guest lecture on The Craft of Short Stories and Poetry by Keki N. Daruwalla

The English Department of The IIS University, Jaipur organized a guest lecture on 7 October 2017 on The Craft of Short Stories and Poetry. The guest for the lecture was Shri Keki N. Daruwalla who is an eminent poet, short story writer and novelist. He has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 and the Padma Shri in 2014.

The first part of his lecture dealt with the art of short story writing in which he focused on the techniques used in it. He deliberated upon the importance of the locale and time in the short stories. He also stressed on the importance of the details in them. He validated his point by quoting relevant parts of famous short stories. The second part of the lecture dealt with poetry where he described the process of writing poetry. He also read out some of his prominent awarded poems.

He resolved the queries of the students in the last part of his lecture, guiding them on issues like selection of title, role of imagination in fiction, feminist characters and the contemporary scene in fiction.