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October 20, 2010

World Matters ~ Writers Disturbing the Peace

 

Diamond Valley Oxfam, Montsalvat and ELTHAMbookshop

With Nillumbik Shire Council

Present The 6th Annual 

World Matters 2010 Writers – Disturbing the Peace

Dates: October 27 & 30-31

Venue: Montsalvat, Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham 

An International and Regional Programme featuring: Fear Factor Terror Incognito Indo-Australian Authors’ Anthology Panel, chaired by Sharon Rundle, with excerpts of short stories from a unique Indo–Australian collaboration, edited by Sharon Rundle and Meenakshi Bharat, which includes David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, Kiran NagarkarTabish Khair, Neelum Saran Gour,  Janhavi Acharekar, Temsula AoThomas Keneally Andrew Y M Kwong, Rosie Scott,   Meera KantSujata Sankranti, Guy Scotton, Jaspreet Singh, Denise Leith, Gulzar, and Yasmine Gooneratne.

 Readings will be followed by an in-depth discussion, by authors Susanne Gervay, Devika Brendon, Jeremy Fisher and Meenakshi Bharat from Delhi of the issues raised. Book signings will follow the panel discussion and questions.

We invite you to join us.

Susanne Gervay says: please say hello to Sharon, Meenakshi and me at the Festival

Fear Factor Terror Incognito ~ Stories from India and Australia
 

 Also on the Programme: Titi Amaral and Jude Conway’s audio visual narrative of East Timor Women’s brave stories of resistance and survival from the anthology Step by Step, this is Supported by East Timor Women Australia and an Exhibition and sales of East Timor textiles in the Resident Artist’s Gallery; and Ouyang Yu, The English Class, Roger Averill, Keeping Faith, Jane Carswell Under the Huang Jia Tree: Two Journeys in China through story and memoir, transit lounge us across cultures of China, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

There is so much more to World Matters 2010 Writers – Disturbing the Peace, for bookings and the full exciting programme at magical Montsalvat

 Books and CDs will be available for sale and signing. A 10% discount for purchase of 5 books or more. Reading the books beforehand will ensure a lively and informed discussion during Q and A.

 Prepaid bookings for World Matters are essential at

ELTHAMbookshop@bigpond.com

970 Main Road, Eltham

Phone +61 3 9439 8700

 October 27

Here on Earth: A Sustainable Future with Tim Flannery $10.00

 October 30 – 31

Festival Pass: $45.00 ( Does not include Tim Flannery event) Early Bird Bookings: $35.00 (bookings by October 20th)

Students: $25.00 Each session: $7.00 (unless otherwise stated)

 October 31

6.30pm – 7.30pm Duende Concert with Joe Chindamo: $15.00

 The Meeting Pool at Montsalvat offers the World Matters audience a very special menu to sustain you through the two days.

Bookings for breakfast, lunch and dinner must be made with Andrew Proctor by October 27th at 9431 2681

catering@montsalvat.com.au.

Join us for an exciting and stimulating weekend of literary brilliance! 

Book now  for the World Matters Festival, details on the websites and programme.

Please pass the word wherever you can, here are some additional websites:

Montsalvat: a Weekend of Literary Brilliance

the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership

World Matters ~ Writers Disturbing the Peace Full Programme (pdf)

ABC The Big Diary

 

February 7, 2010

Delights of Delhi

I had a few adventures while in Goa and in Delhi. On republic day, back in Delhi, I avoided the crowds at the Republic Day parade and went to the Lodhi Gardens with Susanne Gervay and Bill Franklin. Families were having picnics  with lots of children sitting on colourful saris and men were playing cricket games. The women and girls wore Saris, Skirts, Salwar Kameez and Kurtas in gorgeous fabrics, many brightly coloured, embroidered, sequinned, jewelled and/or sparkling with glitter, their Sunday best. It was very serene as we wandered around the gardens, lakes, tombs and ruins. We strolled down Lodhi Rd to find the Khan markets and found a great little café and some beaut shops.

Lake at Lodhi Gardens Republic Day 2010

Shops inside the walled city of the Red Fort, Delhi

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I went to a new, highly polished Mall with Meenakshi to look at the shops, some of the well known brands here and some very Indian brands such as ‘Tantra’.

