Malavika Jain, the 17-year-old daughter of Indian Ambassador Sunil Jain, released a second collection of her poems, ‘The Crenellated Expletive’ at a ceremony at the Indian Embassy on Monday. The event was attended by a gathering of dignitaries, including Sheikha Fraiha Al-Ahmed Al- Jaber Al-Sabah, US Ambassador to Kuwait Douglas A. Silliman, Director of the Kuwait Foreign Ministry’s Asia Affairs Department, Ambassador Mohammad Al-Roumi and Indian Ambassador Sunil Jain.
Indian Ambassador welcomed the gathering and honored the chief guests and guests of honor Sheikha Fraiha, Ambassador Silliman and Ambassador Al-Roumi with mementos.
Malavika attended elementary school in Maryland and an American International School in Turkmenistan and now studies finance and economics in Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. Malavika enjoys writing in her free time and said composing a verse to her was like confiding her problems and pressures with her parents.
‘The Crenellated Expletive’ is a collection of 40 poems, in which Malavika explores questions about life. Each poem in this book is a metonymy of some the experiences she has had and how they have churned and mixed into the poet’s thoughts.
Malavika acknowledged that there was no particular inspiration for writing her book. Her poems, she said, emanate from incidents that have a bearing on her life. For the young poet, ‘Crenellated Expletive’ is a protective bulwark she has made for herself where poems are expressing what the impact thoughts are having on her mind without fully dissolving or losing her mind to them.
Marking a fitting finale to the event, three different styles of dance recitals — Tarana from Mughal India, ‘Ghoomar’, the swirling folk dance of Rajasthan and Bhangra dance of Punjab-were presented showcasing India’s culture through the medium of dance. Ms. Jain is twice recipient of US president’s Award for Educational Excellence and has won international awards for outstanding achievement in poetry and art. Her first book ‘The Dove of Thunder’ was nominated for UNESCO’s Bridges of Struga award for best debut poetry book.