The Partition was one of the most defining events in the history of India, and a muse for many authors who anchored their fictional and non-fictional accounts to it.
Maharsh Shah, creative producer at Condé Nast India, adds to the stories with his debut book title Zoravar. "Not to sound like an empirical cliché, but I think in the case of my first book, 'write what you want to read' genuinely rings true. I wanted to read a multi-generational saga telling the story of India through the lens of a fictional film family, and that's how the idea came about. Also, to be able to dabble in this hard-pulp, Chicago Noir sort of a format was veritably exciting. And I was fortunate that a publisher such as Harper Collins came on-board and immediately backed an idea and format like this, especially for an English language paperback," the first-time author says.
Zoravar is the first part of a trilogy series that will cruise readers through three generations of a fictional film dynasty. Set in pre-Partition India, the period fiction book chronicles the ups and downs of a sixteen-year-old, Zoravar Cheema, fascinated with the glamorous world of Hindi cinema. Amidst the background of the physical and emotional upheaval of the partition, he embarks on a quest to breathe reality into his burning desire of becoming a movie star, abandoning his family to leave for Mumbai. The city presents its own set of struggles till fate takes over to actualise his dreams.
The novel has kicked off to a great start, with an average of 4.5/5 rating on both Amazon and Goodreads. If you're on the market for a captivating read or a dose of escapism, get your copy of Zoravar here.Also read:
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