Indian writers hail woman power at Mountain Echoes Literature Fest

The Times of India reports on the Mountain Echoes Literature Fest

Literature is the glue of mankind. Beyond Time, we are each other’s stories, Namita Gokhale said inaugurating the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival here. This was borne out as names and faces from India and Bhutan – Aparna Sen, Rahul Bose, Amish TripathiLily Wangchukamong them – came onstage after Queen Mother Arshi Dorji Wangmoo Wangchuk on Friday.

The festival’s founder patron, Arshi Dorji read excerpts from Treasures of the Thunder Dragon, her pen portrait of growing up with Bhutan. She was born in Nabgong, where her father lived with her mother’s family. “The women of our village had the reputation of being strong and independent. It was an education to see how my grandmother tackled people with a mixture of diplomacy, command, accommodation and fearlessness …”

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