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Kahini Workshop, July 26-27th 2015

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.

Language Classes

Manana began the language program in 2008 with weekly classes

Sanskrit class
Sanskrit class in progress

in Sanskrit. Ms. Sushila Ambike has been teaching Sanskrit at Manana for the past seven years.

Classes are held from 10 am to 1 pm every Saturday and are open to all. Please contact us for further information.

Manana also offers spoken English classes for economically challenged youth.

Rendering Categories of Classical Indian Thought into English

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

The problem of translation-specially that involving technical vocabulary has now received wide recognition the world over. Translation Studies are a well established discipline and the literature continues to grow. Scientific texts appear to have successfully solved the problem by standardizing technical terms that are then absorbed by all languages of instruction and communication. But this vocabulary has been developed largely in the West and in western languages and has been absorbed almost in-toto into non-eastern languages. Continue reading Rendering Categories of Classical Indian Thought into English

International Workshop – Classical Indian Thought in English

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

Fascism In People’s Minds – A Talk by Dr. Susmita Dasgupta

Fascism In People’s Minds: India Post 26/11

A Talk by Dr. Susmita Dasgupta , Media Sociologist and Political Economist
22 January, 2009

The terrorist attack on the 26th of November 2008 in Mumbai invokes sentiments among Indians that seem to be slowly moving towards imagining a fascist state.

In the minds of the Indians, a “perfect state” is one in which there is predominance of military, judiciary, technology, large corporations and people’s participation in the state as vigilantes. There seems to be an imagination in the people’s minds that democracy means soft states incapable of protecting its citizens from possible terror attacks.

Why are Indians imagining a polity that belongs to those very countries that breed terror? Why do Indians want to become like the nations which in their eyes are enemies? Why are Indians showing such proclivity towards becoming a fascist state?

The speaker uses various popular opinions circulating in emails and facebook wall writings to cull out popular responses to the incidents of 26/11.