Sarai, a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi is an unusually creative venture. Their vision is grand: how to critically expand the horizons of the discourse on development". And one of the tangible results of all this study of development is some remarkable publications which Scholars is very pleased to bring to you.
The Sarai English Readers, their main publications, are annuals structured around a specific theme. The volumes- and there have been 6 so far- feature articles, essays, reviews & criticism, interviews and photographic essays. The Readers are inter-disciplinary and invite and ommission writing by practitioners, academics, activists and artists from diverse fields. The net result is a vibrant issue which one can dip into, learn from, and enjoy.
Sarai Reader 01 was on The Public Domain, Sarai Reader 02 dealt with The Cities of Everyday Life, and each year moved into different themes and spaces, ending with this year's Sarai 06 Reader, on Turbulence. Using Turbulence as a conceptual vantage point from which to interrogate all that is in the throes of terminal crisis, and to invoke all that is as yet unborn. Sarai "wants to see areas of low and high pressure in politics, economy and culture that transcend borders, to investigate the flow of information and processes between downstream and upstream sites in societies and cultures globally." Well, we're OK with that... transcending borders, that is.
But more. Sarai has a lot of very creative material to offer- their contributors are impressive: Ravi Vasudevan, Aditya Nigam, Gyan Prakash, Ashish Nandy... and many more. And their format is not just the annual- they have Sarai Hindi Reader, Deewan-e-Sarai, Cybermohalla Publications which are broadsheets, booklets, etc., Sarai.txt, a quaterly broadsheet produced by an editorial collective at Sarai which "playfully interprets and renders research about urban experience".
Worth a read? We think so, especially if you are interested in the evolving India. In our sections on Culture and under Essays and Nonfiction. Searchable too: Click here.