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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Breaking Ties: Sarah Aboobacker chat session post

Following this the post of the Chat sesion I had with the final year students if Literature on Breaking Ties by Sarah Aboobacker. It was largely a voice chat where I spoke about the novel for some time and then there was quite a good interactive voice chat. While I made my presetnations the participants kept typing the feelings and reactions either with words or emoticoms. Since much of the chat happed over voice the following transcript does not include the fullfledged discussions we had. It was an experiments and a memorable one for me. I sure so was it for the participants. The entire chat session lasted for about three hours.

Please check the following link for pointer on Breaking Ties.

vidya_b2: hehe
prathyusha bv: movie
sorrysaranya_blj: but isnt the mus.persnl law in adherence to the shariate?
prathyusha bv: dunno
prathyusha bv: but i guessprathyusha bv: there must be somethin
vidya_b2: hasina??
prathyusha bv: is that good?
bhavnapadmanabhan: he says yes,
saranya.saranya_blj: okbhavnapadmanabhan: can you hear him?
vidya_b2: i heard it is
saranya_blj: which one school sir?Siddharth
Prakash: got it myself
prathyusha bv: hmm. coz we will understand better na
saranya_blj: oh ok that way. sunni u mean/
vidya_b2: yup
saranya_blj: ok
bhavnapadmanabhan: sir did you say 12?
vidya_b2: religion and its effect on women
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ...question...
prathyusha bv: ey vidya that day we were thinkin no..feminism and rang de..
saranya_blj: is it also to be seen as sara abu becker's viewpoint as against the original?
vidya_b2: eh??? cant remeber
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ...question...
prathyusha bv: when the girls dont die and all
vidya_b2: max has q.. max speak up
vidya_b2: eh?
prathyusha bv: max q?
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ...q..
vidya_b2: question....
bhavnapadmanabhan: max ask your question
malyaban lahiri lahiri: the importance of the title "breaking ties"
vidya_b2: speak da
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok
bhavnapadmanabhan: right..and?
malyaban lahiri lahiri: she is breaking ties with : 1)antiquated society 2)conservative religion 3)male domination
saranya_blj: is it also to be seen as sara abu becker's viewpoint as against the original work?
prathyusha bv: too much
bhavnapadmanabhan: well, in the end of the book, she kills where is she breaking ties from all thet,max? she is breaking ties with life...dont you think?
malyaban lahiri lahiri: yes all these are sadly HER life
saranya_blj: life also isnt it
malyaban lahiri lahiri: egjactly
saranya_blj: k.... think i'm not visible anymore..
bhavnapadmanabhan: one second saranya
Siddharth Prakash: sir sir
Siddharth Prakash: .....
prathyusha bv: yeah
saranya_blj: wokayprathyusha bv: the only freedom she has
prathyusha bv: is supposed to be what she does
vidya_b2: sid... fep over u????
saranya_blj: is it also to be seen as sara abu becker's viewpoint as against the original work?
Siddharth Prakash: huh?
saranya_blj: ok ok yea sir
malyaban lahiri lahiri: she is the translator sid
vidya_b2: eh?
prathyusha bv: translator?
saranya_blj: no vanamnala
malyaban lahiri lahiri: wrong
saranya_blj: vanamala viswanath
anil: vanamala viswanath
anil: a
malyaban lahiri lahiri: vanamnala vishwanath- translator
anil: Sara Aboobacker
bhavnapadmanabhan: vanamala vishwanatha is the translator. writer is sara abu backer
vidya_b2: spellings
prathyusha bv: double oo
bhavnapadmanabhan: sorry double oo
vidya_b2: bun i m shocked
vidya_b2: !!!!!
bhavnapadmanabhan: sorry moi!!
Siddharth Prakash: hello aunty !!!!
vidya_b2: stop showing off
prathyusha bv:
vidya_b2: okieeee
saranya_blj: is thent the decision of suicide sort of justifying certain aspects of the shariate which needs amendments
Siddharth Prakash: ??????????
vidya_b2: ???????????????
saranya_blj: ok
bhavnapadmanabhan: meaning by committing suicide she has given superiority to the sharaiate?
prathyusha bv: isnt her suicide supposed to be the only freedom she has
saranya_blj: last part ???
vidya_b2: its her way of freedom
vidya_b2: aint it?
bhavnapadmanabhan: by who?
saranya_blj: or is it merely conforming?
malyaban lahiri lahiri: no not conforming i guess
vidya_b2: escaping rather
malyaban lahiri lahiri: yeah
prathyusha bv: considering the society is not giving her any other freedom
saranya_blj: ya actually escaping
prathyusha bv: the sucide
saranya_blj: how can suicide be a challenge?
malyaban lahiri lahiri: sir , how can death be a way of challenging?
prathyusha bv: taking her life is
saranya_blj: yeah max!!! like thought
malyaban lahiri lahiri: thats what is escapism da
prathyusha bv: her right over her life
malyaban lahiri lahiri: yeahvidya_b2: the law is the reason for the loss of a life....
bhavnapadmanabhan: oh gandhi..ok go on please
saranya_blj: asserting rights at the cost of leaving stuff unanswered?/
bhavnapadmanabhan: unhuh
bhavnapadmanabhan: yup
bhavnapadmanabhan: mandal commission
malyaban lahiri lahiri: yeah
saranya_blj: but this suicide was not of that magnitude or on a platform such as that
vidya_b2: ess
prathyusha bv: thats what
prathyusha bv: she is saying that you can control my lifeprathyusha
bv: but i still have freedom
malyaban lahiri lahiri: sir fine, by dying she broke ties with the society and all but in the process she proved herself to be A VICTIM rather than a challenger
saranya_blj: agree with u max
malyaban lahiri lahiri:
bhavnapadmanabhan: sir fine, by dying she broke ties with the society and all but in the process she proved herself to be A VICTIM rather than a challenger i agree with him

