Tribune News Service
Patiala, June 15
“Patiala Reads”, an all-woman book club, hosted an online meeting with author Faiqa Mansab to discuss her debut novel: “This House of Clay and Water”. It delves into the travails of transgenders and their hardships in a country where gender or anatomy defines the role and relevance of an individual. It is an unusual love story of two persons, Nida and Bhanggi. Nida is invisible to her family while Bhanggi is invisible to society in which he lives, rather survives.
“As June is globally celebrated as Pride month in solidarity with human rights of the LGBT Q+ community, we decided to host the author for our June session,” said founder member Neetu Narula. Faiqa Mansab did her Masters in Fine Arts Creative Writing with distinction from Kingston University of London with the Legendary writer, Elif Shafak, being her supervisor.
The session was presided over by Dr Sabreena Sandhu while Manninder Singh, a young frontline worker for the Pride movement in Patiala, discussed the issues faced by the LGBT community. “The club has opened its membership to avid woman readers for a short time. Bhavya Garg, the 18-year-old member, intends to set up an exclusive chapter of “Patiala Reads” for the young adults, in the age group of 15-25”, said members.
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