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Gyanchand Rayman to launch young adults books set in the Caribbean

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St Lucia: Mr. Gyanchand Rayman, writer of short stories, will be launching his anthology “ENTICING SHORT STORIES” at the Castries Central Library in this Carribean island country on Tuesday, 23rd February.

The compilation of Twenty Stories covers a wide range of themes: mystery, adventure, humor, romance, tragedy, etc.

The stories are exciting, provide a literary treat and are suitable for readers sixteen years old and over. They are set in Saint Lucia, Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados.

Books will be on sale at the launch and refreshments will be provided. The public is invited.

An excerpt from Gyanchand’s ‘Enticing Short Stories’ can be read below:

A fine souvenir it was. Now, on this line, from end to end was strung a rainbow of the prettiest panties he had ever seen. Heaven was on display and awesome it was! The pantimaniac went berserk and catapulted into action. He rushed madly to one end of the line and twisted the wire feverishly until it broke. He raced to the other end and snapped it and coiled the line, festooned with panties, in thick loops and garlanded himself with it. He threw his hands up in the air, and twirled and jumped and pranced, a lone carnival reveler in the spotlight of center stage, ecstatic in his bacchanalian abandon.
Without another moment’s hesitation, Ramundo charged down the hillside and hurled himself at his prey who was, by then, lost in rapture. The girls rent the air with their excited cries and plunged headlong into the melee, rolling on the ground, pawing and tugging and punching the wretched victim and shrieking obscenities unbecoming of them, as students.
The commotion startled the entire campus, and from every dormitory, girls still in their sleep-wear poured forth by the score and descended to the arena. The dozen or so curious teachers who ran from the staff quarters, together with the housemothers, shouted themselves hoarse to restore order. And when, eventually, the culprit was examined in the glare of a flashlight, everyone was shocked: the intruder was none other than their own chief security guard, Dunstan..”

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Checkout Ten Must-Read Books For Women

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Must reads for a woman. Pixabay

Nothing in this world can give you the feeling which books do. Some stories, some word just touch your heart and end up giving you the greatest lessons of life. Books can be inspiring at times, and help you make the toughest decisions of life. Below are ten must-read books for women:

  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns

The book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini, who has also authored ‘Kite Runner’ revolves around the lives of two women, Mariam and Laila. The beautiful friendship of these two and the things they go through is mesmerizing. The book’s subtlety puts it under the category of must-read books for women.

2. Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

The Millennium series has three books- “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest” and “The Girl who Played with Fire”. The lead character of the series, Lisabeth Salander, is a confident and bold woman who never follows the old norms of the society and leads her life differently. Her rebellious nature can inspire the girls out there to stand for themselves.

3.  Pride And Prejudice

Must-Reads for women
Pride and Prejudice. Wikimedia.

The classic by Jane Austen teaches you to distinguish between the essential and the superficial. It makes you come across a way of looking at women, which is not judgmental. It teaches you to stand up for righteousness. It is definitely ones of the must-read books for women.

4. The Book Thief

Th novel, “The Book Thief” by the Australian author Markus Zusak gives out the inspiring message that no matter what the situation is, women can come out of it strongly on their own.

5. How To Be A Bawse

The Book, “How to be a Bawse”, by the Canadian YouTuber Lily Singh is a beautiful guide on tackling tough situations in life, supported by the examples of real-life situations. Lily’s classy and sassy video style has already been loved by a lot of women out there.

6. The Hunger Games Trilogy

Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy is one of the must-read books for women out there as the book’s lead character Katniss, makes you feel proud of being a girl. Her character motivates you to be your own hero.

7. Daughter By Court Order

“Daughter By Court Order”, by Ratna revolves around the story of a woman who has been disowned by her own family. The woman is fighting against money, power, deceit, and for her right to be recognized as a daughter. She has to handle everything on her own.

8. To Kill A Mocking Bird

The book is written by Harper Lee and is an all-time classic. The book revolves around a six-year-old protagonist who is a feminist and refuses to accept the societal norms and always challenges them.

9. The Diary Of A Young Girl

Must-Read Books For Women
The Diary Of A Young Girl. Wikimedia.

The novel by Anne Frank is set during the time of Nazi invading Netherlands. Anne Frank shares her feelings with her diary while she was in hiding for two years. The emotions and struggles make it one of the must-read books for women.

10. The Palace of Illusions

The book Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni shows the epic Mahabharata, through Draupadi’s eyes. Her problems and shortcomings are shown, along with the fact that how ego can lead to a battle.

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National Book Trust (NBT) Chairman: Nurturing Creativity and Innovation in Children at an Early Age are Much Needed

How should current school curriculum be modified for an overall development of Children?

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Nurturing creativity and innovation in children. Pixabay
  • Education should work in the direction of expanding the horizon of knowledge children
  • There is a need to shift educational learning for school goers from content mastery to competency mastery
  • To compete with the children worldwide, they need to have an understanding that is beyond books

New Delhi, August 21, 2017: There is a need to look beyond the world of text books and inculcate in children qualities like empathy towards society, humanity, sensitivity towards other human beings and nature.

Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman of National Book Trust (NBT), talked about nurturing creativity, innovation in young minds for nation’s economic and spiritual development.

He was speaking at the FICCI’s first-ever Children’s Publishing Conclave called ‘Scrapbook’. Mr. Sharma said that it is crucial to observe and spot the creativity in children. To not just bound them to the school curriculum. The Supplementary books in school should teach them about the life lessons, that they should be good human beings. Such books will help them in the developing a good and positive personality; it will also strengthen their thinking and imaginative skills.

ALSO READ: 11 Facts about Education System Around the World: Do they prove to be Beneficial for Children?

