News and Events

PEAK SCHOOL VISIT

WEDNESDAY. MARCH 4TH, 2020

My, how author visits have changed: 2018, 2019 and today! Thanks to the Year 6 classes at Peak School for having me as their first ever visiting author via google meet. I'd no idea that learning about the challenges, risks and opportunities of migration could be so much fun in cyberspace!

KGV SCHOOL VISIT

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2020

"Talking about it helps me empathise with what they went through, to give me the life I have today. I shouldn't take that for granted." I ALWAYS love going back to KGV School to visit with former colleagues but never more so, than when students give feedback like this! Thanks to Years 7 and 8 for having me in for some fabulous fun and deep reflection through interactive storytelling.

RENAISSANCE COLLEGE SCHOOL VISIT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22ND, 2020

"It's important to share migration stories, so we can understand what different people experience and take action." What a wonderful three sessions with mixed year groups at Renaissance College, Hong Kong! Thank you for your bubbling curiosity about Gope, Meera and the Partition of India and what a lovely surprise to meet an old friend in the library and make a new one too!

DISCOVERY COLLEGE SCHOOL VISIT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8TH, 2020

2020 author visits kicked off to a great start this morning at ESF Discovery College! A glorious day in sunny DB - it's a wonder anyone gets any work done in such a beautiful place. Special thanks to the Year 4 students for the warm welcome and I loved that when I asked if they had any questions, their first one was "can you come back next year?" Was thrilled to grab a hug from former Island School classmate Joanne Yates Grainger and the icing on my cake today was the golf cart 'escort sevice' via Roma Wadhwani Chandiramani and Geetu Daryanani both to and from the school!

HARROW SCHOOL VISIT

FRIDAY, MAY 17TH, 2019

'GOPE AND MEERA - A MIGRATION STORY GOES TO Harrow International School Hong Kong! Thank you to Years 6, 7 and 8 for being willing to accept, build and empathise with the victims for forced migration.

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL VISIT

THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH, 2019

Thanks to the awesome Grades 2, 3 and 4 at American International School for a full day of roaring laughter, interactive storytelling and reflections on migration through 'Gope and Meera - A Migration Story.'

SHATIN JUNIOR SCHOOL VISIT

TUESDAY, APRIL 2ND, 2019

"I'm Sindhi too. Thank you for telling my story." Thank YOU Ahana and the Year 4's at Shatin Junior School for the warm welcome back to share about the Partition through 'Gope and Meera - Amigration Story.'

KENNEDY SCHOOL VISIT

THURSDAY, MARCH 28TH, 2019

Thank you to the Year 4's at Kennedy School for a wonderful afternoon, exploring the push and pull factors that impact migration. So much fun journeying through 'Gope and Meera - A Migration Story' with you!

BEACON HILL SCHOOL VISIT

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018

Thank you to Beacon Hill School for the warm welcome back! Such a pleasure to discuss the impact of migration on people and society with the example of the Sindhi journey in 'Gope and Meera - A Migration Story.' The knowledge and insights of your Year 5's left me impressed to say the least!

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST ARTICLE

WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 3RD, 2018

A person's IQ might get their foot in the door but it is their EQ that helps determine how far they will go. Thanks to Daniel Goleman, Chris Myers, Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. for their expert opinions on this important subject for educators and parents.

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST ARTICLE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018

Very excited to share my article in the South China Morning Post SCMP Lifestyle about Managing Director of IMI, Benita Perch, ND, and how she discovered the power of natural medicine through her own journey to wellness. What makes Dr. Perch's approach unique, is her willingness to involve allopathic medicine in her treatment, should she feel it necessary for her patients. Look out for the print version on Tuesday!

AFCC BOOK LAUNCH

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018

Please join me for the AFCC book launch of Gope and Meera - A Migration Story in the Plaza on Friday, September 7th, 2018 from 4:30 - 5:30pm!

