Kahwa Stop


“One evening when we were sitting out in the garden she wanted to know whether she would be able to see the border between India and East Pakistan from the plane. When my father laughed and said, why, did she really think the border was a long black line with green on one side and scarlet on the other, like it was in a school atlas, she was not so much offended as puzzled… My grandmother thought this over for a while, and then she said: But if there aren’t any trenches or anything, how are people to know? I mean, where’s the difference then? And if there’s no difference, both sides will be the same; it’ll be just like it used to be before, when we used to catch a train in Dhaka and get off in Calcutta the next day without anybody stopping us. What was it all for then – Partition and all the killing and everything – if there isn’t something in between?” – Amitav Ghosh’s Shadow Lines

Can you explain through your creative abilities the trauma of displacement or the essence of co-existence? Can you explain what it feels like being uprooted or homeless? Do you think ‘home’, ‘nation’ and ‘boundaries’ are immaterial and divisive? Why must a place belong to a few?

Whether you feel it or disagree with it, come and express it at Kahwa Stop 2017. Gear yourself up for another session of a free and diverse platform over a cup of Kashmiri Kahwa!

(Kahwa Stop is an uncensored, informal and mode-flexible creative expression circle)


1. While you are welcome to interpret the theme however you wish to, it is imperative that you stick to the theme.
2. You can take to express your thoughts with words, dance, music, poetry (Your own or others), painting and even silence.
3. You will be given 3+2 minutes to get across your message freely and creatively.
4. Abusive language and hate speech are not allowed.

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/PP87ZPMuFyWemGao1

Date: 22nd February, 2017
Venue: Nescafe Lawns
Time: 2:45 pm

Contact: Soumya Sharma (9643939001)
Tooba Towfiq ( 9873478089)


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