Meet the Author: Jaishree Misra on World Book and Copyright Dat 2014
Ms Jaishree Misra, the well known author of seven best selling novels, the Ancient Promises, Rani, Afterwards, Secrets and Lies, Secrets and Sins, Scandalous secret, and Accidents like Love and Marriage, interacted with students of Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Pattom, at the ‘Meet the Author’ session, held on April 22 at 10.30 a.m. in the Library. The programme was organized in connection with the World Book and Copyright Day and the Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations of KV Pattom.
Ms Jaishree Misra also inaugurated the Reader’s Club activities for the session 2014-’15 and opened a 3 Day Golden Jubilee Children’s Book Fair, jointly organized in collaboration with M/s Scholastic India Inc., which will end on April 24, 2014. She presented certificates and prizes to the school level winners of UNESCO Book Cover Competition 2014. Ms S. Neerada, Principal, KV Pattom introduced the author to the audience of students . For a detailed report on the question answer session, kindly see the newspaper reports posted below. Mr Mathew Abraham, Vice Principal was also present. Mr S.L. Faisal, Librarian and the coordinator of the programme, delivered vote of thanks.
Reports on the Event in Newspapers
Nurturing appreciation of reading
The Hindu, Thiruvananthapuram, April 23, 2014
Writer Jaishree Misra with students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
Writer Jaishree Misra interacts with KV students
Writer Jaishree Misra was 13 when she received her first bit of literary criticism. And it was from none other than a Jnanpith award winner, a celebrated Malayalam novelist who gifted the world Chemmeen, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.
A short story Ms. Misra wrote was published in the Deccan Herald, a clipping of which was sent to the writer, also her greatuncle or ‘Thakazhi Ammavan,’ as she fondly calls him. The writer promptly sent back a point-by-point analysis, picking out the descriptions he liked best and offering constructive criticism.
Having a literary giant in the family helped “take the mystique out of the writing,” she said to an audience of children at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom. She was participating in a ‘Meet the Author’ programme on Tuesday organised in connection with World Book and Copyright Day, which falls on April 23. Though she lived in New Delhi as a child, she managed to get a glimpse of her uncle’s fascinating world, a proximity which eventually helped build her confidence to write a novel.
Reading in Net age
Ms. Misra dwelled long on the subject of reading and how the habit fares in the Internet age.
While the Internet is a wonderful thing in terms of opening up vaults of knowledge, she said what had declined was the quality of reading – “quick, pint-sized, abbreviated and turning into a new language altogether.” “People could soon forget to hold their attention,” she said. Within a piece of literature was a documentation of the human experience that helped you empathise and appreciate other people and cultures, the students were told.
She worked at the British Board of Film Classification, a position which furthered her understanding of censorship.
Ms. Misra had to go through films, some of which were ‘deeply dislikeable’ and were ‘breeding a sense of callousness’ in terms of the violence shown and that there needs to be a limit of what can freely distributed.
View on bans
But, not a singly book should be banned because a group or individual takes offence at it and wants to prevent everyone from reading it, a trend that’s disturbingly on the rise, she said, citing Wendy Doniger’s and Salman Rushdie’s works. “If you don’t like it, don’t read it. Don’t stop the rest of the world from making up their mind.”
Ms. Misra inaugurated a three-day book fair organised in collaboration with Scholastic Inc at KV. It is open from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The KV Library also held an International Kids Book Cover Competition 2014, a UNESCO-supported venture, said librarian S.L. Faisal. To mark World Book Day, the school will conduct bookmark designing, book reviewing, and painting competitions, he added. Principal S. Neerada was present.
Courtesy: The Hindu
Students Surprise Jaishree Misra
Express News Service, The New Indian Express, Thiruvananthapuram
23 April 2014.
Author Jaishree Misra arriving at KV Pattom on Tuesday | manu r mavelil
When author Jaishree Misra met the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom, she was slightly taken aback to learn that such young readers had read her works. “When I write, I generally write for grown-ups and don’t think of children as my audience,” she said while interacting with around a hundred members of the school’s Reader’s Club on Tuesday.
The interaction, arranged as part of World Book and Copyright Day celebrations which fall on Wednesday, saw the author answering some very technical questions from the young audience on the craft of writing – how do those in the writing profession present instances, do they tell them as it is or do they keep an audience in mind? Where do the characters come from? What happens to the bits of writing that may have been edited out?
“Ideally, when you write, you’re told not to keep anyone in mind so that you can be completely committed to the material. But this is easier said than done,” said Misra, who has written seven novels to date and has edited an anthology of stories and poems on motherhood. “In the end, I think it is only your first novel that you can write this way because you don’t know what it’s like to have an audience. My work that was written for myself, keeping no audience in mind is therefore my first, ‘Ancient Promises’,” she added, referring to her semi-autobiographical work. When asked about the influences on her to take to writing, she mentioned her slightly ‘tightfisted’ Thakazhi ‘ammavan’, referring to Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.
“He was such a normal human being that you would forget he was such a great writer,” said Misra. “He made me feel that writing was something I could do. When I got a story published for the first time when I was 13, he wrote me a letter, a feedback pointing out what he liked in my writing.”
Questions also turned to the issue of censorship and banning of books, Misra herself having been at the receiving end when the Uttar Pradesh government banned her historical romance ‘Rani’, on the Rani of Jhansi, in 2008.
“No, absolutely not,” was Misra’s reply when asked by a student whether books should be banned. “Not a single book should be banned. On the other hand, having worked with the British Board of Film Classification, I cannot rule out censorship altogether. There will always be something that is just too much. But books, unlike DVDs or films where the danger of underage viewing is very real, may not be understood by very young readers.”
Misra also spoke to the young readers about the importance of reading books in the digital age where reading has come down to 140 characters.
“If you leave school with a love for reading, then you have an excellent start in life,” she said.
Misra inaugurated a three-day book fair, a collaboration with Scholastic books, on the school premises. The fair is open to the public as well. It is on till April 24 during school hours. Present at the inauguration were S Neerada, principal, Mathew Abraham vice principal and librarian S L Faisal.
Courtesy: The New Indian Express
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