Author: Swetha Bachchan-Nanda
Publisher: Harpar Collin India
I have always been a HarvanshRai Bachchan fan. I had quite enjoyed the soul curry by Amitabh Bachchan. When Women’s Web invited me for the book release and I could not make I was rather disappointed.
Unfortunately I never read Ms.Bachchan-Nanda’s column. If I did I probably would have been more cautious.
Is like trying on the hat to emerge as a celebrity in her own right. It was modelling, well that seemed to fall flat, now the book and a clothes line. Hope she has better luck with the clothes line, than she has with cleaning the dirty linen of the residents of Paradise Towers.
Published by Harper Collins I assumed there would be a reasonable level of quality. Well the language was decent I shall not deny it.
Like the synopsis said the book is about the residence of Paradise Towers an apartment building in central Mumbai. In fairness Ms.Bachchan-Nanda tries to be inclusive both of the genre of story and the characters.
The story opens with the fastidious Mrs. Kapoor conversing with her mother. The Nosy Mrs.Mody who peeks into people’s life with a pair of binoculars. There is the gossipy Mrs.Kapoor her Muslim friend. A voyeuristic Mrs.Mody. To this community come an NRI Punjabi family with teenage kids. There is a shy girl next door. With this fabric like true Indian tail wanting to please all
The wannabe romance is taken care of by the Romance between Laila and her Hindu boyfriend. But all is set right by the two of them eloping and the parents accepting the couple in the true Hindi movie style.
Teen romance between the shy girl next door I have forgotten her name, and the NRI boy.
A thriller when the domestically abused Mrs. Rangnekar is revealed to be ferrying counterfeit notes.
A wannabe murder mystery in solving how did Mrs.Mody die mystery.
Paradise Towers does not allow the reader into the community because the author has not introduced us to her characters; I neither know Mrs. Kapoors first name nor her friends.
However there is an interesting observation that Ms.Bachchan-Nanda makes “police in uniform is noticed, but a lift man in the same uniform remains unnoticed.”
The blurbs Mr.Karan Johar and Priyanka Khanna are rather misleading. Hope Ms.Bachchan-Nanda has more success in her next outing. I have to redeem myself.