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Missing Chapters

In his book-Thinking for a change-John Maxwell writes about the way a designated place to think attracts good thoughts.

My father first took me to museums – a habit which I have tried to pass on to my children and other family juniors with whom I have spent many lovely hours exploring the refined objects of world cultures.

For many years, I have walked in the galleries of ROM-Royal Ontario Museum, seen their permanent galleries and special exhibitions, and intentionally used these galleries as “thinking places”. Last month, we visited ROM to view the special exhibitions

Contemporary Black Artists

Christian Dior

Wild Life Photographer of the Year

Missing Chapters was a thought provoking section of the Family Camera Network project of ROM.

The Missing chapters done in collaboration between AGM –Art Gallery of Mississauga and ROM- gave insights into an aspect of family life-of persons whose photographs are not present for some reasons.

The Boat people of Vietnam section of this exhibition made me recall the many immigrant stories who  tried to cross over the Mediterranean. On the occasion of Feb 17, revolution of Libya, we went through some of the past notes on this topic.

Application questions-

Which Missing Chapters did you remember, while recalling those days of the 2011 revolution?

How would these chapters have been re-written- if 2014 had not happened?



Earlier Perspectives-Readings in Riverwood

Reading made me a traveler; travel sent me back to books.


Theroux, Paul. Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads (p. 293).

Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition.

As I walked through Riverwood-I remembered some of the times gone by, when I had read other stories here.

The Libyan short stories by writers like Wahbi Bouri, Sadik Nehoum, or the story of Bomma-the slave, whose life is followed by Amitav Ghosh-in his book-In an Antique land.

Relating to these stories, like Hotel Vienna-set in Benghazi in the post World War II period, made me recall my own trips to Benghazi-Tobruk-Shahat(Cyrene)-Susa in quieter times and the broadening of perspectives which one got by talking to long-term expatriate workers of Libya and exploring Byzantine time mosaics in Eastern Libya with them.

Now, many years later, reading and reflecting on these in Riverwood area of Mississauga, and reading the notes from the “Reading journal” which I keep, gives added meaning. Keeping a Reading Journal is a great way to deepen one’s humanity. What does a particular work tell about the human condition? What is the context in which the arc of development of a character progresses? How does relation with the other structures of society impact the character? …

And so on.

This led me to the exploring of stories written by writers like Alice Munro, (Nobel prize in literature-2013) with stories set in Ontario. These give a window into the lives of Canadians which a normal  ‘new’ immigrant will not usually come across, as they are more involved in settling down, getting their credentials verified, finding a job, and staying connected with the threads of life which they left behind. For an earlier perspective- read the discussion on Alice Munro’s story-Runaway- on a trip returning from Guelph in January 2014.

GOODBYES  https://prashantbhatt.com/2014/01/08/good-byes/

It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends

Joan Didion, Goodbye to All That

As we returned from Guelph University in the snow, we discussed –Runaway-by Alice Munro.



IN AN ANTIQUE LAND-AMITAV GHOSH-The story of Bomma- who came from what is modern Tunisia today, stayed in Egypt, went to Aden, then to Western India-stayed there for around 2 decades and was a trusted assistant of his owner, built a life for himself in India

But the slave of Khalaf’s letter was not of the company of the consequential people like wazirs, sultans, the chroniclers, and the priests –the people who have the power to inscribe themselves physically upon time…in this instance, it was a mere accident that those barely discernible traces that ordinary people leave upon the world happen to have been preserved. (From Amitav Ghosh’s –In an Antique Land) ..Readings in Riverwood-in the morning- on the bench in memory of Zachary Jelovsek,(1995-2014).Taken much too soon