Welcome to Tavarikh- the history department journal of Sri Venkateswara College.
Considering we’re all about history over here, here’s ours:
It all started as an idea- doesn’t everything?- in the brain of a girl who knew what she wanted to do, but not how to go about doing it. So she talked to people who might. “I pitched the idea to the teachers, and on the class group, and to the juniors.” Is what she says. Three weeks later, there was a group of seven- three first-year and four third-year history honours students- and more importantly, there was a plan.
Slowly, things started to move. Of course, they were a little ambitious at first, a tad unrealistic. “Guys, I think we’re trying to do too much, think of something that we can actually do within the time frame.” Wise words from the senior who’d brought the plan (and the pragmatism) to the job.
And tonight, we’re going live.
At Tavarikh, we want to explore all facets of history- well, the ones we can actually cover. We want contributors to go beyond mundane, arbitrary syllabi, and delve into things that interest them.
Of course, we’re not all about history (yes, call me a lying liar who lies). Students from the department at Venky are incredibly talented- we have painters, writers, photographers, poets, musicians, and multi-talented mavericks- and we wanted to showcase all of that.
We’ve worked long and hard, and as we launch the blog tonight, we thought we’d like to tell you all a little bit about ourselves. So, without further ado, meet the original Team Tavarikh.
Aashi Srivastava is a third-year, and normally runs around with enough energy to power a town for a week. A driven social worker, Aashi works extensively with Asmat India, an NGO that mobilizes the country’s youth in order to bring about social change at the grassroots- the Indian villages- and to ‘make equality between genders, caste and class and financial literacy a reality’. In her spare time, Aashi enjoys writing, drinking coffee, and travelling.
R. Akarsh, third year, is an 80 year old art historian trapped in the body of a 20 year old snob, who really wouldn’t mind murdering for perfection around him. A heritage enthusiast, he loves Indian Art, particularly temple architecture and Carnatic music. Over the weekends, one can spot him conducting tours at the National Museum, or heritage walks in any corner of Delhi. His goal is to become a Professor Emeritus who spins the charkha during Delhi winter afternoons. Warning: approach with caution, and without any wardrobe malfunctions.
Malavika Subramanyan , third year, hopes you got past her name without falling asleep. Occasionally misanthropic, always fun-loving, and with an ever-lowering tolerance for bullshit, she enjoys reading, dancing and writing. She firmly believes in the power of words, and of talking to oneself. Her plans include writing a book on par with Lord of the Rings, Love Story or Alice in Wonderland, continuing to dance all her life, settling in London, retiring to Kyoto and dying in Delhi. And finding the Doctor.
Priya Madhavan, third year, seems harmless until one starts tapping into the bottomless pit she calls her brain. She exudes a Zen-like quality that disguises a sense of humour that borders on the macabre. Priya enjoys gardening, travelling and watching travelogues. She dreams of becoming an archeaologist, and intends to turn to caring for the aged and the orphaned in her mid-30s.
Shivani Garg, first year, dreams of becoming a lawyer. She’s what we in the biz like to call ‘dynamite in a small package’. She enjoys reading, writing (naturally), debating (like every good lawyer), and food of all kinds (strictly within Kingdom Plantae), and like all good people, hates Math. Surely you like her already!
Navina Lamba, first year, has a deep-rooted hatred for bad grammar. She loves anime and manga, arthouse cinema, controversy theories and all things tumblr. Like anyone who has spent five minutes on tumblr, she’s an addict. She’s enthusiastic and has a good sense of humour, as evinced by her love for stand-up comedy. Between Aashi and Navina, it’s a toss-up as to who the more approachable one is!
Stuti Ghosh, first year, will not appreciate you poking your nose into her business; your nose might not come out of that unscathed. An extensive reader, she also enjoys travelling, photography, animals and food of all kinds. Her most impressive trait is her caustic wit- and her delight in wielding that particular weapon.
Tavarikh goes live on 15th October, 2015- if you’re from the history department of Venky, and would like to send in a written piece, artwork or a photoset, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to catch any of us in college and discuss. Any and all submissions are welcome, from anyone and everyone!
Hoping to see you soon!!
(we’re nice people, really)