After 600 days in uniform, first lieutenant Suresh Guptara has completed his compulsory national service as a decorated war veteran – erm, neutral Swiss Army officer!
Stay tuned for news about the twins’ next residency at Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), an advisory body and training hub for its 46 member states, from April 2015.
For its 30th anniversary edition, Wasafiri commissioned a piece on my creative influences. Published quarterly, Wasafiri is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Thanks for the kind invitation to contribute! I hope you enjoy the essay, “Quest for Immortality”, which you can read here. Cheers, Jyoti
Suresh and Jyoti Guptara are honoured to be invited from October – December 2010 as the Artists in Residence of the City of Stein Am Rhein, a prestigious cultural patronage. During this time, they will live and write in the Chretzeturm, a four storey tower from the 12th century.
City’s German info on the Twins’ stay: http://www.steinamrhein.ch/xml_1/internet/de/file/xmlsafe/news/page/detail166.cfm
From January – March 2010, Suresh & Jyoti are Resident Authors at the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, where they are writing their fourth book. As of now, the only public knowledge is that this 4th novel does not continue the Insanity Saga, being completely unrelated to the world of the Calaspia trilogy.
In Delhi, Suresh & Jyoti Guptara attend the “Pravasi Bharatiya Divas”, the annual conference for NRIs (Non Resident Indians) organised by the Government of India. It seeks to reconnect the Indian Diaspora with the motherland in terms of intellectual and emotional as well as financial investment.
Speakers included Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh, President of India H.E. Pratibha Patil, and Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit – who was Guest of Honour at the debut book launch of the Guptara Twins’ Conspiracy of Calaspia in 2006!
Out of a thousand applicants, Jyoti won his way to the Palomar5 Innovation Camp from9 October – 22 November, sponsored by Deutsche Telekom. Thirty creative people under the age of 30 from all over the world are spending six weeks in Berlin to dream and develop “the workspace of the future”. The results will be presented to 300 top business representatives and political leaders at a two-day summit, 23-24 November.
Appearances included the results presentation of the National IT Summit’s Delphi Study research into the future of ICTs (information and communication technologies) in Germany; and the Vision Summit with Muhammad Yunus.
Because of his Swiss citizenship, Jyoti Guptara was drafted into the Swiss Armed Forces. After scoring high marks in his recruitment tests and being awarded with the Sports Distinction, Jyoti trained in Thun with the Armoured Grenadiers (Panzergrenadier), one of the nation’s toughest units. Upon withdrawing for medical reasons, Guptara decided to do civilian service instead of switching to a less challenging unit.
Jyoti’s military service lasted from June to August 2009, during which time he wrote a weekly column for Tages-Anzeiger, Switzerland’s largest subscribed daily newspaper, about the experience of being an intellectual author in the boot camp of an elite strike force.
Guptara Twins speak at the inaugral Youth Forum of Kofi Annan’s Global Humanitarian Forum about climate change, Fantasy and escapism. From Geneva they went directly into readings in Germany, most notably at the largest privately owned fantasy & sci-fi library in the world, the Phantastische Bibliothek in Wetzlar. They were pleased to be invited back this year for an appearance at the annual Fantasy night near Frankfurt along with Germany’s biggest Fantasy authors. Suresh and Jyoti were featured on the cover of the book mag Hits for Kids.
Suresh and Jyoti are two of the few teenagers to be included in this year’s “The 100 Most Important Swiss” (“Die 100 Wichtigsten Schweizer”) by Schweizer Illustrierte, in their annual 1st of August (Swiss national day) special edition.