Sunday, November 13, 2011

SILC: Weekly Digest (11/13/11)

Dear SILC Students, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers:

Hope you have all enjoyed the Diwali celebrations, festivities and the food at SILC yesterday.

Thank you all - for bringing a dish to share, for dressing up for the occasion, for sharing the experiences about Diwali, for maintaining the order at the professional photography booth and for making it fun and success. 
Some pictures of the diwali celebration event are shared here at this link (

Special thanks to Suresh Kalatoor for bringing
Kanniks Kannikeswaran as guest to SILC yesterday. As you recall, many of SILC members have participated in "Chitram - multimedia musical theater production showcasing the diversity and plurality of india"  It is a privilege to have him at SILC yesterday.  Please visit this link to view the video of what Kanniks said of SILC.

As is mentioned earlier, photography by the professional photographer is a first in SILC history. Considering the interest and success, we would like to continue this practice in coming years as well. We will share the details of ordering any extra copies in the next digest (as we are awaiting the details from the photographer). Some of you have asked about the logistics of paying for the additional picture / copy you have got at SILC yesterday. You can pay $3 for each additional /copy to Mangala Achar through a check payable to SILC (note that you do not need to pay anything if you have taken only one copy; SILC has picked up the tab for your first picture).

Please note that all the teacher and SILC board member bios displayed on the tri-fold yesterday are also available at this link (or on "classes" link on

Rama Vaidyanathan - the world renowned Classical Dancer - will be performing at St. Paul Student Center, Univ. of MN on this Friday 18th at 7 PM. SILC members may be interested to attend this event. For further details, please see the attached for further details

Answers to last week's Quiz

[1] What is Diwali also known as:
 (c) festival of lights

[2] In how many countries, Diwali is celebrated?

Diwali is celebrated in many countries all over the world - where Indian diaspora exists. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.

[3] Diwali is also known as _Tihar__ or __Swanti_ in Nepal?

This week's Quiz

Here are three quotes on India. Who said these?

[1] "We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made!"

[2] "India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most artistic materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!"

"There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won't go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor."

Siva Jasthi
Director - Communications
School of India for Languages and Culture
(mobile) 612.217.4821

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