BOOKS - WRITERS - 2017 APRIL

April 8

President Pranab Mukherjee releases Veerappa Moily's book on Draupadi.
A book on Draupadi written by senior Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily was released by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This was an autobiography of Draupadi.
Published by Rupa, Flaming Tresses of Draupadi is an English translation by D.A. Shankar of Moily's original work in Kannada.
The book traces the life and journey of Draupadi from her birth to her marriage with the Pandavas, ''The eventual loss of her fortune and honour to the Kauravas in a gamble'', and finally the war of Mahabharata.
The title of the book is derived from the incident in Mahabharata when ''She vowed to never tie her hair till the day the Pandavas avenged the humiliation she had been subjected to by the Kauravas''. The entire book is in verse form.
Moily is best known for his Shree Ramayana Mahanveshanam, which received the Moortidevi Award of the Bharatiya Jnanpith.

April 10

Venkaiah Naidu launches 'Gandhi in Champaran' book in New Delhi.
After 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's visit to Champaran, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu released 'Gandhi in Champaran' and Mahatma series books at National Mahatma Gandhi Museum in New Delhi.
The 'Gandhi in Champaran' book is written by D.G. Tendulkar, the noted author.
Champaran Satyagraha was first Non Violent Jan Andolan that Mahatma Gandhi spearheaded in India. The struggle at Champaran became the inspiration for future struggle for India’s Independence.

April 11

PM Modi releases book penned by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Prime Minister 'Narendra Modi' has released a book 'Matoshree' authored by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in New Delhi.
The book 'Matoshree' covers the life and times of legendary 'Devi Ahilyabai Holker' who ruled the Holkar Empire spread over the Malwa region from 1767 to 1795.
The book release function was followed by a 105-minute play based on the book.

Asha Parekh's autobiography 'The Hit Girl' launched by Salman Khan.
In a star-studded event in Mumbai the Dabangg Khan of Bollywood launched the biography of yesteryears actress Asha Parekh's autobiography 'The Hit Girl', for which he’s written the Foreword as well.
Authored by celebrated film critic and author Khalid Mohamed, the book covers the life and times of an actress who ruled the hearts of many in the 1960s and 1970s.
The event was also attended by many iconic personalities including Salim Khan, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Waheeda Rahman, Jackie Shroff, Helen, Arpita Khan and Imran Khan, among many others. The book has been published by Om Books International.

April 12

Vice President receives first copy of the book titled 'Hope in a challenged democracy; An Indian narrative' authored by Shri Ashwini Kumar.
Eminent lawyer, author and veteran parliamentarian, Dr. Ashwani Kumar's second book Hope in a Challenged Democracy An Indian Narrative, will be launched in New Delhi.
The function will be presided over by Shri Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India as the Chief Guest. Shri M.N. Venkatachaliah, former Chief Justice of India, will be the Special Guest.
The book goes beyond semantics and critically analyses issues of fundamental importance in the framework of the dignitarian goals of the republic, the role of a 'living Constitution', the necessity of equilibrium between executive, legislature and judiciary, the role of media, importance of equitable growth, a responsive justice system and a rising India's engagement with the world.
It provides a statesman's perspective on addressing challenges and optimizing responses with a view to transforming our democracy as a true reflection of the collective conscience of the nation.

April 13

Dalai Lama releases book 'Ocean and Blue Mountains'.
The Dalai Lama released a book named 'Ocean and Blue Mountains' published by department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs (DoKAA) in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and other dignitaries.
The book title refers to 'Ocean' as His Holiness and 'Blue Mountains' as the people of Arunachal Pradesh, and is a collection of memoirs of the special bond shared between the two.
The Dalai Lama also released a book titled 'Crossing of the Frontiers' describing his exile route from Tibet to India published by Losel Nyinje Charitable Society and Monyul Social Welfare Association.

April 14

Arjun gaind launches his book Building the land of five rivers.
Author Arjun Gaind launched his latest book on Punjab Building the Land Of Five Rivers in Mumbai. A panel discussion was organised on the occasion at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in which Punjab's history, heritage, culture and growth were discussed.
The panelists included Gaind, the author Abha Narain Lambah, editor of the book and conservation architect Siddharth Bhatia, journalist and founding editor of The Wire and Naha Prasada, contributing author and journalist.
Abha Lambah spoke about how Partition left Punjab scarred and how Punjabi conversations between strangers still begin with ''where's your hometown and where you stayed prior to Partition''.

April 24

Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone to be part of Delhi University syllabus.
Chetan Bhagat's novel 'Five Point someone' has been included in the new syllabus for the academic session starting July in Delhi University.
The 'Popular Fiction' paper will be offered to second-year undergraduate students as an elective.
J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and Louisa May Alcott's 'Little Women' will also be included in the syllabus.

April 29

Modi launches digital version of Basavanna's 'Vachanas' in 23 Indian languages.
On the occasion of 883rd birth anniversary of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched digital version of 'vachana' in 23 Indian languages during the inauguration of International Basava Convention.
PM Modi termed Anubhava Mantapa, a platform or new spiritual institution formed by Basavanna on democratic foundation for people from all walks of life to present their thoughts as first parliament of India.
Modi congratulated Arvind Jatti, Basava Samithi convener, for completing the work initiated by his father, former Vice President, BD Jatti. Union Ministers Sadanada Gowda, Ananth Kumar and former karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa were present in the function.


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