Meenakshi and I went to the Cinema in the Mall complex and saw The 3 Idiots in Hindi. It is a comedy-tragedy-drama. I managed to follow most of it in Hindi because of the excellent acting and portrayal of the story; and Meenakshi explained the bits I didn’t fully understand. I laughed and I cried. The three young actors who play the 3 idiots are fantastic. The 3 Idiots is now showing at Hoyts in Sydney with English subtitles, if you have a chance to see this film it is well worth it. I also watched Slumdog Millionaire in Hindi – I had no-one to explain it this time and I hadn’t seen it before but I followed most of it pretty well.

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Susanne Gervay, Sujata Sankranti, Meenakshi Bharat, me and others at the University of Delhi Jan 2010

I went again to Delhi University with Meenakshi, Sujata, Susanne and also to the British Council which were both a great pleasure. I met Tanya Agarwal, Anu Bhardwaj,  Jyoti Singh Visvanath, Sayoni Basu and Anita.

Susanne Gervay with Anita

Fear Factor editors and authors, me, Sujata Sankranti, Jaspreet Singh, Meenakshi Bharat and Susanne Gervay

Sharon with Sayoni Basu who has worked in publishing in OUP and Penguin and is currently publishing director in Scholastic India.

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We had delicious dinners hosted by Meenakshi and Sujata. Meenakshi organised another day of readings with local authors (different ones from last year). I met Jaspreet Singh from Canada. Jaspreet has a story “Elephants” in Fear Factor.  His latest book is Chef.

I managed to see inside the impressive Red Fort in Delhi this time; as well as the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in New Delhi that was so busy when I went last year with Sujata and Barbara that we left. The Swaminarayan Akshardham temple is just magnificent. Unfortunately they don’t allow photos to be taken inside the temple walls but it is truly awesome both inside the temple and exhibition room and outside in the lotus garden looking at the incredible carved elephants and other animals and figures. 149 full size carved elephants surround the outside of the temple. Aphorisms and proverbs on little signs are dotted among the elephants.


I couldn’t resist another close look at the Bahai Lotus Temple and went with Susanne, Bill and Ajeet. We went inside the temple and also the visitor’s centre to learn more about it.

Bahai lotus temple delhi india

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Dr Ajeet and Bill Franklin at the Raj Ghat in Delhi

I  went again to Old Delhi to take in and photograph some of the streetscape in that busy ancient part of town where locals have traded for centuries and the streets are so narrow that cars can’t enter.

Streetscape in Agra

Streetscape in Agra 2010

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Around almost every corner in Old Delhi and New Delhi there is some architectural or natural wonder, whether dwelling, temple, minaret, fort, mausoleum, hotel, garden, Hauz Khas, bridge, lake, stream or a glimpse of the incomparable Yamuna River.  Traffic seems chaotic and peak hour almost insane with the long delays but somehow most of the time it works.

Hauz Khas or Royal Water Tank

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More recently, the metro (400 kms) is being constructed to help move the growing population around the city and help ease the volume of traffic. The stadium and Commonwealth Games village are being built. Delhi airport is now streamlined, efficient and looking very smart.

I enjoyed all the sumptuous food, incredible surroundings and excellent company while in Delhi — and there certainly was plenty of each.

The Three Idiots is on in Sydney at Hoyts.

It’s a ‘must see’. I went to see this movie with Meenakshi in Delhi. The dialogue was all in Hindi but even without subtitles it was the best movie I’ve seen in ages.

Trailer at:
http://www.hoyts.com.au/movies/details/3_idiots.aspx

Today’s Writing Tip

Think of a time when something gave you courage, taught you ‘mind over matter’. Write about this experience.

January 1, 2010

Pre Order your copy of Fear Factor Terror Incognito


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Fear Factor Terror Incognito

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For Pre-orders and special offers!

You can pre-order your Picador Australia copies of

Fear Factor Terror Incognito

an Indo-Aus collection of stories at:

Abbey’s Bookshop

Fishpond

Angus & Robertson

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/by/bharat/394265/

QBD

Collins Books Featured Book

Co-op Bookshop

From the Picador Australia (Pan Macmillan) webpage: “A unique collaboration between Australia and India, the stories represent these writers’ protests against the phenomenon of modern terror. They do not offer solutions. Instead, they lead readers along the hidden paths of an unfamiliar psychology to make their own discoveries.

