfulness ” was in my workplace (there are many types of meditations from what i have read like one where we focus on breathing which i had been doing till now….mantra meditation etc etc). My college’s vice principal introduced it to us, she used to call us after work to do group meditation in her cabin, there were seminars, people who have been practicing heartfulness for 30-40 yrs were called for delivering lectures. so though i know the various steps in it, i didn’t knew the essence of it or the meaning of it. This book dissects each and every step bit by bit, part by part.

Its very imperative to know and understand the reason behind what you are doing and why you are doing giving you a confidence and self assurance that you are afterall doing it the right way.

In this book Kamlesh Daaji along with Joshua pollock answers every query you may have in your mind regarding heartfulness and that too with crystal clear clarity that even a novice will understand except for the patanjali sutras that may need more than one reading but make sure you read it thoroughly, as yoga is India’s find and for that matter meditation is part of our rich history.

Now the many things explained are…(I repeat..its brilliantly explained)

What is meditation?

What role does it play in your everyday life?

Is there any particular time or place you should meditate?

What is more important to meditate regularly or to meditate on the same time everyday?

What are sandhyas or conjunctions? What are the effects of meditating on sandhyas or conjunctions?

Why we do relaxation before starting meditation?

How can you create a meditative atmosphere?

Why posture is important?

What are patanjali sutras?

Why you should meditate with your eyes half open for a few more minutes after you are done with your meditation?

Why you shouldn’t drink water immediately after meditating?

How to handle a difficult experience in meditation?

What is cleaning?

What role does a guru play? is it necessary to have a guru?

Especially why do we meditate on “Divine light is in my heart”? … Now….perhaps this even i have been doing wrong..

It’s not a mantra that we repeat : “Divine light is in my heart, divine light is in my heart”. That would only disturb us. It would be artificial and effortful. Rather, the thought of divine light must disappear from our minds in order to give way to the actual experience of light in the heart. The object of meditation is something that we feel, not something to think about. People tend to misunderstand this. if you try to hold it as a conscious thought, you are only concentrating. That is not meditation.

That makes sense!!

The other thing that bothers everyone who ever did meditation is thoughts.. how to control our thoughts?..

The thoughts we have in meditation are like wine flowing out of its bottle. They have been inside us all along, even if we weren’t aware of their presence. we only become aware of them when we’re meditating and they start coming out. Thoughts come only to leave, you see. So let them come.

Sometimes, we experience really intense thoughts and emotions during meditation. They can be unsettling. The reason is that we tend to repress such thoughts and feelings in the normal course of lives. you have thoughts that you think are bad, and you say, “No, no, no!” and push them down into the recesses of your subconscious. That doesn’t get rid of them, though. They remain inside you, shading your experience and shaping your behavior in subtle ways. In meditation, such thoughts resurface. They are like the air bubbles that rush upward in a pot of boiling water. know that they are in the process of leaving you and pay them no mind.

I am always happy when someone complains of a turbulent meditation because it shows that they have released something that they were harbouring inside. So i think that we should refrain from judging our meditative experiences. What is far more significant is the way that you feel after your meditation is complete- not during. It is meditation’s long- term affects that we are really after.

I haven’t came across such an optimistic view on this before…things just got easier from here.

Why i have included paragraphs from the book is because that’s the only way to provide insight on the contents of the book besides i like quoting down paragraphs in my blog that way i will be able to refer it anytime i want, since i can’t carry my books everywhere with me but with my blog i can.

I thought of including more paragraphs but that would mean writing the whole book, which honestly i tried but i got tired and gave up and it is also against review policy😝 . I was lucky to have received a review copy atleast i could share a few insights with you.

Few more…

Meditation does not create anything at all. meditation reveals, that which is real, that which is authentic, that which is true. lies are created. untruth is created. reality can never be created – it is as it is.

Real meditation begins when you are no longer aware that you are meditating. it begins when you go beyond experience.

