The National Bestseller, Mr. Christopher C. Doyle was present at Hiranandani Foundation School International, Powai on 18th April, 2018 for the launch of his latest book, “Son of Bhrigu- Book 1 of The Pataala Prophecy Series”. It was an immense prestige for the school to serve as the venue for the author’s Book Launch in Mumbai. In collaboration with Westland, HFS International hosted the programme amidst great enthusiasm and exuberance. The presence of various other reputed schools of Mumbai incorporated an element of grandeur to the event.
Mr. Surendra Hiranandani, our beloved trustee, Founder and Director of Hiranandani Group of Companies, Managing Director and Chairman of House of Hiranandani was present on the occasion to launch the book. In his insightful speech, he encouraged students to cultivate the art of reading while his reminiscences took him to relate how his father spent money on buying books even though circumstances had imposed a certain degree of thrift in his life. He went on to recount how science fiction stole his heart and his engrossment with the works of H.G. Wells that coaxed him to devote hours in reading.
The day’s programme commenced with the invocation of the Goddess of Learning when students of Grade 8 recited shlokas as Saraswati Vandana. It was followed by the ‘Malala Dance’ when students of Grade 6, paid homage to the indomitable spirit of Malala who had upheld the pursuit of knowledge against oppression and intolerance. “Read for a Better World” was a piece of sound advice from Advika Nair of Grade 3 who captivated the heart of the audience by emphatically stating why children should take up reading.
The Principal of the school, Mrs. Kalyani Patnaik welcomed the Chief Guests of the day and all the Principals, teachers and students present on the occasion. She marvelled how fits of imagination could make the daunting task of writing books appear as something done with ease. An avid reader herself, she had taken upon her duty to inculcate the value of reading among her students and thus the Reading Club was formed on 18TH September 2017.
The most important event of the day was the Book Launch by Mr. Surendra Hiranandani which took place amidst great applause. Mr. Christopher C. Doyle presented his research work through a very interesting power point presentation that made the audience reel in excitement. The path-breaking discoveries exhibited in it included the “global flood” that took place 12,000 years ago, the setting of the “artificial winter” and the implementation of the “Tubular Drilling technique” by the ancient Egyptians made the students sit up with expectation galore. They were introduced to more thrilling revelations in the form of “Sympathetic Vibration” that was employed to lift heavy weights by Tibetan monks thousands of years ago to the veracity of the existence of real “giants” mentioned in the stories of Mahabharata through excavations carried out in Russia. Mr. Doyle’s fictions replete with scientific innovations set in the mythical world of Mahabharata or in the history of Alexander’s military exploits make the readers marvel on the power of “mantras” that was used to harness nature.
The interactive session with students saw Mr. Doyle eloquently briefing them about what to expect in his forthcoming novels. With students and teachers queuing up to get a copy for them, the day’s event came to an end. Great going Reading Club of HFS International!
- Sahana Mitra