Abha Dawesar  » I have always admired women capacities and resilience « !

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  • 10 septembre 2012
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Sensorium  the last novel of indian novelist Abha Dawesar, published in french by Eho éditions ( september 2012) , is a beautiful inner journe,  a « dialogue between doubt and certainty » as the author explained.

Sensorium is a pure joy and  a medley of metaphysical thoughts with  hindu mythology. If we were to summarize this last and very exquisite novel of Abha Dawesar: we would say that  It is a constant back and forth balley,  between metaphysics and mythology. « We grow up as a child with these myths  that comes from a culture, it is so large in your brain when you are a child » confesses Abha;  and once adult, we then realise it is just another story, although confusion remains, cause at the end of the day,  it is deepled rooted in us.


UFFP meets novelist Abha Dawesar :

What does Abha stand for in India ?it means glow. There is a little story about that in my native land, everybody is given a name in a ceremony when then are born. You have also an official religious name as well according to the syllabel wich your name should start. And  your family can also give you other names. My father chose Abha for me.

Are you spiritual, do you have a confession? My parents are both Hindu, but am really in perpetual doubt. I believe in a constant search, because I don’t really know what spirituality means.

Searching eternally the truth is int restless ? I think it is a little like Plato’s Cave, you know there is something out there, you see it sometimes but you cannot materially see it.

Sensorium is your inner journey ? Yes it is a quest to see and understand and try to figure out the slippery slow between who we are and who we think we are and where we want to be. It »s a dialogue because there is a reality in flesh and blood that has to do with your past and your identity. All of the things that made you who you are. And then ,there is another reality which is inside you. There is also another reality,outside of your body as well. And the two parts are often in conflict, they don’t necessary correspond with each other all the time. So it is also a dialogue between doubt and certainty.

The confrontation between East and West, in a sense? Yes exactly as I am part of both.  The book grew out of a desire to separate myself  from the situation I was writing in. But this is something like a step further away from me. Separating myself from myself to really understand what is really essentially me. Sensorium is the search to find out if there is an answer to find for to these questionnings.

A philosophical search as well? Yes indeed, there are two narratives in the book because it was the only way to understand. One part of the book is the story of the Character as she goes through her life and the things happening to her. The other part, comes in the opposite pages,  with little bits of informations based on scientific studies. Other things the character finds out also. Events, that can eventually help her cast the light on what is going on on the other side.

Sensorium is the information in latin ?It’s one of the themes of the book, the paradox in the end is that all our senses in the end reside in the brain, and one the one hand,you think of your senses  like if they are being immediate, telling you a certain truth emotionnally, on the other  hand, they kind of interchange places at times.

Babijy is a novel you wrote a couple of years ago and we really loved it, speaking of sexuality in India is very courageous! ?  the book was first published in India it is very interesting actually, because the book appealled to the younger generation. Because it is extremely difficult in indian society not to be hypocritical because of the extreme level of tabous around certain topics. The young are quite fed up of it, because they have grown up in a culture where they have access to the same thoughts then the rest of the world.

Virginity a tabou ? I think what’s interesting in India at the moment is that 50% of the population is under 25 years of age, and youth can be full hearty and courageous. A lot of them want a life of freedom without hipocrisy. They want to be open, they wanna have a boyfriend or a girlfriend. I don’t think that we can talk of sexuality openly, but at least we can see that there is a lot more freedom now in big cities.

The story is about a  female character trying to understand her roots? The roots for her goes beyond about what it is being human. At  the very abstract level, she tries to understand where she is co ming from, and h er immediate place where she is coming from is her mother. There is no escaping that. But she also  has to confront a world of superstition.Coming from a culture where people are willing to believe this, she is  left in a situation where she does not believe it and at the same time, she can’t shake it away.

What are the sources of influence ? I have been more and more interested in modern science and i have been more curious about neuroscience. We know more about the brain and about how we think then we knew twenty years ago. I have been reading a lot about it, and I wanted to investigate more. This is why Sensorium came up, you think your brain functions  a certain way and I incorporated some of that in the n ovel.

Your heroins are mainly women ? I have actually one book where the hero is a man and that was the easiest to write. I admire women and  I have always looked up to women.

I think they are capable in doing so many things at the same time. I’m always amazed of these women having a carreer, being able to work and have a family. I find that great, women capacity and resilience.

Womanity is the futur? Absolutely, they are intelligent and they are not restricted by it because they are able to have empathy and compassion for the others. In a  very large sense of the word, of course am not saying that men have no compassion. I think often women are more in totality in what they are bringing to the world.

