AN EVENING WITH ARITI JANKIE by Dool Hanoomansingh.
The National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) celebrates ICDN writer, Author/Journalist ARITI JANKIE at the Heritage Centre, Divali Nagar, Narsaloo Ramaya Marg, Chaguanas on Sunday (April 22nd) starting at 5.00 p.m.
“An Evening with ARITI JANKIE,” lays emphasis on literature. This writer’s outstanding achievement places her at the forefront among Indo-Trinidadians writers. She is the author of:
Witty and Wise
Path of Peace
In the Footsteps of Rama
Hush. Don’t Cry
Lilavati and Other Stories
East of the West/A Journey.
In addition, Jankie has just completed the compiling of an international anthology for WRITE, a social media page with over 7,000 inter-active members, most of whom are poets.
An ICDN foundation member, Ariti Jankie is a household name in Indo-Trinidad and has been since 1978 when she started her career in journalism at the Trinidad Express Newspaper.
Apart from being an all-Indian name, her writings highlighted a marginalized people ignored by the national press for too long. She shone a light that burned bright as Indo-Trinidad businessmen began to demand more coverage for their advertising dollar.
In 1984, she joined the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi and on her return worked at AVM Television before returning to the Express.
Cultural Icon, the late Ajeet Praimsingh said that he took his dream of starting “Mere Desh,” a cultural organization to Jankie who was at the time working at the Central Bureau of the Express newspaper in 1990.
“She encouraged me to go ahead and was as excited about my plans to highlight unsung heroes and focus on cultural traditions that were at risk of dying out,” he said.
She was honoured by the Realize/Mandingo Roads Village Council for Academic Excellence in 2008, by Mere Desh in 2011 for Excellence in Nation Building Journalism, in 2013 by the Williamsville Festival Committee and in 2016 by the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Branch 377 of Houston, Texas.
Apart from her writings and communication skills, Jankie is a social worker in the Indo-Caribbean community. She started a Book Club at NALIS, Princes Town, structured a Neighbourhood Watch to deal with crime in her village and mentors a number of budding writers and poets.
She said, “My education was inclusive of an enduring oral tradition that came from India with my grandparents. I also grew up in a home rich in Hindu literature that fed my appetite for stories and story- telling. To write became a burning desire and ambition; I am possessed by the power of words.”
Jankie also knows her readers and writes for them. In the process, she created a market for her books and her writings are followed with enthusiasm on social media by a growing number of readers.
“An Evening with ARITI JANKIE” is a fitting tribute to a Literary star that shines brightly in our midst.