Journalist and human-rights advocate Salil Tripathi read from his new book "Offense: The Hindu Case" at a private home in Connecticut. Alan Murray, deputy managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, moderated the discussion.
Salil Tripathi (center left) with Alan Murray (center right)
As part of its PageTurner Literary Festival, the Asian American Writers Workshop honored Sonny Mehta, Knopf Publisher & Editor-in-Chief with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The special guest was Michael Ondaatje, author of "The English Patient." The event was held at the restaurant called At Vermilion in Manhattan. (Hover over the images for captions; click to go the image archive.)
A press release about an upcoming show -- I will be in Sewanee from Jul 17-19.
The Sewanee Writers’ Conference will present work from “IndiaWorld: Images of the Global Indian Diaspora” by Preston Merchant from July 14-26 at the Bairnwick Women’s Center, 114 Mississippi Avenue, in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Merchant is a graduate of Sewanee:the University of the South and a former faculty member at St. Andrew’s – Sewanee School. “IndiaWorld” is his ongoing project, now in its seventh year, to document the people and culture of Indians living outside the subcontinent. Working in ten countries, Merchant has photographed Indians in all walks of life from the Lord Mayor of Leicester in the United Kingdom to contestants in the Miss Teen India Georgia Pageant in Atlanta and scenes from South Africa, Malaysia, and Guyana.
“Large scale Indian migration began in the late nineteenth century when the British turned to India for labor after the abolition of slavery in their colonies in 1834,” Merchant says. “Subsequent waves of businesspeople, shopkeepers, and traders in the twentieth century have built strong and vibrant Indian communities in dozens of countries around the world.”
“IndiaWorld” is a story of both the forces of globalization and the struggle of families to build new communities far from India.
Quoting novelist Salman Rushdie, Merchant observes that the immigrant must invent the earth beneath his feet. “I have tried to photograph families affected by immigration and the ways in which they have forged a new culture in a new land,” he says.
Merchant graduated from Sewanee in 1990 and taught English and Spanish at St. Andrew’s – Sewanee School from 1992-94. He also worked on the staff of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference from 1990-1999. He lives in New York and works as a freelance photographer.
“It’s an honor to come back to the Mountain and be part of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference again, as it celebrates its twentieth year,” Merchant says.
“IndiaWorld” will be on display for the duration of the conference. Bairnwick Women’s Center is open daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Image above: Hari Radhakrishnan weds Marguerite Cauble at the Meenakshi Temple. Pearland, Texas
Rupa Marya and her gypsy caravan of April Fishes rolled into Joe's Pub for an eclectic evening, with the sounds of Paris cabaret, Tijuana border blues, and a braying elephant -- all performed in the boom-chick madcap style that makes Rupa and the April Fishes a great live show.