Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Book reading –cum- discussion on the book “Next Door” & “Rebirth” authored by Ms. Jahnavi Barua on Friday, 1st June, 2012 at 6:30 pm. Ms. Barua was in conversation with well-known author Ms. Shinie Antony.
Jahnavi started the conversation with her debut work “Next Door” which was a collection of short stories. She read a few excerpts from her book which were integral to the inhabitant of the Assam. The liberal sprinkling of Assamese words and phrases in her book made up the unique flavour of her collection.
The next was the discussion about her novel “Rebirth”. She read a few excerpts from this book too. From the title itself, one could make out that this book was quiet and contemplative. The novel was the first person monologue by a mother to her unborn child.During the engrossing dialogue between Jahnavi and Shinie a clear picture emerged about the working of creative minds and the expressions of creativity. Jahnavi talked nostalgically about how her family and the environment of the North-west has influenced her writing and also how the surgical precision of her imagery and choice of words, in a way, was a reflection of her professional training as a doctor. Talking about crafting her ideas into stories and books, she stated that she tries to work out all details in her mind first before putting them on paper and revises her writings several times before putting a final shape to them. The fascinating exposure to a creative mind was hugely enjoyed by an appreciative audience.