Friday, 20 November 2020

Ireland and India share common bond, said Ireland's Ambassador to India


This year in Literati 2020 international authors from five continents are participating with Ireland as the partner country.  

His Excellency Mr Brendan Ward, Ambassador of Ireland to India, in his video message to the Chandigarh Literary Society expressed happiness for Ireland joining in as country partner in Literati. 

Ireland and India shares a special bond, he said, especially the historic Irish rebellion that germinated in Punjab a century ago.   

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Chandigarh’s Lit Fest 'Literati' from 20th November

 Embassy of Ireland joins as partner 

The eighth edition of Chandigarh Lit Fest, Literati 2020, opens on Friday in its virtual avatar with noted author, intellectual, speaker, and former CEO of Procter & Gamble, Gurcharan Das, featured in the opening plenary session.

Dr Sumita Misra, chairperson of Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) said that this time again the three-days weekend Literati shall feature some of the noted authors from India and abroad, and it is a matter of great pleasure that Literati is being organised in association with HAREDA, and the Embassy of Ireland as partner with Radio Mirchi 98.3 as Happiness Partner, she added.

Some of the other prominent authors participating in Literati include Sudha Murthy, Rajdeep Sardesai, Ashish Vidyyarthi, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Dr. Rakhshanda Jalil, Radhakrishnan Pillai, Anuja Chauhan, Dr. Janki Santoke, Amandeep Sandhu, Sarabpreet Singh, Anuja Chandramouli, Erner Davis amongst others..

There are over 30 authors from English, Hindi and Panjabi genre  participating in the three days event which would go live on Facebook and YouTube on 20th November from 5:30pm to 9pm, informed author and speaker Vivek Atray.

Harper Collins, Pan MacMilan India Penguine, and Rupa are the Publisher Partners in Literati this year. 

 CLS had been organizing the Chandigarh Lit Fest for the last eight years and this year immediately after a lockdown in end-March, it launched CLS Conversation online featuring some of the celebrated writers like Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Bilal Siddiqi, Sanil Sachar, Dr Farah Adam Mukadam, Mukul Kumar, Rajni Sekhri Sibal, Meghna Pant, Khushwant Singh, among others.

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Sunday, 9 September 2018

International LitFest at Chandigarh, Literati, in November 2018

Over the years, Chandigarh Literary Society's mega literary event Literati has grown 
exponentially. Ever since its debut in 2013, Literatihas been one of the most sought-after events on the Indian literary landscape. 

Some of the noted authors we have had the pleasure of hosting authors like Ruskin Bond, Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Jerry Pinto, Kishwar Desai, Ashok Vajpeyi, Navtej Sarna, Tarek Fatah, Nandita Puri, Pushpesh Pant, Rahul Pandita, Shefalee Vasudeva, Surjit Patar, Rujuta Divekar, Krishna Devulapali, Kamla Kapur, Kiran Nagarkar, Mridula Koshy, Madhulika Liddle, Tavleen Singh, Sumita Misra, Leila Seth, Ram Verma, Hugh and Coleen Gantzer, Gulzar Sandhu, Khushwant Singh and so on.
Other than this, Literati has also seen the active participation of foreign writers like Columpa Bobb, Lee Maracle, Shauna Singh Baldwin in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission. 
All our events have been extensively covered by both print and electronic media.
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Sunday, 26 November 2017

CLS Short Story Writing Winners get prizes

Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) had organized an online short story writing competition in May, and after an overwhelming response and review by a panel of judges, six top entries were selected.
Ms Deep K Samlok’s  ‘Biji ke gadde’ was adjudged as the best story followed by Rashmi Sharma and Dr Devlyani Singh’s stories which came 2nd and 3rdrespectively.
The next three stories in 4th to 6th position are Chanakya Grover’s “Anonymity is my power’, Dr. Aditya Rattan’s “The fall of the pride”, and Radhika Singh’s “Intertwined”.
All the winners were given the prizes at the concluding function of the 5th Chandigarh Lit Fest, Literati by Chandigarh Literary Society. 

