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Expeditions: India! 

This fall the Libraries decided to follow a new path in forming a book and film discussion series -- travel. No, it's more than travel, much more, because the idea behind an expedition is exploration and discovery.

Today we showed a segment from the PBS series, The Story of India, featuring the British historian Michael Wood. The segment explored the tenuous relationship between the British Raj as rulers of Indians from 1858 through to the day of independence on August 15, 1947. This provides a background from which we then read the fictional account of two women in two different periods under British rule: 

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's Heat and Dust is a story told on two levels, one level following the great-aunt living in India in 1923, and the parallel story of her great-niece coming to India to find out more about her renegade relative. 

This novel will be discussed on Wednesday, October 21 at 1:30pm (Cossitt Library); copies are available at the Main Desk at GPL. 

A second portion of the PBS film will be shown on Wednesday, October 21 at 1:30pm (GPL), with light refreshments (segment tba).

Henna tattoos are so popular today, especially with teens.  But what do they mean?  How did this ancient art form come about?  On Thursday, October 22 at 6:30pm (GPL), join us for a Henna Tattooing Workshop with ZoodleArts!  The tattoos are temporary (approx. 2 weeks) and our guest tattoo artists will talk about the history and meaning of henna and help you design your own (advance registration is required; space is limited).

The second novel of our series is written by Shona Patel and features an Indian woman who marries a tea plantation owner and moves up to the isolated region of Assam just before WWII breaks out. The perspective has altered as the Indian woman must negotiate the constricted society of British ex-pats during a time of political upheaval.

This novel is scheduled for discussion on Wednesday, November 4 at 1:30pm (Cossitt), so there's plenty of time to get your copy and join our expedition to India!