In the conclave, he talked about how brave soldiers can inspire kids to be like that when they grow up and fight for their country someday. If not, even then such books will inculcate a feeling of patriotism in them. According to ANI reports, Mr. Sharma (pointing towards NBT’s efforts) said, “‘The Veergatha’ series had been introduced by NBT, which talks of the great acts of bravery by Indian soldiers.” The first series has a set of 5 books in English and Hindi, they are written so as to inspire the young minds and evoke feelings of patriotism in children from an early age.

Children are sometimes overburdened with books.  UNESCO encourages learning in mother tongue, especially at the early stage.  Sharma said that education should work in the direction of expanding the horizon of knowledge in a child and he agrees with UNESCO that teaching a child in mother tongue should be encouraged to retain cultural values.

Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty, Director of NCERT, said: “There is a need to shift educational learning for school goers from content mastery to competency mastery, where competencies should be classified into character, intellectual and social.” He stressed upon the need to make the classroom environment vibrant where teachers would play the role of a facilitator- will provide them with an opportunity where they can develop and strengthen their competencies as well as communication ability. He added, “The Indian education system is moving from knowledge construction to knowledge processing with the help of technology, enabling children to explore, innovate and create.”

ALSO READ: Ragas for Preschool Children: Combining Classical Music with Fun Exercises

Appreciating FICCI’s initiative, Dr. Senapaty said that the goal of this publishing conclave is to produce content which is rich in quality and is innovative. It will enable them to learn in a collaborative environment. He added, “Indian children have performed well when they follow a prescribed school curriculum but to compete with the children worldwide, they need to have an understanding that is beyond books and focus on skills like building their applied knowledge.”

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Children should explore, innovate and create. Pixabay

Ms. Urvashi Butalia, Chairperson, FICCI Publishing Committee and Director, Zubaan, said that the conclave focused on:

  • promoting book reading amongst young minds
  • government and children’s publishers- enhance learning outcome in educational space
  • policy advocacy- nurture collaboration between schools
  • addressed- gender misrepresentation in children’s books
  • concerns- children’s content in school books
  • implementing theory of multiple intelligence on children’s content- enhance learning outcome
  • changing role of technology in children’s content and its impact on K-12 (kindergarten (K) and the 1st -12th grade) education

Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary-General, FICCI, said that this platform will help to explore possible collaboration between children, content creators, offline and online service providers, publishers, technology disruptors, schools, teachers, parents, and policymakers. The conclave focused on the important aspects like learning requirements of an individual child, crucial role publishers can play to address it.

The conclave also had some interesting workshops for school children. The workshops had activities like creative writing, story-telling and received appreciation from the young minds.


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Lainy Malkani’s “Sugar Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers” Shows Lives of Indentured Indian Labourers Spanning Five Continents

Sugar, Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers, forms a network of those who left the country 150 years ago and their descendants living in Britain

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Lainy Malkani. Twitter

New Delhi, August 04, 2017: More than a century has passed since the end of indentured labour in British colonies and 70 years since the partition which led to the creation of two nations – India and Pakistan. Lainy Malkani, a London born journalist, and writer with Indo-Carribean roots attempt to commemorate by sharing composition of ten short stories about the lives of indentured Indian labourers spanning five continents.

Traversing across five continents and based on historical facts, this contemporary short story collection is an exhibition of exhilarating tales of heroism and resilience. The stories were based on historical documents from the British Library and the reminiscences of the descendants of Indian sugar workers living in London. They were hired to work on the sugar plantations in a number of British colonies after the liberation of African slaves that led to a shortage of labor.

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Sugar, Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers book cover. Twitter

The anthology, Sugar, Sugar: Bitter-sweet Tales of Indian Migrant Workers, forms a network of those who left the country 150 years ago and their descendants living in Britain.

Lainy Malkani grew up in Crouch End and went to school in Muswell Hill before moving to Stanmore. She learned about her heritage after her mother passed away. However, as a descendant of indentured Indian laborer who went to work in British Guiana, Lainy was already aware of the history of her ancestors.

Also Read: Indian Arrival Day: Remembering the hardships of Indians who were brought as Indentured labourer

Lainy was the first in her family to be born in the UK. She is not sure exactly when her family moved from India to Guyana, but knows her grandmother was born in the Caribbean. Her father was the first to lead followed by her mother and sister.

She explains, “In indentured labour, people signed up for a period of five years. There are two schools of thought, one is whether this is voluntary when you don’t really know what it will be like but then it is a huge departure from the slavery, of course, there were conditions of work and at the end of the five years, they could return home”, mentioned Harrow Times report.

The period between the year 1838 and 1917 witnessed an exodus of around one million people from India to work on sugar plantations around the world. Lainy was inquisitive to know more about the journey her family and others led as indentured labourers, which also drove her to set up the Social History Hub in 2013 to bring the stories of ‘unsung heroes’ in society to reality.

Lainy was impelled to write the collection after creating a two-part documentary for BBC Radio 4, Sugar, Saris and Green Bananas, whose success inspired her to extend it to Fiji, Trinidad, South Africa and Mauritius where the Indian diaspora would also share this incredible history.

Amid her research, one story from South Africa (1885 to 1887) appeared to outlive more than others. “In documents, you rarely find anything in the first person, it’s usually plantation owners”, she said.

“I found 300 words of testimony telling the story of a heavily pregnant woman who went missing, she was gone for three days. When she returned she must have had the baby and then two days later a baby was found dead. I was really shocked, as a mum it was horrifying.”

The work has been published with HopeRoad, an organization set up in 2012 that focusses on writing about Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Lainy will be hosting an event called Sugar, Sugar at the British Library on August 16, which will bring together over two hundred people to share their own stories of indenture.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94


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