Program : Reading The Last Wave: An Island Novel followed by a discussion with the author
Date : May 02, 2015 (Saturday)
Time : 06.00 pm
Venue : American Corner, St. Francis College for Women, Begumpet, Hyderabad
The Last Wave: An Island Novel (2014) is Pankaj Sekhsaria’s debut novel. Ever the aimless drifter, Harish finds the anchor his life needs in a chance encounter with members of the ancient and threatened - Jarawa community-the 'original people' of the Andaman Islands and its tropical rain forests. As he observes the slow but sure destruction of everything the Jarawa require for their survival, Harish is moved by a need to understand, to do something. His unlikely friend and partner on this quest is uncle Pame, a seventy-year-old Karen boatman. The islands also bring him to Seema, a 'local born'-a descendant of the convicts who were lodged in the infamous cellular jail of port Blair. Harish’s earnestness, his fascination and growing love for the islands, their shared attempt to understand the Jarawa and the loss of her own first love, all draw Seema closer to Harish. As many things seem to fall in place and parallel journeys converge, an unknown contender appears-the giant tsunami of December 2004. The last wave is a story of lost loves, but also of a culture, a community, an ecology poised on the sharp edge of time and history
Pankaj Sekhsaria is an Assistant Professor, at the School of Public Policy and Governance at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. An environmental activist, Pankaj has worked with Kalpavriksh in the past. He is an avid traveller, writer and a photographer. He has authored three books on environment in India. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Science and Technology Studies from Maastricht University. The Last Wave is Pankaj’s first work of fiction.
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