Lata Gwalani, former journalist who is presently a behavioural skills facilitator and motivational speaker, launched her first novel at Crossword Bookstore in Juhu on Thursday. The book is titled Incognito and traces the story of protagonist Anjali, who befriends four individuals and begins to derive vicarious pleasure from their whirlwind lives, until she becomes an inadvertent witness to their plotting of four murders.
Gwalani draws from her experiences of working with rational emotive behaviour therapy, a form of cognitive therapy that helps people with psychological issues lead happier lives. The characters are set in different spaces, one each in Venice, Mussourie, Pondicherry and on a film set.
Film and TV actor Tom Alter and author Sathya Saran launched the book. Saran has also written a foreword for it. “I read the book before agreeing to write the foreword and I really enjoyed it. I’m also very impressed with the quiet feminism that permeates the story, where each woman is a strong character in her own right.”
For Tom Alter, the book’s title is “extremely intriguing. You realise while you’re reading the novel that you can be incognito in so many forms-especially when you think you’re invisible, but exposed to the world. The protagonist is well-crafted, and readers will connect with the mind games that ensue.”