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Laundry stripes & long walk home

Pushkar Sane Sunday, 19th June, 2011 Tags: , , Life No comments

Yesterday we hosted Manreet Sodhi Someshwar as a part of ‘meet the author’ initiative at the FIPHK Literary Group. Manreet talked about her two books – Earning the Laundry Stripes and The Long Walk Home. She read from both the books and explained her perspective. She spoke freely and was quite candid. It was fascinated to see wide variety of research required to writer a historical fiction. She also talked about challenges and surprises faced by upcoming writers. It was a wonderful session with our own member Medha Samant steering it and members participating actively.

I’m sure this interaction will inspire our members to start writing actively. I picked up both her books and plan to read them over next few weeks.

God’s Debris & Indian Philosophy

Pushkar Sane Saturday, 18th October, 2008 Tags: , , , , , Observations, Roots No comments

Today we finally landed at the FIPHK Literary Group meeting – small group from Forum of Indian Professionals in Hong Kong who meet on a monthly basis to discuss a book or two and talk about their own reflections on the books under discussion. Today’s book under review was God’s Debris – written by Dilbert creator Scott Adams… it was presented by Hrishikesh Kulkarni. I’m yet to read the full book – I have just seen parts of it and seen the discussions on blogs & other social media platforms. I think Hrishikesh did a great job in bringing alive the book – lot of work gone into putting the entire book in a presentation.

The book made me think & I felt quite a few philosophical concepts were inspired by Ancient Indian Philosophy. I personally thought that some of the issues were handled very superficially. Not fully equipped to comment as I’m yet to read it fully but that was my first impression. Also I don’t claim to know Indian Philosophy but my exposure to people who know it is pretty high. I somewhere feel that there are a series of Western authors are taking inspiration from Indian Philosophy & then trying to interpret it in their own way. Nothing wrong in that but what disturbs me a bit is that most people try to interpret ancient Indian Philosophy in a very literal manner & thereby missing the deeper meaning attached to different philosophical constructs. Their exposure to India is through translated literature – so they essentially see India through the eyes of the translators (and their perceptions).