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST ARTICLE

MONDAY, AUGUST 20TH, 2018

Thrilled to share my first article for the SCMP Lifestyle about four talented professionals who fully deserve their day in the spotlight! Ali Ghorbani of Ali G Studios, Natasha Moor of Natasha Moor, Mashu Hemnani of Sarasa by Mashu and Rahul Idnani of Elite Entertainment - HK Thank you to these fabulous creative specialists for bringing our wildest dreams to life and thanks to Mira Uttamchandani for giving us the inside scoop on just how amazing they are!
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KIANGSU AND CHEKIANG PRIMARY SCHOOL VISIT

TUESDAY, MARCH 13TH, 2018

Thank you to Kiangsu and Chekiang Primary School for inviting me in for three Drama Workshop sessions - the learning and laughter was endless! So great to meet KCIS teachers Megha Lahori, (who I didn't realise was a student at KGV when I worked there,) and my friend, Daisy Samtani.

RTHK RADIO 3

MONDAY, MARCH 12TH, 2018

Many thanks to Noreen Mir on RTHK Radio 3 for having me on her show today! Check out her page to catch her interviews with all the fabulous authors and illustrators who are taking part in the Hong Kong International Young Reader's Festival Hong Kong International Literary Festival #HKIYRF2018

YOUNG READER'S FESTIVAL STORYTELLING EVENT

SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH, 2018

So much fun at the Young Reader's Festival Storytelling Event today! Special thanks to the fantastic children and Hong Kong International Literary Festival team for making it an afternoon to remember! #HKIYRF2018

ROSEBUD PRIMARY SCHOOL

THURSDAY, MARCH 8TH, 2018

What a creative afternoon at Rosebud Primary School! Thanks to the Year 3's and 4's for eagerly developing drama tableaus and improvisation based on 'Gope and Meera - A Migration Story,' to gain a deeper understanding of the plight of refugees. Thank you to the Hong Kong International Young Reader's Festival and Hong Kong International Literary Festival for making this possible. #HKIYRF2018

ISLAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SCHOOL VISIT

JANUARY 20, 2023

WOW! What a welcome from Island Christian Academy! Such a surprise to be greeted by posters of me and my book around the school and an extremely thoughtful gift and card. Wonderful to engage with both lower and upper school students, who impressed me with their international mindedness. Delighted to also meet with my dear friend and ICA teacher, Becky Faubion Chau and now I know why she loves this school so much!

YOUNG READER'S FESTIVAL 2018

MONDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2018

Honoured and excited to be a part of the 2018 Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival, from March 5-18, #HKIYRF2018 along with so many admired award-winning authors and illustrators. Hope to see you there!

PEAK SCHOOL VISIT

THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST, 2018

A very big thank you to Peak School and especially the Peak School Library for welcoming me to their lovely campus for an interactive session with Year 6. What a wonderful morning of lively and reflective discussion!

QUARRY BAY SCHOOL VISIT

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018

Thank you to the students of Quarry Bay School for the warm welcome this morning! Thanks especially for being so curious about and receptive towards 'Gope and Meera - A Migration Story,' and for being such an engaging audience. I was sorry to miss my old school friend and QBS teacher, Emma Guest, but had a great time meeting her colleagues and having a picture taken with her class! Catch you on the next visit Em!

KIDS4KIDS JUDGING COMITEE

MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 2018

48 stories judged so far...!! Thrilled to see so many talented budding artists and illustrators across Hong Kong's primary schools! What a pleasure to join the judging committee for the 2018, Kids4Kids 'My Story Creation' territory wide competition - with the proceeds and sales of the treasury going towards local literacy development programs. Best of luck to all who entered!

BOOK LAUNCH AT MCKINLEY HILL

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH, 2017

Thank you to the children of Manila for the warm welcome!

BOOK LAUNCH AT KASHMIR RESTAURANT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH, 2017

Thank you Manila for opening your arms and hearts to Gope and Meera - A Migration Story. Thanks especially to the Ambassador Mr. Jaideep Mazumdar and his lovely wife Parvati for attending.

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #1

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2017

Day #1:
'The hatred isn't between people, its between governments.' 70 years ago, family members and friends were torn apart against their will. Religious lines were drawn in blood and homes were left behind forever. The pain and suffering was so horrific that it was too heart-breaking to put into words. I am so grateful that there is still time to listen to first hand accounts from those who experienced and survived it all. Truly humbled to have the opportunity to meet and hear from Dada Arjandas Gurnamal, Dada Hero Assandas and so many more respected pillars of the Manila Sindhi community at the book launches of 'Gope and Meera - A Migration Story,' on 24th and 25th November. Manila friends and family, SEE YOU SOON!

