I went to the book launch at Hotel Connemera with a little trepidation, expecting the book to be some kind of Science Fiction which was not my cup of tea. Also I didn’t associate Geek with anything complimentary!
After the introduction of the author and Mr.R. Chandrasekar, the person who would be in conversation with her, Anjela went up to the podium, unwrapped her book and spoke very briefly about it and the interaction had begun in right earnest. R. Chandraseka, author of an unusual sounding title, The Goat,The Sofa and Mr. Swami through his incisive questioning was able to draw out the author on the various aspects covered in her book, which she did mainly by interviewing luminaries in their respective field and presenting a very bright scenario for the future.
In the Q and A that followed ,the questioners thought Anjela appeared a little too ambitious about Indian Science taking over the world when facts speak otherwise. Though she admitted that there is a paucity of Research in our country compared to the West where investment and encouragement is much greater, it is heartening to see that technology has not been confined to the rich alone nor only to the urban population as it has become more accessible to the common man.
What struck me was the young author’s projection of India in a very positive light unlike writers based abroad ( irrespective of their nationality) who tend to highlight the seamy side of a developing country, totally ignoring our achievements.
n.meera raghavendra rao