The three day Literature Festival titled ‘LlT. FEST: EXPLORING VISTAS’ in collaboration with THE GREAT INDIAN BOOK TOUR by the English Department of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, witnessed many budding authors presenting interesting Book Talk sessions on its last day.
In the first session Ms Pournima Navani, the author of Lost Without Her raised concerns on the rising crimes against women in the country while discussing her book in detail. She urged that the parents should educate the boys more than the girls on issues of gender stereotypes prevailing in the society to curb the crimes against women. She also laid emphasis on sex education. The next session was taken over by Sonia Sahijwani, a lawyer by profession and author ofYour Legally, who apprised the audience that her book is a compilation of six short stories based on her personal experiences and observations in the field of law. She also advised the youngsters to overcome their phobias and pursue their dreams wholeheartedly.
The third session had Book Release Ceremony of Dr. Prabhleen Toor, Assistant Professor, Department of English of KCW. The Principal Dr. Mukti Gill along with Head, Department of English Ms. Sabina Bhalla and the guest Dr. Ashoo Toor Gill, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Languages, P.A.U, Ludhiana released the book titled ‘Random Scribbles’. The book is a compilation of thirty five poems based on authors’ observations and reflections on the world around.
Author Shivram K. discussed his close association with his grandparents with reference to his book The Scorpion Grasses and recollected memories of his grandmother telling him stories. He credited his grandparents for inspiring him to be a story teller. In yet another interesting book talk Harinder Cheema, writer, poet, motivational speaker and author of The Temple Stop deliberated upon the life of soldiers their struggles and hardships. She also urged the youngsters to respect a soldier as they protect our borders so that we can lead comforting and happy lives.
The last session was taken over by Nidhi Kukreja, author of The Anonymous. She narrated journey of her writing the book and also advised the youngsters to battle grave issues like sexual abuse and raise voice against all the evils prevalent in society. The day was vibrant with thought provoking intellectual interactions, out of the box ideas and a lot of inspiration and motivation for all those who were a part of the fest. Adding to the charm was the Book Fair where students kept exploring their interest areas while buying new books and added new members to their home library.
The Principal Dr. Mukti Gill applauded the entire English Department on the Success of the literary fest.