Several beginnings this month.... Our outreach to the borders of the country has received fresh impetus with the award of a small grant which will enable us to travel to the North Eastern states of India, and to Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, to spread the word about Scholars. The message is simple: There is a wealth of academic material that can be accessed, and we are here to simplify the process...
There is another message too, that there is a wealth of academic material being created in these regions- several small and excellent publishing houses that bring out books of interest. On Tea. Or Buddhism... Tribal studies... Glaciology... Natural resources... Wildlife... Politics... Anthropology... We'll keep alerting you to the new material as it makes its way onto our booklists as we did for the Vendrame Institute a few months ago.
So both for outreach, as well as for representation, our initiatives into these borders is very very important to us... There have been a number of articles- in the Hindustan Times, and via the IANS to a number of e-links, and numerous posts, blogs, and so on. We would be grateful for any help in this matter- so please do tell your friends about this.
And to make it sweeter, in the coming four months, we will mail any academic book to the states of our outreach (J&K, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram) totally FREE of cost.
But we have other new beginnings too. Our Poetry section, for instance. There is so much excellent poetry written in English- apart from A K Ramanujam, Nissim Ezekiel, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Jayanta Mahapatra, there are a host of poets both established and new. And we're happy to create a space for them.
Indian Writing in English. We started the section, but this has not developed into much, partly because of the wealth of possibilities. Like Balaam's ass, but with too many haystacks, we find ourselved (temporarily) unable to move. Help us please- send in suggestions!
And for those of you in Delhi, we have a new place to operate out of, in Katwaria Sarai. Pictures of the room, and of the SwB Team, in a future post. Our phone number is the same, 99717 63322.