Writing Biographies of Living Person is most challenging: Khushwant Singh

"I would love to write biography of Vijay Malaya and Parkash Singh Badal", says Khushwant. 

Biographer of Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, Khushwant Singh responded to questions from the moderator Neel Kamal Puri and the audience who wanted to know more about various incidents and challenges that he faced as a biographer. 
People were calling me up and commenting on social media to desist from writing biography on Capt Amarinder Singh, who had lost elections in 2012.  Yet I went ahead because my subject never interfered with my research or narrative except for correcting facts or dates, and this became a wonderful experience, Khushwant added. 
The tipping point in researching him was the journal of governess, a German lady, who had made copious notes about prince's day to day life, which he stumbled upon that made writing about his childhood very gripping and interesting. 
There were numerous interviews, and even the letters his Doon School principal wrote to Captain's mother that completed the narrative of his childhood days. 
The biography was released just before the results of his elections this year, and would update in the next edition after his current tenure only on which I'm working, he said. 
Biographies unveil the most significant part of history and I would definitely like to write about Vijay Malaya or Parkash Singh Badal if given an opportunity, he added. 

"I am changing so I'm beautiful": Columpa Bobb

Preserve the Mother Earth, say Canadian authors.

Chandigarh, November 26: The highlight of last day's discussions was the presence of two authors, activists, poets, playwrights, Lee Maracle and Columpa Bobb, who took the discussions in the session "Roots and Wings" moderated by Canada's Consul General Dr Christopher Gibbins, to an entirely new level with their simplicity, raw humour and stories of original settlers, the Red Indians, now called 'indigenous' people. 
Lee Maracle who is an award winning author and activist for indigenous people in Canada, and Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Canada, emphasised to be in consort with Nature, develop collective wisdom and collaborate to bring about the change in the society.  
In order to preserve Nature and be in harmony with Nature, the younger generation must develop the fine collective wisdom of jelly fish which does not have a single brain cell yet can communicate and collaborate with fellow jelly fish and hunt together, Lee said. 
Columpa Bobb, another award winning acclaimed author of several books including autobiography, poetry, and fiction, beautifully related the story of "I am Changing Me" to accept change as an unchanging constant reality and evolve with change.  
Each childhood story has a lesson to tell, and lifts your spirits and pulls you out of dark situations or saddness, Columpa remarked. 
The entire conversation revolved around the beauty of Nature and respect for mother earth which would continue to punish mankind with hurricanes and storms if we forget about it, said both the authors. 

Rujuta debunks myths about food

On the second day of the Chandigarh Literary Society's, Rujuta Diwekar was the star in the forenoon sessions, with lively floor participation to know more about what to eat and what not to eat. 

Rujuta is a winner of Nutrition Award from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, and amonst the most qualified and sought]-after sports science and nutrition expert with five best selling books on nutrition and exercise.

She debunked the myth about eating desi ghee, curd, milk products, achaar, kadhi chawal, rajma chawal, etc, since these are the common household products which won't sell in the commercial-oriented market, and that is the reason organic and exotic foods get promoted on the pretext of health. 

Eat well and follow the advice of the home makers and not the dieticians or the doctors, she remarked. 

She advised the alcohol intake should be moderated and taken after meals and not before that which damages the body.

Whole lot of research has shown, that poor diet, lack of exercise, leads to diabetes, heart attack, and alcohol should be in moderate… after your dinner and than drink, and not the other way round, which makes it bad. 

Having counselled celebrities like Kareena Kapoor, Anil Ambani, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan, Anupam Kher, Karishma Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, she has been voted as 50 most powerful people in India by the 'People' magazine. 
She is among only 3 Indians in CNN Asia Hotest People to Watch Out for. 

Earlier Panjabi literateur Atamjeet Singh, Manmohan Singh and Jasbeer Mand talked about the Panjabi literature in the session "Watan De Wark" moderated by Ravee Pandher.