London, July 01: Indian novelist Nasera Sharma and short story writer Usha Verma have been honoured with literary awards instituted by a UK-based South Asian writers` group. At a function organised in the House of Lords, Britain`s Home Office Minister of State Tony Mcnulty presented the 14th international Indu Sharma Katha Samman to Nasera Sharma for her novel `Kuiyaanjaan`. Verma received the Padmanand Sahitya Samman for her collection of short stories `Karavaas`.
In his brief remarks, Mcnulty said "Kings and Queens, Ministers and Prime Ministers are temporary; they are forgotten while literature lives in the memories of people. We do remember the name of Shakespeare even today, but we do not remember who were the King and Ministers of that era."
Referring to the Asian writers settled in the Uk, Mcnulty said "We British may not understand their language but we do understand their emotions and passion as they are heirs of great cultures. Today their youth is confused between the cultures of East and the West."
Hari Bhatnagar, editor of Saakshatkar and Rachna Samay magazines published from Bhopal, introduced the novel Kuiyaanjaan while Rakesh Dubey, the Hindi and culture officer at the Indian High Commission, introduced the collection of short stories by Verma.
Tejinder Sharma, general secretary of the group, Katha UK, said "By talking about Hindi in the British Parliament we are heading towards global brotherhood."
He said Katha UK is planning to form a book club with the help of Indian publishers. Through this club, Hindi readers could get quality Hindi literature at their doorstep.
Delegates from Wales, York, Birmingham and outskirts of greater London graced the function.