The book release function of six poetry collections and one anthology of Neelam Saxena Chandra was held at ICCR Azad Bhawan on 20th April, 2017 in the presence of Shri Amarendra Khatua, Director General ICCR and renowned poet, Shri Laxmi Shankar Bajpai, Ex-Dy. Director General, AIR, Dr. Mridula Tandon, Philanthropist and Founder Member of SAKSHI and Shri Sudarshan K. Cherry, Founder, Authorspress. The books released include two of her English poetry collections titled “The Soul Unbound” and “Trove of Musings” with co-poet Raksha Hegde and four Hindi poetry collections “Main Bahane Lagi Hun”, “Maine Ramg Diye Alfaaz”, “Maine Tarashe hain Alfaaz” and “Rangi Main Tere Rang Mein”. An anthology “Ek Sahar Ummid Bhari” compiled by Neelam and edited by Shweta Bhatt was also released during the occasion. The books have been published by Authorspress, which is a publishing venture with a missionary zeal founded by Shri Sudarshan K. Cherry.
Neelam Saxena Chandra works as Joint Secretary for U.P.S.C., India. She is an Engineering graduate from VNIT and has done her Post Graduation Diploxma in IM&HRD and also in Finance. She has completed a course in Finance from London School of Economics. She has authored 4 novels, 1 novella and 5 short story collections, 19 poetry collections and 10 children’s books to her credit. She is a bilingual writer; writing in English and Hindi. She holds a record with the Limca Book of Records -2015 for being the Author having the highest number of publications in a year in English and Hindi. She has won II prize in a poetry contest organized by American Embassy and in a National poetry contest organized by Poetry Council of India, 2016. She has received Bharat Nirman Literary award in 2017, Premchand award by Ministry of Railways, Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry award, Freedom award by Radio city for Lyrics along with other awards and honors. She was listed in Forbes as one among 78 most popular authors in the country in 2014.
The evening began with the book release of Main Bahne lagi hun, followed by Maine Rang Diye Alfaaz, Maine Tarashe hain Alfaaz, Rangi Main Tere Rang Mein, Trove of Musings and The Soul Unbound. A very special feature of Neelam’s books are the cover pages which have been made by some well-known artists such as Janhavi Bhide, Pankaj Saxena, Ritu Bhatnagar and Raksha Hegde.
This was followed by Neelam reading out a few poems from her collections that touched the heart of the audience. Neelam informed that she is motivated by day-today experiences in and around her in writing poems. The guests praised Neelam for her contribution to the world of literature. The Chief Guest, Shri Amarendra Khatua stated that the depth in Neelam’s poems was amazing. Shri Laxmi Shankar Bajpai was full of compliments for Neelam’s poems. Mridula Tandon said that the best part of Neelam’s poems was that they spring out from her heart. The emcee for the evening was Ritu Bhatnagar.
An anthology titled Ek Sahar Ummid Bhari compiled by Neelam Saxena Chandra and edited by Shweta Bhatt was also released on the occasion. The collection comprises of poems by various women poets from all over the country such as Aviral Sood, Vanshika Ratogi, Renu Mishra, Simran Kaur, Nitya Shukla, Anil Saxena, Naresh Iyer, Yashodhara Singh, Dr Jatinder Singh Bhogal, Tarsem Kaur and Neelam. The cover page of the book is designed by Dr Jatinder Singh Bhogal.
The book release was followed by rendering of ghazals by Shakeel Ahmed in his sufiana andaaz.