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Where Do Your Texts Go?

September 13, 2016

Have you ever wondered what happens to your text (not Whatsapp) messages after you send them? How do they reach your partner, your best friend, your mother, and everyone else in your contacts?
How on earth do each – OK, most – of those 23 billion text messages sent every day get to their recipients?

You’ll find the answer in this video from AsapSCIENCE.

Click here to get your copy of ASAP Science

Mohammad Aamir Khan in converstaion with Sachin Garg

August 4, 2016

Framed As a Terrorist is the harrowing and heart-rending narrative of an ordinary young Indian man, from the by-lanes of Old Delhi, who was kidnapped by the police, falsely accused of being a terrorist, framed and kept in jail for almost fourteen years.

Released after a long and incredibly difficult legal battle, after surviving torture and solitary confinement, Mohammad Aamir Khan remains committed to the secular and democratic values that he grew up with. He refuses to be defeated, or to give up any of the dreams he has for himself, his family and the country that nearly destroyed him.
Click here to get your copy of Framed As a Terrorist

Saleem Haddad’s interview with ‘Rising Up with Sonali’

July 22, 2016

The debut novel by Arab aid worker Saleem Haddad, entitled Guapa [published in South Asia as One Last Drink at Guapa], is creating a buzz in literary circles, as much for its subject matter as the author’s skill. Haddad writes about a fictional gay Arab man named Rasa in an unnamed Arabic country undergoing an “Arab Spring”-style revolt. Haddad explores Rasa’s trials and tribulations over the course of 24 hours, bringing into focus the multiple struggles facing the LGBT community in the Middle East. The Huffington Post called Guapa a, “remarkable debut novel.”
Click here to get your copy of Saleem Haddad’s One Last Drink at Guapa.

Aliyyah Eniath interviewed by She the People TV, on her new romantic novel The Yard.

July 6, 2016

The Yard is a large compound in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago housing six families—Father Khalid, his four siblings and their widowed mother Sakina. Behrooz, an orphan who cannot remember his past, is brought to The Yard, when the old woman with whom he has sought shelter dies. Here, he struggles to belong. Father Khalid is kindhearted, but other family members are guarded about the outsider in their midst. They contend that Behrooz will betray the family by forging a clandestine relationship with his adoptive sister, Maya, a willful and rebellious girl who was not romantically forbidden to him under Islamic law.
Click here to get your copy of Aliyyah Eniath’s The Yard.

“Voices of Victims of Human Trafficking: Readings from River of Flesh and Other Stories” at the UN

May 5, 2016

Readings and discussions by United Nations dignitaries and other renowned personalities. The participants were Author and feminist Gloria Steinem; Award-winning Actress and Director Rosanna Arquette; Trafficking survivor T Ortiz Walker Pettigrew; Permanent Representative of Panama Ambassador Laura E. Flores; Permanent Representative of Hungary Ambassador Katalin Bogyay; Actress Reshma Shetty; and Editor of “River of Flesh and Other Stories” Ruchira Gupta. Special Remarks by: Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Samai Suleiman, and Rachel Moran.
Click here to get your copy of Ruchira Gupta’s River of Flesh and Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction.

Ruchira Gupta Book Reading – ‘River of Flesh and Other Stories’ with Ashley Judd

March 31, 2016

River of Flesh and Other Stories book launch, Shortened version: Ashley Judd reads from the anthology on March 17th, 2016
About 175 attorneys, guests and leaders in the anti-trafficking community gathered at Proskauer Rose March 17 to discuss the connection between human trafficking and prostitution.
Click here to get your copy of Ruchira Gupta’s River of Flesh and Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction.

Launch of ‘River of Flesh & Other Stories’, Town Hall Steps, Kolkata

March 31, 2016

The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, 14th-17th January 2016.
For the launch of activist and Apne Aap founder Ruchira Gupta’s new edited anthology River of Flesh and Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction.

Click here to get your copy of Ruchira Gupta’s River of Flesh and Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction.

Baluta: India’s First Dalit Autobiography

January 4, 2016

Jerry Pinto in conversation with Ravi Singh at the Goa Arts and Literature Festival, 2015.

Click here to get your copy of Daya Pawar’s autobiography Baluta.

Amid rising Hindu nationalism, Indian writers suffer

November 2, 2015

Writer Sonia Faleiro, author most recently of Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars and Wendy Doniger, whose book on Hindus (The Hindus: An Alternative History) was withdrawn from publication in India, join us to discuss the current climate in India.

(Photo: Flickr/Carl Parkes)

“Amid rising Hindu nationalism, Indian writers suffer” by WBEZ’s Worldview is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.

#TICAW | The Images, Concepts and Words

October 28, 2015

SynTalk thinks about the deep historical and ongoing interrelationships between (the all pervasive & incessantly productive) images, concepts & words. We make the widely sweeping journey from ancient rock art to the Coca-Cola logo to images on monitors in hospitals, to possible futures (say) a 1000 years out. The concepts are derived off / from ‘Lingo Dev’, Aristotle, Hippodamus of Miletus, Freud, Saussure, Peirce, Derrida, Foucault, Le Corbusier, McLuhan, Debord, & Baudrillard, among others. Click here to read more.

The SynTalkrs are: Dr. K. K. Chakravarty (art, public administration, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi), Santosh Desai (advertising, strategy, Futurebrands, ex-McCann-Erickson, Delhi), & Prof. Franson D. Manjali (semiotics, interdisciplinary, JNU, Delhi).

This podcast, conceptualised and produced by @SynTalk.

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