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Book review: Harp by Nidhi Dalmia is a refreshing love story

In Nidhi Dalmia’s debut novel, Harp, protagonist Ashok travels through India, Europe and USA, meets a Polish girl Lauren, falls in love and shares a complicated yet beautiful relationship.

books Updated: Apr 22, 2017 07:55 IST
Aditya Dogra
Harp by author Nidhi Dalmia is set in the times of communist Poland of the late sixties.
Harp by author Nidhi Dalmia is set in the times of communist Poland of the late sixties.

Author Nidhi Dalmia’s debut novel, Harp, explores what happens when two people from completely different universes meet. A unique, touching love story set in the times of communist Poland of the late sixties — the Iron Curtain forms the backdrop of the story.

The cover of the book.

Besides the romantic plot, there is a strong scenic element. The book explores the world of protagonist Ashok as he travels through India, Europe and USA, describing the places beautifully. It is during this journey, that he meets a Polish girl Lauren, falls in love and shares a complicated yet beautiful relationship. Ashok’s anxiety and excitement as he travels around the world, and his emotions and persona stay with the readers even after the book finishes.

Dalmia’s book offers a mix of characters and takes the reader through their remarkable journey, making this a must read tale. It is well-written, racy and colourful, but the narrative gets boring in places. All in all, some might find the book relatable while others will just enjoy the love story.

Fact file:
  • Title: Harp
  • Author: Nidhi Dalmia
  • Publisher: Authorsupfront
  • Price: Rs 295