Thursday, 19 April 2018

Book Released

A Postmodernist Critique of the Select Works of Amitav Ghosh


Dr J Vijayalakshmi
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Skills
Marwadi University

The book entitled A Postmodernist Critique of the Select Works of Amitav Ghosh by Dr J Vijayalakshmi, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Skills, Marwadi University was released by the renowned writer Ms. Bharathi Pradhan at Ahemdabad International Literature Festival on 24th December,2017. After unveiling the book, Ms. Pradhan congratulated the author for her hard work. Dr. Vijayalakshmi was given a session of 15 minutes to present her view points about her book. She spoke about the totalitarian concepts, consumerism, alienation and the technique of eternal ‘space’ and ‘time’. The postmodern values of totalitarianism are a struggle against the idealist concepts which are silenced by the society.  Man of today’s era lives in solitude due to the virtual boundaries of time and space. The truth and the real knowledge are decoded but it never comes to limelight as the rhetoric falls short of revealing the ‘Truth’ as ‘Truth’. Hence, it is the individual who struggles continuously to fix the truth:

 He struggles believing that,
 in every end, there’s a new beginning;
 in every failure, there’s a new lesson inscribed;
 in every disappointment, there’s a new confidential stance;
in every untruth, there’s a truth waiting to be explored;
Which tunes the ‘one’ to the ‘other’--the final truth.
 Yet, the rhetoric with its ‘gaps’ and ‘silences’ prevents
the declaration of truth.
But, the individual embarks on a mission, to legitimize the ‘Truth’–the beyond
with a hope that, the world will experience the truth,
 and the truth of inevitability
 and the truth of the ‘Other’,
 which, indeed defines the postmodern canon.

The programme ended with the Question and Answer session.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Book Published

“Unravelling the ‘Gay Plague’: A Study of William M. Hoffman’s As Is, Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me, and Paul Rudnick’s Jeffrey”

Mr Jaykumar Buddhadev
Department of Communication Skills

The book looks into the various counter-discourses born out of the urban gay community since 1981 (to 1996) as a corollary to the mainstream discourse engendered by HIV/AIDS that added to the existing anti-gay rhetoric in the USA.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Movie Screening

Department of Communication Skills

As a part of English Day Celebration, a movie screening of ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ was organized by the Department of Communication Skills on 10th February, 2018. More than 50 students participated in the screening. Many faculty members from Department of Communication Skills also participated in the screening including Dr. Deepak Mashru, Dr. Vijayalakshmi, Mr. BhautikLumbani, Ms. Ateesha Srivastava and Ms. PratixaParmar.

The objectives of movies screening include but not limited to the following:
      To improve English
      To enhance vocabulary with context
      To learn ‘how’ (not just ‘what’) natives speak
      To learn to read and review a movie
      To understand human emotions & reactions

The student attended the screening based on the pre-registration. Before the screening of the movie, a brief background of the movie was given to the students along with the trailer of the movie. The screening was followed by the discussion and feedback.

The screening was third of its kind in the series as a part of CS – Elective i.e. English though Movies. This elective is offered to the 2nd semester students of Marwadi University. It has been decided to have a movie screening every Saturday – 9:30am onwards.
The screening was coordinated by Mr. Jay Buddhadev and Mr. Mihir Dave of Department of Communication Skills.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Poem by Jaykumar Buddhdev

art and talents

with twenty and nine candles
here i am burying them
sometimes burning too
both with a practiced quietness
this art not learnt
but ‘tis a taste acquired
and a habit born on
empty dinner tables with
unworn rings - unclaimed lips
beds unshared and peerless nights
now no more them i see
opened or closed eyes
yet flashes of fancy
emerge rise and sink
staying momentarily but
the seeds of this art
sown slow and sudden
at ten and eight
just before adding ‘nother
to the tally of years
this bilious activity grew
gradually ‘twas nurtured
making them gangrenous too
seeming slightly simple to you
maybe ‘tis too
sans dancing and chanting
‘round their remains with
a wooden stake through
for even cold and buried
or burnt and bloody
they became someone new
with these talents
and hands sanguinary
glistening eyes
i am ready
with a cleaver
and such arts
should you begin

to seem enticing too

This poem has been published in the international journal The Criterion (Vol 8, Issue IV)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

On Teachers’ Day
Ms Pratixa Parmar
Department of Communication Skills
Having teachers in your life is a blessing but along with that being a teacher is also a blessing. A teacher is the one who not only teaches their students but learns so many things from them. There is a beautiful relationship between a teacher and a student. The moment teacher step into the classroom there is a different world full of amazing ideas, imagination and the best part is enthusiastic students. The most important thing is to see and recognize all good things that are there around you. The way sun shines and brings brightness to endless life is the same way where students shine and bring enlightenment into their lives. What exactly they need is the ability to see and transform themselves. This way a learner can be a good teacher and a teacher can be a good learner. 

The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don't tell you what to see. Happy Teacher's Day.