The book has finally been unveiled. My Glass of Wine, Kiriti Sengupta's landmark book in hybrid literature, opened to a hall full of literature enthusiasts. The event, organized by Literature Studio, started with eminent poet and scholar Sukrita Paul Kumar enlightening us with her thoughts on hybridization. Prof. Chandra Shekhar Dubey spoke about the inherent spirituality in Kiriti Sengupta's work.
After a brief discussion on Hybrid Literature and My Glass of Wine between Kiriti Sengupta and Vibha Malhotra, founder of Literature Studio, the contest winners took over the stage to present their winning entries and Sankarak - A Literary Fusion, an anthology of their winning entries was released.
The readings started with 13-year-old Aashutosh Mukherjee mesmerising the audience with his Memoir Dida's Schooling.
Next, Mr Arvind Passey presented his essay I'm Part Human in his signature engaging style. The audience responded with a loud applause.
Esha Chakraborty is famous in Literature Studio's Writers' Circle for her evocative reading skills, and at the event too she lived up to her reputation. Her earnest reading of her story The Stone-hearted Husband was good enough to melt many hearts.
Radhika Maira Tabrez made a 19 hour train journey to attend the event. It is so inspiring to know people like her. She read her story Tiny Drops of Grace and ruled the stage with her performance.
Raghav Arora's intense reading of his story That Precise Moment! was heart-wrenching.
Tanmoy Bhattacharjee was charming in his stoic reading of Chase : In Search of Reality.
The invited poets then stormed the stage with their short yet enchanting readings. The readings started with the young poet Tanya Chaudhary who read two short poems.
Nitin Soni, the "curly poet", was the next to go and he won many hearts even though he decided to recite just one of his poems.
Yaseen Anwer, Founder of "Kaafiya - The Poetry Festival", read his Hindi/Urdu poetry and mesmerized the audience with his humility and talent.
Raghavendra Madhu, Founder of Poetry Couture, brought the event to a perfect closure with his passionate reading.
The event was expertly moderated by Literature Studio's poetry editor Ashmi Ahluwalia. On the whole, it was an interesting evening for literary crowd.
The event concluded with the announcement of final results of the My Glass of Wine creative writing contest. Raghav Arora won the book deal with Hawakaal Publisher, Radhika Maira Tabrez and Aashutosh Mukherjee won creative writing courses worth Rs. 10,000 each from Literature Studio. Mr Arvind Passey and Tanmoy Bhattacharjee won gift hampers from Tathya. Esha Chakraborty won a special prize from Kiriti Sengupta.
The event concluded with fantastic readings by eminent young poets and the award distribution for the "My Glass of Wine" contest.