Saturday, July 27, 2019

I met….

Ideas do change one’s way of looking at things. At times one finds ideas in the things we do routinely. My well wishers always help me with ideas. Today one well-wisher while I was sharing experience of an event I attended, he immediately said “why don’t you document them, it may help someone”. I sat down and added words to the idea.

I will be writing about people I met – authors, speakers, artists etc. I might have met during events – book- talk, book signing, lit fest, theatre fest or workshops. I will share my experience.    

On 26th July 2019

I met Manu S. Pillai. When the “Rebel Sultans” published I was curious about the title., when I saw the title later “The Courtesan, the Mahatma & the Italian Brahmin” my curiosity started growing. When I saw the post in FB about Manu S. Pillai’s event organized by Manthan, decided to attend. Before that FB post in “Senior Reading Raccoons” posted about the book and I immediately bought the book. The stories really made me awestruck for the kind of storytelling style with ease and making history interesting. When I met him, a simple down-to-earth person the time started ticking slowly for the first time in an event I was restless. As event progressed, I realized I was looking for a historian who will talk about the actors, history that will make the reader look forward to reading. I saw his passion and articulation and the research in his talk.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sharing Thoughts on World Book and Copyright Day

As a Reader and a Librarian I enjoy writing on occasions that give prominence to books or to the profession. At times I repeat certain views I enjoy doing so that is to give prominence to the points.

As a Reader I happen to attend various events - Literature Fests, Book Launches, Author Meets, Meetups and Human Library. All these made me a better person in terms of listening and widened my world view, including respecting others views, though I disagree at times. I enjoy discussing the books that I read and I am happy to say that many look forward for my suggestions and give me feedback as well.

On social media I share my readings and various age groups when I meet them in person recognise and that gives me immense pleasure. I am sure the credit goes to reading.

I wish you all on

World Book and Copyright Day


Monday, March 18, 2019

Reading Jim Corbett

Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murty, whose writings are simple, description always make me visualise whatever author is writing, whether it is a story or real-life incident. Due to their writing style and humble nature that reflect in their writings and in their personality made me huge fan of them (in terms of reading their books and try and look for their new book). Apart from these authors I enjoy reading Jim Corbett. 

Recently I happened to read Corbett's collection published by Speaking Tiger Publishing House

1.      The Hunter's Friends: Selected Writings
Neil and Dansay
Adventures with Magog
The Churail and the Banshee
Kunwar Singh
Putli and Kalwa
The Queen of Cheena
The Affliction of Bala Singh
The Chowgarh Survivor
The Packman
Mothi and His Family
A Wild Boar Hunt
The Law of the Jungle
At Our Doorstep

2. The Fortunate Tiger and Other Close Encounters
            The First Leopard
            For Sport
            The Fortunate Tiger
The Muktesar Man-eater
The Talla Des Killer
The Fish of My Dreams
The Scourge of Champawat
The Leopard of Panar
The Man-eating Tigress of Chowgarh
The Chuka Man-eater
The Final Man-eater

The description in these two books whether about the people or the creatures in the jungles, flora and fauna made me hook to the books till I complete reading, taking me into the world of jungle. Mostly I enjoyed reading the life of people in the jungles and the tiger/tigress, their behavior and why tiger/tigress/leopard turn into man-eaters. Most of all the human-wildlife conflict or coexistence.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Lit Fest I look forward to be there.... HLF (Hyderabad Lit Fest) 2019 - Wonderful Experience

Hyderabad Literary Festival – HLF 2019

Attending the HLF remains part of my life now. Attending various sessions and meeting many people I generally meet at regular intervals and get time to spend quality time with like minded people. At times tend to meet new people.

This year for me remained special as I returned few days back from The Hindu Lit Fest, the memories remained with me and very quickly attending 2nd Lit Fest in the beginning of the new year made me more enthusiastic about the HLF.
As usual met lots of members I knew. Met a reading group member on FB, who is lit enthusiast and a person who runs a library for children, talking to young person about her passion really made me feel good.

Another person whom I met during the events, really made me think about life in general. A person who retired but attend all the events, when I had a small talk with him, he felt as he is not well qualified to read books to understand the author and he wants to listen to the authors to find out and learn from the events. What a learning experience and the zeal to learn. I was really surprised for his enthusiasm.   

Attending Lit Fest is always a delightful experience, though the events due to time constraint need to be short the authors spend time out side the venues sharing the anecdotes, inspiration for their writings etc. I had great pleasure of listening to Sudha Menon about her book “Legacy: Letters from eminent parents to their daughters”, the book was in my reading list and not been able to recollect the name, she spoke about her book, how she compiled the book and how the book came about, time well spent. Spent quality time listening to Gurucharan Das while signing the books.  

I had amazing time along with friends and like-minded people listening to historians. One young historian, Andrew Otis while talking got to know that he studied in the same University much later after I graduated.

Best of all time spent talking, listening to Prof. Sudhir Chandra. His insight into literature on Gandhi and his knowledge and memory while narrating various anecdotes on various topics really made me wonderstruck.

Met young author Krithi Dinakar Munagala nine-year-old who wrote Super Sushi Adventures: The Fun Begins. Very confident in narrating her story and her plans for writing more, most of all her life mission. She donated proceeds of sales of her book to different animal welfare societies, amazing work.

