Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) organized a three-day literature festival, Abhivyakti, at Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur from November 12 to 14. The event was hosted by AWWA South Western Command and was inaugurated by President AWWA Mrs. Archana Pande.
The festival offered interactions with writers, storytellers, poets, journalists, bloggers, and AWWA entrepreneurs, and was graced by well-known personalities MP Diya Kumari, journalists Rahul Singh and Shiv Aroor, and actors Kumud Mishra and Rannvijay Singha.
Mrs. Ravneet Bhinder, Regional President AWWA, said, “Abhivyakti Season 2 has been an enriching experience. It was amazing to see the talent and creativity amongst our Army wives. I hope that it has been an enlightening experience for all our authors and artists.”
Abhivyakti featured interesting panel discussions such as ‘Age: Only a Number for Writers’ that included writers from different age groups sharing their joy and experience of starting their writing careers at different stages of their lives. Ms Jyotsna Atre, who moderated the session, said, “When it comes to penning a book, age is truly just a number, as our panellists showed, animatedly sharing their journeys from research to writing to publishing their labour of love.”
Mrs Jane Himmeth Singh spoke about her experience of researching and archiving the material for the book ‘The Garud Strikes’, authored by Maj Mukul Deva, a compelling story of 4 Guards (1st Rajput) and the critical role they played in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Her husband, Lt Gen Himmeth Singh, was the Commandant then, responsible for one of the most successful military campaigns of modern times. “I wanted a book with human interest stories, first-hand accounts, and voices of young officers and jawans at the bayonet end, so to speak,” Mrs Himmeth Singh added.
Her co-panellist Ms Sahana Ahmed, author of ‘Combat Skirts’, spoke about inspiring her mother, grandmother, and daughter to publish their short stories after she took to writing. Ms Ahmed was also a participant in the concluding session of Abhivyakti, ‘Nayi Peedhi, Nayi Soch’, where eminent educationalists shared tips and information on how to help children become responsible readers in the digital age.
Talking about the need for Peace Education, Ms Ahmed, India Country Chair of the World Peace Wing of G100 Club, shared details of ‘Amity’, an anthology of peace poems she has edited. “The book has more than ninety poems by award-winning writers from eight countries. It will be launched at the annual Women Economic Forum in New Delhi later this year.”
Dr Ameeta Mulla Wattal, Chairperson & Executive Director Education, Innovations and Training for DLF Foundation Schools and Scholarship Programmes, moderated the discussion. “It was a very enriching and meaningful panel that highlighted the needs of Gen Z. The responses focused on a variety of issues from sustainability to mental health, technology versus reflective reading practices, being unschooled to schooled. The interaction with the audience was extremely lively.”
More information about Abhivyakti is available at: https://awwalitfest.in.