'Red Maize' by Danesh Rana

Moderator : Sunny Dua

The first literary deliberation on Danesh Rana’s book ‘Red Maize’ with journalist Sunny Dua as moderator revolved around circumstances in which Danesh penned down his maiden book.

Story of an aged Woman trying to save her family and how soldiers sacrifice their lives in areas of conflict has been told very meticulously by Danesh who believed the book is his creative pursuit that’s satisfying. Having no political inclination or message to be conveyed through book, the author said that he wanted to tell a story in simplest form. Now that book is being translated in Punjabi, Danesh Rana gave credit for the move to ace Punjabi writer Khalid Hussain. Danesh very humbly thanked his wife Sarita, Kids kanha and Kaafi for what he called being a support while penning down Red Maize. One Chapter of book opens with ”The old who had seen peaceful times, rightly predicted, ”So much blood will seep through our land that someday we will have red Kernels of maize instead of yellow.

Motivational & Behavioural Similarities in Serial Killer

Moderator: Rajat Vohra

The much awaited session of the lit fest with journalist Rajat Vohra as moderator revolved around book “The Deadly Dozen” written by Anirban Bhattacharya.

Serial killings, people in India think is a western Phenomenon but discussions proved it other way round. Anirban Bhattacharya explained how a serial killer follows a set pattern and kills for purpose including greed for money, sex, fame or power. Contrarily, a murderer who had killed one or few people doesn’t necessarily go with a specific greed. Panelist Sudeep Ranjan Sarkar said,’psychology of a serial killer develops when he/she feels deprived or witnesses violence in growing stages of life. Johnny Williams Retd IG from Jammu kashmir Police explained how he he helped revive people’s trust in the police and how the killers in erstwhile state in the form of militants were different from different serial killers. Jonny said ”like a serial killer, a militant also has some kind of motivation who tries to create terror among people but agreed that serial killers possess greed as explained.

Symposium on 'Deciphering Life, Making Symphony'

Moderator: Akriti Jamwal

Moderated by Akriti Jamwal with Minal Arora, Payal Jain and Jasbeer Singh on board the panel discussed books- Infinity; Mind, Life and Reflection; and Walking With my Soul respectively.

There was a thorough discussion about soul and its journey- the lessons that it is on the path to attain through bodily experiences to acquire eternity. It was insightful about what it takes to heal the soul and hence doctor our lives for better. The symposium was an adequate example of why there’s need to understand spiritually deeply and not brush it off. The discussion was not only enlightening for the audience but to each of the panellists itself and therefore it was successful to pique and glue audience interest successfully.

Symposium on 'Love You Zindagi'

Moderator: Shwetima Jamwal

‘Love You Zindagi’ session moderated by RJ Shwetima Jamwal made everyone go nostalgic about the small moments and incidents that she said “we miss to live each day”.

The session revolved around Abhirup Dhar’s ‘Stories Are Magical’, Vinayak pattar’s ‘Incidentals’ and Dr Kanwalpreet’s ‘Rings of Life’, wherein each book was a short story segment adapted from real life. Abhirup Dhar said,’I am the ‘character’ in my stories for most of the times. In fact, I find a character, a story in every person I meet or observe in my surrounding’. Vinayak Pattar claimed that most of the stories in his book are incidences from his own life. Dr. kanwalpreet said,’I have seen a lot of struggle in my personal life and these stories make me stronger. The characters are mostly people In personally know or meet or interact with in my day to day life. It’s you who decide, if that moment makes you or breaks you’. ‘Love You Zindagi’ song by RJ Shwetima mesmerised all.

Symposium on "Love, Life and Mystery in Narration"

Moderator: Dr Nasir Faried Butt

In this session on fiction by Jas Kholi, Ashish Kumbhare and Runjhun Nupur, Dr. Kholi talked about comic elements in the serious affairs in the field of surgery which he picks up for his novels.

