Mary-Rose Abraham
Multimedia Journalist
Gayathri Vaidyanathan

BIC Talks is pleased to present the launch episode of the ‘Scrolls and Leaves’ podcast, on Pandemics and Borders.

Scrolls & Leaves is planned a podcast featuring stories from the margins of history. Global events are usually explained through a mainstream gaze, and lack perspective from other societies, and experiences. Hosts Mary-Rose Abraham and Gayathri Vaidyanathan meander through little-known tales from history, science and cultures to contextualize the present.

In this episode, the hosts and their collaborators walk listeners through compelling stories from the defining pandemic of the 19th century, Cholera. Featuring stories from India and elsewhere, the tales have chilling parallels to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Their first season is called Trade Winds. It explores themes centred in South Asia, from the time of Muziris more than 2000 years ago to European colonialism in the 20th century.

Scrolls & Leaves podcast is an immersive audio experience and best experienced using headphones. It has been made in collaboration with the Archives at NCBS, the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore.

Visit scrollsandleaves.com to learn more about the show, access show notes and transcripts, and subscribe to the podcast to get notified on future episodes.

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