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2015 in review

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Conspiracies of Language

Though it’s language or, more appropriately, speech that makes humans different from other mammals or animals in general. But it is language itself that brings differences among the humans.
Though I’ve been staying in Bangalore since a year and a half, I still don’t understand it’s chief language Kannada. Neither do I understand the other popular languages – Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. Yes, I agree it’s my fault, I should have taken the initiative.
   Because I didn’t know Kannada, the localites didn’t misbehave with me, that’s a good thing. I have been managing to survive here with my knowledge of English and Hindi.
   But this language differences often made me feel out of place in college. Most of my classmates are from Bangalore itself, so they are fluent in Kannada. We all have a tendency to talk in our language with our friends, that way we are more comfortable. But I didn’t understand a word of their conversations. Often I would say “please translate”, sometimes they would, sometimes they would dismiss saying, “it’s not so important”. That’s the reason why I experienced a little problem in mingling with people, which I didn’t experience before. Earlier I wouldn’t take much time in mingling with people. But now I do. I feel all the more lonely. I feel the urge to leave this city as soon as possible.

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Bangalore or Bengaluru

Thanks to my english professor that you find me writing this prompt. It’s been only one and a half years since I came to Bangalore. Just after I few months I arrived, officially the city’s name changed to Bengaluru.
Bangalore sounds fancy, the name sort of reflects the city’s cosmopolitanism.
But Bengaluru sounds quite traditional. Actually, that’s what the government wanted. Kannada speaking state capital should sound Kannadiga.
The people wanted the name changed for a long time, it was Bengaluru for them since quite some time.
But I wasn’t here then. What I see now, whether it’s a cosmopolitan Bangalore or a traditional Bengaluru, I have got no idea.
I believe the city is quite traditional. I mean, look around, wherever you see you’ll find Kannada writing on every hoarding, every sign, along with English. I have never seen so much Bengali in my place!! Neither did I see in any of the cities I’ve been to up north. People here seem to prefer being connected to their roots.

P.S. I noticed something else as well. Bengaluru has Bengal (my home state) in it 😉. No wonder there are so many Bengalis here

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The Bangalore literature festival

In these one and a half years in Bangalore I experienced one of the most exotic experiences of my entire life, when I attended the Bangalore literature festival.

 

I conveniently missed the inauguration. I planned to attend the sessions of my favorite authors.
First I attended the conversation of Devdutt Pattanaik, one of the most renown mythologist of India, with another author Mani Rao. They spoke on Mr. Pattanaik’s latest book “My Gita”. Both the authors have written their own versions of the Bhagawad Gita, and they discussed their point of view on the sacred book. This conversation made me more aware of my religion, my existence. What intrigued me was when Pattanaik said he disgusts the word “argument”, according to him Indian culture is about “Samvada” – discussion, you take information from another person and in turn give information. I never gave a thought about it. So a new realisation dawned in me.
The conversation being on mythology, don’t think it was boring, the man has a good sense of humour. He doesn’t speak of philosophy, so it wasn’t boring, I guess you too would have enjoyed, if you have at least a wee bit of interest in Hindu mythology. Not was the conversation constricted to Gita, Mahabharata was discussed, Ramayana was discussed, one can get a lot of knowledge about the mythology.

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Next I attended the session I had been waiting for over a month. Conversation of Durjoy Datta along with Ravindra Singh and Preeti Shenoy with Nandita Bose on “New- Age Romantics”. That’s we all connect to. They spoke of what New-Age Romantics is about, infidelity, polyamory, the institution of marriage, whether technology mingling with romance is a boon or bane.

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Ayushmann Khurana gave a Bollywood flavour to the lit fest. He’s worth admiring. He’s an actor, singer, music director, and now he had written a book with his wife about his struggles as an actor. He gave some tips to the aspiring actors and actresses.

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There was a separate Q & A session with Durjoy Datta and Ravindra Singh on writing. Even I asked some questions. The session really helped me come out of the confusion I was in regarding my writing journey.
The last session of the festival was a debate on “Are we heading towards an intolerant India?”. The panel included eminent journalists, authors, politicians, entrepreneurs. The debate was a heated one with a great response from the audience. Presence of politicians did make the debate political which at last agitated the audience. The disappointing factor was that, only the past riots that occurred, the flaws of the government was being pointed out on and on. No body spoke about the unnecessary moral policing, or the rigid censoring of films. Only the phrases were mentioned but nobody probed into them.

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These were only the ones I attended, there were many other sessions that took place in the Bangalore literature festival. The others didn’t much appeal to me, so I conveniently skipped. But I had my bit of fun.

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Word of the Week (WOW) 6th December, 2015

Word of the Week is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to learn new words every week.

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To participate just make a post with your word and leave the link as a comment to Heena’s WOW post.

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Funambulist /noun/ fyoo-nam-byuh-list /

An acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope

Synonyms
tightrope walker

Origin

Late 18th century: from French funambule orLatin funambulus (from funis ‘rope’ + ambulare‘to walk’) + -ist.

Example sentences
1. She works as a Funambulist in the local circus troop

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