Autobiography one day? may be when am very old, but in one sense, Sensorium is a sort of autobiography of ideas. Its not much in the character but the book is a book of ideas, it corresponds to some of the ideas that i have been trying to understand.

Tempted by a socioanthropoligical approach one day? I think it would be possible one day.

Indian women today ? they are in the cities by large  extremely powerful in their lives and carreers, most of them work, and almost all of them count. But I think what i really see changing in indian women now is that, they finally are saying « yes we can tolerate this but we want to have some more equality »

They are demanding more from men, and a lot of men are giving it. It’s not a war between the genders. A lot of the younger women are insisting on having a far more equal footing with their husbands.

India  is getting less patriarcal? Yes especially because the level of the populare government, in the local village elections, women are now represented. The law is here now to defend them and that can considerably change the mentalities. Women are definitely changing the world.

Do you believe in women empowerment? Well yeah,  I think that women are already in power ! its a question about not stopping them from  being able to express their part. In a statistical sense, the majority of women in power, might work well, but it is a complicated issue, power is extremely corrupting equally for men and women. And in India, I unfortunately realised that some women in very high places are as corrupt as men, and am not talking about women fighting for gender equality. At the end of the day, having a women in a powerful position is a positive thing, they are role models.Women are more into negociations and prevent risks.

From East to West, women are victims of political economical and religious turmoils, what is view for instance of what is happening in the arabic world after the arab awakening ? Growing up in an indian culture, my vision of time became circular, so the good thing about that, is that i remain an optimist. I say whenever anything is wrong it will pass, because things have a way of turning around and coming back. I’m sad though, it is something that happened a long time ago in Afghanistan in the late seventies. People are instrumentalised of course, but we need a political process to come out of it. Or economic, we must take into account people s needs. In any society, women and children are always the victims. We must acquire stability, democracy is not only for the western world . I don’t want to loose hope. I don’t know what vehicle of hope it can be but i think in front of any form of oppression we must acquire sustainable development, it is already a step.

Sustainable development for women how so? They have to have some sort of economic independence. To be able to break the barrier, women have to support their children. I believe also that education has a key role for that. In India a lot of poor women don’t have accesso to schools.

Civil society is more and more involved,  are they the solution? Its true the message are widespread thanks to them with internet for instance. And the world is ready for them i Think.

Culture can help and UFFP? It proves that creativity is possible when civil society is involved. And culture with its many ways and forms can bring people together. I think any culture bridges the gap and create a real network of creation. Its already born, like a child in constant growing. Its constructed by us and for us and therefore a message like UNITED FASHION FOR PEACE can be very powerful !

UFFP

UFFP la Fondatrice et Présidente FERIEL BERRAIES GUIGNY :
Tour à tour mannequin, criminologue, diplomate et journaliste, la franco tunisienne Fériel Berraies Guigny a lancé en février 2011, une Association loi 1901 du nom de United Fashion for Peace. Parmi les activités de l'Association, une Caravane de mode internationale qui met en avant la paix, la tolérance, le dialogue entre les civilisations par le biais de la mode et de l'artisanat éthique. Née dans la foulée du printemps arabe, cette Association réunit tous les artistes du monde pour la paix, désireux de donner de l'espoir dans des régions en crise ou en transition. Depuis le mois de mai dernier, le magazine en ligne a aussi vu le jour pour être le portevoix de tous ses combats pour une planète éthique. La première programmation de la Caravane de mode se fera prochainement en février 2012 en Afrique subsaharienne sous la thématique de l'éducation pour la paix à la Triennale de l'Education en Afrique. Sept pays ont été les Ambassadeurs, Tunisie, Maroc, Cameroun, Afrique du Sud, France/Niger et Burkina Faso.
Fériel Berraies Guigny dirige par ailleurs, depuis des années deux panafricains New African en co rédaction et New African Woman/ Femme Africaine qu'elle a crée pour le groupe de presse britannique IC publications. Elle a longtemps été journaliste correspondante presse pour la Tunisie.