The truest form of gratitude is to make good use of what you receive.

when we are filled with tension and worries, we tend to deflect the higher help that comes through transmission. By relaxing ourselves, we accrue greater benefit.

Final Verdict :

Highly Recommended to anyone who needs help with meditations because this book has depth and is very convincing.. not just for heartfulness it is worth to read if you want answers on why, what and how of meditation.

Love – O – Meter : 5🌟

That is why we involve the heart in this process. The heart is the organ of feeling, after all. The attempt to think about divine light tends to get in the way of feeling it. It keeps us tied to the mental plane and prevents us from going deeper.

 

Book Review :Tarikshir by Khayaal Patel

“I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset

“Just as a single grain of rice can tip the scale, a single man may be the difference between victory and defeat.”

Publisher : Westland.

Date : 20 Aug 2018.

Book Length : 358

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“To every lock ever made, a key is made simultaneously. So whenever we come across a problem, there’s already a solution existing.. we just have to look for it.”

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Blurb :

A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.

Quotes i loved :

“A little understanding can go a long way. God has given us, his most cherished creature – man – the ability to feel for others, to feel their pain and joy and the power for us to share ours.”

Words are like arrows. Once shot, they cannot be called back.

We cannot let the past cloud our thoughts and in turn affect our future. Rather than the past, we must channel our energies into the future. Else we risk foregoing our future.

We must have faith in god, for he sees all and knows all. This is all for greater good. Faith in him makes any pain bearable.

Review :

The story starts with a prologue where a certain monkey valikesh dies in mysterious circumstances while trying to get hold of a precious gem.

Then the story proceeds to a small princely state of rajasthan whose ruler Raja Ravindra is threatened with war by the britishers. Though the raja seems to be proud, impudent and thoughtless, his son, the young prince Rudra is shown as someone who is wise and peace loving. Though in order to make his father happy he gets ready for war but things takes a nasty turn when the raja is found dead amidst the onset of war. Rudra is made to believe that there is more to his father’s death than it seems, it might not be an accident.
Suddenly there are gruesome murders happening around him, his investigations and his grandfather’s diary all leads his suspicions towards the dangerous creature tarikshir’s awakening.

The writing style and the language was the one thing i liked the most especially the humorous part. The undead coming alive was so real and scary i suppose it was the description that made the visions come alive in front of me. There are lots of unexpected twists and turns which keeps you hooked.

I think no one can stop themselves from liking Rudra, I also liked the characters of Nafisa and Duryadatta. Her abrupt exit was disappointing, I still think there is more to nafisa’s character. The language was good but the plot i didn’t quite understand what was happening,  I suppose it was the ramayana stuff that made it a little difficult for me to comprehend, even then i feel it was the thrill and mystery of the plot that prevented me from giving less than 4 stars.

I loved the sons of hanuman’s part of the story, particularly their monkey fight sequences, to have imagined a group like that to restore peace and justice on earth was quite cool. Again, a work of this sort from a debut author is remarkable and promising.

I hope there is a sequel coming as i am eagerly waiting to meet rudra again…very very much ❤️❤️❤️

Love – O – Meter : 4🌟

 

Book Review : Chennai to Chicago by Sriram Ramakrishnan.

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Published date :15th July 2018.

Format :Ebook

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“I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset

Giggles, laughs, tears and goosebumps is how i would describe the journey of reading this book.

Sriram Ramakrishnan is a software engineer hailing from chennai. This book is a story about his life right from his school to his job till the point of the spiritual awakening in his life, the way different phases of his life is scripted really helped in the flow which otherwise could have easily messed up if not for the proper narration.

The memoir in the author’s own words…

“From a puppy love in 11th standard, to tasting the first betrayal in my life, to a beautiful engineering college world that gave lot of friends, to a hell of a time in my first job, to traveling around the world, doing Masters and living a childhood-Washingtonil-Thirumanam-Jeans US dream, cross country drives in US, going through several ups and downs, travels and spiritual awakenings, life was wonderful.”

