|Title:||Flight 182 Meditations|
|Artist(s):||Renée Sarojini Saklikar And John Oliver|
|Sample:||“Exhibit: When I Dance A Morning Raga”|
|Notes:||With eerie sonic overlays, spoken word, and original music, Flight 182 Meditations makes the 1985 bombing of Air India flight 182 real in ways no amount of archival testimony and documentation can. Poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s aunt and uncle were among the dead, so Meditations is also an “exploration into the nature of individual loss found in the midst of collective suffering…”
Track 4, “Exhibit: When I Dance A Morning Raga”, blends sitar flourishes, the poet’s personal reflections and legal testimony to transport us in time and place.
If you didn’t have a personal connection with the tragedy (all 329 passengers and crew perished) and tuned out news coverage somewhere along its 20 plus years of investigation and prosecution (the most expensive trial in Canadian history), listen to Flight 182 Meditations as a valuable reminder that tragedies like this are not about statistics (as staggering as they are); they’re about everyday people like you and me.
Hedley Botano’s Year of Books 2014
Hedley Bontano’s erudite and eclectic reading list is well worth a look, happy to have children of air india be on it:
“82 of the 329 people who died in the Air India bombing were children, and these poems are an elegy to them. The first work of poetry in response to the disaster, Renee’s work is more modern/experimental than traditional/lyric, and very readable.”
Tremendously honoured to have children of air india mentioned in such a prestigious publication, with such fantastic company:
“Working from a vast archive, from newspaper reports to personal stories, Saklikar’s investigation through the material left behind and generated by such an event to create a rich and complex tapestry of grief, absence, rage, incomprehension, compassion and all the internal and external systems that surrounded the tragedy…”
As fascinating as books themselves (and oh, are books ever fascinating) are the connections between books, the curious ways in which books inform and echo each other, creating strange synergies completely outside of their authors’ purview. In celebration of these connections, we’ve made great pairings of recent Canadian books of note, creating ideal cross-genre literary companions…”
Honoured that children of air india has been paired up with the Giller Prize shortlisted novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan.
For more pairings, check out Clare’s 49th Shelf – a place to discover great Canadian books.
…Children of Air India is a harsh rebuke. The fragments offered here, the child’s battered shoe, the scrapes of memory, are full of horror and loss. In both form and delivery, Children of Air India tells us that without reflection, there is no remembering. Even then, another version exists and it too may be redacted.”
– Trek Magazine, Alumni UBC