Report by Jaya Bhattacharji Rose


On Thursday, 16 Oct 2014, H.E. Ambassador Feilim McLaughlin of Ireland hosted a literary soiree at his residence. It was organized to commemorate the centenary of World War I.  The event consisted of an exhibition on the Irish poet W.B. Yeats and a panel discussion on “Conflict and Literature”. The panelists were three Indian authors/journalists—Paro Anand, Samanth Subramanian and Amandeep Sandhu and the discussion was moderated by Ambassador McLaughlin. Ambassador of Ireland Feilim McLaughlin said the event was intended to explore the role of the writer in portraying or interpreting conflict, drawing parallels between the experience in Ireland and South Asia. The evening was curated by Jaya Bhattacharji Rose.

heliumJaspreet Singh, author of Helium, talks about his new novel based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Jaspreet Singh is a trained chemist and an award-winning Canadian-Indian author. His new novel Helium, on the anti-Sikh pogrom, is told from the point of view of a guilty police officer’s son. Excerpts from an interview:

Why Helium?

In the story, the element Helium was the research specialisation of Raj’s professor at IIT- Delhi. This ‘cosmic’ element has peculiar and very fascinating properties. For instance, Helium does not ‘burn’.