Completely overwhelmed by the wonderful day that was yesterday, so I must begin with the gratitude. To Shaili Chopra, for being the absolute rockstar she is and the complete, unswerving faith and trust she reposes in me for the #WomenWritersFest, for making sure everything falls into place and runs like clockwork, for being the warm, generous soul she is, thank you.
To the fabulous team at Shethepeople who held it all together yesterday, Hemant Chandiramani Devika Chitnis Purvi Gupta Charvi Kathuria, Roshni Baronia, you guys were incredible, take a bow for that relentless effort from early morning to evening.
To Saumya Kulshreshtha, can I ever thank you enough for the superlative energy you brought to the day, and the wonderful spontaneity and wit you infused every session with. I owe you so much. You’re a host par excellence, and I thank you for doing this for us.
Thank you to Amaryllis and Classic Invites for the giveaways, and Instituto Cervantes for hosting us. To Oxford Bookstores for being our bookstore partners.
To Kiranjeet Chaturvedi, what a workshop. I was amazed to see the crowd that gathered just for it and stayed glued for the entire hour. Thank you so much, for this, and the sabjis.
Our wonderful panelists, Bhaavna Arora, Shuchi Singh Kalra, Vaishali Mathur, Adite Banerjie, Anja Kovacs, Karnika Kohli, Aneela Zeb Babar, Sunetra Choudhury, GurMehar Kaur, Kota Neelima, Arpita Das, Aarti David, Aditi Maheshwari Goyal, Shantanu Duttagupta, Namita Bhandare Rashmi Menon, Natasha Badhwar, Shelja Sen, Amee Misra, Nazia Erum, Aditi Mathur Kumar, Mariellen Ward, Mridula Dwivedi, Devapriya Roy, Sonu Bhasin, Namita Bhandare, Anisha Motwani, Uppma Virdi, Gauri Sawant – Indian Transgender Activist, Amrita Swaarup, Avani Parekh, Aditee Biswas, Sonal KalraSreemoyee Piu Kundu.
Thank for taking time out from your weekend and being part of this festival, bringing your insights and expertise to the discussions. To our moderators, Kanchana Banerjee, Rituparna Chatterjee, Swati Rai, Aekta Kapoor, Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, Sonal Kalra, you were all superlative in steering the discussions to valuable insights and nuances that gave the audience food for thought. Pics and videos coming soon.
To everyone who came to the festival, Dipali Taneja, Vikas Vijayovich Datta, Kavita Devgan, Piyusha Vir, Purba Ray and so many more, am sure some names are slipping me, so grateful you spent your day with us.
As one of our panelists said, it was a day of warmth, of conversations, of sisterhood, of bonding, and some incredible discussions. It was a day of woman power, empathy and laughter. It was a day was truly special. Can’t wait for next year already.
Here are some pictures.