He detailed the world of medics and explained how it has become for him a rich source of plots and themes of his fiction. Runjhum Nurpur, focusing on her novel, explained the disillusionment in terms of material successof everyday nameless corporate people.Her focus in her discussion was the individual identity, mental peace and satisfaction which she finds too little in the everyday humdrum of the cosmopolitan business life. She expressed her belief in Nirvana which according to her cannot he found in material gains and robotic routines of everyday life. Ashish Kumbhare’s talk was equally interesting and enlightening. Kumbhare focused on the questions of universal mystery, philosophy, the relationship between Science and the existence of God.

"In Search of Future- The Story of Kashmir"

Moderator: Ruchhita Kazaria

The session on ‘Kashmir- In Search of the Future’ was rather poignant, relevant to the current geopolitical scenario in the valley.

The 45-minute session witnessed earnest appeals by journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh to the citizens of jammu , kashmir and ladakh to maintain peace in the region and concentrate on employment opportunities and to the policy-makers to do away with the clampdown on communication. the panel also put forth its views on ‘Human Shields’ with commondore Sodhi expressing the emotion behind the armed forces pleading to the mothers to ask their sons to volunteer towards peace. He also expressed that the armed forces are not ‘trigger happy’ and don’t believe in ‘Have gun, Will Shoot’, but then immunity can be given to no organised outfit as to err is human. Professor Devadas elucidated that the generation born in the 90’s is one devoid and immunised of fear. He spoke about his books, which serve as a time-keeper of history and has intricate detailing of the valley;political,sociology, economical.

"Dogri Literature- Retrospect and Prospects"

Moderator: Surjit Hosh 

Padmashri Prof. Ved Kumari Ghai chaired the session on Dogri Literature- Past, Present 

In the session, Dr. Sandeep Sufi, Department of Dogri university of Jammu dwelt over origin and development of Dogri literature, Dr. Garima Gupta, Department of English, University of Jammu Spoke About Dogri Folktales and their richness in terms of western literary standards. Dr. Vandana Sharma of CUJ gave an overview of translation of Dogri Literature into English and Vice Versa. padmashri Dr Jitendra Udhampuri, eminent Dogri Writer and translator recited one of his translations while OP Vidyathi an eminent environmentalist shed light on his literary oeuvre which gave a glimpse of flora and fauna of Duggar land. Sandeep Hosh, a writer and Dogri literature enthusiast made the session interesting and interactive. In her remarks, prof. Ghai highlighted the profundity of Dogri literature through illustration from her own pioneering work in the literary and linguistic areas. 

'K-Files' by Bashir Assad

Moderator: Jasleen Kour

Jasleen very articulately moderated the session on book ‘K Files’ written by Bashir Assad and needless to mention she contemplated on several issues related to Kashmir that many from amongst the audiences was previously ignorant of K-Files gave an altogether fresh perspective on Kashmir to the audience with its writing style that had no sugar coating and was directly addressing the issue.

Amidst the session, several questions turned up related to kashmir. Discussion on the role of media in propagating the propaganda went well with Audience posing questions as well. Ayushman jamwal spoke on ethics in journalism and responsibility of media in areas of conflict. Bashir Assad Shared the journey of his book and also spoke on the Key points of the book. The session came to a conclusion with a strong message to youngsters who avoid raising voices, fearing the public dissent and was swathed exquisitely with both the panelists-one a proud Dogra and other a proud Kashmiri, shaking hands and saying,”let’s walk the Longest mile together”.

'The Veil' by Minal Arora

Moderator: Nupur Sandhu

‘The Veil’ very articulately  narrates eight stories of Minal Arrora’s five clients who while undergoing Serenity Surrender (SS) therapy experienced their past lives that they lived in distress, in search of love, in conflict, holding onto something they didn’t want to lose or in complete silence and carrying forward sufferings of their past even in their present day lives.

Minal said, ”it’s like travelling into the time machine, only to fix what one is carrying Along today through healing, that well trained Serenity Surrender teacher and healer Minal practices herself”. Nupur involved Minal into threadbare discussions on her latest novel The veil on which Minal tried to explain how while driving, one constantly keeps an eye on the rear view mirror to ensure that drive becomes safe and secure. So, by fixing their past, people according to the author can sail smoothly through rough weather waters and touch shore safely. Minal said that serenity surrender not only heals the past liives of people but also unveils what haunts in their present day lives which can be healed.

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