Congratulations on this new honour. May it be a source of peace, goodwill and mutual understanding between our tiny country and the huge place which is called India.'
I know that my poetry touched a few hearts last evening and to me this is the greatest prize of all.
A heartfelt thanks to Sri Somnath Chatterjee, Counsellor, Embassy of India in Dublin and Dr. K. Sreenivasarao, Secretary Sahitya Akademi, Delhi for having the openness to invite me to read. A special thanks to all those who gave of their time to listen in Delhi and online in Ireland and elsewhere.
Dr. Chandra Mohan joined me for tea and a chat beforehand providing a calming preamble to the reading.
I was honoured to have the respected poetry and prose writer Sri Keki N. Daruwalla chair the event.
It was a pleasure to meet Brian McElduff, the Irish Ambassador to India.
Mangalesh Dabral read three of my poems which he had translated into Hindi.
After the reading I met with many writers and Dr. Devendra Choubey, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University and his students of Irish studies.
I look forward to further collaborations with my Indian 'cousins'.
Link to photos and press release on Sahitya Akademi Facebook Page and recording of event on YouTube.