The Prabha Khaitan Foundation, Kolkata,today announced the online launch of “Dear Mama”–a collection of intimate letters to their mothers – written by billionaires, spiritual gurus, members of the British House of Lords, political leaders, members of royal families, actors, entrepreneurs, journalists, photographers and doctors.
The book was formally launched by Cherie Blair, British barrister, writer and women’s rights activist, also the wife of former UK prime minister Tony Blair, at the Kitab online event presented by Shree Cement and joined in by hundreds of invitees from across the globe. Cherie Blair was in conversation with Mohini Kent, author and founder-chairperson of LILY Against Human Trafficking – a charitable organisation which works against the trade in human beings and child trafficking.The event was conducted by Swati Agarwal on behalf of Prabha Khaitan Foundation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, His Highness The Dalai Lama, Cherie Blair, Sir Cliff Richard, G P Hinduja, Sri M, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Arshad Warsi, Dr Karan Singh, Sir Mark Tully, Sharmila Tagore, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Sundeep Bhutoria, Lord Parekh, K P Singh, and other eminent personalities, as well as common citizens, have written very personal letters to their mothers especially for Mohini Kent’s book.
“It is a great honour for Prabha Khaitan Foundation to host the unveiling of `Dear Mama’ which is a stupendous collection of letters to one’s mothers and which evokes deep feelings of love, emotion, compassion and inspiration. The formal launch was slated for March 2020 at an event in London but had to be postponed due to the Covid pandemic. It was a very touching experience for me to write a letter to my late mother for the book,” said Sundeep Bhutoria, Trustee, Prabha Khaitan Foundation.
Mother is the first guru and guide of the children. Mahatma Gandhi, Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, the Buddha and others owed a debt to their mothers. Even HRH Prince Charles publicly addressed the Queen as ‘Mummy’ at Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. But some mothers betrayed their daughters, who were sold as slaves. The letters of those girls in this book speak of heartbreak, trauma, loss and betrayal.
Mohini Kent has written the book in aid of her charity, Lily Against Human Trafficking. The books is available online on Flipkart and Amazon India and all the proceeds would go to LILY Against Human Trafficking