Preserve the Mother Earth, say Canadian authors.
“I am changing so I’m beautiful”: Columpa Bobb
Chandigarh, November 26: The highlight of last day’s discussions was the presence of two authors, activists, poets, playwrights, Lee Maracle and Columpa Bobb, who took the discussions in the session “Roots and Wings” moderated by Canada’s Consul General Dr Christopher Gibbins, to an entirely new level with their simplicity, raw humour and stories of original settlers, the Red Indians, now called ‘indigenous’ people.
Lee Maracle who is an award winning author and activist for indigenous people in Canada, and Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Canada, emphasised to be in consort with Nature, develop collective wisdom and collaborate to bring about the change in the society.
In order to preserve Nature and be in harmony with Nature, the younger generation must develop the fine collective wisdom of jelly fish which does not have a single brain cell yet can communicate and collaborate with fellow jelly fish and hunt together, Lee said.
Columpa Bobb, another award winning acclaimed author of several books including autobiography, poetry, and fiction, beautifully related the story of “I am Changing Me” to accept change as an unchanging constant reality and evolve with change.
Each childhood story has a lesson to tell, and lifts your spirits and pulls you out of dark situations or saddness, Columpa remarked.
The entire conversation revolved around the beauty of Nature and respect for mother earth which would continue to punish mankind with hurricanes and storms if we forget about it, said both the authors.
Writing Biographies of Living Person is most challenging: Khushwant Singh
“I would love to write biography of Vijay Malaya and Parkash Singh Badal”, says Khushwant.
Biographer of Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, Khushwant Singh responded to questions from the moderator Neel Kamal Puri and the audience who wanted to know more about various incidents and challenges that he faced as a biographer.
People were calling me up and commenting on social media to desist from writing biography on Capt Amarinder Singh, who had lost elections in 2012. Yet I went ahead because my subject never interfered with my research or narrative except for correcting facts or dates, and this became a wonderful experience, Khushwant added.
The tipping point in researching him was the journal of governess, a German lady, who had made copious notes about prince’s day to day life, which he stumbled upon that made writing about his childhood very gripping and interesting.
There were numerous interviews, and even the letters his Doon School principal wrote to Captain’s mother that completed the narrative of his childhood days.
The biography was released just before the results of his elections this year, and would update in the next edition after his current tenure only on which I’m working, he said.
Biographies unveil the most significant part of history and I would definitely like to write about Vijay Malaya or Parkash Singh Badal if given an opportunity, he added.
Photo Canada: (L-R): Lee Maracle, Columpa Bobb, and Dr Christopher Gibbins