After a lovely summer break, our first book discussion of the new club year was held at my (Anne’s) home on a Tuesday. We discussed the newest book by bestselling author Khaled Hosseini, the Afghan author of The Kite Runner which we had read in the Club’s first year.
This book was written very differently than Hosseini’s previous books, as the story was told from the vantage point of different characters, and in different times, spanning from 1952 – 2010. We wondered if the author was experimenting with a new style? At any rate, while most found this new approach a surprise from this author, once you got used to it, it was interesting to have different perspectives on the tragic event that befalls siblings Pari and Abdullah at the beginning of the story, as well as other situations the characters found themselves in.
The book raised many questions about the wavering line between right and wrong and the nature of the sacrifices made by different characters for a variety of reasons. Sometimes good intentions had a good effect – but not always! – and selfish motivations could have a positive effect. The writing was beautiful and Hosseini can really create vivid images through his descriptive writing. The epigraph of the book, a line from a 13th century Rumi poem, was a fitting thought: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
Imagine, if you will, a nice warm summer day. A blue sky, a few small white clouds and a lush green park. You sit on the grass, enjoying the good weather as you suddenly smell beef being grilled. You can already taste the burger on a nice bun slathered with BBQ-sauce. Idyllic, isn’t it? Do you want to know where to find this magical place? It was at the UvT grounds on a perfect day last June.
To our regular participants this is known as TICNic and we visit this magical place once a year. As always we had a couple of great grill masters and everyone who attended brought something great to eat for everyone else.
No TICNic is complete without some activities planned by our event coordinator. This year we did some koekhappen, a scavenger hunt, orange hockey and for the kids there was a nice surprise they could take home.
In between the activities and the BBQ-ing we also found time to play badminton and soccer. That certainly helped to burn off some of the calories we consumed.
All in all we had a fantastic day. To all who attended: we hope to see you again this club year. To those who stayed home or couldn’t make it last year: come by this year and share in the fun!
I have spent almost a third of my life outside of the Philippines, the country where I was born. I grew up as an expat child in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the 80s then returned to Manila where I subsequently met and married Michael. Together, we have lived in Manila, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London. In 2012, Michael became a PhD researcher at Tilburg University and we added Tilburg to the list. What I have learned from all this is that anywhere in the world can be home. And the new friends you make, the community you become a part of – they often turn into a family of sorts.
At not-yet forty, I have been a teacher, a law student, a wannabe archaeologist and a cook in a restaurant kitchen. Despite all of these “adventures”, I keep returning to my main passions: anthropology and heritage – fields I have worked in and in which I hold Master’s degrees. Deep down, I think the world is a lot larger than we imagine and all the more fascinating for its diversity.
I am curious about Dutch culture and easily captivated by art and creativity. Consequently, during my time with the Board, you can expect events that delve into the customs and idiosyncracies of this country we all call home and the people that make it so. I see Tilburg, Brabant, in fact, the whole of the Netherlands as a place that’s just waiting to be explored. Let’s discover it together through TIC.