A Glimpse of India
We had a great turnout at the Glimpse of India program held at Richland Library ( Bostick Auditorium) on Sunday May 5 from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. One hundred and forty or more people attended and enjoyed Indian snacks, display of Indian arts and artifacts, display of Indian fiction and nonfiction books, an entertaining show comprising of colorful and classical Indian dance performances and henna tattoo stalls. The children really enjoyed getting henna tattoos ranging from a simple soccer ball or flower to more intricate and artistic henna creations. Henna comes from a plant and is used as a dye for tattoos which fade away in a week or two. Traditionally, they are part of festivals and celebrations as they add beauty and bring good luck. Some attendees participated in the interactive bhangra (Indian folk dance) experience and learned how to perform these high energy dance steps. Pictures of this event are at the Richland library’s facebook page.
Mark Twain has said of India that it is “the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined” The library has many books on India and books can transport you to the far east vicariously! There is a handout on Indian cooking complete with a basic curry recipe and a bibliography on fiction from India at the research desk on the second level of Richland Library (Main).
If you are at Richland Library Main and wish to browse books on India’s history and culture the call number is 954 on the second level. Books on India travel are in 915.4 on the second level too. Books on Indian cooking are in 641.5954 on the third level. Indian cooking is much more diverse than just curry. Mustard fish cooked in the eastern part of India is very different from the coconut based dishes in the south. Each book on Indian cooking comes with simple instructions and a glossary of ingredients used.
Have you ever watched a Bollywood movie? Do check out one from the library, it comes complete with English subtitles and lots of Song and dance sequences! Go to our Film and Sound room on the first level and the librarians there will help you find some bollywood movies. Here are the links to bibliography on Indian fiction and Indian cooking handout.
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Monsoon Wedding by noted director Mira Nair.
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Cultures and families clash in Mira Nair’s exuberant Monsoon Wedding, a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern more...
Cultures and families clash in Mira Nair’s exuberant Monsoon Wedding, a mix of comedy and chaotic melodrama concerning the preparations for the arranged marriage of a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter, Aditi. Of course there are hitches—Aditi has been having an affair with a married TV host; she’s never met her husband to be, who lives in Houston; the wedding has worsened her father’s hidden financial troubles; even the wedding planner has become a nervous wreck—as well as buried family secrets. But Nair’s celebration is ultimately joyful and cathartic: a love song to her home city of Delhi and her own Punjabi family. DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Mira Nair and director of photography Declan Quinn • Audio commentary featuring Nair • Nair’s short documentaries So Far from India (1983), India Cabaret (1985), and The Laughing Club of India (2001), featuring video introductions by the director • Nair’s short fiction films The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat (1993), 11'09'01—September 11 (Segment: India) (2002), Migration (2007), and How Can It Be? (2008), featuring video introductions by the director • New video interview with actor Naseeruddin Shah, conducted by Nair • New video interviews with Quinn and production designer Stephanie Carroll • Theatrical trailer • New and improved English subtitle translation • PLUS: An essay by critic and travel writer Pico Iyer less...
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Sixty years after Indian independence, British historian Michael Wood presents the tale of the oldest and most diverse civilization, and largest democracy. A nuclear power and more...
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The Golden Triangle of India actually covers three of the most beautiful and captivating cities of the country: Delhi (the capital of India), Agra (the city of Taj) and Jaipur more...
The Golden Triangle of India actually covers three of the most beautiful and captivating cities of the country: Delhi (the capital of India), Agra (the city of Taj) and Jaipur (the desert land of Rajput kings). India's Taj Mahal is an admired masterpiece that combines elements of Indian, Islamic, Persian & Turkish design & style into one of the world's seven wonders. The purity of the white marble & precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, with the love story behind this outstanding monument. The red sandstone Agra Fort, built in 1565, has a lovely view of "the Taj". Fatehpur Sikri, situated near Agra, was constructed by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1584 and is considered to be amongst the most majestic cities of the Mughal Empire. All three treasures are considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Jaipur is the vibrant capital of Rajasthan and is known as the "Pink City". 15th century Mehrangarh Fort stands sentinel to the city of Jodhpur below and houses a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows exquisitely wrought from red sandstone. Nearby Jaswant Thada is the cremation ground of former rulers with distinctive memorials in white marble. In Jodhpur, the Clock Tower Bazaar with it's narrow lanes where vendors sell everything from exotic spices, fruit & vegetables to textiles & handicrafts. The Indian railway is the world's largest employer. In Delhi, ancient city walls, Ghandi's crematorium and the largest mosque in the city & Jama Majid. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh along the banks of the Ganges river is said to be the most holy city in Hinduism. & considered by many to be the most sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus irrespective of denomination. Pilgrims from distant lands come to Varanasi in search of divine blessings. Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon in Sarnath in 450 BC.
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