Everyone at Sangam House is heading home in a couple of days. After weeks of sharing space together we’re returning to our own cities where we will each slip back under the spell of persistent virtual community with friends, colleagues and strangers. But on the eve of my departure, I can now say I am convinced that interaction in shared physical space has impactful advantages over virtual interaction for one reason and one reason only: I have met Sadanand Menon.
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Yesterday at our lunchtime Sangam House powwow we were talking about how expatriates are often the most enthusiastic advocates for their homeland. We swapped stories about encounters with exuberant, displaced nationals in Turkish restaurants in Berlin and Italian pizzerias in Sao Paulo. Suddenly, Theo popped into my head.
Community is all the rage. Our networking, political views, practical concerns and random inquires all play out in our online communities. Prior to politics, Barack Obama’s much-analyzed resume was that of a community organizer. The word is the latest love-child of the politically correct gods…
Sangam House is a writers residency program just outside of Pondicherry in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Up to seven writers at a time—from South Asia and the rest of the world—are invited to live together while they grind out their latest work—stories, poetry, scripts, and all those arrangements of words that don’t fit neatly into any of these categories.
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