French Ambassador releases Nidhi Dalmia’s debut novel, Harp
Set in the context of the zeitgeist and idealism of the late sixties, Harp is about love, longing and coming of age.
New Delhi, 27 March 2017
The Embassy of France is pleased to present Harp, entrepreneur Nidhi Dalmia’s debut novel, brought out by AuthorsUpfront, a self-publishing platform. Switching between India, Europe and USA, Harp traces the lives of three young people who engage with the cultural and student revolutions of the evocative sixties.
H.E. Mr. Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, released the novel on Monday, 27th March 2017 at the Residence of France.
Writer Nidhi Dalmia read excerpts from his book and was in conversation thereafter with author-journalist Vaiju Naravane.
Set in the context of the zeitgeist and idealism of the late sixties, Harp is about love, longing and coming of age. The three main protagonists – a young man travelling in a Europe-less-travelled including the Iron Curtain, a young woman who has a calling to music, and another young woman who has loved and lost once – provide the frame of this narrative about journeys we make across countries, even as we embark on a private quest within to know ourselves better, and to seek what it is we really want from life.
Moving through India, Europe and USA, Harp follows the lives of these three young people even as they engage with the cultural, sexual, student revolutions, and the music of the sixties.
An Alumnus of St Stephen’s College in Delhi, Nidhi Dalmia pursued postgraduate education at Oxford University and the Sorbonne and Management education at Harvard Business School. His professional life exposed him to diverse business responsibilities especially in the manufacturing sector. Harp is his first novel. http://gunnidhidalmia.com/about/
Vaiju Naravane was The Hindu’s Senior Europe Correspondent based in Paris for 20 years. A lecturer, she has taught at the Sciences Po Paris School of Journalism. To the many hats she wears, Navarane adds Foreign Fiction Editor with the French publishing house Albin Michel, where she has published authors like Vikram Seth, Manil Suri, Alan Hollinghurst, Esther Freud, Daniel Alarcon, Anita Nair and Anita Brookner, among others. She currently teaches journalism and media studies at Ashoka University in Haryana, where she also serves as the Executive Director of the Centre for Social and Behaviour Change.
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