HarperCollins India to launch Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut novel, Paradise Towers, in Mumbai on 10th October 2018
HarperCollins India is delighted to announce that Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut, Paradise Towers, will be launched on 10th October 2018 at an event in Mumbai, on the eve of her father’s birthday. A heart-warming, slice-of-life novel set in an apartment building in Mumbai, Paradise Towers, is a riveting read brimming with drama and intrigue. The event will have Mr Amitabh Bachchan and Mrs Jaya Bachchan unveiling the book, and Mr Karan Johar will be the host for the evening, while writer and film critic, Mr Raja Sen, will be in conversation with Shweta about the book.
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. 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, the renowned filmmaker, 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!’
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.