India and France are known for its friendship, it again became evident when The French Ambassador to India, H.E. Alexandre Ziegler launched the romantic fiction novel ‘Harp’ by entrepreneur Mr. Nidhi Dalmia at his residence on Nyaya Marg.
Harp, a romantic fiction shows the author’s love for France. The book has some elements that highlight the friendship between India and France as well as the affection and admiration of the two peoples for each other. Mr. Dalmia read, few lines from his debut novel describing the magnificent city of Paris, the deep impressions it left on him and the enormous attractions that he, as a young man, found there. He displayed ease and comfort with the French language and said he had, in fact, bought a home in Paris which was his second home and where he spent long periods of time.
Harp talks about love, longing and coming of age. The three main protagonists – a young man travelling in a Europe-less-travelled including the Iron Curtain, a young woman who has a calling to music, and another young woman who has loved and lost once – provided the frame of this narrative about journeys we make across countries, Set in the context of the zeitgeist and idealism of the late sixties.
The launch was followed by a cocktail reception in Mr. Ziegler’s lawns. As glasses clinked and people celebrated the launch with champagne and Bordeaux wine, with French and Indian snacks, discussions revolved around the book, Indo-French relations, the upcoming elections in France and Delhi’s last few days of Spring.