Exploring their gift of writing, nine budding authors from grades VIII to XII of MRIS-14 Faridabad discovered their channels of creative expression in a kaleidoscope of self-composed tales of love, hope and belief. The book release of ‘Starlight: Nine Stories Aglow’, a publication of Manav Rachna University Press, celebrated this special accomplishment of the young learners of MRIS-14. The momentous occasion was graced by the Chief Guest of the day, Mr. Shahid Siddiqui, noted journalist and politician along with Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, MD, MREI; Ms. Deepika Bhalla, Executive Director MRIS-14; Ms. Goldy Malhotra, Director of Academics, MREI and the Principals of various branches of MRIS.

According a Green welcome to the dignitaries, Ms. Mamta Wadhwa, Principal MRIS-14 extended her gratitude to all the parents and mentors for lending their unyielding support to the learners in this unique voyage of experiential learning. She congratulated Mr. Hemant and Ms. Ruchira from Quill Club Writers for mentoring and aiding the transformation of the spirited novices into professional authors through a series of workshops and interactive sessions over a period of one year. Post the lighting of the auspicious lamp, the soulful rendition of the song ‘Children will listen’ by the student choir of MRIS-14 stirred the hearts of the audience. The poignant recital of Safdar Hashmi’s ‘Kitaabe kuch kehna chahti hain’ [Every book has a story to share] by a student of grade VIII urged the listeners to embrace the enigmatic world of books that encapsulate a pearl of wisdom at the turn of every page.

Recounting the ideals envisioned by our late founder, Dr. O. P. Bhalla, Dr. Sanjay Srivastava inspired the gathering to rise above the shackles of dogmas, explore the brilliance of ideas and stride towards innovation with unflagging enthusiasm. Complimenting the striking originality and nifty expressions, Mr. Siddiqui was all praises for the talented young authors for penning such beautiful tales of nostalgia replete with the quirks and oddities of everyday life. Seasoned with a dash of humor and dollop of optimism, he believed that the collection of short stories would be treasured by readers across all age groups. Amidst a shower of deafening applause, the tenacity, diligence and patience of the young storytellers stood rewarded with the book launch at the hands of the esteemed guests. Flanked by their parents and mentors on the stage, the young authors resplendent with pride held the first copies of their authorial venture. Presenting the mementos to the distinguished guests of the day, Ms. Wadhwa expressed confidence in their stories that would stir the readers to perceive the silver lining in every dark could, setting aglow their hearts with the goodness of kind deeds and noble actions.