Wednesday, September 28, 2016

“Dos and don'ts to help you cope with writing in French"


Notre Dame, Paris.


“Dos and don'ts to help you cope with writing in French”. https://www.thelocal.fr/20160927/why-writing-in-french-doesnt-have-to-be-a-nightmare

Nothing very new but good to revise the basics.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

'Healing our planet-healing our body: Institut Francais' - K.J.S.Chatrath


Thursday, September 22, 2016

'The Best Meal in France- Bah!' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I have just read an article ‘The Best Meal in France: Simple, Fresh and Affordable’ By Mary Kay Seales;  https://www.francetoday.com/food-drink/restaurants/best-meal-france-simple-fresh-affordable/
The photo of the best meal in France as suggested by Ms. May Kay Seales is placed below:

An attractive looking French meal at Bistrot des Alpilles in Saint-Rémy de Provence. Photo: Mary Kay Seales

A boiled egg, a little piece of bread and pieces of raw tomatoes is not my idea of good food!

Fluffy idlis, a crisply fried vada with sambar and chutney!

If you really want to have the best meal in France, then go to an Indian restaurant there!

Indian cuisine is the best in the world!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

'Film La graine et le mulet at Cafe'THEATRE, Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh'......................K.J.S.Chatrath

C
INE-CLUB : 
"La graine et le mulet
"
Drame Français with English subtitles 

Friday, 23rd September 2016,17h30
@ CaféTHEATRE, Alliance Française
Duration : 2h34


Sète, le port. Monsieur Beiji, la soixantaine fatiguée, se traîne sur le chantier naval du port dans un emploi devenu pénible au fil des années. Père de famille divorcé, s'attachant à rester proche des siens, malgré une histoire familiale de ruptures et de tensions que l'on sent prêtes à se raviver, et que les difficultés financières ne font qu'exacerber, il traverse une période délicate de sa vie où tout semble contribuer à lui faire éprouver un sentiment d'inutilité. Une impression d'échec qui lui pèse depuis quelque temps, et dont il ne songe qu'à sortir en créant sa propre affaire : un restaurant. Seulement, rien n'est moins sûr, car son salaire insuffisant et irrégulier, est loin de lui offrir les moyens de son ambition. Ce qui ne l'empêche pas d'en rêver, d'en parler, en famille notamment. Une famille qui va peu à peu se souder autour d'un projet, devenu pour tous le symbole d'une quête de vie meilleure. Grâce à leur sens de la débrouille, et aux efforts déployés, leur rêve va bientôt voir le jour... Ou, presque...

Slimane Beiji (Habib Boufares) is the divorced head of a Franco-Arabic family living in Sete. As he is being forced out of his job at the local shipyard, he interacts in a series of extended vignettes with various members of his extended family including his ex-wife, his sons and daughters, their husbands and wives, and his grandchildren. Determined to leave a legacy for his beloved family, and encouraged by his long-term partner's daughter, Rym, (Hafsia Herzi) he pursues his dream of converting a dilapidated boat into a family restaurant that will specialise in his ex-wife's fish couscous, a meal that she prepares for the entire family every Sunday.

Monday, September 19, 2016

'Long night of literatures by Institut Francais en Inde'.......K.J.S.Chatrath

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The Institut français India / Embassy of France in India takes great pleasure in inviting you to the second edition of the Long Night of Literarures, an opportunity to speed-date with 10 authors from 10 European countries in 07 different European languages!

The authors from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland will present readings of their texts in their respective languages as well as in English.

When - On Friday 23 September 2016 at 5:30 pm
Where - At Instituto Cervantes, 48 Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi
How - Write to longnightlit@gmail.com to register. Registration open until 20th September 2016. LIMITED SEATS!

A selection of books by Seagull Books and Oxford Bookstore will be on sale!
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

'Homage to Odiya martyrs of World War-I commemorated in the Mazargues War Cemetery, France' by K.J.S.Chatrath



Thursday, September 1, 2016

'Paris: Mouse grounds Air France flight:The flight was delayed by 48 hours' - news- by K.J.S.Chatrath

'Paris: Mouse grounds Air France flight:The flight was delayed by 48 hours and is expected to operate later ton Sunday.' - news; http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/paris-mouse-grounds-air-france-flight-3000923/



Now what would be the reaction of a Frenchman if you tell him this news? 
Two possible answers, both with a shrug of shoulders....

(i) Mais c'est pas grave!

(ii) C'est normal, ne'est-ce pas?

But to be fair to Air France, a few months back rodents had made appearances on three different occassions  in Air India/'s prestigious Dreamliner planes too. 

In both the above instances the nationalities of the rodents have not yet been established and the authorities are trying to find out if they had valid visas and air tickets.....

Another angle being investigated is if these rodents are 'frequent flyers' (Quelle horreur!)