October 11, 2020 | Susan Sanny
A Day with an Author Series - Book Launch of The Zoo in my Backyard
Date: October 12, 2020
A Day with an Author series was organized by the Department of English (PG) on October 12, 2020 which also incorporated the book launch of The Zoo in my Backyard by the eminent author Mrs. Usha Rajagopalan. The book launch was then followed with an interactive session between the author and a poet, writer Mrs. Maitreyee B Chowdhury.
The book was launched by Rev. Dr. Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) and the first copy was handed to the HOD of Department of English (PG). During the book launch, Rev. Dr. Augustine George expressed his thoughts on the book and how he could relate to it as it took him back to his childhood days.
The interactive session put forth by the department showcased several relevant queries by Mrs. Maitryee B Chowdhury which started off with the inspiration Mrs Usha had for writing the book The Zoo in my Backyard. She talked on how relevant it was for young minds, specially focussing on the urban kids who are not acquainted with the rural lifestyle alongside nature.
Mrs. Usha Rajagopalan very enthusiastically answered all the queries. She explained how her childhood experiences influenced her to write this book. “This book is a tribute” she mentioned while explaining that a number of people moulded her to the person she is today. Mrs. Usha further discussed the importance of childhood exposure in one's personal growth and pitched on the conservation of nature. Further, the author mentioned how her book would be an eye opener to the people who are not acquainted with the distinctive rustic life. Through her narration the readers got an opportunity to walk through the pastoral world. When questioned about her future works or sequel to the book, she expressed her plans to pen down the humorous experiences she had near the Puttenahalli Lake (Bengaluru).
The session concluded with advice and tips for the students to keep in mind while authoring or editing any piece of writing. Both the dignitaries pitched in information about the importance of reading, writing, and editing. Finally Mrs. Maitryee B Chowdhury put forth a writing formula- to read like a critic and edit like an enemy.
Alka Gopi, a final year MA student shared her experience- "It was a really wonderful session. Usha Rajagopalan ma'am took me back to my cherished childhood days. We got a chance to know more about two excellent authors. Both of them put forward so many insightful ideas to mull over. Overall it was an enlightening session.”
“It was good to see a writer talk about her book, how it was inspired from her childhood memories .I was inspired by Madam’s urge to conserve the environment.” opined Nandini Nagar, a first year MA student.
70 participants including the Principal, the faculty members, the students of the English department (PG) , invited guests and the alumni were mesmerized by the weave of words that swathed them in the author’s narrative.