I personally liked this book a lot
because someway or other it was related to meditation and centered around spiritual awakening, that too in a memoir. I believe in meditation and try to incorporate it daily.

The author’s writing style was a cherry on the cake in an otherwise stellar real life story. This kind of writing is what makes a reader sit up and take notice. I put so much emphasis on the writing style of an author is because it has the power to ‘Make’ a poor story or ‘break’ a good one. If through the book you feel each and every emotion deeply its because of the way its narrated and its commendable because its rare. I liked the author’s satirical take in some topics.

The fact that a person just backpacked and journeyed through places where there was no other human in sight blindingly was unbelievable, it was courageous. His experiences along his soul searching journey was very scary but very inspiring though probably i won’t try it myself.

A person could go like that backpacking and traveling just in the search of meaning is a topic that deserves to be written in a book as its not always we get to see people following their hearts. Some of his stories gave me goosebumps. each one of us can learn something from the authors life. He raised many valid points, He also showed the reality behind the craze of going abroad and living. According to the author we are not living in the moment and are always chasing this or that our whole life until the day we realise, its too late. He spoke of his regret over the stress he had taken over so many things in life that now he wished he had just lived a little more, had fun a little more because life turns out to be well always irrespective of how much worry or stress you had taken, someone’s regret and guilt sends a strong message to others.

There are many quotes in the book that were catchy.. i have jotted down quite a few of them below……

“The best journey is the one that answers questions, that in the beginning we didn’t even think to ask. And the best memories are those that we didn’t even intend to have.”

“Stop expecting things. Go with the flow. Nature won’t give you something that you can’t handle. And if you still try to run behind and forcefully grab it, it may not stay with you for long”.

“What a waste of time! I threw all self-help books away. No self-help book would help unless the help comes from within.”

“I realized I really needed a reason to be unhappy, but didn’t need any reason to be happy.”

“Those who seek shall find”.

“There is a rhythm in everything in this world. From a small bee to a human being to an elephant to a mountain, there is a rhythm. We see it only when we are still. The heart opens in that stillness. And that’s when the rhythm is felt. This rhythm is maintained beautifully. And it is unique to each one of us, surpassing all artificial barriers like nationality, religion, race, color, and politics. It’s like a painting. It’s there. What we see is how we see it.”

” First lessons as a software engineer. Learn to unlearn.”

Why can’t I just say, “no I can’t do it, sorry”? May be because I was brought up to say “yes” or nod my head. “No” was never an answer or taken as “being rude”. Yes, that was stupid!!.

“Once I wanted to take a “weekend off” to go on “vacation” with my parents. Unfortunately, getting time-off during weekend became a vacation for me.”

“I realized it was the “routine”. When the routine hits, it was time for the mind to give the illusion, “it’s time to find something else, then settle down”. I wondered how people worked 30-40 years in the same company in the previous generation. It was the contentment. They didn’t have the internet or television to shove them with too many choices on their face. And to induce enough greed to keep looking for more and buying more.”

” A Kindergarten seat in a decent school costs 1 lakh rupee. Where would a policeman go for the money? Is corruption the only way? Why are the costs kept so high? How could the price just keep rising, but not the salaries? Is there a way out of this vicious circle at all?”

On studying in USA..

“I didn’t know any of that. I did become happy with their response, “come here, you will get some job and you can manage”. Those were wrong and bad responses. But I thought I would take a max loan of 10 lakhs and would “manage” the rest like how they said.”

“It surprised some people that their bank loans were exhausted in their first semester. They didn’t account for rent, food, books, transport, and “miscellaneous” expenses. They thought they could “manage”.”

On his first Job…

“Maybe I could just hire a crow to peck on the control key every few minutes.”

On his spiritual journey….

“we not only live in physical planes, but also in subtle planes. Regular practice of meditation radiates positive energy on those planes”.

On Racism…

“Friends from Turkey, Russia, China and America were some of my close buddies. They were no different from me, a brown Indian, except may be their skin color. They talk the same, they teased, laughed, cried, yelled, did everything just like me. Why would anyone in this world be inferior or superior to anyone else? Mind creates the rift. Heart is so much the same anywhere in the world. I realized this with my friendship with a Pakistani developer, Abdul.”

