Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Manisha Koirala to launch Nepal ex-princess' new novel

Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala, who became unpopular in her own country Nepal five years ago by supporting the army-backed coup of King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah, is set to lend a helping hand to another member of the former royal family.

Next month, Manisha, who now also has a foot in the Nepali film industry, will launch in New Delhi's Oberoi hotel a third novel penned by Sheeba Shivangini Shah, who is married to the nephew of the deposed king, Lt Col Bikash Bikram Shah. Facing my Phantoms, published by Rupa, is a semi-autobiographical novel, tracing the migration of Sheeba's family, the turmoil in Nepal, the reign of four different kings and the 10-year Maoist insurgency.

The book launch is being handled by an event management company. The list of invitees includes the media, socialites and a virtual Who's Who of India and Nepal. A special list will be drawn up by Devyani Singh nee Rana, whom Nepal's crown prince Dipendra wanted to marry before he died in a carnage in the palace in which the then king and queen also perished.

Full report here NDTV

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