Hosted at Foyles Bookstore on Monday 2nd December 2019
Author Anita Goyal, Co-Author Aastha K Singhania, and 9 of the 15 women from Voices from Punjab
London, December 02, 2019:
Anita Goyal launched her first book, Voices from Punjab, on Monday evening alongside her co-author Aastha K Singhania. Hosted at Foyles Book Store on Charing Cross Road, London, the event was attended by almost 200 people with the support of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation, including nine of the fifteen women whose stories are captured in the book.
Voices from Punjab shares the stories of 15 Punjabi women who have roots from Punjab, India and are now settled in the UK. The book includes women of all ages – from those born in 1928 through to women from the 80s. Eminent women such as MP Seema Malhotra, Baroness Sandip Verma, Dr Kamel Hothi OBE, Lady Kishwar Desai, Lady Mohini Kent Noon and more have contributed their stories to inspire people globally.
The launch opened at 6pm with a tea and canapés reception, followed by a Punjabi folk dance performed by the JJD group. Avnish Goyal, Founder of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation opened the proceedings, before inviting Presenter Suzi Mann on stage to chair the panel. Anita and Aastha both discussed their own individual inspirations and learnings within the book, sharing insight into how they juggle various aspects of their working and personal lives. As CEO of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation, Anita has changed the face of philanthropy for both herself and her family, while Aastha has recently started her journey with writing and is now an aspiring journalist and presenter.
The first panel session included conversations with Dr. Hothi, Baroness Verma and Kalbir Bains. The second included the voices of MP Seema Malhotra, Rita Chowdhry and Lady Noon, as each of the women shared their experiences and the key messages they hoped to communicate through their chapters. The book offers unique and profound insights into shared experiences that have persisted across generations, from family dynamics to gender inequality and racial discrimination. Voices from Punjab also explores the lives of everyday women who have made great sacrifices to bestow a wealth of opportunity upon future generations. Each and every story illuminates the immeasurable contribution Punjabi women have made to British society, and it is only through their words of wisdom that we truly begin to understand how values and persistence are key to triumphing over adversity.
The event closed with both Anita and Aastha signing books purchased by the guests, which were sold at the discounted price of £10.00 for those in attendance. The Hemraj Goyal Foundation announced early in the evening that 100 percent of proceeds made on the night would be donated towards a women’s livelihood project in Punjab, India, to support a sustainable future for the next generation of Punjabi women with whom this book seeks to communicate.
Voices from Punjab is still available to order online at Amazon UK, Waterstones, WHSmith’s and Troubador online, as well as through direct contact with the Hemraj Goyal Foundation.