Special Correspondent : Sufi
Simars Tides Dont Cross launched
Launched amidst a packed hall with Delhis literati, a book ‘Tides Dont Cross’, beautifully woven by a young author, Simar Malhotra. The book was shown at the august gathering by eminent guests at Delhis IIC (India International Centre).
MP Lok Sabha Dushyant Chautala, Managing Editor HT Entertainment Sonal Kalra, educationist Dr Jayshree Periwal, District Magistrate Dr Pooja Joshi, Editor of Cosmopolitan India Nandini Bhalla, Founder President, Public Diplomacy Forum Ratan Kaul were among the distinguished guests and the panelists who candidly talked about Islamophobia, the issue very relevant to the prevailing scenario. Many excerpts from the novel on varied aspects were earnestly talked.
Also present on the occasion was famed Punjabi pop singer Shankar Sahaney.
The read of 252 pages talks about the lives of three young individuals, crashing against the sands of man-made boundaries- political, inspirational, religious, societal and love. Unpretentious, it is actually a manifestation of the contemporary world through the eyes of a young Indian in America.
Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor was to be present at the event. However, he sent his best wishes to Simar. He even tweeted about the books release amidst his busy schedule in America.
Sheila Dikshit blessed Simar and gushed her delight to find youngsters taking the literary path. In her address, Ms Dikshit said, You write about things that are relevant today and tackle the issues that affect the youth as well as the nation.”
Sonal Kalra, herself a veteran scribe lauded the efforts put in the novel. Her words boosted the morale of the novelist. The fiction writer poured in her deep and distinctive voice in the fiction that grips the reader.
The book has a powerful narration with a thoughtful portrayal of love, unrequited with the subtle expressions profusely portrayed. Usages are fluent and plain, words are too loud with silence.
Tides Dont Cross, Simars second book is a perfect read with a razor sharp wit and subtle satire . The book is really intriguing, endearing and of course unputdownable till the last page comes in view.
When asked what inspired her to write the book, my parents and my teacher too quick was the reply from the young author. She took a little more than a year to wrap up the writing.
This Rupa Publications offers a lot more than the worth of its price rupees 250.
SIMAR MALHOTRA, THE AUTHOR
Simar Malhotra is the author of the novel There is a Tide and now Tides Dont Cross. A young girl from New Delhi, is studying English and Public Policy at Stanford University. She is the winner of the Bocock/Guerard Fiction prize there and her work has been published in the Goldman Review and Stanfords in-house Topiary magazine. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Avicenna, Stanfords Journal on Muslim Affairs and has also served as a desk-editor for the Stanford Daily. Simar was awarded Excellence in Authorship by the Indian Council of UN Relations.
Simar, who has a keen penchant for social causes, was the director of SPOON, Stanfords Project on Hunger and is also the founder of the NGO Parvaah.