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Phantom Lovers comprises of two novellas which narrate two lyrical love stories set against troubled times. The four characters are the product of both reality and imagination. Through their ordeals the lovers maintain links through mysterious ways.
The author, Achala Moulik, will describe what inspired her to write these two unique stories, the places where she lived and saw which are the background to the novellas. The two speakers – Ambassador Latha Reddy and Lt General CA Krishnan will discuss the stories with the author. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
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Achala Moulik received her education in Washington, New York, London and Rome, where her parents were posted on diplomatic assignments. She graduated from London University with a degree in Economics, History, International Relations and International Law. In the Indian Administrative Service she served as Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India and Education Secretary, Government of India, when the national education programme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan was formulated.
She has published books on the political and cultural history of Russia, Italy and Spain; several books on Indian monuments and sites and World Heritage Monuments; biographies of Rabindranath Tagore, Lev Tolstoy, her parents and husband; brief biographies of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Tagore, Pushkin, and Solzhenitsyn jointly with her mother, aunt and sister . Her play Pushkin’s Last Poem was performed in Moscow, St Petersburg, New Delhi and Bangalore.
Achala Moulik was invited to Moscow to receive the prestigious Pushkin Medal from the Russian President, and the Sergey Yesenin Prize from the Russian Ministry of Culture. She is a member of the jury for awarding the Leo Tolstoy International Peace Prize.
Latha Reddy served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1975 to 2013. The highlights of her career were her postings as Consul General in Durban, South Africa, Ambassador to Portugal, and later to Thailand, and serving as Secretary(East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, and finally, as the Deputy National Security Advisor of India.
Since her retirement in 2013, she has been based in her hometown Bangalore. Here she has worked intensively on Cybersecurity and served on two Global Commissions on the subject. She has served on the Boards of a Microfinance company, a bank, and a Telecom industry body.
She also heads and works actively on several NGOs and Trusts in the fields of heritage, theatre, international affairs, creative arts, classical dance and music.
She is a Fellow of the Observer Research Foundation and is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Takshashila Institute.
Lieutenant General CA Krishnan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, is a former Deputy Chief of the Army and a former Member of the Armed Forces Tribunal. A post graduate in Defence studies and M Phil in strategic affairs and Defence Management, he is also a post graduate diploma in Human Rights Laws from NLSIU, Bangalore and a post graduate diploma in journalism.
He has four decades of operational experience across high altitude remote areas of Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh and Siachen Glacier as well as vast experience in com bating terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir and North East. As the Director General of Man Power Planning & personnel services, he oversaw the Army’s macro level Human Resource management. Subsequently, as the Deputy Chief of the Army, he was responsible for Perspective Planning, Financial Planning and Capital acquisition pro grams of the Indian army. Widely travelled and has been part of numerous delegations representing the country.
He has been on the Board of Directors of Bharat Electronics Ltd and Bharat Dynamics Ltd, two of India’s leading Defence manufacturers. He is a consultant and advisor to a number of Aerospace and Defence industries. A regular speaker on geopolitics and national security, he is also prolific writer on a wide variety of subjects covering Geopolitics, Energy Security, Artificial Intelligence, Mineral Security, Population etc.