accepting the coveted International Indu Sharma Katha Samman, Gyan Chaturvedi said that although satire in Hindi literature
is considered to be a second rate genre yet it is really tough creating a high standard literary work like a novel which has
a big canvas, and contains different hue and colours and yet maintain the satirical tone all through.
poetess and short story writer, Achala Sharma, while speaking on the novel opined that Baaraamaasi is the story of
dreamers; dreams that blossom like the lotus flower in the muddy soil of contradictions.
the same function Shri Naresh Bharatiya was awarded the third Padmanand Sahitya Samman for his book Uss Paar Iss
Paar. According to Shri Kailash Budhwar this creative work is an important and heart rendering document of immigrants
Naresh Bharatiya looked quite emotional while accepting the award and thanked Katha (UK) for honouring his creative work.
this occasion Mr. Jim Hall, the train crew manager of Silverlink Train Services launched the souvenir and wished Katha (UK)
well in organising such international events. His father Mr. Edwin Hall, 76 was honoured with a shawl and coconut as a senior
citizen. Mr. Edwin Hall trained as a policeman at Phillaur in undivided India and was later posted in Lahore.
Chief Guest Neelam Ahmad Basheer launched the novel Des Birana written by Mr. Suraj Prakash, in-charge of the Indian
Chapter of Katha (UK). Suraj Prakash pointed out that it is a strange but pleasant coincident that a novel written in Hindi
is being launched by a writer from Pakistan in the city of London.
Sharma (Dy.Chairperson Katha) informed the audience about the activities of Katha (UK). Ravi Sharma of Sunrise Radio rendered
portions of Baaraamaasi in his inimitable style. Noted poetess Madhu Chaturvedi, read from stage, portions from the
book by Shri Naresh Arora.
of Purvaai, Shri Padmesh Gupta read the introduction of Shri Gyan Chaturvedi while Deepti Sharma introduced Mr. Naresh
Bharatiya to the audience. The programme was compered by Mr. Anil Sharma. Tejendra Sharma (General Secretary Katha) made an
announcement regarding opening of the Birmingham Chapter of Katha (UK) which would be headed by noted writer Shail Agrawal.
He passed the vote of thanks.
grace the occasion, among others, were present Mr. C.B. Patel (editor Gujarat Samachar), Mr. Gopal Bagle (First Secretary
Indian High Commission), Gautam Sachdev, Onkar Nath Srivastava, Perveiz Alam, Sohan Rahi, Usha Verma, Mahendra Verma, Salma
Zaidi, Usha Raje Saxena, KBL Saxena, Inder Syal, Krishan Kant Tandon, Ashok Priyadarshi, Yavar Abbas, Hina Baxi, Manji Patel
Vekhariya, Mahesh Patel, Dr. Narendra Agrawal, and Shail Agrawal.