JAMMU, Dec 5: A function was organised at Model Institute of Education and Research (MIER) wherein Australian author Bill K Koul, who is on a whirlwind tour across India launching three of his books, launched the final set of books in his home State of J&K.
The chief guest on the occasion was Kuldeep Khoda, former DGP and Chief Vigilance Commissioner J&K State whereas Dr Arun K Gupta, Chairman MIER Group of Institutions, Prof I A Hamal, former Vice Chancellor, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri and Ranjeet Kalra, Assistant Prof University of Jammu and Advisor for Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt of Lakshadweep, were the guests of honour.
Dr Adit Gupta, Director MIER welcomed the distinguished guests while Renu Koul MD of Vitasta Publishing, introduced the author to the audience after which the three books entitled “’22 Years – A Kashmir Story”, ‘Issues white-anting India’ and ‘My Life does not have to be Unhappy’ were released by the chief guest and the guests of honour.
The three books ’22 Years – A Kashmir Story’, ‘My Life does not have to be Unhappy’ and ‘Issues white-anting India’ deal with different issues and yet have a common thread inter-linking them.
Koul hails from a Kashmiri Pandit family and he left Kashmir in December 1989 just before the exodus of half-a-million Kashmiri Pandits. “I vowed never to return to Kashmir, but I did after a 22-year of self-imposed exile,” explains Koul. “’22 Years – A Kashmir Story’ is a memo and a recollection of the author’s growing up years and the events that took place through his eyes. From his experiences also stems ‘My Life does not have to be Unhappy’ which is a self-help book. “People need to learn to be happy in this fast-paced world which causes so much stress and anxiety. Each person needs to find a purpose in life and follow it. Life will be much more fulfilling,” he adds. As for the third book, ‘Issues white-anting India’, Koul feels that over-population is one of the key issues plaguing India and which needs to be fixed. He also offers solutions to these problems in his book.