Chester County Library’s Henrietta Hankin Branch to Host Meet-the-Author Event on May 24

Mark Hostutler
Mamatha Prabhakar
Image via Chester County Library.
Mamatha Prabhakar.

The Henrietta Hankin Branch of the Chester County Library invites the public to a virtual, meet-the-author event on Monday, May 24 at 7 PM, as Mamatha Prabhakar discusses her book, Pratichāyā.  

“Pratichāyā” is a Sanskrit word for “reflection.” The book is a tribute to the author’s father, K.G. Prabhakar, that captures his life’s journey in short stories that span 75 years from his boyhood in India to adulthood. The twists and turns in his life and events that had a profound impact on him are presented in this heartfelt work that brings alive the charm of Indian culture and lifestyle of simple folks and the values and lessons they imparted.

This presentation is part of the Chester County Library’s celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Prabhakar sees her book as “a view into the life of a struggling middle-class man in India (mid-century) who struggled and worked hard to uplift himself and his family without compromising on his values and integrity. Many such unsung ‘heroes’ have had their trials and tribulations and ensured that future generations benefit and learn from their experiences.”

The book particularly focuses on the people and culture of the Mysore region of southern India. The author will talk about how the culture there has changed over the years.

Prabhakar will also discuss what she experienced in the process of writing her book. She will offer tips to writers and share the lessons she learned in bridging the gap between storytelling and the written word. Joining her in the presentation will be her son, Samarth Nair, a 10th-grader at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, who helped edit the book. He will discuss the challenges of understanding the Indian concepts from the book and translating the language and content for a western audience.

Prabhakar works for a large, multinational imaging and electronics company as a leader in their information technology team. She has always had the urge to write stories, and Pratichāyā is her first book. She is currently working on her second book, a collection fiction and non-fiction stories.

Register for this event. For additional information, contact Monique Kolb, Public Relations and Graphics Specialist, at