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.


Title:  In Search of Medicines - Successes, Failures and New Frontiers

Date:  Friday, Jun 30, 2017    Time:  8:00PM - 9:00PM     Location:  Ananda Mandir

Description:  The presentation will take us through a journey of modern medicine, with stories of commonly used drugs such as aspirin to the recent discovery of immune checkpoint inhibitors that constitute the newest tools to battle cancer. We will also talk about serendipity and diligence in the discovery of medicines, which have effectively changed the trajectory of human healthcare. Kaushik Mitra, a recognized research scientist in molecular toxicology from Merck, the famous pharmaceutical company, is going to lead the discussion.

Title:  In Search of Medicines - Successes, Failures and New Frontiers
Date:  Friday, Jun 30, 2017

Title:  Bertolt Brecht - Works and Life
Date:  Friday, May 26, 2017

Title:  Religion - An evolutionary interpretation
Date:  Friday, Mar 24, 2017

Title:  Influence and Collaboration between British and Indian Literature
Date:  Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Title:  Akhil Sharma - Indian American Writer of Modern Times
Date:  Friday, Jan 20, 2017

Sarva Mangala Mangalye - Shive Sarvartha Sadhike - Sharanye Triyambake Gouri - Naryani Namohostute
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