Delhi is a city of stories and storytellers. From the bards who once combed the streets of Shahjahanabad delivering juicy stories of the Mughal harems to the ruins of Tughlakabad Fort that speak of an emperor’s confrontation with a Sufi saint, stories are intrinsic to the fabric of Delhi.
Like our multilayered city, our families too have their stash of stories. These are recounted at family gatherings and over long drives, at lazy Sunday lunches and on chilly winter evenings, with our fingers tightly wrapped around cups of chai. Some of these stories we keep to ourselves, others we want to shout from rooftops and share with the world. Yet others, exist in multiple versions thanks to multiple memories that keep them afloat.
What stories of your own family do you want to preserve forever? What stories do you want to write? Either for yourself, to hand down to the next generation, or to share with the world?
Sayantani Dasgupta is an alumni of St. Stephen’s College and JNU. She worked for four years in publishing before acquiring her MFA in creative writing from the University of Idaho.
Jordan Hartt is a writer, writing teacher, and community and events organizer, and has taught literature and creative writing at Peninsula College.
Workshop: 14–16 December 2011
International Workshop on the Rendering of the Categories of Classical Indian Thought in the English Language: Perspectives and Problems at the India International Centre, Together with ICPR, ICCR, Ministry of Culture and IIC
Conveners: Dr. Mohini Mullick and Madhuri Santanam Sondhi Continue reading International Workshop – Classical Indian Thought in English
Ancient India: New Research
27-28 August, 2005
This workshop provided a forum for young historians to present their work on a range of refreshingly diverse themes. Papers based on archaeological studies were also presented along with those that are primarily concerned with the textual sources of ancient and early medieval India.
A series of four lectures held in collaboration with India International Centre, New Delhi, at their premises.
India And The West: Interrogating Changing Cultures
Speakers: Ashis Nandy, Prem Singh, A. Sen, V. Sanil, Purushottam Agrawal, P.K. Dutta, Mohini Mullick, Anirudh Despande, Malbika Majumdar
Indian Civilization – Past, Present and Future: Reopening an Interrupted Dialogue
Convener: Prof. Dayakrishna
Speakers: Professors G.C. Pande, Dayakrishna, Ramachandra Gandhi, Arindam Chakravarti, A. Rahman, Ashis Nandy, Dr. Mukund Lath, Professor S. Rinpoche.
Texts, Tradition and Svaraj
Convener: Prof. KJ Shah
Speakers: Professors Dayakrisha, Ramachandra Gandhi, KD Tripathi, KJ Shah, KT Pandurangi, AK Saran and MP Rege, Kapila Vatsyayan, Nirmal Verma.