prathyusha bv: see the thing is
prathyusha bv: the kind of suicide is differrent
vidya_b2: she challenged if the law is the right way if it is actually forcing her to escape it in that manner
bhavnapadmanabhan: shaken,not stirred!! he he he
prathyusha bv: like a sucide bomber.. u cant say he s defeated in life
malyaban lahiri lahiri: hehehe
vidya_b2: ess ess
prathyusha bv: bond
prathyusha bv: vidya_b2: i agree
saranya_blj: its almost qualifying suicide as a defence to a victimising law
malyaban lahiri lahiri: exactly
saranya_blj: what did pratz say?
prathyusha bv: the reason for suicide makes the difference
saranya_blj: ok ok
Siddharth Prakash: okay i've lost the voice
vidya_b2: is neveille still there.....
vidya_b2: he awfully quite
bhavnapadmanabhan: yup e is there
bhavnapadmanabhan: Sid, connect again
Siddharth Prakash: i don't think he's listening though
vidya_b2: ess
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ya ya... thastwhatcrazy_deville: yea..m

herecrazy_deville: m lisninvidya_b2: jus checkin....
prathyusha bv: yessaranya_blj: yes sir they're
vidya_b2: is the story of hasina.... any way close to this?
snehashaj has joined the conference.
saranya_blj: not really
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ...question...
vidya_b2: yelllo sneha

saranya_blj: hasina's problem was with lost husband
prathyusha bv: max q?
malyaban lahiri lahiri: yes
vidya_b2: ok
malyaban lahiri lahiri: Attack on the establishement without trying to hurt the religious hierarchy
snehashaj: cant get a head phone!so cant hear
bhavnapadmanabhan: uhoh...
bhavnapadmanabhan: sneha, are you sure?
bhavnapadmanabhan: speakers not working?
vidya_b2: ayyo
papasaranya_blj: isnt it an attack on the law rather than the protectors or makers
snehashaj: that i cant get a head phone?yes i am!!!
bhavnapadmanabhan: i think the protectors will take offense anyway
saranya_blj: true!!
malyaban lahiri lahiri: yeah they will... i agree
saranya_blj: like even smthn as minor as the depiction of pr,md by that paper
bhavnapadmanabhan: i wonder how much offense they actually took when the book released
malyaban lahiri lahiri: hmmm...thats interesting
saranya_blj: wonder if they noticed if the book was written
bhavnapadmanabhan: good one!!
vidya_b2: hehe
bhavnapadmanabhan: ey vodya, decrease font size

saranya_blj: within the community?
bhavnapadmanabhan: meant vidya sorry
prathyusha bv: whats with font size
snehashaj: er....guess this is too much on my part but can some one catch me up on wats happening here please???kinda feeling lost!

