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Spelman’s Tinaz Pavri gets award for distinguished service

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December 2015
Spelman’s Tinaz Pavri gets award for distinguished service

(Left) Dr. Tinaz Pavri receives the Donald Wells award for distinguished service and advancement of the discipline at the Georgia Political Science Association conference on 11/13/15.

Dr. Tinaz Pavri, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Spelman College, Atlanta, received the Donald Wells award for distinguished service and advancement of the discipline at the Georgia Political Science Association conference on November 13, 2015.

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Her memoir, Bombay in the Age of Disco: City, Community, Life, was released earlier this year by University Press of North Georgia (a subsidiary of University of Georgia Press). It looks back at the decades prior to India’s economic liberalization through the eyes of a young Parsi girl growing up in Bombay.

“As I spent more time in the U.S., my longing for Bombay ironically became more intense,” she said. “In my book, I say that all my daydreams then were of America; now all my dreams are about Bombay. I felt like something precious was slipping through my fingers—Bombay’s pre-globalized decades—and I wanted to capture it and preserve it.”

Pavri’s book also reflects on the life of Bombay’s Parsis, a community which made its mark on Bombay, but is now in demographic decline.



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