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: Grant Hindin Miller

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What is your favourite book and why?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, because it is a poetic fable full of spiritual truth.

Who is your hero and why?

My wife, because she is not only loyal, responsible, kind, and loving; but she is also so stunningly pretty.

What is the motivation for your work?

The love of art and artfulness.

Please share your favourite quote

‘Everyone is talented, original, and has something important to say’ – Brenda Ueland

Grant Hindin Miller, is a New Zealand, Song Writer, Educator, Creative Extraordinaire and Key Note Speaker. Don’t miss out on a workshop from Grant. Register now at https://inkoflight.org.

Ink of Light Presenter: Melanie Lotfali

What is your favourite book and why?

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe because it is a brilliant example of riveting fiction with the most profound and life changing message

Who is your favourite hero and why?

It’s Lua Getsinger because of her steadfastness and obedience.

What is your motivation?

Love and fear of God

Share your favourite quote:

“…despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

Gandalf in Lord of the Rings

Melanie has a PhD in engaging boys and men in gender equality and for many years has facilitated violence prevention and respectful relationships programs in high schools, and for adults. She is one of our presenters at Ink of Light https://inkoflight.org/speakers 

Ink of Light Presenter: Michael Day


Here is a short interview with one of our Ink of Light presenters. Michael will be speaking on Saturday the 18th of May.

What are your favourite books and why?

Lighting the Western Sky by Kathryn Jewett Hogenson. It is a very well-written and compelling narrative about early Baha’i pilgrims to the Holy Land, with original information that makes our heroes  and anti-heroes real to the reader,  and portrays the Master in a unique  and meaningful way.

To the Holy Shrines by Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890). This book is  vividly written, with humour and insight, and gives an insider’s  look into Muslim culture of the 19th century. The description of the Fast is superb and will ring a few bells with Baha’is.  It reinforces why the arrival of the Baha’i Faith was such a blessing.

Who is your favourite hero and why?

Marzieh Gail  for writing  so professionally about the early history of the Faith.

What is your main motivation?

My main motivation is my overwhelming curiosity about the history of the Baha’i Faith, especially  in the Holy Land;.

My subsidiary motivations are: (i) the unprecedented feeling for me of spiritual exhilaration  and grace that often accompanies the research and writing on sacred topics (ii) the thrill of the  discovery of information (iii) the enjoyment  of  writing books on topics so precious to me (iv) the responsibility of using my professional training and experience (v) the holy Shrines.

Share your favourite quote

“High, immeasurably high is this Shrine, the lofty, the most great, the most wondrous. Exalted, immeasurably exalted is this Resting-place, the fragrant, the pure, the luminous, the transcendent. Glorified, immeasurably glorified is this Spot, the most august, the most holy, the most beloved, the most sublime.”

~ Shoghi Effendi

Michael Day is presenting Sacred Stairway, Pathway of a Book, and his tips for writing, editing and researching at Ink of Light, May 18-19 Brisbane Australia. Register now! Limited places. https://inkoflight.org/speakers
For more information on Michael visit his website http://www.michaelvday.com/