saranya_blj: any insights on reations of others? govt for ex?
bhavnapadmanabhan: can you hear us?
saranya_blj: reactionvidya_b2: sheha class almost over
vidya_b2: attendeance
vidya_b2: girl
bhavnapadmanabhan: vidya decrease font size yaar please
vidya_b2: ok
saranya_blj: my attendance too
snehashaj: no da!without a head phone hw do u think i can????
vidya_b2: sneha my attendance
bhavnapadmanabhan: hold on one second then
Siddharth Prakash: okay folks i need to push off cause i can't hear the voice anymore
saranya_blj: sneha go on to a comp with a headfone
snehashaj: i tought this thing was over...completely messed the time man!

malyaban lahiri lahiri: sneha my attendance too
malyaban lahiri lahiri: 22
Siddharth Prakash: 12
crazy_deville: =Neville
anil: sneha take everybody's attendance and mail it to me.
prathyusha bv: 33
saranya_blj: 2438
bhavnapadmanabhan: ey she is not really taking attendance!!
vidya_b2: 42
bhavnapadmanabhan: is she?
vidya_b2: 42
bhavnapadmanabhan: max wait im asking sir!!
saranya_blj: she who?
snehashaj: aiyo!!!!!people!!!!which part of i cant get one do u not understand?????
vidya_b2: don worry
bhavnapadmanabhan: ah i cant hear anything anymore
snehashaj: @ sir...okay...but i can see only 8 ppl on line...
saranya_blj: point, dont worry i'lll summarise for u when we meet
anil: I will post this chat on my blog. Those who wish to get attendance can post thei commetns today it self.

Siddharth Prakash: okay i'll take attendance ................
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok ok coolanil: for those who are absent
anil: you many sms tem
Siddharth Prakash: super !
bhavnapadmanabhan: okie
malyaban lahiri lahiri:
vidya_b2: 42, 42, 42
malyaban lahiri lahiri: 22
crazy_deville: =Neville. roll number 10
saranya_blj: even thgose who participated need to post comments on ur blog?
anil: Also please chat or mail me your expereine of such a cahat
snehashaj: okie! vids got it!!!!
bhavnapadmanabhan: ey vidz just go read his blog and post a comment thats all, you will egt attendance.
anil: i will put it on blog
malyaban lahiri lahiri: 22
prathyusha bv: 33

vidya_b2: o .... ok
anil: I will be refeeing to this
crazy_deville: its an awesome i shud have been onlin earlier
saranya_blj: just attendance anxiety sir
malyaban lahiri lahiri: will do sir...
anil: hjistory /herstory has been create
anil: ??
snehashaj: max!dude i can here u da!next cubicle
malyaban lahiri lahiri: yes i guess
bhavnapadmanabhan: i think its a fantastic idea..if only more people had come..
vidya_b2: hehe
Siddharth Prakash: hahahahah
prathyusha bv:
vidya_b2: wat a class
crazy_deville: lol!
vidya_b2: vidya_b2:
malyaban lahiri lahiri: we r part of HISTORY

saranya_blj: the concept is great sir provided with more people with more speakers
crazy_deville: enthusiastically cheers for anil pinto
anil: bhavnapadmanabhan: er?
prathyusha bv: sir if u keep the mouse on it then
bhavnapadmanabhan: sir feeling sick?
vidya_b2: waaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!
Siddharth Prakash: totally yuck
prathyusha bv: u can see the meaning appear
Siddharth Prakash: i like that
saranya_blj: thats jealousy max.... greeen u see
snehashaj: yes speakers being the operative word round here!
Siddharth Prakash:

crazy_deville: flirts with
malyaban lahiri lahiri: GREAT
vidya_b2: oye
saranya_blj: THIS CHAT?
crazy_deville: lol
bhavnapadmanabhan: so are we done,sir?
malyaban lahiri lahiri: FRESH
snehashaj: huh?????
Siddharth Prakash: ok then
crazy_deville: asks anil pinto "Do you Yahoo?"

Siddharth Prakash: we r done
Siddharth Prakash: vidya_b2: neville!!!!
bhavnapadmanabhan: ha ha sid. grow up!!
vidya_b2: jude!!!!
bhavnapadmanabhan: SIR ARE WE DONE???
saranya_blj: unique exxperience sir! this chat though wasnt like class but it did take literature to another level PM rules

