About Nidhi Dalmia

Nidhi Dalmia

Nidhi Dalmia is an alumnus of St Stephen’s College in Delhi and pursued his post graduate education at Oxford University and the Sorbonne and Management education at Harvard Business School. Born into one of India’s oldest industrialist families, he was brought up surrounded by a business and industry culture since childhood. However, it is the spiritual environment prevalent in his home, where Vedas, Upanishads were a part of his home schooling, that Nidhi most cherishes.
A member of several prestigious professional bodies, Nidhi has received extensive professional training across the world. His professional life exposed him to diverse business responsibilities especially in the manufacturing sector.

He is a sports enthusiast — from tennis, swimming to chess. Nidhi also enjoys travelling, Western pop music, Indian and Western classical music and playing the piano.

He divides his time between Delhi and Paris. Harp is his first novel.

Plot Synopsis

In his first novel, Harp, Nidhi Dalmia talks about love, passion and sacrifice. Set in late 60’s, this novel
takes you to the world of music, literature and travel. The story is mesmerizing with really intense
descriptions of the places from the smallest parts of Europe; it will take you to the Indian culture and
morality.

 

It is a story of love revolving around three central characters. Ashok, who belongs to industrial
background, wants to learn more about Dairy productions leaves India and travelled to Europe, where he
meets a Polish musician Lauren and fell in love with her. And then, he finds another love Aparna, an
Indian girl also thinking of Ashok as the ideal husband. Dalmia has also put a lot of foreign words using
expressions (a glossary is included) and also the lyrics of the songs belong to that era to make you feel
the sixties way. It has elements of the Dairy Industry and Business management however his writing
makes them interesting for a layman person.

 

A heartwarming love story set in the times of communist Poland of 20 th century offers an interesting
blend of characters and takes the reader through their notable progress. It is spicy and it is vibrant. The
story is really refreshing as it blends with your regular love story. The twists & turns in this very unique
story simply make it difficult to put it down.

 

HARP is spellbinding and one does not want to put the book down before knowing what happens to
Ashok and Lauren. A telling aspect of the book is its depiction of the life style and passes time of the
young of the string of countries Ashok visits. The simple things that establish their love interest is
entertainment, music and dance. Remarkably woven in between the Ashok- Lauren saga is the existing
socio-economic situation of that time in both India and abroad. In that sense Harp is a period book and a
classic.