BOSTON—Boston author Nandini Bajpai’s fifth book– A Match Made in Mehendi—is being released simultaneously in September in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and India.
In an exclusively video interview on Face-to-Face with Upendra Mishra, Ms. Bajpai talks about her new and old books, her journey and about “young adults.”
A Match Made in Mehendi is published by Little, Brown Young Readers. The book revolves around 15-year-old Simran “Simi” Sangha, who comes from a long line of Indian matchmakers with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the “gift.”
But Simi is an artist, and she doesn’t want to have anything to do with relationships, helicopter parents, and family drama. That is, until she realizes this might be just the thing to improve her and her best friend Noah’s social status. Armed with her family’s ancient guide to finding love, Simi starts a matchmaking service-via an app, of course.
But when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys’ soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.
To view the full interview with Ms. Bajpai, please click here or on the image below.
Ms. Bajpai grew up in New Delhi and liked to read. She lived and worked in India, Australia, and the US, before settling in the Boston area with her husband, kids, and a fluctuating number and variety of pets.
“Although I’ve been a bookseller, systems analyst, TEDx organizer, PTO Mom, animal foster and more, my first love is writing,” Ms. Bajpai says on her official website.