Publication of "The Way of the World" by Nicolas Bouvier

In the framework of "The Other Thought: French-Indian Encounters on Creativity and Innovation” & on the occasion of the publication of The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier (Yoda Press), the Institut français en Inde presents Nicolas Bouvier and Travel Writing.

New Delhi, 25 May 2016

The Institut français en Inde has conceived a stimulating new series of events, entitled "The Other Thought: French-Indian Encounters on Creativity and Innovation”.

Well-known as a top tourist destination, France also notched up third in global rankings for innovation. This position was earned through not only persons working in the scientific and technological fields but also artists and creators involved in bringing about change and imagining the future.

The new series comprise debates, lectures, meetings, and encounters with artists, writers, intellectuals, policy makers, economists, historians, translators, curators, scientists and all those aiming to give a fresh impetus to our current way of thinking. The idea is to create a new path to the future together, in another way, i.e. through “The Other Thought”.

On the occasion of the publication of The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier (Yoda Press), the series includes three events on travel writing and Nicolas Bouvier, in the presence of Pascal Dibie, Professor of Ethnology and close friend of late Nicolas Bouvier.

These events are organized in collaboration with Alliance française de Delhi, Alliance française de Bombay and Alliance française de Pune:

25th May 2016 – Time: 6.00 pm - DELHI
Venue: Alliance française de Delhi
6.00 pm: Movie screening of Le Hibou et la Baleine by Sylvia Plattner, a documentary on Nicolas Bouvier (dur: 54 min).
7.30 pm: Book Launch of The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier, followed by a conversation between Pascal Dibie and Zeeshan Khan, author of Right to Passage: Travels through India, Pakistan and Iran.

27th May 2016 - Time: 5.00 pm - MUMBAI (event in French)
Venue: Cercle littéraire, Dinshaw Petit Library
Book Launch of The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier followed by a conference by Pascal Dibie.

28th May 2016 - Time: 6.30 pm - PUNE
Venue: IISER auditorium, Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan Book Launch of The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier, followed by a conference by Pascal Dibie.

On Nicolas Bouvier and The Way of the World

On Nicolas Bouvier and The Way of the World
In 1953, twenty-four year old Nicolas Bouvier and his artist friend Thierry Vernet set out to make their way overland from their native Geneva, through Anatolia and Afghanistan, to the Khyber Pass. They had a rattletrap Fiat and a little money, but above all they were equipped with the certainty that by hook or by crook they would reach their destination, and that there would be unanticipated adventures, curious companionship, and sudden illumination along the way. The Way of the World, which Bouvier fashioned over the course of many years from his journals, is an entrancing story of adventure, an extraordinary work of art, and a voyage of self-discovery on the order Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. As Bouvier writes, “you think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking – you.”

On Pascal Dibie

On Pascal Dibie
Pascal Dibie is Professor of Ethnology at University Paris Diderot and author of several books. A close friend of late Nicolas Bouvier, he is now heading the jury of the literary Prize Nicolas Bouvier – Etonnants voyageurs that awards every year a work inspired by travels and encounters with the world.

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