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Multimedia Journalist

Date & Time

Fri, 28 Aug 2020


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

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

Scrolls & Leaves is planned as 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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Mary-Rose Abraham

Multimedia Journalist

Mary-Rose Abraham is a writer and independent multimedia journalist who lives in Bangalore. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and worked as a longtime producer and reporter at television and radio networks in the U.S. Mary-Rose has a bachelor’s degree in biology from UCLA, and a master’s degree with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She loves to travel and experience firsthand some of the fascinating places in history. Memorable trips include six months backpacking across Europe and India; five weeks traveling through Turkey; and a month-long, cross-country drive from the East to the West Coast in the U.S.

Gayathri Vaidyanathan


Gayathri Vaidyanathan is an Indian-Canadian writer based in Bangalore. She has traveled across North America, Africa and Asia on long-form reporting projects, and her reportage has won awards. She has a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York, and a bachelors in biochemistry from McMaster University in Ontario. She did lab research on enzyme kinetics before jumping ship. She’s lived in the U.A.E., Canada, the U.S. and most recently, India. She loves to travel, garden and sketch in her spare time.