Art in the kitchen (the author is on the right)
as I enjoyed absorbing the ideas of ancient Greek and
Roman culture—important for Dutch art history—the JNU
lectures open up my mind to fine art on a global scale.
LEISURE AND NATURE: UNIQUELY JNU
A great luxury here is the freedom to enter the building
anytime, 24 hours a day, meet in the class rooms and use
the projectors. No wonder then that, beyond classes, a day
in JNU could very well end with watching a horror movie
with class mates in one of the class rooms!
I recently turned 32 and wanted to celebrate my birthday
at the SAA, since for me it's the most comfortable place to
hang out with fellow students. My class mates were there,
and Lele, the other international student besides me (from
China) in our class, brought me a birthday cake with my
name on it and three roses coloured pink, red and yellow.
I feel at home in the campus and love to watch the sun
go down sipping fresh orange juice at Mammu dhaba (a
popular campus eatery). At JNU , even if I am out late, there
is always the possibility of getting fresh steamed momos
(dumplings) round the clock.
Taekwondo classes are held every day on campus and I
attend them once or twice a week. JNU means a lot to me.
The whole university is surrounded by beautiful nature and
animals. Walking in JNU , amidst vibrantly coloured flowers
and the sound of rare birds and peacocks, is a delightful
experience. Nilgai, a wild antelope, are regular visitors
on campus. They have a habit of appearing out of the
blue. Olga, a JNU student from Russia, told me there are
snakes on the campus. One of her friends almost fainted
when she saw a big black snake crawling around on the
pavement! One night, I hope to see one too.
A nilgai forages on the campus
FOR ARTISTS OF BOTH COUNTRIES
At a later date, it is my intention to organise an exhibition
called ‘Hidden Trace’ which will feature Indian and Dutch
artists from various backgrounds. The exhibition will show
work made by artists based in Delhi, Pune, Den Haag,
Amsterdam and Rotterdam. It will include performing arts,
print-making, drawing, painting and photography.