Books & the quest to connect with local culture | Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Kiranmayee Subhash Mhetre

Books have always kept me good company, like music or movies for some (which I too enjoy!).

In my initial days in Eindhoven, I carried only a very few books, due to baggage weight constraints, and to my surprise, found missing them the most, as access to English books in Eindhoven can be a challenge initially.

In my initial quest to read, I was reading a lot of blogs and online material. However I missed the local connection in reading, as I was mainly reading about things back home, and what was familiar to me.

IMG_6691In my quest to connect with the local culture and people, I was drawn to the Eindhoven city library, after days of deprivation, this place felt magical. I remember cycling 15 minutes from my former residence to catch the various newspapers the library offered, and their fair collection of English language books.

IMG_6721It was through Get In Touch, where our Lovely Lady Carola plans a trip regularly to show us around this place, I received a trial membership, which I enjoyed.

To make my trips more feasible and worthy, I asked if I could volunteer for the library, which I did spend a few days doing.

IMG_6668This got me familiar to the working ways of a typical library, and the efforts required to put a single book back in place, so next time you are looking for a title, it is like cakewalk.

For most of you who have taken the tour, would have met the lovely lady Susan Brinkman, whose works at the library and offers the tours to us.

She is a lady with multidimensional talents of photography and is a professional artist (well I am sure there are many more talents I am unaware of) you can check Susan’s work here on Facebook.

IMG_6686The Eindhoven library has been through changes in the last two years and continues to do so. With Eindhoven being a multicultural city, with a large international population, whose can contribute in their own way to keep the beautiful culture of reading alive for coming generations.

Among all of this, I had also the opportunity to participate in the “reading week” celebrated by the Eindhoven, where we shared experiences as readers and also met authors from around.

With this I urge you all to take from all that this city has to offer and also ensure to make your own contributions in whichever way possible.

iiã¼ 087There are many avenues to connect with the local culture and spirit, no matter what is your favorite way to do it,

Carola and the Get in Touch team are always making efforts to help you find the best way to.

With this I wish Carola and the Get in Touch team success and happiness, and always a proud member of the family 🙂

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An afternoon at the (van Abbe) museum, Eindhoven

Laura Maria Fernández Dïaz

This was going to be my first meeting with the GiT group. I expected to meet new people, some kind of guided tour and finding out how I would feel about further meetings with the group. What I experienced was beyond my expectations.

It was a very nice, sunny afternoon. I approached the museum and parked my bike. I had never been to the van Abbe before and I started looking with my eyes for the bar, the meeting point. I saw four people in a very nice terrace by the Dommel and one of them was “suspiciously” similar to that picture that was regularly coming in my mail box and that my brain associated to Carola. So, I started walking in that direction.

First thing I found was a luminous, welcoming, heartwarming smile: Carola’s. It was only the prelude of the delicious afternoon we spent together. First we had some drinks / food, while prese10339256_10204670811348824_1031482478563463500_onting ourselves (there was a couple of new people in the group, as myself). Then Daniel, or brilliant guide, came to welcome us and we had a small chat over the relevance and the operating mode of the van Abbe, before he introduced us in the very interesting world of modern art. And I have to say, Daniel made me for first time in my life, really appreciate modern art.

We started at a very cold, scary place, where you could face loneliness and purely yourself. You are there, alone, cold, just with yourself; how are you going to deal with it? What are you going to encounter in your inside to overcome this coldness, this loneliness? That was kind of the sensations you could feel by entering this place. Then Daniel explained this space was inspired in a bunker that the author encountered in the middle of a forest, where he dared to enter. It clearly made an impression on him. Impression that he was able to transfer to his spectators. And here is the magic. You are just in a regular day of your life, in a sunny small city where everything works, surrounded by a group of warm and nice people that you just met and someone, suddenly, puts you in a situation where you have to confront solitude and frostiness. Where you can make yourself questions about why or how. Questions that ultimately make you meet eyeball-to-eyeball human nature; and therefore humanize you. Here we go: ART. Only because Daniel was there, making the right questions, we could maximize this experience.

10669332_10204670872390350_6253185951070404395_oTo make it short, I will try to summarize the rest of the afternoon. We went through the new experience of associating odors to paintings. So, one somehow disturbing landscape painted by Kandisky coupled very well to a spices-rich smell; I think I can remember the strong clove among them, giving this troubling touch that fitted so well with the dark colors used in the canvas. Instead, another aroma associated to a “just” blue painting made me float in my own universe, infinite, without barriers or boundaries. I was free for a couple of eternal, boundless seconds.

To finish this gratifying experience, we had the chance to use real art works to depict a concept with which Daniel challenged us: unsettling friendship. We worked in couples to represent this concept and HAD A LOT OF FUN WITH IT.

THANKS SO MUCH for such a great experience! Hope to keep sharing with you, when possible, more pieces of this!