Vicki Monague says she was the victim of domestic assault. (APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA grassroots group of Indigenous women says it’s time to do something about inappropriate texts and Facebook messages.“Let’s talk about how to stop inappropriate communication,” said Sandra DeLaronde, executive director of Manitoba Moon Voices Inc.“…especially from those in positions of power.”Read More:Dumas divorce record shows Facebook and texting concernsMorley Googoo asks chiefs to push back against AFN over suspension #MeToo Movement in Indian Country is out there – but it’s under coverThe group hosted a community gathering in Winnipeg Thursday to discuss harassment and sexual harassment.“People are afraid to come forward,” DeLaronde added, noting there were numerous phone calls from women and two-spirited people who wanted to disclose experiences anonymously.She said there was enough interest for her group to declare “a state of emergency” and call for the creation of “safe spaces and places” for those fleeing sexual violence, exploitation and harassment.DeLaronde, who co-chaired the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Coalition in Manitoba, said being disbelieved and unsupported “further victimizes” the victims.“Ultimately, this is about the safety and security of Indigenous women,” she said Friday. [email protected]@katmarte
Exhibit 320 and British present Sonia Mehra Chawla’s compelling new body of works. Titled Scapeland and comprising Photopolymer etchings, videos, and paintings in mixed media, the exhibition presents the artistes’ continuing engagement with the natural and organic world. The works are a result of several years of research and documentation of ‘sites’ in diverse locations. The exhibition will be on till February 18 at Exhibit 320, Lado Sarai.Sonia’s work is concerned with the construction of ‘nature’ that is defined not just as the physical Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’world around us but also, and especially, the conditions of our physical, metaphorical, social and ecological interactions with it. The artist develops new tools and strategies through her practice that unsettle conventional wisdom about our relationship with and within nature. There occurs both a sense of disorientation and identification with the feeling one has of being inside one’s own body. What interests the artist is how such discussions become a metaphor for contemporary or postmodern experience in general. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘In order to experience a landscape you have to lose your feeling of space’. It establishes, despite the most intriguing artifices, its grip and hold on time. In fact, the landscape simply seizes time. It demands the immediate deflagration of the mind and obtains it. Eventually, Scapelands become places without a destiny. Sonia Mehra Chawla was recently awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust Award for Visual Arts by British Council for her project, and for her commitment towards research in innovative Fine Art Printmaking Techniques like Photopolymer Gravure. In Scapelands Sonia carries her preoccupation with germinative and gestational energies into a robust engagement with the landscape. Instead of the micro-ecologies of the body’s interior, she embraces the macro-ecologies of rivers, mangrove zones, rock formations and forests, studying them scientifically while translating them into the microcosm of the image. Where: Exhibit320, Lado Sarai When: On till February18
Residing in North India for most of my life, Dosa and Idli were the first things that would come to my mind if pondered upon South Indian dishes. The stereotypes held against South Indian food were proved false when I was invited to celebrate the culinary flavors of South India along with Master Chef Mahesh Naik at Vivanta by Taj Ambassador.The ‘Mangalorean food festival’, which started on August 24 and will last until September 2, aims at promoting ethnic Mangalorean cuisines which predominantly originates from the Tulu region of India, and can be best described as pungent and authentic.The menu has a lot to offer for food lovers, but it has to be agreed that South Indian dishes are best defined by its non-vegetarian cuisines.For lunch, a separate À la carte menu has been prepared by Master Chef Mahesh Naik along with Chef Sanjeev Chopra and his team, whereas a buffet dinner is also on offer for those who drool to eat infinitely.Upon reaching the ‘Yellow Brick Road’, a dining room decorated with vintage posters and splashes of colour, which well compliments the heritage Vivanta building, I was welcomed with a glass of refreshing Kokam sharbat followed by a bowl of Kokam rasasm, which seemed a bit fiery, and probably the only low point during my entire phase of drooling. A plethora of choices did make me wonder what to eat first, but my natural instincts backed up the non-vegetarian menu.Being a meat lover, Kori Gassi was probably one of the best chicken dishes I ever came across, enriched with a great fusion of home spices. It was further eulogized when served with Neer Dosa (rice crepes) and is a must try for any food lover. I could not resist myself in asking for more even after having a full bowl of Kori Gassi. Other main course dishes to choose from include Anjal da Kajippu (fish in Mangalorean coconut curry), Yetti Pullimunchi (tangy prawns in spices), Patlakodu Uppu Kari (snake gourd and stir-fry coconut tempered with mustard seeds and fresh coconut), Endakaya Sambar (Mangalorean okra sambhar) and many more. Famous sweet preparations like Kadalebele Payasam (roasted gram and cashew nut stewed in coconut milk and jaggery) and tender Coconut Payasam (cold tender coconut payasam sweetened with jaggery and flavoured with cardamom dust) will satisfy everyone’s craving for desserts. Don’t miss out on these cuisines if dosas and idlis define your South Indian menu. Even if they don’t, escape a conventional meal and pamper your taste buds with exciting South Indian flavours.