If there was one thing I learnt in the US, it was saying “no”. It was learning to refuse, that was never taught in India. During my grade school, I was always taught to give the right answer or keep my mouth shut. And saying ‘no’ or ‘don’t know’ is welcomed with a, “how dare you say no”. So, we eventually became bobble heads, always bobbling the head ambiguously.

On US-India business collaboration…

The US business trying to “squeeze” and the offshore developers in India accepting to be “squeezed”.

On Dating…

I believed a feeling should be seen all the way through marriage. Developing feelings for every pretty girl or guy is like a 5-year old kid running around a toy store during Christmas, every new toy looks attractive. But when the kid plays with a toy for 5 minutes, it gets bored, throws it away and looks for a new toy. Western dating culture sometimes looks that way. And unfortunately, India is slowly beginning to embrace that. 50% of marriages in the West end in divorce, indirectly resulting in lot of teen issues like teen depression, teen pregnancy and teen obesity. It’s a failed system. And embracing a failed system is no more smarter than eating a rotten food.

“Life always flows, no event stays, everything keeps flowing. A flowing water is a river, a stagnant one becomes a drainage.”

“Never get attached to something that you can’t walk away from. If you get attached, you better be sure you would never have to walk away from it. Otherwise it clouds your vision. And if the vision gets clouded, you can forget about seeking and spirituality.”

“Most people just spend their life working and being busy without taking any time off to travel around. It’s like working in Disney Land all your life without enjoying a single ride.”

“Many people used to tell me about Indians being late to meetings, get-togethers and having a general laid-back attitude. I believe that’s who we are. Because we have time for our parents, time for our brothers and sisters, time for our friends, time for eating in a road side stall, time for sleeping, heck, time for even getting stuck in traffic, we have time for everything. “Time is money” is a concept of the West. They “schedule time” to talk to their parents, have “dinner dates” with them. India’s history goes back several thousand years. Generations after generations we grew up with “Time is love” etched on us. Not “time is money”. We don’t “schedule appointments” in our calendar for time with parents, friends or family. It’s just not in our blood to run helter skelter filling every minute in life with money. Many people in India are in poverty not because of our laid-back culture, but because we are beginning to sell our souls to ideas that make us who we are not”.

“Live in the moment. Past and future don’t exist. They are just play of cells in your brain. Nothing more than that. Only present is all that matters”

“Keep your heart and mind in a safe place. And don’t hurt someone else’s heart. With these 2 rules, do WHAT EVER you want in this world. You don’t have to socialize if you don’t want to. You don’t have to marry if you don’t want to. You don’t have to exercise and lose 1000 kilos if you don’t want to. You don’t have to work your rear off if you don’t want to. You don’t have to be filthy rich if you don’t want to. If you want to keep running, just run. If you want to contest in an election, but will lose your deposit, it’s okay, contest in an election. If you want to sleep straight for 2 days, just do it! Sleep until your eyes hurt! If you want to cry, just cry your eyes out! If you want to dance in the middle of the road, just do it! If you want to climb a mountain, climb! If you want to travel all over the world, just do it!”

“I realized life’s depth in those moments. Every happiness gave me breadth, and every sadness gave me depth. Every experience stretched my life broader and deeper. That’s how life expanded. And the nature of life is expansion. The more experience I allowed myself to have, the more alive I was, and the more I expanded. Many dots in my life connected and made sense. And I know many more dots will connect in future.”

” Of course, it was pretty rough going through those tough phases. It did kindle fear about future, fear about stability, fear about jobs, fear about life itself. But all phases passed like clouds. And somewhere deep inside, it left us untouched. Everyone kept moving forward. Because after all life is like a flowing river. If it’s stagnant, it becomes a drainage. That’s not the design, it’s never stagnant, it keeps flowing.”

