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Getting to know Herr Grass
Write stuff: Günter Grass with one of his own drawings

G'nter Grass, the renowned German Nobel Laureate, is currently on his fourth visit to Calcutta. And that is cause for excitement not only for the literati but also for students. Among the many events that are being organised to celebrate his sojourn in the city is one that will be of special interest to college-goers.

On January 31, Grass will meet students at Derozio Hall, Presidency College. 'Face to Face: G'nter Grass in dialogue with students of Calcutta' will include a panel discussion between the author and students of diverse disciplines from institutions like Jadavpur University, St Xavier's College, Presidency College, Visva Bharati, National Medical College and many more.

This will be followed by an open house session with the audience.

In keeping with the striking unconventionality of Grass's works, watch out for some wacky elements in the programme. Those interested in attending the meet may get in touch with Max Mueller Bhavan (8, Pramathesh Baruah Sarani , Calcutta 19).

Sreemoyee Banerjee

Mission Hyderabad

Recently, our school organised its first outstation trip. We were to go to Hyderabad. On D-Day, a large group of over-excited students and their teachers boarded the Falaknama Express to reach Secunderabad the next day. We first went to visit Charminar and the next day, we paid a visit to the Golconda fort, the Salarjung museum and the NTR Ghat. I was really impressed by the Golconda fort and the Salarjung museum.

On the second day, we went to Ramoji Film City that is the largest film city in India. We were all very sad when it was finally time to leave. How I wish we were going on another trip soon!

Rishi Modi, Class V B, Shree Bharati School

Festive feel

January is the time for IIT Guwahati to host their cultural festival, 'Alcheninga'. Many colleges from the northeast took part in the four-day extravaganza that comprised events such as a rock contest, a dating game, etc.

But what I remember most was a musical night entitled 'Rock Infusion' featuring the rock band Mother Jane. We just could not help but tap our feet as the band put up one of its best performances ever. The fest gave us an opportunity to make friends and exchange ideas. Moreover, the organisers used the occasion to launch a fund collection drive for the tsunami victims.

Preety Agarwal, final-year, accountancy honours, G. S. Lohia Girls' College

Author meet

On January 18, the English department of Calcutta University had a wonderful time interacting with acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh. In the hour-long session, Ghosh read out excerpts from his latest work The Hungry Tide. He also invited questions from enthusiastic teachers and students. The prolific writer who is fascinated by history, sociology and Balzac also spoke about his other works like The Shadow Lines, Calcutta Chromosome etc. and about his writing craft.

Sulogna Mehta, second-year, MA (English), Calcutta Universitywrite stuff: G'nter Grass with one of his own drawings

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