Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Yeay! This takes me back nostalgically into the wonderful time I spent in beautiful Slovakia during college years. Riding in a bus between Vienna and Bratislava, I had to stop over at a cold check-post for border control!
From today on, there will be no border between old Europe and Slovakia! 8 new countries have joined the Shengen zone, increasing vastly the potential for trade as well as tourism!
Full list of countries can be looked up at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7153490.stm
Gepostet von Ashant Chalasani an 8:14 pm
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a "Dichterlesen" - poetry reading, on invitation of one of a "culture-patron" in Kornwestheim.
Rajvinder Singh (Wikipedia), a first-generation Indian living in Germany since early 1970's, is a fascinating and talented writer and poet. He worked with the local Kornwestheim High School to train a group of 10-12 students to compose a short story and organize a combined reading to an audience of 20-25 invited guests.
Nice as that was, Rajvinder Singh, surprised me even more by going on to sing 2 Punjabi songs in front of a full German audience. My jaw dropped in fact at even the idea of it, but at the end, the songs was a complete delight, as much for me as for all others.
The 2nd delight of the night was to get to know Roswitha Meyer, who is a musician-enterpreneur on her way to establish the Orpheus Musiktheater in Stuttgart. Her forté is story-telling by combination of different arts - a single story is told at one time using a combination of musik, dance and video.
Check out a sample of Roswitha Mayer's work at http://www.orpheus-musiktheater.de/tdr-ind.htm
Gepostet von Ashant Chalasani an 12:09 pm