Last week I attended the official launch of businessman, Mr. Nidhi Dalmia’s first book – Harp. It is not very often that you come across a successful businessman writing a book about ‘love’. 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. The book was launched by the French Ambassador to India, H.E. Alexandre Ziegler.
Harp is set in the late-sixties and revolves around the lives of three young protagonists. A heartwarming love story set mostly in Europe, offers an interesting blend of characters and takes the reader through their notable progress. It is a story of love revolving around three central characters. Ashok, who belongs to an industrial background, wants to learn more about dairy production. He travels from India to Europe, where he meets a musician Lauren and falls in love with her. As the story progresses, he falls in love with an Indian girl named Aparna. The story is refreshing as it a contrast to the regular love stories.
The book talks about love, passion and sacrifice and it takes you to the world of music, literature and travel. The story is mesmerizing with really intense descriptions of the places, from the smallest parts of Europe; it will take you to the Indian culture and morality.
Dalmia has also put a lot of foreign words using expressions (a glossary is included) and also the lyrics of the songs belong to that era to make you feel the sixties way. It has elements of the Dairy Industry and Business management however his writing makes them interesting for a layman person.
A heartwarming love story set in the times of communist Poland of 20 th century offers an interesting blend of characters and takes the reader through their notable progress. The story is really refreshing as it blends with your regular love story. The twists and turns in this very unique story simply make it difficult to put it down.
HARP is spellbinding and one does not want to put the book down before knowing what happens to Ashok and Lauren. The simple things that establish their love interest is entertainment, music and dance. Remarkably woven in between the Ashok- Lauren saga is the existing socio-economic situation of that time in both India and abroad. In that sense Harp is a period book and a classic.