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GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #2

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017

Day #2:
So grateful to receive such encouragement from two people I have so much admiration for. Tracy Pattrick and Matthew Pattrick, THANK YOU for serving and blessing so many from Hong Kong's disabled community through the extended family at the Home of Loving Faithfulness. I can't wait to share more about you at my Manila launch! Tracy and Matthew warmly invite you all to their beautiful carol service on 8th December from 7:30-8:30pm.

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #3

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017

Thank you to a beautiful little girl named Amirah - the inspiration that led your mother to sit with you and read 'Gope and Meera - A Migration Story,' and be moved so emotionally in the process of explaining your cultural heritage to you. Perhaps one day you'll be reading the same book with your own children.

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #4

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2017

Day #4:
SO THRILLED to share that the Ambassador of India to the Republic of the Philippines, Mr. Jaideep Mazumdar and his lovely wife, Mrs. Parvati Mazumdar will be the guests of honour at my book launch and signing event on 24th November from 3-5pm at Kashmir Indian Restaurant, Makati Manila. See you all there!

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #5

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH, 2017

5 DAY GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN
4 EXCITING DAYS IN MANILA
3RD LAUNCH FOR GOPE AND MEERA
2 BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING EVENTS
1 INCREDIBLE CITY
MANILA ARE YOU READY?!


Day #5:
Manila friends, please join me for my book launch and signing events on 24th and 25th November! 'Gope and Meera – A Migration Story,' is a tale about the cherished homeland reluctantly left behind following the Partition of India and why the Sindhi community is scattered across the world today. Join in the celebration of Indian culture, courage and community whilst enjoying mouthwatering Indian snacks and hear about my own inspiring writing journey. 

SCBWI BOOKSTOP PAGES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, 2017

Delighted to have 'Gope and Meera - A Migration Story,' featured among so many excellent newly published titles of 2017 on the SCBWI BOOKSTOP PAGES! Do check out all the new book pages and my page too:
https://www.scbwi.org/scbwibookstop-display/?id=477457

MCKINLEY HILL: ANNOUNCEMENT

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 2017

Please join us for the Manila launch of ‘Gope and Meera - A Migration Story’ - at McKinley Hill and hear a tale about a cherished homeland reluctantly left behind and why the Sindhi community is scattered across the world today.
It is a story of tragic loss, determined hope, preserved culture, and spirited victory that will captivate readers of all ages.

KASHMIR RESTAURANT: ANNOUCEMENT

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 2017

Please join us for the Manila launch of ‘Gope and Meera - A Migration Story’ - at Kashmir Indian Restaurant and hear a tale about a cherished homeland reluctantly left behind and why the Sindhi community is scattered across the world today.
It is a story of tragic loss, determined hope, preserved culture, and spirited victory that will captivate readers of all ages.

GLENEALY SCHOOL VISIT

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, 2017

A very big THANK YOU to the students and teachers of Years 4, 5 and 6 at Glenealy School for inviting me in to speak about why people migrate and for giving Gope and Meera - A Migration Story, such a warm reception!

BEACON HILL SCHOOL VISIT

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2017

THANK YOU to Emily Jeves and the Year 5's at ESF Beacon Hill School for such a warm welcome this morning! It was a pleasure to share about the challenges, risks and opportunities involved in migration through the book Gope and Meera - A Migration Story.

KOWLOON JUNIOR SCHOOL

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2017

Thank you to Kowloon Junior School for giving Gope and Meera  A Migration Story, a cosy spot in your library's New Books section!

BOOK LAUNCH AT BOOKAZINE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2017

Thank you to all those who came to support the public launch of Gope and Meera - A Migration Story. Thanks to our vice-consul, Mrinalini Srivastava for attending.

BOOKAZINE: ANNOUNCEMENT

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23RD, 2017

Book signing at BOOKaZINE - Exchange Square on September 9th, 4:00pm for Gope and Meera - A Migration Story.

