CONGRESS IN COPENHAGEN :
I had the privilege of presenting a paper at the 31st IBBY World Congress-2008 held in Copenhagen, Denmark in the second week of September, 2008. The paper won rave reviews and accolades both for the substance as well as the style of presentation. I had gone on an invitation by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) to address the Congress which was attended by writers, publishers, illustrators and research scholars from 71 countries across the globe.
In his paper titled "Here and Now Writing: An Indian Paradigm", I drew upon the Jagannath Cult and explained how its values and ideals can be skillfully synergized with the modern day concerns to fashion and sculpt a literature which is enduring, endearing and eternal. The multi-ethnic audience was impressed by the fact that I could dovetail an ancient tradition with contemporary issues to present a paradigm which was fresh and vibrant.
I also presented a story at the Story Telling Festival which was organized as a part of the conference. Later I was invited by a Public School in Copenhagen to conduct a Creative Writing Workshop for its students.