The society degrades when there is no intellectual interaction among its members. This was stated by Rashida Tapadar at the launch of the literary body ‘Inkpot’ in Guwahati on Sunday. Rashida, who is the President of Inkpot informed the elite audience that the body was first formed in Dimapur, Nagaland before its advent to Guwahati and has plans to organise readers’ meet and other literary activities in Shillong, Silchar, Tezpur, and Agartala within the coming six months.
Speaking as the chief guest on the occasion, renowned author Padmashri Eli Ahmed said, “Cultivation of mother tongue is the first requisite to achieve intellectual excellence by any society.” She lauded the initiative of Inkpot to encourage budding writers and requested the literary body to publish a periodical journal to enable young writers to find a suitable platform for expression of their creative talent.
Another eminent litterateur and guest of honour, Mitra Phukan, felt that humans cannot have a fulfilling existence without creativity. She said, “The creator has put a spark in each one of us, we only need to let it burst into a flame.” She also expressed the hope that Inkpot will enable youngsters realise their creative dreams.
Samudra Gupta Kashyap, senior journalist, in an interesting discourse related the humble beginning of the inkpot and the quail pen, their rise to eminence, and how one fine day they had leave their place to accommodate the more economical and convenient ball point pen. He hoped that Inkpot would be able to converge the talents of various states of the North East and pump in a new life in the literary body of the region.
Indrani Raimedhi, features editor, The Assam Tribune, gave a bird’s eye view of her forthcoming book which depicts the various aspects of a women’s life and deals with her interviews with women prisoners, women in militant outfits, as also women in decision making positions in the society.
A large number of young writers participated in the reading session that followed. Suman Saha, Adviser of NICSE & Inkpot, offered the vote of thanks.