“The fear about the 10th and 12th standard “board” exams, the fear of university grades, the fear to pass, the fear of securing a job, all of us went through all the fears. I just wish, we could have taken all of it a little lighter, had little more fun than fears, little more learning than competition, little more enthusiasm than exams. I only remember running non-stop throughout, looking to my left, looking to my right, making sure I am ahead, if not, run more… and more. Nobody told me to stop. Parents, teachers and everyone pushed. I kept running, got bruised, got tired, but kept running, never stopped. Run… run… run. They all taught me how to feel anxious during exams instilling insecurity about future, but never taught me how to be happy and peaceful. But I always followed my heart. Whether something ended up the way I wanted or not, I don’t have any regrets. Unknowingly I trusted my intuition at different times in life. As the saint in Rishikesh said, I am alive not because I am breathing, but because I am following my heart. And every time I followed my heart, it almost always steered me in the right direction. And made me happy.”

Final Verdict :

Go for it, there is a hell lot of wisdom and advices from a person who has seen it all especially recommended for people who are thinking of going abroad you need to really read this you may be better equipped to face anything if you read it.

Love-O-Meter : 4.5🌟

Cover Reveal : Paradise Towers by Shweta Bachchan Nanda.

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HarperCollins India
to launch Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut novel, Paradise Towers, on 10th October 2018

HarperCollins India is delighted to announce that Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut, Paradise Towers, will release on 10th October 2018, with a book launch event in Mumbai. A heart-warming slice-of-life novel set in an apartment building in Mumbai, Paradise Towers, is a riveting read brimming with the drama and intrigue of everyday lives. The book is now available for pre-order on major online retail sites.

About Paradise Towers:

Dinesh opens the door to the Kapoor flat to find Lata, the enchantress who works at Mrs Aly Khan’s, carrying a hot case with freshly made gaajar ka halwa. On the first floor, the inquisitive Mrs Mody wipes the dust off her precious binoculars to spy on the building’s security guard. The Singhs open the doors of their SUV, their four boys creating a ruckus – they are the newcomers, the outsiders. Through the peephole, the ever-watchful Mrs Ranganekar observes their arrival. Welcome to Paradise Towers, an apartment building in central Mumbai. Everyone here has a story to tell. Or maybe they have stories to hide.

Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s quirky, intimate debut explores the intertwined lives in this building – a forbidden romance, an elopement, the undercurrents of tension in corridor interactions and an explosive Diwali celebration. Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s is a dazzling voice that will draw you into the intoxicating, crazy world that is Paradise Towers.

Speaking about how she came to write Paradise Towers, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda said, ‘I grew up with my grandfather who was a poet and a writer. Writing and reading was always a very important part of our lives. I’ve been writing a diary ever since I was a little girl, and wrote stories that I never shared with anyone. Then, one day I just said, I am going to take this plunge. I started writing a column for a newspaper in Mumbai and it gave me a lot of confidence to go ahead and do this full time, and that’s where Paradise Towers comes from.’

Karan Johar, renowned filmmaker, further added, ‘Observant, moving, hilarious and exceptionally astute… Paradise Towers is no slice of life…it’s an entire loaf. Shweta “builds” her debut novel with the ease of a literary veteran. Go find your Paradise between these pages!’

Shreya Punj, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins India, who acquired the book, said, ‘I fell in love with the story when I first read it. Now, Paradise Towers is ready to meet its readers, and I cannot wait for people to fall in love with this quirky, intimate world Shweta has created. We’re proud to be publishing her debut – it’s fresh, insightful and a story that will resonate with everyone.’

About the author:

Shweta Bachchan-Nanda is a columnist for DNA and Vogue. A well-known personality, she is the daughter of actors Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan. Shweta is married to Nikhil Nanda and is the mother of two children. She has her own clothing label, MxS, which launched in 2018. She lives in New Delhi. This is her first novel.

For more information,

please contact- Shabnam.Srivastava@harpercollins.co.in.

Imprint: HarperCollins India.

Price: Rs 250.