Kerala: "God's Own Country" in India with Dr. Anil Antony

Kerala: "God's Own Country" in India with Dr. Anil Antony


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The Indian state of Kerala is often called “God’s Own Country”. That’s a large claim, but Kerala has quite a story to back it up. The most religiously diverse state in India, Kerala has been the home to large communities of Hindus, Muslims, Christians, and Jews, living harmoniously together for hundreds of years. Despite being the second-most densely populated state in a densely populated country, it is a physically beautiful land of Indian Ocean beaches, lush fields and backwaters, and towering mountains. This conversation considers both the unique social history of Kerala and its remarkable physical beauty.

Kerala is about the size of Switzerland (or twice the size of New Jersey) with a population about equal to Canada. We’ll discuss its high literary rate, its impressive educational and medical infrastructure, as well as its religious diversity. The “Kerala Model”, which is studied by economists all over the world, has produced social indicators as high as those in wealthy, Western nations, in a country that is still considered to be developing. We’ll learn about its unique and very old story as we cover the arrival of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity over the centuries. We’ll also discuss Kerala’s egalitarianism within the majority Hindu community; in the nineteenth century, Hindu leaders from Kerala were some of the first to organize against the oppression of the caste system.

All of this happened against a backdrop of remarkable natural beauty. Kerala probably means “land of coconuts”, and everywhere in the state coconut trees sway against the sky, often rising from green fields richly watered by seasonal monsoons. We’ll learn how the monsoons come from rain clouds trapped by the towering Western Ghats and we’ll meet some of the tallest mountains in India, home to the highest tea plantations in the world.

Led by Dr. Anil Noronha Antony, a Keralite and an expert on everything Kerala, this interactive conversation will consider both the social history and the physical beauty of the state. We hope that we might even convince participants to visit this wonderful region of India.

Dr. Anil “Noro” Noronha Antony is an assistant director of the American Association for Cancer Research, the world’s oldest and largest private cancer research organization. He holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental biology and a lifelong interest in the history and culture of south India. Born in the Muslim-majority United Arab Emirates to an Anglo-Indian Catholic family and trained by a Hindu tantric in Kerala, he has direct experience of all three major Keralite religious traditions.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Noro and John give rich, extremely informative, well-considered, and charming seminars, always exceeding my expectations. This is no exception, a great way to better understand Kerala.

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Another interesting getaway!

Horrified that I signed on late, I was relieved to have still been able to listen and enjoy most of the convo. So I teresting. I have not been to India yet. This is an area though that has I tragues me for several years now. After the world rights ourselves again I hope to be able to travel there. In the meanwhile this was perfect. Thank you!

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Kerala bringing back memories

Nice overview of major life aspects in Kerala. We visited 20 years ago and this conversation brought back vivid memories. Really liked the Kathakali dance segment.

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Based on 7 reviews
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Noro and John give rich, extremely informative, well-considered, and charming seminars, always exceeding my expectations. This is no exception, a great way to better understand Kerala.

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C.
Another interesting getaway!

Horrified that I signed on late, I was relieved to have still been able to listen and enjoy most of the convo. So I teresting. I have not been to India yet. This is an area though that has I tragues me for several years now. After the world rights ourselves again I hope to be able to travel there. In the meanwhile this was perfect. Thank you!

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Kerala bringing back memories

Nice overview of major life aspects in Kerala. We visited 20 years ago and this conversation brought back vivid memories. Really liked the Kathakali dance segment.