The Intellectual Life on the Indian Sub Continent

The Intellectual Life on the Indian Sub Continent

I’ve discussed philosophy, the state of the world, literature with professors and scholars from Delhi to Chennai to Calcutta to the exotic Northern States of India to Jaipur – and the discussions have been rich in thought and ideas.

This has been different to other conferences without awkward communications. There is a warmth and excitement about engagement of ideas here. The colourful saris, exotic foods and embracing of life were truly joyous.  I especially love the young scholars who are embracing Australian literature. What a privilege to share time with them – especially the enthusiastic joyous intellectually engaging Rembemo Odyou, the beautiful Mridusmita and Irene Phalung A Awungashi – young scholars who want to work towards social justice.

Professor Sareen and Professor Gopal who are the inspiration for this exchange of ideas at the IASA Conference  in Goa are visionary in their fostering of such a positive relationship between Australia and India.

Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle are also visionaries in their pursuit of publishing FEAR FACTOR TERROR INCOGNITO, an anthology that opens dialogue about terrorism and a way towards peace. What a great place to launch this anthology.

Makarand Paranjape JNU University,Clouds of Magellan published Melbourne,Sharon Rundle UTS, Fear Factor Terror Incognito published by Picador IndiaSusanne Gervay,Professor Santosh Sareen,IASA Conference GOA 2010Sharon Rundle, Rembemo Odyuo daning at IASA Conference GOA opening

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

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  1. hey, I just could’nt believe my eye when I saw our photos in your blog…I am feeling on top of the world….never in my life that I have felt so much excited…am still jumping…when I informed Smita about our photos she was all the more excited. Thank you so much for giving me this joy and happiness. May the good Lord will continue to guide you and your family and Rundle’s family too.keep the faith in our friendship.
    Honestly Rembemo Odyuo (Rembo)

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