Since both authors (Ranjani Rao and Nandini Patwardhan) live outside India, the discussion revolved around ideas of home, identity, and parenting in a new land. There was talk of challenges, but also of hope and opportunity.
Over sixty people attended the event on Sunday November 17th at the historic Arts House in Singapore. The guest of honor was Rohit Brjnath, who is a columnist for the Straits Times. A notable attendee was Aditya Kripalani of Bollywood fame. The event host was Surabhi Pandey of Delhi Doordarshan. The moderator was Mariyam Haider, who researched the bestselling book “The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age” written by former Financial Times journalist, James Crabtree.
Pictured from left to right:
Mariam Haider, Surabhi Pandey, Ranjani Rao, Rohi Brijnath, Nandini Patwardhan, and Jayanthi Shankar.
We think this applies as much to people who change countries as it does to people who change provinces (moving from Punjab to Bangalore, for example). It is no surprise that the audience responded very enthusiastically to the authors’ heartfelt and open reflections. It was clear that many had grappled with these issues privately, and also that this was almost the first time that they were hearing these issues articulated. The repeated applause spoke volumes!
There was also a discussion about writing — everything from the joys and benefits of writing and developing a writing practice to fear of being open/vulnerable. We will not be surprised if some of the people who bought our books become writers themselves!
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