In an impressive literary cum academic event held at Model Institute of Education and Research, Jammu this afternoon, two latest books penned by Australia based Kashmiri engineer turned author Bill K Koul were released. The books are titled “A Bouquet of Random Thoughts- Conversations with myself” and “Does India need a Dictator- To rescue a sinking nation”. The book launch function was clubbed together with the Research Awards ceremony at MIER, which felicitated its faculty members.
The books were launched by Prof. Rajni Dhingra, Dean Research Studies, University of Jammu; Dr. Rekha Koul, Dean International, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University, Australia; Dr. Arun K Gupta, Chairperson MIER; Dr. Renu Gupta, Vice Chairperson MIER; and Jawahar Lal Koul, former Chief Engineer.
Introducing the books, Prof. Adit Gupta said that the book “Does India need a Dictator” is about the issues that affect the country like environmental pollution and poverty, while the second book “A Bouquet of Random Thoughts” is more philosophical and describes the author’s contemplative thoughts.
The author Bill K Koul, while reading sections from the books, gave an overview of both of them and described ‘Does India need a dictator- To rescue a sinking nation’ as apolitical. He said that this book is about India’s sustainability. It expresses his feelings, personal observations and deep concerns about India’s very survival, and how to address the issues that seriously undermine the country–increasing population, dwindling liveability, environmental degradation, corruption, poor education of the masses, poverty, etc.
Talking about the book “A Bouquet of Random Thoughts”, the author said that this book provides his thoughts – about life, humanism, education, gender equality, politics, liveability and sustainability of the world – as an assortment of articles, passages, one-liners and poems. This book also features thoughtful and beautiful illustrations by Shadi Shahgaldi, an Iranian-Australian architect.
Dr. Arun K Gupta presented the review of “Does India need a Dictator”, and his review was interspersed with insightful thoughts and mellifluous shayari, which was applauded by the audience. Dr. Renu Gupta expressed her views on “A Bouquet of Random Thoughts”, and her review also contained astute observations about the book that she shared with the audience.
The previous books of the author include “22 Years- A Kashmir Story”, “My Life Does Not Have To Be Unhappy”, and “Issues White-Anting India- As an NRI sees it”.
Prominent among those present included Dr. Adit Gupta, Principal MIER College of Education; Rupa Gupta, Joint Director MIER; other esteemed guests and dignitaries, along with the faculty and students of MIER College of Education.