Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Meeting between CLFN President Kartikeya and AWIC/IBBY-India President Smt. Nilima Sinha
Shri Kartikeya, President of Children’s Literature Foundation Nepal (CLFN) and Smt. Nilima Sinha, President of the Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children (AWIC) IBBY-India have had a harmonious meeting. On the occasion, deliberations were made on how these two non-governmental organizations can collaborate in their missions to develop high-quality reading materials and promote reading culture.
During the meeting, CLFN President Kartikeya gifted the IBBY Delhi Chief some six Braille books and a few fully-colored and illustrated English books for children, published by CLFN.
Veteran writer of children’s literature Smt. Neelima Sinha briefed Kartikeya about her career as a writer. A short clip of the video showing the conversation between the two has been uploaded on the Facebook page of CLFN. In the video talk, author Sinha has revealed that she was drawn into children’s literature writing after being inspired by the works of world famous author Enid Blyton. She briefed that when her enthusiasm in writing enhanced later, she took more interest in writing heroic and fantastic stories for young adults with characters picked from local and immediate environment. Additionally, the award conferred upon by the National Book Trust, India boosted her morale to develop her authorial personality, she said.
During the meeting, the two agreed to initiate a planning to organize exhibitions of books and illustrations in Kathmandu and New Delhi in future. They also held serious discussions on what the two organizations can do to hone the skills of writers and illustrators in both the countries.
During the meeting, the two agreed that CLFN shall collaborate with IBBY to translate into Nepali and publish high-quality books prepared by AWIC and to publish and promote in Nepali those books awarded and lauded by AWIC and prepared by authors and illustrators associated with AWIC. They also agreed that some books authored by veteran write Sinha herself shall also be translated and published in Nepali and Braille by CLFN in the near future.
CLFN family welcomes Smt. Nilima Sinha, who visited Kathmandu together with her renowned politician husband Yashwant Sinha, and wishes her family trip a great success. The Foundation also thanks her for allocating her precious time for it. The two-hour meeting with her has inspired CLFN to think how it can move ahead in future, for which CLFN family is deeply indebted to her.