Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Magazine Launch and Seminar

Today we assisted the Footprints Media Seminar and the launching of the New Global Indian Magazine at the University of Mauritius in collaboration with The Symbiosis International University in Pune.

Many of you would have already asked yourself what is this all about? Firstly, this magazine has been created for the Indians throughout the world. The Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Dean of Symbiosis International University in Pune, highlighted that the word “non-resident” is a negative word to use, so the concept of “New Global Indian” has been set forward to define those Indians who settle down in other countries like the UK, USA, UAE and even Mauritius etc. As on the magazine itself, it says “A forum for Forward Thinking Indians Globally”.

But what is more interesting in this magazine is that our paradisiac island has been given a privileged place under the international focus aspect. It eventually speaks of our economy, our flourishing tourism, and the Father of the Mauritian Nation. Furthermore, the famous UNESCO’s recognition of our two historical sites at the immigration depot, or Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne have been mentioned. After all, this magazine promotes Mauritius and the Indians can have a view of our little island. Surely, this magazine will be published worldwide<

Moreover, in this ceremony, a surprising event has taken place. The team of the New Global Indian usually gives a “Young Communicator award” to a deserving person whichever country they land to. The first country was Dubai and now it comes to us. And the person who was awarded was Mrs Ariane Cavalot-de-l’Estrac, Director of Publications of l’Express. Congrats to you and we wish you all the best in whatever you undertake.

Finally, the interactive session between the speakers of the ceremony and the audience was a great one. We learnt many interesting things about the way information (news whether breaking news, international news or even local ones) is imparted in Mauritius and around the world. We came to a conclusion that the Mauritian youngsters are more prone to check the online news rather than reading a printed newspaper. Ashfaq, the owner of this blog suggests to Mrs Ariane Cavalot-de-l’Estrac that the local newspapers should provide a place in her newspaper for the blogosphere world where the blog articles could be published and youngsters could interact and share their views. She indeed took note of this interesting suggestion.

After all, it was a nice and interesting seminar since at the end, we received a key-chain from dubai in its satchet, the magazine from India, and surely good food and drinks..hehe

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