HarperCollins India is proud to announce that it has acquired the Indian subcontinent rights for Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s debut, Paradise Towers, a heart-warming slice-of-life novel set in an apartment building in Mumbai. Paradise Towers will be published in October 2018. The acquisition includes a second work of fiction, due to be published in 2020. The two books were acquired by Shreya Punj, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins India.
About Paradise Towers: Dinesh enters 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 better observe the building’s security guard. The Singhs get into their SUV, their four boys creating a ruckus – they are the newcomers, the outsiders. Welcome to Paradise Towers, an apartment building in the suburbs of Mumbai. Everyone here has a story to tell. Or maybe they have stories to hide…
Shweta Bachchan-Nanda’s intimate and nuanced debut explores the drama and dynamics of intertwined lives in Paradise Towers: a forbidden romance, an elopement, the undercurrents of tension in corridor interactions, and an explosive Diwali celebration. Hers is a dazzling voice that will draw you into the richly portrayed, intoxicating, crazy world of Paradise Towers, leaving you wanting more.
Speaking about the forthcoming publication, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda said, ‘The idea for Paradise Towers came to me one morning on waking up. This is not unnatural for me. I come from a family of storytellers. As children, we were encouraged to write and read and our imaginations were given a free rein. The concept of a book and the actual writing of it are two very different things. Writing this story down was daunting. I am excited to have my first book published but I am also anxious to know what the readers think of the microcosm that is Paradise Towers, and I hope they will come to be as invested in the lives of its inhabitants as I have come to be.’
Shreya Punj, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins India, said: Shweta’s book is one that I’m especially thrilled about. It’s the kind of debut that will mark her presence as an original voice in the world of Indian fiction. Paradise Towers is a great novel with well-etched characters who are very relatable and a superbly crafted plot that has love, mystery, drama and all the ingredients of a fantastic summer read. I’m sure the readers will love it as much as we do!’
Diya Kar, Publisher [Fiction], HarperCollins India, added: ‘Shweta has inherited her family’s rich tradition of storytelling. She’s a natural. Paradise Towers is beautifully told. This extraordinary novel about life in an apartment building heralds the arrival of a writer who combines great sensitivity with humour; a unique voice. We are truly excited about publishing her.’
About the author: Shweta Bachchan-Nanda is a columnist for DNA. A well-known personality, she is the daughter of actors Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. Shweta is married to Nikhil Nanda and is the mother of two children. She lives in New Delhi.
For more information, please contact – Shabnam.Srivastava@harpercollins-india.com