Title: Paradise Towers
Author: Shweta Bachchan Nanda
Publisher: Harper Collins
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
The book is a happy banter of friendship, love,neighborliness,intimate conversation with moments of tragedy,shocks, revelations, clandestine affair and indifference.A posh housing society with its residents belonging to different cultures, lifestyle and mindset form the family of Paradise Towers.The story of nosy neighbor,gossip queen,budding teenage love,furtive couple and many others dots the pages.
Narrated in a lucid manner,the tale moves at a fast pace.The detailed characters mirrored the habits and qualities easily identical to their ethnic background.Well described premise added to the beauty. The gatherings and celebrations will warm your heart.The beautiful cover aptly matched the narration.
Though an easy read,it failed to conjure up enough attention and leave a lasting impression on my mind.I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a light read.
I want to congratulate the author for her debut book and thank the publisher for the review copy provided in lieu of honest review.