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BOOK LAUNCH AT PARC PALAIS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19TH, 2017

GOPE + MEERA - A MIGRATION STORY LAUNCHED! 
Thank you to everyone for making today's cultural celebration one to remember. Special thanks to out Consul General, Mr. Puneet Agrawal and Mr. Matthew Pattrick for inaugurating the book!

BOOK SIGNING

JANUARY 20, 2023

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GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #1

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 2017

Day #1: My sun and moon, my parents: Gope and Meera, THANK YOU for giving me the wings to show what I can become and the roots to remind me of where I'm from. Grateful for all four parents in my life, Gope Melwani, Lavina Melwani, Meena Hemnani and Ashok Hemnani, who are our forever heroes. THANK YOU to you and all our parents for giving us a heritage so rich that it is an honour to pass down.

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #2

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17TH, 2017

Day #2: 'The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do.' THANK YOU to my incredible family for everything! From my 13 year old Anoushka Hemnani who built my website www.rituhemnani.com in 5 days, to Sunil who became my marketing manager overnight; from Jaya and Sonney Lalwani who alongside the amazing Marlo Garnsworthy Wordy Bird Studio-Marlo Garnsworthy edited my manuscript; from our cousin Kaveen Sujanani and Aidan Hilker, (who we've adopted) who helped me produce a fantastic trailer to every one of you whose voices are on the audiobook...for your time, effort and love, THANK YOU!

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #3

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16TH, 2017

Day #3: THANK YOU to our esteemed Indian Consul General, Mr. Puneet Agrawal who will be inaugurating my book at the launch this Saturday. THANK YOU also to Mr. Notan Tolani, Mr. Lal Hardasani and the Sindhi Association of HK and China for all your encouragement and support.

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #4

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2017

Day #4: THANK YOU to the heroes of our nation for 70 YEARS of INDEPENDENCE!
'Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; where knowledge is free; 
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action - Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.'
From 'Geetanjali' by Rabindranath Tagore

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #5

MONDAY, AUGUST 14TH, 2017

Day #5: When our forefathers had to leave their homes and build new roots, they not only assimilated into new communities but also blessed them. In their honour I chose to support the Home of Loving Faithfulness - HOLF. HOLF serves the mentally and physically handicapped of Hong Kong and every time you visit they bless you more than any amount you could give. THANK YOU HOLF for the love, care and hope you provide to souls who might otherwise be abandoned. If you would like to make a personal donation to this incredible charity, please make cheques payable to The Home Of Loving Faithfulness and present them to Matthew Pattrick on the day of the launch.

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #6

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH, 2017

Day #6: A huge THANK YOU to my incredible printers Deepa Nainani and Neerja Sujanani from Plus Group International Limited for going above and beyond in their attention to detail and commitment to quality. Thank you more importantly, for being my friends.

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #7

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH, 2017

Day #7: Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. THANK YOU to my extremely talented illustrator Samidha Gunjal Mischievous Hoot for realising my vision so beautifully, despite never meeting face to face. I so look forward to that day!

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #8

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11TH, 2017

Day #8: 'When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of "ME TOO!" be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe!' THANK YOU to my TST critique crew from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for helpful insights, endless encouragement and laughter through each season! Rachel Jones Bhakti Mathur Fred Lechat Larry Baum Skye Cunningham Virginie Zurcher Irene Bennett Mio Debnam Kris Tsang Elizabeth Grobler and John Brennan

GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #9

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2017

Day #9: THANK YOU so much to Carolynne Dear and 'the really useful magazine' - Expat Parent for the fantastic interview feature!

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GRATITUDE COUNTDOWN DAY #10

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9TH, 2017

10 days to go before the book launch and so the 10 day gratitude countdown begins!
Day #10: Thank you to the fantastic team Priyanka Jain, Natasha Jain and Teacup Productions for inviting me onto your talk show today!

PARC PALAIS: ANNOUCEMENT

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2017

Announcing the official launch of Gope and Meera - A Migration Story. This story is set in Sindh during the Partition of India following its independence in 1947.  It is a tale of friendship, loss and victory of the human spirit that will appeal to all ages. Thrilled to share that the Indian Consul General will be coming to inaugurate the book.

AUDIOBOOK RECORDING

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14TH, 2017

Coming to you live from the studio!  Recording the audio book for Gope and Meera – A Migration Story!

 

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