A joint publication with Picador UK and Picador India, Fear Factor: Terror Incognito is essential reading for anyone interested the global phenomenon of terror.”

From jagrancityplus:

It is an attempt to ward off fear and restore humanity by reminding the readers about mankind, unity, peace and harmony. It motivates them to uphold humanitarian values and light the fire of anti-terrorism, thereby making the planet safe for the entire human race,” Meenakshi Bharat said. The articles have been contributed by famous authors from Australia and the Indian subcontinent, including David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, Neelum Saran Gour, Tom Keneally, Rosie Scott, Jeremy Fisher, Susanne Gervay, Tabish Khair, Denise Leith, Andrew YM Kwong, Devika Brendon, Gulzar, Meera Kant, Guy Scotton, Sujata Sankranti, Kiran Nargarkar, Temsula Ao, Jaspreet Singh and Janhavi Acharekar; with a foreword by Yasmine Gooneratne. They do not offer solutions; instead they lead readers along hidden paths to make their own discoveries

And …

We made the Wall St Journal! There is news about Rushdie + a mention of the anthology in Tabish Khair’s column in MINT at:

http://www.livemint.com/2010/01/01221827/The-Bollywood-novel.html?h=B

MONTHLY LITERARY COLUMN by Tabish Khair in MINT (Mumbai) & The Wall Street Journal.

Also First City (Monthly) New Delhi

“Fear Factor Terror Incognito” review First City Monthly New Delhi

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Reserve your copy of Fear Factor Terror Incognito today by pre-ordering at any of the above bookstores online or in-store.

December 28, 2009

Rain, reflection and reviews

Compliments of the Season to you

I hope you have enjoyed the holiday season and your celebrations whether Yuletide and Solstice; Christmas and Boxing Day; Hanukkah; Ashura or combinations of the different seasonal events.

We have even had the gift of rain that has washed and replenished this parched land. Listening to the sound of rain on the roof was bliss.

Clean the women’s library, London

My Christmas and Boxing Day were peaceful and shared with friends and family, some through the magic of technology. We were fortunate enough to enjoy lovely food and thoughtful gifts. It was low-key due to the many demands on time and energy throughout the year but relaxed and cheerful. Thanks to all who sent cards, e-cards, calendars, letters and gifts which are all very much appreciated.

Another of the unexpected pleasant surprises over the holiday season has been reading the reviews of the Indo-Aus anthology “Fear Factor Terror Incognito”. For the authors and readers as well as others who may be interested, here they are:

Fear Factor Terror Incognito Reviews

Dainik Jagran

CITYPLUS

JagranCityPlus Central Delhi

December 28 2009

City buzz

Book explains fear factor of terrorism

Addressing the dread of living with unpredictable peril, constant fear and terrorism, Oxford Bookstore  and Picador India hosted last week the launch of the book ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito’, a cross-cultural anthology of stories by Indian and Australian authors. The book was launched by Joginder Paul, renowned Urdu writer. It was followed by a panel discussion on escalating terrorism all over the world, in which poet and academician Sukrita Paul Kumar and renowned theatre personality Renu Chopra participated, among others.

The book is edited by Meenakshi Bharat, professor of Venkateshwara College and author of many literary works. “It is an attempt to ward off fear and restore humanity by reminding the readers about mankind, unity, peace and harmony. It motivates them to uphold humanitarian values and light the fire of anti-terrorism, thereby making the planet safe for the entire human race,” Meenakshi Bharat said. The articles have been contributed by famous authors from Australia and the Indian subcontinent, including David Malouf, Salman Rushdie, Neelum Saran Gour, Tom Keneally, Rosie Scott, Jeremy Fisher, Susanne Gervay, Tabish Khair, Denise Leith, Andrew YM Kwong, Devika Brendon, Gulzar, Meera Kant, Guy Scotton, Sujata Sankranti, Kiran Nargarkar, Temsula Ao, Jaspreet Singh and Janhavi Acharekar; with a foreword by Yasmine Gooneratne. They do not offer solutions; instead they lead readers along hidden paths to make their own discoveries.

http://www.jagrancityplus.com/storydetail.aspx?cityid=10&articleid=19045&editionid=117&catgid=6


