Aalekh's session on fiction writing

Aalekh's session on fiction writing
By Chirag Kalra

Bennett University's official literary and debating club, Cerebrum, inaugurated "Aalekh," a vibrant celebration of ideas and literature, on March 20, 2024. The two-day book fair is designed to provide people a better appreciation for writing and to serve as a forum for thought-provoking conversations.

On the first day, renowned guest writers generously shared their knowledge and insights with enthusiastic attendees. The panel discussion "The Art of Writing Fiction: AI and Other Influences," which included renowned writers Mrs. Kanchana Banerjee, Dr. Harshali Singh, and Mr. Dipankar Mukherjee, was one of the highlights.

With her intriguing thrillers, Mrs. Kanchana Banerjee challenged misconceptions about female authors within the genre. She said, "I didn't set out to break taboos," pointing out that Agatha Christie was one of the many successful examples of how women writers have always created gripping stories. Banerjee discussed her rigorous method of character building and emphasised the significance of giving each character depth and uniqueness.

Banerjee emphasised the limitations of AI in conveying authentic human emotions while talking about its role in writing. She noted that technology can be useful in some situations, but she stressed that human creativity is important for creating authentic narratives.

Second-year law student Mohak Agrawal, a member of the Cerebrum core team, praised the session's written examination in AI and acknowledged the importance of hearing from seasoned industry experts.

A first-year BA-JMC student named Devika Khandelwal complemented Agrawal's views, calling the session "insightful" and highlighting AI's ability to help writers with character development and narrative development while reaffirming the essential role that human emotion plays in storytelling.

Author of 'Anarkali,' Dr. Harshali Singh, discussed the idea behind her book, describing how she became fascinated by the mysterious historical person and how shockingly little is known about her in historical accounts. Singh is dedicated to bringing to light previously unrecorded stories, as evidenced by her investigation of Anarkali's story.

With a fresh understanding of the writing process and a plethora of ideas to further their own artistic endeavours, participants in "Aalekh" finished its first day. Bennett University students are guaranteed a satisfying experience as the funfair promises even more literary delights on its second day.

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