PACT, an acronym for Pappus Academic and Cultural Trust, launched two web sites which were conceived, authored and presented by Dr.Jaya Venugopal, an educationalist and cultural ambassador with two doctoral degrees. Nanamma.co is the first ever Storypedia in English for all ages covering Indian, Spiritual, Historical and Cultural stories. The web site is a gift to her husband on his 64th. birthday said Dr. Jaya. Her 45 minute presentation supported by visuals made most of us realize to what extent we were ignorant of our own history and culture. She said she deliberately avoided the use of ‘mythological’ because it would imply anything that is not real. She believed in telling stories to her grand children who were all ears and wanted more and more of them whenever she visited them in Hong kong and theU.S. She would ask her mother-in-law to relate a story a day to her grand children and at times when she ran out of her fund of stories, would ask her to read them out from Cnandamama, the children’s magazine.
The second web site was on Corporate skills which encompassed the basics and the higher skills for executives.
The event was followed by dinner, a mix of high tea capped with putha rekulu, a delicacy from Andhra which was a welcome change from the conventional rice based dishes.
n.meera raghavendra rao