I wanted to bring people together through literature, says writer and activist Sivasankari

Her book Knit India Through Literature launched in both Tamil and English

Published - March 18, 2023 11:27 pm IST - CHENNAI

The dignitaries during the book release event in Chennai on Saturday.

The dignitaries during the book release event in Chennai on Saturday. | Photo Credit: R. Ravindran

“I wanted to bring people together through literature,” Tamil writer and activist Sivasankari said here during the launch event of her book Knit India Through Literature on Saturday. The book has four volumes with both Tamil and English editions.

She said after she completed 25 years as a writer, she thought about what she could do for the country and literature. “I wanted to knit India through literature and wanted to introduce Indians to Indians because we hardly know each other. What do we know of those living in Manipur, like their language or culture, or what do they know of us? It took me 16 years to finish the book, and it was almost like a penance to write it. My dream has become a reality today,” she said.

Unlike today, where one can find information in a jiffy on the internet, Ms. Sivasankari said it was a very challenging process to write the book – from finding authors in 18 languages to meeting them in person and travelling the length and breadth of the country. “I could interact with intellectual giants who have helped to shape the thinking of this country. I brought out the book in English too because I wanted this to go pan India. I wanted it to reach the youth as I wanted them to have the right perception of this country and its history,” she added.

Akila Srinivasan, director, Shriram Life Insurance Company Limited, said Ms. Sivasankari interviewed 102 writers in 18 languages for this book, and it was a huge endeavour for her. “We took up the task of purchasing 400 sets of this book in English and Tamil and distributed them to major universities, standalone libraries and important colleges of the country,” she added.

Tamil Scholar Sudha Seshayyan and Jnanpith Awardee Damodar Mauzo launched the book and spoke. The event was followed by ‘Knit India Through Music’, a concert in different Indian languages by musician Aruna Sairam.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.