Event Update

Priya Basil, and Chan Ling Yap graced VAANI members with their presence last evening, it was a magical experience!

We are immensely proud of our very special member Zahara Hussain who attends our regular sessions as part of SENSE a project specifically focused upon Asian Women with learning disabilities. Her poem "My Dream" was so touching that many had tears in their eyes! She said she was inspired by the published authors who came to give a talk at VAANI's event and said she wanted to be just like Priya Basil. We wish the best for her and hope her dream of 'being free' comes true soon.

Chan Ling Yap's historical story Sweet offerings gelled quiet well with the Valentine Mansion's own historical back ground. Valentine Mansion used to be the trade center of East India Company. Some say that the root to all corruption started here!
Priya's readings from her novel Ishque and Mushque resonated the era gone by. She also read from her recent novel The obscure logic of the heart which filled the room with love.

The audience grilled them with numerous questions from publishing to writing and they answered each one with patience. Someone in the audience asked Priya if she's written anything for children and she said that her most recent novella 16:02 was something that would interest the young audience.

The best advice given out by Priya for all who write was:
"Reading a how-to-write-a book is not going to help much but writing and writing a lot would definitely help you finding your own voice and your own style."

We are proud of all our members who read last evening. Thanks to Anand Nair, Sunita Pattani, Rupam Shrivastava, and Hema Macherla for reading their work and helping to make the evening a success.

Our heartiest thanks to  Dipika Verma for her presence and support and also for providing tasty sandwiches for the event.

Special thanks to Manjit K Jootle for her generous gift bags from Aunelle handed out to all our guests as well as audience and to Smita Singh and VAANI for organising such wonderful event.


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