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.