Geeta Chhabra's letter to her Readers

 

Boston

21st May 2018

Dear Readers,

 

The month of May brings my entire family and me many joys. With humility and gratitude, I share with you that my spouse, Ved Chhabra, is on the list of Forbes Middle East 2018 – as among the Top 100 Indian Business Leaders in the Arab World for the fifth time in succession. The Forbes event was held in Dubai on 8th May 2018 at Vista Ballroom, Five Palm Jumeirah-Dubai, UAE.  Thank you, Forbes.

 

And one more major blessing to share with you… now, we are in Boston at the kind invitation of Boston University… to celebrate the events honouring our daughter, Vibha Bakshi; Vibha feels utterly privileged and humbled! She has received the Honorary Degree – Doctor of Humane Letters from her alma mater for her creative work… as a social documentary film-maker (director & producer). It was in this amazing city where Vibha spent her most wonderful college years to learn and grow, and now it is here… Vibha stood tall to be the commencement speaker at the College of Communication on 18th May 2018.  Her address touched the hearts of several thousand people! from graduating students to parents to faculty members to senior mentors to privileged guests… as she spoke on gender justice, especially, connected with rape and violence.  Thank you, Boston University for giving our daughter, a standing ovation; thank you for grooming Vibha, and for the warmest hospitality you have extended to our entire family.  We have so much to tell back home… when we return to Mumbai and Dubai.

 

In my next Issue, I will have more to share on how Boston University has advanced in the last 25 years. What a satisfaction! for my spouse and me that all our three children, and our nephew graduated from here.

 

Looking at the whole scene, I say this: What more can a wife and mother desire! I can only bow to the Lord Almighty, and thank each and every person who has helped us with such outstanding achievements.

 

In the Prose Section, I present the facts and articles on how the making of Vibha’s social documentary: Daughters of Mother India took shape. The film won numerous prestigious national and international awards. As a starter, the documentary won the National Film Award from the President of India Mr. Pranab Mukerjee on 3rd May 2015.  

 

To view the prose passages (they majorly give the thread on the journey of Vibha’s film in discussion), kindly click on http://geetachhabra.com/prose/proseindex.php.

 

The Poetry Section covers poems from my book: Smash My Glass.  To view the poems kindly click on http://geetachhabra.com/poetry/poetryindex.php.

 

Photo-News Section elaborates further the theme of this month’s Issue.  Hence, we share the photos related to Daughters of Mother India.  Photo-News is also carrying the milestones for Ved’s success; it is very appropriate to praise the leadership of UAE – the great leaders surely know how to encourage entrepreneurs like Ved.  To view the photographs kindly click on http://www.geetachhabra.com/photo_news/photo_news.php

 

In the Music Section, Kanan Devi is featured. To know about the melodious Bengali singer cum actress, kindly click on http://geetachhabra.com/music/kanan-devi-may.php.

 

In the Section of Book Review, I present my own thoughts on why and how, I wrote my first book (a coffee table book) dedicated to my second home – which is the UAE.  An Indian Ode To The Emirates describes my intense love and respect for the leaders and the people of this region.  To view the review kindly click on http://geetachhabra.com/aboutgc/book_review/An-Indian-Ode.php.

 

In the Section of Different Dialogues we have the interview covering the extended & enlarged version of the conversations, I have had with Ms. Isobel Abulhoul – Founder-Director of The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.  To view the same, please click on http://geetachhabra.com/aboutgc/diff_dialogues/Isobel-Abulhoul.php.

 

Viewers' Corner is active, as always. I thank my social media friends and well-wishers for their interest in my blog and my tweets on Twitter. To view the comments kindly click on

http://www.geetachhabra.com/aboutgc/comments/viewers_comments.php.

 

Enjoy the Issue.

With warm regards,

Geeta Chhabra

 
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