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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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