Aryan Invasion [en]

The Myth of The Aryan Invasion of India, by David Frawley.

My classes on Indian culture have often put to doubt the famous “Aryan invasion” theory. My own observations of its use today by Indians to justify just about anything (superiority of fair people, caste system, North vs. South, superiority of Dravidian culture… and so on) have also brought me to cast on it a very critical eye.

Here is my account of Frawley’s article – maybe not the best nor the last writing on the subject, but nevertheless interesting and convincing.

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Précipitation [en]

Compte-rendu de séminaire [en]

Pour ceux que ça intéresse (on peut toujours rêver!), voici le compte-rendu de mon séminaire sur le cosmos chez Maeterlinck.

Bonne lecture…

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Coding Section Open [en]

Much earlier than expected, here is the coding section.
The HTML tutorial isn’t ready though – expect it sometime.

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Online Relationships [en]

Emergence [en]

En fait, cette note intéresse surtout les francophones, comme le texte en question est en français…

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Emergence: a Teenage Essay [en]

I added one of my teenage essays to the writing section a few days back: Emergence.

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India [en]

I feel an itch to write about India. All these classes on Indian culture at university are bringing me back there.

There are so many things I have to say.

For a start, here is what I have been telling people these last three (heavens!) months when they ask me the usual questions.

So, how was the trip? Tell me about it!

I must admit I’m sick of hearing this question. And as university has just started, I’m again meeting a whole bunch of people I haven’t seen in over a year and who are impatient for news.

The trip was overall a very positive experience but the first three months were really hard… >>>

Would you say India is “behind” the West?

As much as I would like to be able to say that cultures are not to be hierarchically classified, and that they are all equal, but different, my experience of India has somewhat disturbed this position. Let me explain… >>>

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Ecriture [en]

Et voilà ! Même si la traduction du journal de mon année en Inde n’est malheureusement pas pour tout de suite, il y a enfin quelque chose à  manger sur ce site pour les francophones.
Le site comporte maintenant une section “écriture“, qui – bien qu’elle soit en anglais, comme tout le reste du site – comporte principalement des textes en français.
Il y a donc une version française de la plupart de ces pages. Elles sont peu nombreuses pour le moment, mais j’espère augmenter prochainement la “présence francophone” dans les environs…

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Writing [en]

I’ve opened the writing section. It is a small (hopefully growing) collection of things I have written over the years.

Most of the texts are in French, though there are a couple in English, and I’m very happy to be able to finally offer something to my French-speaking visitors.

I’ve been asked to make a French version of my logbook. I’ve thought about it, and it is a tremendous amount of work.
And of course, considering I write better in French than in English, I want to do it myself.
I really would like to have a bilingual site. But for the moment, it just seems too much work.

Nevertheless, I’ll start introducing bits of French here and there.

One other thing you will certainly have noticed, as you are reading this, is that this weblog has moved to the home page of my site.
This change had been trotting in my head for a little while, and has of late started to look inevitable in near future. Why wait more?
The poem that used to live here has moved to the writing section.

As I was at it, I also removed the what’s new page from the front of the scene, and closed it – the site news entries of this log have made it useless.

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