Book released on Maria Ashiana annual day

Maria Ashiana, Lonavala, celebrated its sixth Annual Day with gaiety and enthusiasm on February 27, 2011. Families, friends and well-wishers constituted the large assemblage of guests. Faye Thomas from RMIT University, Australia was the Chief Guest on this glorious occasion which witnessed a marvelous exposition of music and dance by the participants.

One of the highlights of the day was the release of the book “Marginal Zones” authored by Dr. Barnabe D’Souza, sdb and Dakshayani Madangopal. An insightful and social-scientific analysis of the problems of development-induced displacement in Mumbai, this, the fifteenth publication of the Don Bosco Research Centre, is the culmination of an international project promoted by the International Federation of Catholic Universities in partnership with twelve Universities in Asia, the Near East and Latin America.
Fr. Cletus D’ Souza, Rector of Don Bosco School, Lonavala, while releasing the book, commended the Don Bosco Research Centre for its fifteen publications and for being the only NGO associated with this University collaboration. He also said that the book was a masterpiece on displacement as it gave a positive view of displacement. By focusing upon youth and women, this book presents the voices of a hitherto neglected segment of society in a way that reflects the subtle nuances of the experiences of the displaced. Fr. Cletus spoke about both the authors and was impressed with the work coming out of the Research Centre.
The cultural event showcased new emerging artists who mesmerized the audience with a brilliant display of talent. The culinary delights that were served all added up to a truly memorable occasion.