Unveiling of book Mirror in the Hall on 12th of July 2019


by Shrutee K/DNS

The unveiling of book “Mirror in the Hall” written by Prakash Bal Joshi will be held on the 12th of July 2019 at 5 pm. at Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh. Renowned author Vasant Abaji Dahake, guest of honour Arjun Dangle and poet Ranjit Hoskote will be guest of honour and chief guest respectively. This award winning Marathi book is translated into English by Smita Karandikar. Ratna Books editor Dinesh Sinha and adviser Sridhar Balan will grace the occasion. The award winning book, “Prakash Bal Joshi yanchya katha” is being translated into Hindi, Gujarati, French and Malayalam. This collection of fifteen short stories by Prakash Bal Joshi explores contemporary themes revolving around strained relationships, changing values and women empowerment among middle-class people in both rural and urban settings.

What makes these narratives remarkably distinct is the sensitive, at times disturbing yet humane, portrayal of the characters, each going through his/her unique set of trials and tribulations in life without any value judgement by the author, leaving the readers to contemplate and draw their own interpretations. Each story has a sketch by the author which depicts his visualization– restless, illusionary, incomprehensible – lending a rather mysterious touch to his narratives. As a renowned artist he has participated in several international and national art events and biennales in Europe, USA, and other art hubs.

 Prakash Bal Joshi has started his career from Kesari Newspaper in Pune. Last four decade he has done Journalism for newspapers Kesari, Free Press Journal, Indian Express, Times of India. He was a witness to the renowned movement, the drought of 1972, the communal riots, tribal children malnutrition, the bamani tour, the many elections and agitations. While pursuing journalism, he remained observant and nurtured the creative author within giving rise to many creative stories. "Gateway" and "Story of a Girlfriend" are some examples of creative expressions.


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