crazy_deville: was jus checkin these yahoo toolbars
anil: if you have no quesitno/ comments we are done
bhavnapadmanabhan: YEY!!!
vidya_b2: so nice
malyaban lahiri lahiri: no comments/q
anil: what s pm
prathyusha bv: pm?
saranya_blj: my turn to smiley
vidya_b2: pm?
saranya_blj: post modernism
bhavnapadmanabhan: so we come onto your blog later in the evening and post a comment and we get attendance?
malyaban lahiri lahiri: it was great to discuss lit. lik this
Siddharth Prakash: okay folks
anil: interestingly everybody interacted that doesnt hap[pen in class.
Siddharth Prakash: i'm taking off
crazy_deville: ok..m out of here!
vidya_b2: too much!!!!
anil: the best is tthis
Siddharth Prakash: ciao
malyaban lahiri lahiri: cyaa
vidya_b2: tataanil: bye sdidu
prathyusha bv: tat
crazy_deville: net bill is increasing
prathyusha bv: a
bhavnapadmanabhan: bye sid
Siddharth Prakash: tah tah
bhavnapadmanabhan: bye
devcrazy_deville: bye all!vidya_b2: for sid
Siddharth Prakash: for everyone
Siddharth Prakash:
crazy_deville: bye sir
saranya_blj: ok guys c ya,,, and pls remember to come home on sunday the 26th,
crazy_deville: thx
vidya_b2: and jude
crazy_deville: yup! cya vid
scrazy_deville: bye all!
vidya_b2: will do sir
crazy_deville: bye bye bye
bhavnapadmanabhan: sir i have doubt
Neville de Conceicao has left the conference.
anil: go0 anil: agea
anil: ahead
saranya_blj: will do sir,,, bye, was tuff but unique. bye
snehashaj: okie ppl guess i made it just in time for class!
vidya_b2: ya
bhavnapadmanabhan: so we have to comment on your blog to get attendance?

vidya_b2: just got overanil: i think you bneed to upgrage your messanger
saranya_blj: u beat me in keepin time sneha
malyaban lahiri lahiri: we will tell u the points sneha...dnt worry
snehashaj: vids realised thatanil: no only those who are absent]
vidya_b2: eh?
Siddharth Prakash: hello ?
Siddharth Prakash:
snehashaj: max ha ha...worry??me????
bhavnapadmanabhan: ok i will let everyone know. thank you sir. this idea was absolutely great
prathyusha bv: helloanil: Thabkss Bhavana foi rcoming early and coordinating teh caht

malyaban lahiri lahiri: sir.... we leave??
snehashaj: a couple of confused hellos here!
saranya_blj: maxxxxxxxxxxxx come home on sunday for lunch, vidz,pratz,sneha, bhav all u da

malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok will do.........
malyaban lahiri lahiri: will come
bhavnapadmanabhan: hope we win. ok guys, im signing off..
malyaban lahiri lahiri: bbye
bhavsbhavnapadmanabhan: bye everyone.
vidya_b2: hey don forhet tomom grafiiti day
prathyusha bv: hey jp dont forget graffiti tmrw
prathyusha bv: vidya
vidya_b2: ujju too much
saranya_blj: bye all
bhavnapadmanabhan: i remember. thanks girls.
prathyusha bv: family!!anil: ok thannk ou guys for making this possible
vidya_b2: too much
bhavnapadmanabhan: have a nice evening. see you guys tomorrow
vidya_b2: ur welcome
malyaban lahiri lahiri: we loved it sir
malyaban lahiri lahiri: now worries
vidya_b2: tata everyone
saranya_blj: u're welcome sir, we liked it
prathyusha bv: great class sir
bhavnapadmanabhan: thank you sir. congratulations. we were part of history!!!
saranya_blj: made us feel executive kinds already
snehashaj: okie guys i'm off too
bhavnapadmanabhan: bbye
prathyusha bv: tata

bhavnapadmanabhan: g'nite~
snehashaj: ta ta!have a gud sunday eve
bhavnapadmanabhan has left the conference.
malyaban lahiri lahiri: reminds of an article i had written n cnb- when other colleges make headlines christ will make history

anil: good one
anil: i like tianil: it
malyaban lahiri lahiri: thank u thank usnehashaj has left the conference.
anil: can i read it
saranya_blj: its ok think i'll type
saranya_blj: yes
malyaban lahiri lahiri: the lunch is next sunday?
vidya_b2 has left the conference.
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok
malyaban lahiri lahiri: great
prathyusha bv: bey all
prathyusha bv: *bye
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok sir.. when we r celebrating this creation of history???
malyaban lahiri lahiri: bbyesaranya_blj: c u there doc coming too. jhadu pocha
anil: whos sponsoring it
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok ok bbyeanil: due?anil: dude?
malyaban lahiri lahiri: yes sir
prathyusha bv has left the conference.
saranya_blj: done
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok done
malyaban lahiri lahiri: sir........
saranya_blj: what about saranya
malyaban lahiri lahiri: how r we celebrating???
anil: you tell

