Speakers: Authors Aruna Chakravarti & Neelima Dalmia Adhar
Date: 6th December, 2016
The Ladies Study Group proudly presented an enchanted, insightful and invigorating session with India’s two prominent women authors, Ms Aruna Chakravarti and Ms.Neelima Dalmia Adhar, who respectively wrote “Jorasanko” and “The Secret Diary Of Kasturba,” which were both read voraciously by the LSG Book Club members.
The session commenced with Author, Ms Aruna Chakravarti, in conversation with Ms Sreela Mitra, Lsg member, teacher of Effective communication Skills and Public Speaking, set in an aesthetically beautiful garden of Lsg committee member, Ms Madhulika Kanoria, which created a perfect ambience. The Author described the book ‘Jorasanko’ as a fiction backed with historical facts, a sensitive portrayal of the hopes and fears, triumphs and defeats, experienced by the women in the illustrious Tagore household in Bengal. She unabashedly professed, ”I am gender conscious” which motivated me to write about Bengal’s great women. She reverberated how she collected the facts and put them in a chronological order, filling the gaps with fiction. Her findings depicted Rabindranath Tagore as an evolving character, dictated by his father, as an escapist and a meek personality.
Subsequently, the dais was shared by Author Ms Neelima Dalmia Adhar, President Lsg, Ms Abhilasha Sethia and Vice President, Lsg, Ms Namrata Surekha. “The Secret Diary of Kasturba” is described by the author as a bio-fiction, gripping tale of kasturba, married to Mohandas Gandhi, who was sexually driven, self -righteous and overbearing husband. Gandhi was an intolerant father to his wayward son, driven to debauchery. In her opinion, Kasturba was equally responsible for a free India and set the path of ultimate liberation that every woman seeks. On being quizzed, the author candidly stated that she made Kasturba as her alter ego and is inspired to write about people who have lived their lives out of the ordinary. She stated, contrary to perception she believes in “his story, your story and the truth.”
The session closed with an interaction with the audience, who threw a volley of questions at the authors, and they took them one by one with a sense of candidness and humour. Neelimaji remarked, “Marriage is an obsolete institution” although she herself is in a very successful marriage. Arunaji cryptically stated, “Ideology is like a sickness” for iconic driven individuals for who family is the victim.
The magical soiree was wrapped up by a sumptuous layout of tea in the beautifully landscaped garden, relished by all, including the authors who intermingled with the members.