21 October 2017

Kulbir singh kalsi

“Rumi: Tales to Live By” by India born American author, Kamla K Kapur was released here today at a function organized by the Chandigarh Literary Society (CLS) at UT Guest House.

Dr Sumita Misra, CLS Chairperson, Padmashri Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry and noted journalist and author Roopinder Singh released the book.

The book is a series of stories about life’s trials and gifts from the famous Sufi poet Jalalud Din Rumi’s six volume work, “Mathnawi” written in Persian and later translated into English by Reynold Nicholson in 1926.

“I am a lover of author rather than a scholar,” says the author Kamla Kapur, who has recreated those stories for the modern reader ending with her commentary, her interpretation of each story and how it impacts our life.

Against the backdrop of modern times and the life’s challenges, Rumi’s sketches of humanity show a new generation of spiritual seekers illuminating even the darkest of the paths with divine light, explains Kamla Kapur.

Kamla Kapur read out a few select stories from the book while her husband Payson R Stevens, an equally multifaceted creative personality, read through the author’s commentary that accompanies each story.

Later Neelam Mansingh and Roopinder Singh interacted with the author to unveil the nuances of creativity and Rumi’s theme of stories from his vast repertoire.

Award-winning author Kamla Kapur further enhances the read with personal experiences from her own journey, making the narrative an enchanting mix of the real and the wondrous. Touching, passionate and sparkling, her commentary on these sometime forgotten but beloved stories clears the clouds of confusion and inspires in readers the strength to follow The Way.

Kamla K. Kapur is a bestselling poet, author of six books, and playwright. Kapur taught courses in play writing, poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, mythology, Shakespeare and women’s literature at Grossmont College in California for eighteen years. She and her husband divide their year living in the Kullu Valley in the Indian Himalayas and in Southern California.


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