Punjab: Sportswriters dissect cricket over 40 years at Shoolini Litfest

The second edition of the three-day Shoolini Litfest ended on Sunday. On the final day, renowned sportswriters Pradeep Magazine and Sandeep Dwivedi looked at cricket and sports journalism, spanning a 40-year period. They shared their thoughts on the game and answered a volley of questions from the audience.

Magazine, which was the first to report match-fixing in the world of cricket, spoke about its latest book ‘Not Just Cricket: A Reporter’s Journey through Modern India’. Senior Journalist and Director of Shoolini University’s School of Journalism and New Media, Vipin Pubby, moderated the session titled Sportifying Literature.

Indian Express sports editor Sandeep Dwivedi spoke about the struggles of being a sports journalist, ranging from being objective about the athlete they respect to working quickly.

Spin-the-Tale, a storytelling competition open to the public and students, was the opening session.

The competition was won by Apoorva Mamgain from DAV College, Chandigarh. The competition’s consolation prize went to Aviral Aswan from DAV College, Chandigarh, Ranjit Kumar from Shoolini University and Vidushi Gupta from Panjab University.

“Kavya Ras”, a session on Hindi poetry with panelists Prasoon Prasad, Vibha Ray and Roshan Sharma, covered a wide range of topics in Hindi poetry.

Sessions on the final day included “A Photograph Tells a Thousand Words” by Muskesh Williams, Ed Levinson and Jari Jetsonen, Writing: Experience and Imagination by Howard Wolf and Christopher Helvey, and Jaishree Sethi’s play, “Woh Afsaana”. The session of Shafqat Amanat Ali “The poets I sang” closed the festival. The festival was organized with the aim of captivating students and instilling in them the habit of reading through a variety of poems and drama acts.

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