Book-ed with glam­our and glit­terati

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - HTC

The lat­est to en­ter the flour­ish­ing con­tem­po­rary lit­er­ary land­scape is the debu­tant novelist Raisha Lal­wani with her ti­tle, The Di­ary on the Fifth Floor pub­lished by Rupa Pub­li­ca­tions. The launch of the book was graced by stal­warts from dif­fer­ent spheres. The cover of the book was un­veiled by the Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Sonam Kapoor, who also went on to par­tic­i­pate in a panel dis­cus­sion — mod­er­ated by Shan­tanu Roy — with Raisha. Union Min­is­ter Gen­eral VK Singh and singer-politi­cian Babul Supriyo were all praises for the bud­ding au­thor. Also pro­vid­ing strong sup­port to the au­thor with their pres­ence, were Raisha's hus­band, busi­ness­man Hi­man­shu Lal­wani, and his fa­ther Ashok Lal­wani. They fe­lic­i­tated all the guests of hon­our. Raisha’s de­but into fic­tion has cre­ated quite a buzz in lit­er­ary cir­cles, some­thing that Rupa Pub­li­ca­tions MD Kapish Mehra, too, spoke about. The au­thor has come in for praise for ex­per­i­ment­ing with a chal­leng­ing genre. Dig­ni­taries from across In­dia also graced the event. Prom­i­nent among them were Mum­bai-based celebs Smita Parikh, founder and di­rec­tor, Lit-o-fest, Mum­bai; novelist and film­maker Pankaj Dubey; and ac­tor Man­jot Singh. The launch was fol­lowed by a per­for­mance by mu­si­cians from Coke Stu­dio. It was a full house in the Shah­ja­han Hall of The Taj Palace, New Delhi, mak­ing it a per­fect launch, as the au­thor and Sonam Kapoor were seen dis­cussing snip­pets from the book.

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Raisha Lal­wani Sonam Kapoor L-R: Smita GLK Parikh, Hi­man­shu Lal­wani, Man­jot Singh, Ashok Lal­wani, Shan­tanu Roy, Babul Supriyo and Gen­eral VK Singh

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