While 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.
Noted 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.
In 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 pains.
Shri Naresh Bharatiya looked quite emotional while accepting the award and thanked Katha (UK) for honouring his creative work.
On 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.
The 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.
Naina 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.
Editor 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.
To 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.