A writer has to record changes
As a bilingual author who has thirty books in Hindi and two in English to her credit, Mamta Kalia strives to meet deadlines and balances her writing with her personal life at the same time. Sharing her experiences of writing columns for newspapers alongside fulfilling the responsibilities of a housewife, Kalia was in conversation with Aruna Ajitsaria at the Kalam London session held on July 21. “Life is a series of inspiration and crises. Every atom blasts like a bomb if you are sensitive,” she said. “In a changing world, a writer has to record these changes,” she added. Kalia recited some of her poems, which the audience found very inspiring. Many writers, journalists, academicians and literature lovers attended the event held at the Quilon, Taj Hotel, St James Court London. The programme started with a welcome note from Dr Padmesh Gupta, founder of UK Hindi Samiti. An initiative of Prabha Khaitan Foundation, the Kalam series in London is in association with UK Hindi Samiti, Vani Foundation, Quilon Taj Hotel and British Council under the banner of UK-India year of Culture. “Attending the Kalam session in London was creatively satisfying. I had heard about this initiative but experienced it in person in London. It was inspiring to see the deep interest in and curiosity about Hindi literature,” she added.