The Telegraph

Calcutta India

Friday, December 25 , 2009

Paperback Pickings

Walk on the Wild Side

Fear Factor: Terror Incognito (Picador, Rs 295) edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle brings together stories from two different lands to explore the theme of terrorism. This anthology of short stories also serves another latent purpose. It is a collaborative effort to understand whether the artist responds to these violent times any differently than the layman. The answer, the editors argue, is in the affirmative. An artist — whether an author, a painter or poet, located in India or abroad — often attempts to examine the complex factors that have led men and women to inflict terrible retributions on society. Fear Factor includes contributions by Salman Rushdie (“For Kashmir, for Paradise” taken from Shalimar the Clown), Kiran Nagarkar (“In search of Essar” from God’s Little Soldier) as well as a kitschy story by Gulzar in which a Muslim man, hounded by the fear of death in riot-torn Mumbai, ends up killing a fellow Muslim on a local train.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091225/jsp/opinion/story_11904171.jsp

http://www.telegraphindia.com/section/frontpage/index.jsp


Whisper Words by Neha Tara Mehta in New Delhi India mentions "Fear Factor Terror Incognito".

World Wide News

Whisper Words

by Neha Tara Mehta in New Delhi


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Expressbuzz

Monday, December 14, 2009 2:01 PM IST

Indian Express

‘Malayalam media keeps dignity’

Express News Service

First Published : 29 Nov 2009 02:32:29 AM IST

Last Updated :

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Malayalam media has a character of its own and it keeps a certain level of dignity amongst the vernacular media in the country, said Sujata Sankranti, writer and lecturer in English at the Delhi University. She was addressing a meet-the-press programme organised by the Thiruvananthapuram Press Club …

Sujata’s short story ‘’An Eye for an Eye’’ [published in ‘Fear Factor Terror Incognito’] is an excerpt from her forthcoming novel ‘’In the Shadow of Legends’’. Regarding the theme of her novel, Sujata said that an act of terror did not end with the act. Its consequences go beyond the act. She said that her story [in the anthology] was about the consequences of terrorism.

She also read out from her work and said that she was happy to present the story … Sujata had won first prize for her story ‘’The Wrap and the Weft’’ (sic) in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 1998.

Comments

Fear Factor-Terror Incognito is an important cross cultural anthology with India and Australia with respected editors Meenakshi Bharat from India and Sharon Rundle from Australia. Meenakshi and Sharon meet many challenges to get this cutting edge anthology published. It is a major achievement to be published in India, Australia and UK by Picador. The stories explore terrorism as it impacts on us all through narrative fiction and includes the wonderful writing of Sujata, Booker Prizes winners to emerging authors with new voices. It was a brave venture that crosses the oceans to unite our region in the commonality of us all, as we face this threat. I was privileged to write my story ‘Days of Thailand’ that sits besides some of the world’s great Indian and Australian authors. Susanne Gervay www.sgervay.com

http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=%E2%80%98Malayalam+media+keeps+dignity%E2%80%99&artid=JiTNt5yu9Bw=

DELHI EVENTS

“Fear Factor: Terror Incognito” a collection of stories, book launch & discussion

http://bit.ly/7r6ktS

When:

12/10/2009 6:30pm-8pm India Standard Time
(12/11/2009 12am local)

Event Details : Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi in association with Picador India is hosting the launch of ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito’, a collection of stories to instil humanity, wisdom and ward off fear, written by famous writers like Gulzar, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Keneally to name a few.  Edited by Meenakshi Bharat, Professor of Venkateshwara College, New Delhi and Sharon Rundle, author, the book will be release by eminent Urdu writer Joginder Paul, followed by a panel discussion with famous poet and academician Sukrita Paul Kumar and renowned theatre personality Renu Chopra.

About the book: ‘Fear Factor: Terror Incognito’ is a collection of stories meant as a call for humanity and sanity in response to the fear mongering that goes on today. And, actually, it’s a very firmly light and cheeky collection with a great perspective and sense of humour.

http://www.delhievents.com/2009/12/factor-terror-incognito-collection-of.html

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Today’s Writing Tip

Now that the tension and excitement leading up to the festivities is over and we have a brief respite before ringing in the New Year, it’s time to reflect and draft a piece of writing to work on through the year. Then you’ll have a story, poem, play or article ready to submit by next September for the 2010 Festive Season.

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