memalyaban lahiri lahiri: its ur call sir..... u r the initiator of thisanil: wakey malyaben
saranya_blj: sir its lunch at my place, u can join too if ure free of evaluation hasslez
anil: this wakey is for hte messaghe ton the other chat

saranya_blj: thats wokay sir\
malyaban lahiri lahiri: that wont let sir spend!!!!!!!!!
malyaban lahiri lahiri:
malyaban lahiri lahiri: lol
anil: saranay when where
malyaban lahiri lahiri: hahahahahahahahaanil: whay
anil: whs
malyaban lahiri lahiri: sir u put on ur voice chat
saranya_blj: home my place, coming sunday sir
saranya_blj: its at horamavu
anil: can u hear
memalyaban lahiri lahiri: whats that??
malyaban lahiri lahiri: horamavu???
saranya_blj: no sir
malyaban lahiri lahiri: no sir
saranya_blj: thats where i live max
malyaban lahiri lahiri: eh??
saranya_blj: wil msg u the address

malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok ok kewlsaranya_blj: dont even try pronouncin it
malyaban lahiri lahiri: sir u there????
saranya_blj: ok
saranya_blj: happy
malyaban lahiri lahiri: menu???
anil: yea i amsaranya_blj: authentic south india patthe ka khaana
malyaban lahiri lahiri: put on ur voice chat sir
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ooohhhhhhhhhhh
malyaban lahiri lahiri: cooolll
malyaban lahiri lahiri: love it
malyaban lahiri lahiri: but i will keep eaing ok????

saranya_blj: yaaaaa specially u n sk in mind 4 the menu
malyaban lahiri lahiri: eating
anil: i an on
malyaban lahiri lahiri: was that a compliment orrrrrrrrrrrrr..................
malyaban lahiri lahiri:

saranya_blj: was that msg 4 me?
saranya_blj: yes da twas a compliment
malyaban lahiri lahiri: yes baby.... hahahahaha
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok ok good girl
malyaban lahiri lahiri: sir can u hear me??
saranya_blj: told mom that a bong is comin over too

malyaban lahiri lahiri: what????????
malyaban lahiri lahiri: i will kill u 2mrwanil: on chatanil: voice
saranya_blj: her biradri, she was in cal durin her childhoodanil: gh

malyaban lahiri lahiri: yaaaaa
saranya_blj: max cut voice stick to typin
malyaban lahiri lahiri: great
saranya_blj: anythging specific u want on table>? rasam is in already
malyaban lahiri lahiri: oooh cooolanil: hi
malyaban lahiri lahiri: lots of hoooot pickle
saranya_blj: avial, one sweet dish, sambar n paapad and PICKLEmalyaban lahiri lahiri: kool.... hey hey
malyaban lahiri lahiri: daaal????
anil: says i mnot authoreise max
saranya_blj: SAAMBAAR NOT DAL
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok
malyaban lahiri lahiri: rice??
malyaban lahiri lahiri: authoreise???malyaban lahiri lahiri: sir i dint get u
malyaban lahiri lahiri: cudnt hear anything
malyaban lahiri lahiri: good good
malyaban lahiri lahiri: i can already smell it
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok sharanya... bbye for now
malyaban lahiri lahiri: i dint have any food today
saranya_blj: K then c ya in coll will go now, got psycho records to submit to jk, u;ll taste it soon buddy
malyaban lahiri lahiri: will have soke
malyaban lahiri lahiri: soem food
saranya_blj: why no food?
saranya_blj: go eat da, i'll serve extra anyways on sunday 4 u
anil: i can hear both of yoiu
malyaban lahiri lahiri: hehe.. looking forward to it
malyaban lahiri lahiri: ok
saranya_blj: bye
malyaban lahiri lahiri has left the conference.
saranya_blj has left the conference.


INdira said...

I'm very very confused now ...

Anil Pinto said...

of/about what

Anil Pinto said...

Please read the novel. I understand Bhavana wept reading the novel!!! There are four copies of the book in the library.

Chinmay Kumar Hota said...

I would like the students to my review of the book at

Anil Pinto said...

Dear Chinmay. Good attempt. Will be useful to those who want to know the gist. The number of reviews you have done on amazon are mind boggling.

Chinmay Kumar Hota said...

Thanks Anil, for your kind comments.

Anil Pinto said...

@ Chinmay, :-)