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Friends of South Asia's
Sixth Annual Literary Evening
and
Joint Celebration of the 63rd Anniversary of
 India and Pakistan's Independence

THE LANGUAGE OF FOOD
Saturday August 29, 2009,  1pm - 5pm
Glen Park Library
2825 Diamond St, San Franciso, CA 94131
(next to Glen Park BART Station)


Join us in an exploration of the language of food, its vocabulary and evolution, its relationship with history and geography and its personal and societal associations.  And participate in jointly marking India and Pakistan's independence days.

The event is free and open to all.

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THE EVENING

FOSA's sixth annual literary evening will feature readings of original works in a variety of genres and formats - fiction, essays, memoirs, plays and poetry -  in different South Asian languages as well as English.

We will also use the occasion to jointly mark Indian and Pakistani Independence Days, a tradition we have kept alive in the Bay Area since 2003.  

Different Independence Day events we've held over the years:

THE THEME

The South Asian melting pot has simmered through the ages, creating exquisite flavors. Culinary influences and food accents brought in by different communities have been embraced over the centuries and the fusion of new and old has resulted in the unique South Asian cuisine: Biryani, Paratha, Idli, Puri, Seekh Kebabs, Dhansak, Kheer, etc. now popular around the world. Writers will explore  the language of food, its vocabulary and evolution, its relationship with history and geography and its personal and societal associations.

FEATURED WRITERS

The readings will be in the following sequence (subject to change):
  • Farooq Taraz (Punjabi poem)
  • Amina Ahmed (“Crossings”, a short story in English)
  • Dinesh O. Shah (“Mansai Na Diva”, a poem in Gujarati, in absentia by Niranjan Parikh)
  • Faisal Azeem (“Teen Rukh”, a poem in Urdu, presented in absentia)
  • Lehar Zaidi (“The Persecuted Pilaf” in English)
  • Saqib Mausoof (“Kukar Culture” in Urdu)
  • Anand Raghavan (a poem in Hindi)
  • Maheen Adamson (“Niyaz-0-Nazar” in Urdu)
  • Ali Hasan Cemendtaur ("Wapsee" - in Urdu)
  • Anasuya Sengupta & Ashwin Mathew (“A day in the life of TJ Halli” in English)