Rendezvous with US author

Patiala, July 9

‘The Book Lovers’s Retreat’, a Patiala-based book lovers’ club, held its July book meet online with international best seller author Alka Joshi.

‘The Mehndi Artist’ by Alka Joshi was amongst the New York Times and LA Times bestseller’s list. This book has earned accolades by being the pick of the month by Hello Sunshine Book Club, Reese Witherspoon Book Club and Oprah Book Club among others.

Neetu Narula, one of the founding members of the club, was following the author’s online movement and persuaded her to a have a tête-à-tête with the club.

“The session between the author, based in California, USA, and the members lasted for over two hours despite different time zones. It was interactive, engrossing and proved why the author is so well sought-after by the literati,” said Narula. As the book revolves around the female protagonist’s life in the pre-Independence era, questions revolved around feminism, women oppression, grandeur of the royals of Rajasthan.

The meeting was moderated by the sister-duo Neetu Narula and Vitesha Bedi. It was attended by Khushnuma, Cherry Garg, Rajni Dang, Anudeep Brar, Ritu Jain, Simrat Matta, Dr Kiranjot Kaushal, Dr Aaeeyna Sood and Dr Sabrina.

This book is an ode to the author’s mother who grew up in Rajasthan. The author, who grew up in the US, expressed her love towards the rich Rajasthani culture and delicacies in her book. — TNS

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