UFFP Contenu rédactionnel webzine :
Magazine français pour une planète éthique. Se veut une plateforme internationale pour une mode éthique qui défend la paix, la tolérance, l'échange, le dialogue entre les civilisations par le biais de la culture, de la création et de l'artisanat. Rubriques : 'Planète éthique' - 'Le rendez-vous des entrepreneurs' - 'Ethnical Conso : beauté bio, manger éthique' - 'Ethical Fashion' - 'Eco Déco' - 'Culture éthique' - 'Eco Evasion' - 'Société et éthique' - 'Femmes d'Ethique' - 'Prix Ethique' - 'Paroles Ethique'.
Mission de l'Association UFFP :
La Caravane United Fashion for Peace est née ce mois de février passé dans la foulée du printemps arabe et suite au massacre de femmes ivoriennes dans le marché lors des affrontements civils dans le pays. C'est une Association loi 1901française, née du désir de rendre hommage a à tous ceux qui ont perdu la vie pour un idéal de paix dans le Monde, tous ceux qui ont été sacrifiés alors qu’ils recherchaient simplement la dignité humaine. Cette Association et plateforme internationale est apolitique, sans coloration religieuse ou ethnique, elle se bat pour la mode éthique, défend par le biais de la culture, de la création et de l'artisanat, la paix, la tolérance, l'échange, le dialogue entre les civilisations.
Dans le farouche désir de combattre pacifiquement les injustices sociales et économiques à l'encontre des peuples par la culture, elle entend véhiculer des messages d'humanité. Son slogan le beau au service de l'autre, permet des passerelles, des rencontres et l’ acceptation des diversités couture. L'esthétique pour l'éthique reste son credo.

United Fashion for Peace entend fédérer le meilleur de la création internationale dans le respect de la diversité, des us et des coutumes. Tout un symbole de paix aujourd'hui, alors que le Continent continue de subir les soubresauts de son histoire.
Investir dans la paix c'est investir dans les peuples
UFFP est une plateforme internationale destinée à valoriser la création éthique centrée sur le développement humain durable.
Pont couture entre les peuples du Monde, cette plateforme a pour vocation de faire la promotion d'une création éthique et sans frontières. Favoriser un jour le commerce équitable de ces produits, pouvoir faire venir les artistes sur Paris pour leur organiser des défilés et vendre leurs produits.
United Fashion for Peace, c’est un concept qui propose un défilé de mode « clés en main », une animation « décalée » à l’occasion d’une manifestation, d’un colloque, d’un forum, d’assises politiques, économiques, scientifiques.
United Fashion for Peace c’est la présentation d’artistes qui font vivre et revisitent une culture, c’est un témoignage de richesse et de savoir faire, c’est la promotion du développement durable avec l’ambition d’accéder à la conscience durable
United Fashion for Peace c’est un vecteur d'amour et le partage dans la création.
Pour les organisateurs il s'agit de créer un évènement mais aussi de véhiculer une philosophie de vie dans la création. Pour laisser quelque chose aux générations futures " loin des passerelles du luxe, UFFP est avant tout une histoire d'amour et d'amitié avec les peuples, leur création, leur identité et leur patrimoine au service de l'autre.

C'était une idée, elle est devenue un projet, aujourd'hui une Association qui a hâte de trouver des programmateurs, des sponsors et des partenaires afin de pouvoir sa première édition.
UFFP dans le Monde
UFFP est à la recherche de programmations dans le Monde, de partenaires et de sponsors qui souhaiteraient se rapprocher de l'éthique, du développement durable, de la préservation des Arts et métiers, des droits de l'homme, de la culture et de la parité, sans oublier le dialogue entre les civilisations qui sont les valeurs qu'elle véhicule.
A chaque programmation dans un pays où événement donné, sont mis en avant les créateurs du pays hôte qui sont dans l'éthique.
UFFP s'adapte à toutes les thématiques et les rencontres politiques, économiques, culturelles, développement, environnements, bio, bilatérales, multilatérales, fêtes d'indépendance, fêtes nationales, parité, jeunesse, droits de l'homme, ou encore pour médiatiser une problématique donnée de la région.
A terme, L'Association voudrait pouvoir faire également du caritatif, et organiser des ventes de charité, au profit d’une ONG ou association défendant des valeurs similaires et la mettre en avant à l'occasion d'un défilé programmé.
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contact: unitedfashionforpeace@gmail.com

UFFP mode d'emploi :
La promotion d’un pays passe par la mise en avant de ses valeurs, de ses atouts et par une communication à la fois ciblée, régulière et soutenue. La Côte d'Ivoire de la paix et de la réconciliation souhaite développer un tourisme culturel mais également donner une image positive d’une Afrique à la fois moderne et traditionnelle où les valeurs humaines, sociales et pacifiques prédominent.

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