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The Hills Were Alive at Abbotsford Literary Weekend 2016

Abbotsford Literary Weekend – Post Event Press Release


Abbotsford Literary Weekend 2016


The first Abbotsford Literary Weekend started at Abbotsford, Nainital in a traditional way, where Kumauni music was played. The event was introduced by Dr Ajay Rawat after which the event formally started. The first session saw Chitra Iyer Shah, Kanika Sisodia and Akshay Gururani talking about the essence of mountains and read from Himalaya: Adventures, Meditations, Life published by Speaking Tiger.


Second session Words of Quiet: Of Colour and Calm was an engaging session where Bulbul Sharma was in conversation with Aneel Bisht. In this session Bulbul Sharma talked of her oeuvre as an artist and an author.


In the third session Janhavi Prasada was in conversation with Namita Gokhale. In this session Janhavi Prasada’s upcoming graphic novel Tales of Young Gandhi was discussed. It was an entertaining session where Gandhi’s multifaceted personality was talked about.


The fourth session was the most colourful session quite literally, as the beautiful ladies wore the bright polka dotted Rangwali Pichhauras, a traditional Kumaoni garment for a session on Rangwali Pichhauras: Reinterpreting Fabric & Fashion. In this session Mamta Mansingka and Nita Pawar were in conversation with Dr Alka Pande.


The last session was a Curtain-raiser event for Namita Gokhale’s latest book Things to Leave Behind. In this session Pushpesh Pant, the eminent historian, spoke very highly of the book.
The event was held on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Abbotsford Heritage Homestay. The event was produced by Siyahi, a literary agency based in Jaipur.



About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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