Sahitya O Alochana is a monthly literary and topical discussion forum under the aegis of Ananda Mandir that endeavors to achieve its motto "Alochana Brings Good Things to Mind." It organizes several exciting sessions through the year, typically once a month.

The scope and the reach of the discussions at the forum are ever widening and deepening. Over the last several years, these sessions have covered some very exciting and illuminating discussions on a wide variety of topics including literature, theater and movie, history, philosophy and religion, science and mathematics, economics, social issues, and finally sports.

The coordinators for the Sahitya O Alochana sessions are Subrata Bhaumik and Amitabha Bagchi please contact them for more information. Details for the most recent session is given below. Come join us in this session; enjoy the fascinating discussion; and be a part of the animated interactions that are usual of our alochana sessions.

You can join the discussions remotely using the following conferencing links:
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Meeting ID: 536 354 658
Telephone: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833


Title:  Is Citizenship a Necessary Evil

Date:  Friday, May 25, 2018    Time:  8:00PM - 9:00PM     Location:  Ananda Mandir

Description:  Consider this, throughout the history of mankind, there is at least one indisputable fact, people moved great distances and resettled in new lands for a variety of reasons. In more recent times, communities of modern human beings have been on a constant state of movement from one geographical frontier to the other. There were early migrations of Aryans and Mesopotamians followed by so many - Hellenes, Mongols, Huns, Ottomans, Arabs ? the list goes on. If our history is replete with such movements caused by evolutionary and economic forces, why do we modern humans put up artificial barriers around lands to control and or choke off such natural phenomenon? This is precisely what we are going to discuss in the May session, which is a holdover concept from a recently successful drama (Nagorik, a Citizen) written, produced, and directed by Sudipta Bhawmik, the celebrated playwright and thespian in our midst. We will resuscitate the hot debate that began in the drama and reexamine the concept in the backdrop of evolutionary history of humankind.

Title:  Is Citizenship a Necessary Evil
Date:  Friday, May 25, 2018

Title:  India Impressions - Hijab, Niqab and Politics of the North-East
Date:  Friday, Mar 30, 2018

Title:  Indian English Literature - Arundhati Roy
Date:  Friday, Feb 23, 2018

Title:  Are We Alone? Yes
Date:  Friday, Jan 26, 2018

Title:  British Nobel Laureate in Literature - Kazuo Ishiguro
Date:  Friday, Nov 17, 2017

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