Sutapa Basu is a best-selling, award-winning author as well as an educationist, poet, storyteller, and a translator. Her historical novel, The Curse of Nader Shah won the Best Fiction Award by AutHer Awards, 2020 instituted by JK Papers and The Times of India. She is the 2016 First Prize winner of The Times of India’s Write India Campaign for Amish Tripathi while her debut, a psychological thriller, Dangle was nominated for the Anupam Kher Award for Best Debut English Novel in 2017. In 2021, she received an award for Excellence in Publishing by the Public Diplomacy Forum.
She is well-known for her best-selling historical fiction, Padmavati, The Queen Tells Her Own Story (2017). Her second historical fiction initiated the Invader Series with The Legend of Genghis Khan (2018) and continued with The Curse of Nader Shah (2019). Recently, her two anthologies, Out Of The Blue, Stories with a Twist and The Anatomy of Affection, Tales That Touch You (2020) have been released. A cozy-mystery adventure, The Cursed Inheritance was published in 2021. Stepping into the genre of children’s literature, her English translation of the iconic Thakurmar Jhuli titled Princesses, Monsters and Magical Creatures was also launched in 2021. Her book, The Birth of My Nation is being launched in 2022.
Sutapa’s short stories have appeared in anthologies and many educational series at the K-12 levels by her are being prescribed in schools in India and abroad. Sutapa manages Sutapa’s Studio that trains school faculty and creative writing aspirants as well as runs a live chat show Bistro Buzz Conversations with Sutapa Basu that hosts unique people from across spheres and the world. Read her works on her website sutapabasu.com & Readomania.com.
When we study history in school, we learn about how the reigns of important kings changed the country, about how the British established their empire here and how much Indians struggled to attain Independence. But there is hardly any information on how India was integrated into one, single nation after Independence. All of us, children and young adults of our country are exposed daily to momentous events building India’s present history. But do they know how this nation was built nearly from scratch? What did our leaders, the rulers of princely kingdoms, and our people do? What did they sacrifice? How did they fight so that we have a nation that is India today?
There are innumerable stories hidden in the answers to those questions; each one different, each one intriguing, each one worth knowing.
The Birth of My Nation tells those stories.
It also tells the stories of how each of the 28 states and 8 union territories of modern India was born right from its pre-historic days to modern times.
The Session was organised for retired People and discussed How they live their retired life. Ms Sangeeta Varma Asked the speakers what Retirement left, and all the people shared their experiences. Mr Vikash Khurana said that is just a number and Retirement is a state of mind, Also Ms Sutapa Basu said that it meant freedom from all the things that bind it thus we are faced to do what we like. All the people shared their different experiences. Mr Vilash Kale - said that we should have the wags to learn something different and spend time for ourselves, Not identifying our profession as it is just a phase of life like retirement, reinventing oneself, finding new things to do learn new things.
The session started with Ms Sutapa asking some questions based on the history of Nagpur. She asked the audience questions on Zero Mile, Ajab Bangla (a famous museum in Nagpur), and many more. Then she pointed out some aspects of the importance of histories such as we can learn a lot from it to decide on the present and the future. Also, history is more about the people and less about the dates and events. It also gives us a sense of connection between two or more events. She read some excerpts from her books on Nadir Shah and her latest book “Birth of my Nation”. The workshop went on for a full forty minutes and saw students and the audience listening to her attentively. Students especially enjoyed the session as she distributed chocolates to winners of the quiz she took during her session.
New Notes of the lesson Partnerships are important practices in history, and sound being transferred for generations. A sampling - tree - fruit there were, Warrior queens being unvoiced in history, Women entrepreneurs who got into trading in history. (Rani Abhaka) Velu Nachiyar- freedom straggler (1780) history distinguished, women in History Building our National -> resourceful Intangible heritage in India. (Kamala devi) We are privileged to enjoy our lives so this fruit that is testing right now is the sampling done by the Waria Quersa.