Kernan, he said, we worship at different altars,
but our belief is the same.
Grace, Dubliners, Joyce, James
This reading journal of our group will cover literary themes, management and non fiction books.
The Tripoli Reading group is inspired by a veteran educator who taught some lessons on how to learn from the Subaltern.
“Is the medical refugee the same as the subaltern” I once asked him.
“No!” he answered.
“But a medical refugee can be in a worse condition than a subaltern”
That conversation started some discussions which go on…..
DISCUSSING CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY-
KHADRA FOREST-TRIPOLI 2009
COFFEE TABLES AT FUNDUQ KABIR- (GRAND HOTEL…Now closed)
The reading group which evolved in the coffee tables of Grand Hotel –Tripoli (now closed) was many years in the making. The college English teachers taught us to think with many hats, how to see a work from the Marxist or Psychoanalytic approach, or take a feminist or post-colonial angle, trying to think of what a particular work has to tell about race, gender, nationality or ethnicity.
MUSINGS ON ART- MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -VALLETTA
DISCUSSIONS OVER DINNER
In these tables of Safir we revisited famous words-probably never spoken
– Dr.Livingstone I presume-
and tried to come to see the way medical systems evolved in these countries in the post World War II period, from the Matrons from Yugoslavia (former) who helped set the rosters and routines in Central hospital (Shara Zawia) to the Indian professors who taught the meanings of Anatomy and Public Health, Biochemistry and ethics to a new generation of students
BOOK DISCUSSIONS..On spiritual traditions
“Read a chapter of Gita every day, it takes just five minutes if you do it regularly,” Mr.Kishan Lal Sabharwal taught me this life lesson, which has enriched me in many ways.
Gifting his copy of S.Radhakrishnan’s commentary on Gita to me, he told
“ I am nearing 80. You will read and respect this more than my sons.”
This special edition –Not for Sale-by Blackie and Sons-Calcutta is one of my most cherished memories of Delhi. Over the years I have re-read it in many ways, sometimes reading with my sons. Each person understands things in his or her own unique ways.
Do you practice something from your culture or civilization in your daily life?
How does this practice affect your understanding of life?
BOOK DISCUSSIONS..Of India
One session started with Edward Said’s “Orientalism” in which the concept of the West speaking for the silenced subalterns of the Orient is exposed. The relevance in today’s world and psyche of Indian subcontinent can be gauged by the inner life of the legendary runner Milkha Singh which is portrayed in the movie -“Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”
Partition which came with independence is still a very emotive topic in the subcontinent. The summer of 1947 was unlike any other in Indian history, seeing the migration of around 15 million people and murdering of around 1 million. Nehru’s “Tryst with Destiny” speech does not address these aspects which were dealt with by writers such as Khushwant Singh in “Train to Pakistan”, Bapsi Sidhwa in
“Ice-Candy Man” or Salman Rushdie -“Midnight’s children” in different ways.
MEDICAL READINGS -DISCUSSIONS
Having medical professionals in our group, some readings-discussions are
of more specialized nature
Like- AC Joint repair
CLINICAL RADIOLOGY SESSIONS-LIBYAN SWISS MEDICAL CENTRE-TRIPOLI
However, others like Check Burn Out Forum,
are of universal significance for mid-career professionals