Ink of Light Presenter: Naysan Naraqi

I am delighted to feature a last minute addition to the interview series for Ink of Light with Naysan Naraqi. Naysan, as well as his other media work and serving as editor for Baha’i Blog, is one of the Ink of Light organising Task Force members. He will be chairing the discussion panels during the Festival as well as presenting a talk on, Online writing.

What is your favourite book?

I like an enormous numbers of book, so limiting it to just one is impossible. I am usually reading three books at the same time. A deep Baha’i book, alongside a book like Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point and also books on topics I am covering on Baha’i blog. Like at the moment I am reading several children’s books.

Who is your favourite hero?

Malcolm X, as for me he represents the epitome of a sincere searcher. His transformation processes throughout his life, from criminal, to a Follower of the Nation of Islam, to just a follower of Islam after pilgrimage to Mecca when realising some of the the things the Nation of Islam leaders were doing weren’t ethical.

What is your main motivation in life?

There is a limited time to make an impact in this life, and so much we can do. Baha’u’llah says, ‘this world is fleeting.’ I want to be in the ‘arena,’ doing things that make a difference.

Your favourite quote?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

The Festival runs from 18-19th of May 2019.
You can still register for this event

Ink of Light Presenter: Ian Hallmond

Ian is the last in this series of interviews with Ink of Light Presenters.

He is the founder of the Ink of Light, Baha’i Writer’s Festival.

His enthusiasm for this event providing opportunities for both established and up and coming Baha’i writers in many genres is both brilliant and generous. Ian will be presenting on the Sunday May 19th and begins this interview by telling us about his topic.

What is your presentation at Ink of Light?

This year my presentation titled ‘Instruments of Philosophy’, looks at the harmony of science and religion through the works of two of the 19th century’s great minds; the polymath Sir David Brewster; inventor of the kaleidoscope. And the esteemed physicist James Clerk Maxwell.

What is your favourite book?

A favourite book was the Arthurian legends and the Grail Story by the late 12th century writer Robert de Boron. I even more so liked the movie version; Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which firmly cemented my sense of humour.

Who is your Hero?

When I was young my hero was TinTin.  I enjoyed the cartoon books and the daring exploits and adventures of TinTin.

What is your main motivation?

I’ll have to think about that one. Does procrastinating count.

Share your favourite quote

A favourite quote is from Leonardo da Vinci.  ‘Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.’

To find out more about Ian and the festival visit Ink of Light.

Ink of Light Presenter: Michael Cohen

What is your favourite book and why?

The Far Side by Gary Larson – anthropomorphism at its best.

Who is your hero and why?

The martyrs – for their steadfastness

What is your motivation?

Beauty and simplicity. 

Share your favourite quote:

“Not everything that a man knoweth can be disclosed, nor can everything that he can disclose be regarded as timely, nor can every timely utterance be considered as suited to the capacity of those who hear it.”

Bahá’u’lláh

Michael’s worldview is that true science and true religion are necessarily in harmony. His writing seeks to promote understanding of this liberating concept and to contribute to a civilization that is ever advancing materially and spiritually.

Michael Cohen currently serves on the Distribution and Publication Board which manages Baha’i Distribution Services and Baha’i Publications Australia.

Visit https://inkoflight.org/

Ink of Light Presenter: Afsaneh Varzaly

One of Afsaneh’s Favourite Quotes
“Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation.”

Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p27

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book is Seven Valleys by Baha’u’llah.
I am inspired by its poetic and informative look at the spiritual journey of life.

Who is your favourite hero?

My favourite Hero is Tahirih. I find her sense of strength, courage, far-reaching vision and her devotion inspiring.

What is your main motivation for writing?

To contribute to the betterment of mankind by inspiring people through contemporary stories that show through examples as to how Baha’i teachings can be applied in everyday life through fictional characters.

Afsaneh believes living a life grounded in moral values and virtuous behaviour and focused on being of benefit to others is conducive to happiness and contentment. This forms the foundation of her Romance Novel, I Will Not Cry. She will be speaking on Saturday May 18th at https://inkoflight.org/

Ink of Light Presenter: Keithie Saunders

What is your favourite book and why?

Geraldine Brooks – People of the Book….full of great rich historical grandeur and resonates with my Jewish ancestry, I enjoy all Geraldine’s books – The Crossing was wonderful, story of the first American Indian to attend Harvard university

Who is your hero and why?

Strong women who have shaped history – why…. Because I affiliate with them….

What is your main motivation in life?

The greening of Honiara city (I  started an environmental charity NGO 22 years ago and plant trees, make gardens and try to beautify the city through environmental means)

Please share your favourite quote

“walk the spiritual path with practical feet”

Keithie is the appointed United States Consular Agent to the Solomon Islands. In 2010 she received an OBE in recognition of her community and environmental work in the Solomon’s. She will be sharing the story of her parents at https://inkoflight.org/