I had the opportunity to listen and meet
Shashi Deshande
Sitanshu Yashaschandra
Vivek Kaul
Vinay Sitapati
Aakar Patel

Friday, January 18, 2019

LitYatra - Visiting Chennai to attend The Hindu Lit for Life (LFL 2019)

LitYatra -  Visiting Chennai to attend the Literature Festival
The Hindu Lit for Life (LFL 2019)

I generally don’t list out or keep any resolution when the new year begins. At times I think of few wishes (which are always very small) and don’t feel bad even if they are not fulfilled. Somehow, I wished this year apart from attending Hyderabad Lit Fest I thought of attending another lit fest. Chennai became priority as the event happens to be during Pongal vacation. I wanted to meet few people from quite long and felt I can meet them. I was following the schedule and the speakers and my decision to attend the LFL became strong though I had a doubt if I get to meet the people I want to meet. I was in cloud nine during the three days so excited as I could meet people I wanted to meet and the long-standing wish fulfilled., I wanted to meet a Nobel Prize winner, Rajmohan Gandhi and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. I may not be able to tell reasons to meet these people. I met wonderful people interact with them and of course took pictures, got signed the books. Attended the book award event first time. Over all the experience made me grow in years. I also realised the decision to attend the event is the best decision in the beginning of the new year itself.

I had a privilege of meeting
Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2009)
Daniel Handler popularly known as Lemony Snicket, who wrote A Series of Unfortunate Events
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Meghna Gulzar
Audrey Truschke
Aditya Mukherjee
Rajmohan Gandhi
Ira Mukhoty
John Keay
Himanjali Sankar
Joeanna Rebello
Malavika Nataraj
Neha Singh
Radhika Menon
Sandhya Rao
Shiv Visvanathan
Anuradha Roy 

Schedules that I attended during Lit Fest  - LFL 2019
12th January 2019 1st Day
Gulzar on Gulzar
Meghna Gulzar in conversation with Baradwaj Rangan
The Handler of Unfortunate Events
Lemony Snicket in conversation with Rosella Stephen
The Myth and Reality of Emperor Aurangzeb - An Illustrated lecture
Audrey Truschke
The Literature of Myth: Using myths and legends in contemporary storytelling
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Ravi Shankar Etteth and Sharanya Manivannan in conversation with Jonathan Gil Harris

13th January 2019 2nd Day
Politics of Identity: New ideas of caste and religious assertion
Aditya Mukherjee, Farahnaz Ispahani, Shiv Visvanathan and Ziya us Salam in conversation with G Sampath
What Ails Indian Science And What Can Be Done About It?
Nobel Prize Winner Venki Ramakrishnan in conversation with Dr K VijayRaghavan
Modern South India
Rajmohan Gandhi in conversation with Nirmala Lakshman
The Battleground of Indian History
Audrey Truschke, Ira Mukhoty, John Keay and Rajmohan Gandhi in conversation with Aditya Mukherjee
Award Ceremony The Hindu Prize 2018: Fiction and Non-Fiction and The Hindu Young World Goodbooks Awards

14th January 2019 3rd Day
Growing Up with Babasaheb Ambedkar: A lived experience
Sushama Deshpande and Urmila Pawar in conversation with Prema Revathi
Tales of our Times: Start them Young
Himanjali Sankar, Joeanna Rebello, Malavika Nataraj, Neha Singh and Radhika Menon in conversation with Sandhya Rao
Dissent on Aadhaar: Big data meets Big Brother
Reetika Khera and Suhrith Parthasarathy in conversation with G Sampath
Sexual Personae: Overcoming prejudice and misconceptions about sexuality
Nandini Krishnan, Madhavi Menon in conversation with Susan Hawthorne

Monday, December 31, 2018

Gratitude & Closing remarks for the year 2018

As the time slowly ticking towards the number 12. I sat down pressing the keys on laptop, with a cup of hot coffee (unusually the temperature is very low, and feeling cold). The year went on well despite lows (which I am sure part of life), only highs or lows may be boring at times. I met lots of authors read books attended events - Books, Theatre and Music and of course Meetups. As the year progressed I started writing. Hope to continue in the 2019. Many people contributed to my journey in 2018. I wish to express my gratitude to all.

Wish You Happy New Year to You ALL   

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Stories of my journey through public transport: Why people behave this way?

As usual I was travelling in public transport. Today had to go around the city and certain observations of mine remained with me. In most cases I empathise with staff of public transport for their manner in which they deal the issues.

1. One student got into the bus and the conductor asked for the pass (for students carrying ID card of the educational institution is mandatory) he started searching and when the conductor reminded about the mandatory aspect he just was not ready to listen.

2. Many people got into bus with earplugs or talking over mobile and when the conductor asks them the destination to give a ticket poor conductor keeps on shouting on top of his voice, these people don't even has the courtesy of removing earplugs or stop talking over the mobile atleast to answer the conductor. Are we so busy that we don't have  second to answer the destination of travel.

3. During my trip in a bus (This is the first trip after lunch to the staff of the bus), one gentleman gets into the bus, when the conductor asks for his destination and that gentleman takes out Rs.2000/- note can you believe for how much the cost of the ticket, Rs.5/-. Poor conductor was shocked, in the bus only 4 people were travelling out of which only 2 people gave change.

I really felt sorry for the conductors. How do one need to deal with such people.