The Reading Session-From Ours to Yours
15th June, 2020
On June 11th, 2020, the students of B.D.M.International were presented with a pleasant surprise in the form of an online reading session held by a prominent Indian author Dr. Mahul Brahma, famous for his latest release Quarantined : Love in The Time Of Corona. It included a couple of students and teachers from B.D.M.I., as well as guests from a Russian school- Buturlinovskaya Secondary School – who graciously accepted the invitation. The meeting began at 1.30pm (IST) and the students were joined by their peers from Russia in a matter of minutes. The teachers of the two continents exchanged pleasantries before being joined by the Chief Guest Dr. Brahma, as well as the Principal and Vice Principal of B.D.M.I. The session was kicked off with a beautiful Bengali song (Purano Sei Diner Kotha) sung by one of the young Indian attendees. The session included the reading by Dr. Brahma, some passages of Quarantined : Love in The Time of Corona in addition to a famous poem – ‘Housewife’ – by Rabindranath Tagore, seeing as how the library of the Russian school housed a desirable number of Tagore’s Russian translated works. Following this was the amiable delivery of another poem – ‘I Loved You’ – by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin by a Russian student coupled with – seeing how Tagore is a primary source of bonding between the different cultures and countries – another one of Tagore’s poems from his famous Gitanjali, was read aloud in Russian by a student of the same school. Succeeding this was a Question Answer session where students and teachers alike got to inquire from the author the interesting process of writing, his inspirations and how to deal with different problems writers face. The inspirational session ended with a vote of thanks by the heads of the institution, and with the hope to meet with the fellow Russian friends sometime in the near future beyond virtual setting.