Book Launch - Tides Don't Cross
Friday, September 21st, 2018 | India International Centre
New Delhi: Young author Simar Malhotra’s second book, Tides Don’t Cross, was launched at IIC, New Delhi in the presence of a distinguished panel comprising former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit; Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha Dushyant Chautala; Managing Editor - Entertainment of Hindustan Times Sonal Kalra; Educationist Dr Jayshree Periwal; District Magistrate of Delhi Dr Pooja Joshi; Editor of Cosmopolitan India Nandini Bhalla; Founder–President, Public Diplomacy Forum Ratan Kaul among others.
Set in America and India, Tides Don’t Cross explores the lives of three young individuals, crashing against the sands of man-made boundaries – political, aspirational, religious, societal and love. Unpretentious, it is actually a manifestation of the contemporary world through the eyes of a young Indian in America.
Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor could not be present at the occasion but sent his best wishes to
Simar. He even tweeted about the book’s release amidst his busy schedule in America.
Sheila Dixit blessed Simar and expressed her joy to find youngsters taking the literary path. “You write about things that are relevant today and tackle the issues that affect the youth as well as the nation,”
Dixit mentioned while referring Simar as a ‘change leader’ and ‘inspiration to youngsters’.
Sonal Kalra, who is also a published author, echoed similar sentiments and expressed her eagerness to encourage budding writers – especially female authors.
Expressing her gratitude towards the esteemed panel present, Simar expressed that this speaks volumes on the relevance of the subject that she has chosen to write about. “This book touches upon Islamophobia, young Indian dreams, the women’s place in urban society and relationships in these changing times,” Simar pointed out. “As an Indian studying in America, perhaps I have been seeing every
chapter of this book unfold – both closely and from a neutral & distant perspective.”
A panel discussion on these very relevant issues of Islamophobia, meaning of Feminism and Young India ensued and it was a vibrant session with such distinguished thinkers speaking with an open mind.
There were quite a few distinguished names who would have loved to be a part of the book launch but could not make it. But, they did send in their messages for the occasion.