French Information Resource Centre hosts function to release a book by noted hindi Writer Geetanjali Shree, October 2008
- From L to R - Former Director of National School of Drama, Ram Gopal Bajaj, Geetajali Shree, author of ’Maa, March aur Sakura’ and celebrtaed Hindi poet Kunwar Narain at the launch of her book at the French Information Resource Centre in New Delhi recently.
Noted hindi writer Geetanjali Shree’s collection of 12 short stories titled ‘ Maa, March aur Sakura’ was released by celebrated poet Kunwar Narain at a function at the French Information Resource Centre on Aurangzeb Road here recently.
The Director of the French Information Resource Centre and Books Attache, Marielle Morin surprised the gathering by making initial remarks in Hindi. She said that Geetanjali Shree’s novel ‘Mai’ has been translated into French with the title ‘la femme effacée.’ She said that the book will
be launched by a French language publisher in November in Lausane and Paris.
Morin said, «The French Embassy is glad to be associated with publishing in Hindi language. Linguistic diversity is a part of French diplomacy.»
The editor of Harper Hindi, Meenakshi Thakur described Geetanjali Shree’s style as tireless.
«Her poetry is in her thoughts. Her writing is contemporary. With Geetanjali around, we feel that Hindi literature is dynamic, not static.»
Kunwar Narain said that Geetanjali Shree is a very talented writer and it is good that Harper Collins has branched out into Hindi publishing with the release of her book.
Ram Gopal Bajaj, former Director of the National School of Drama breathed life into a short story by reading it aloud to a rapt audience which included noted writer Ashok Vajpayee, the Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Research, Pawan Verma, the President of Alliance Française, M. Varadarajan, the Managing Director of Rajpal publishing house, Meera Johri and Urvashi Butalia of ‘Zubaan’ publishing house.
On the source of inspiration for the book, Geetanjali said, «My world is contemporary urban India which is in a turbulent situation. My inspiration comes from this madness. While it is a very disturbing perioid to live in, it is also a very exciting period as it is ever changing. For creativity, it is a very good period.»
The writer’s wander-lust took her to Paris when she was in her early twenties. «I just fell in love with Paris. I made some nice friends and began learning French in an informal setting. Subsequently, I have been travelling to Paris with my husband who is a social scientist and has been invited from time to time as a visiting professor to the Maison des Sciences de l’homme in Paris. I love French. I love the sound of it. I read a lot of French literature. In the last 20 years, we have visited Paris almost every alternate year.»
She cherishes fond memories of her four month long writer-in-residence programme in Paris in 2005-’06 which gave her ample creative freedom and enabled her finish her book ‘Khaali Jagah’ on the theme of violence in the world today.