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TUC ZINE 1/2020

BAKED INDIAN PUFF STORY IN 6 WORDS

WRITERS MEET TO DRAW UMBRELLAS MARX WEARS A HAT


IMPRESSUM

TUCzine Issue 1/2020 tuczine@tu-chemnitz.de www.tuc-zine.tumblr.com www.instagram.com/tuc.zine www.twitter.com/tuc_zine

EDITOR: Natalia Przybysz ntl.przybysz@gmail.com

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SPONSORS:

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Jutta Landig REALITY CHECKS: Verena Traubinger CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: Jutta Landig & Olha Dudechko VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOP: Annabel Fischer

A shoutout to the members of the Subdivision International Students of the StuRa for their help with the project. Printed in Chemnitz, Germany. This publication is available free of charge. It cannot be sold, duplicated, or published, electronically or otherwise, without the express written consent of the editor and/or the sponsors. 2


Dear reader, This zine comes out with an unexpected delay due to the epidemic, so I hope it finds you healthy and hopeful. TUCzine is a publication that gives voice to international students and German students with a migration background at TU Chemnitz, a distinct but largely unheard part of the student body. Allow us to introduce ourselves with photographs, artworks, stories, essays, national recipes and poems. We would like to take everyone who reaches for this publication on a journey where realities collide and blend. We are sure that on these pages, you will realise how familiar our voices are to you. Please, enjoy the ride. NATALIA PRZYBYSZ Editor

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Shubham Narkhede PHOTOGRAPH .................. p. 6 Yamini Gupta POEM ....................................... p. 7 Chelsea Burris – Taste of Home ESSAY ....... pp. 8-9 Kishan Suthar PHOTOGRAPHS ................ pp. 10-11 Olha Dudechko POEM ................................... p.12 Giriraj Pawar – Das Gedicht POEM ................. p. 13 Ranveersinh Jadav – Veg Indian Puff ESSAY AND RECIPE ......................................... pp. 14-17 Bassem Al Jogami – black beards trauma SHORT STORY ............................................ p. 18 Mahbub Rahman PHOTOGRAPH .................... p. 19

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Adriana Sofia Zubiate Pareja ARTWORK ............................................ pp. 20-21 Creative Writing Workshop REPORT ......... pp. 22-23 Chemnitz POEM .......................................... p. 24 Chemnitz POEM .......................................... p. 25

Tony – California Dreamin’ in Chemnitz SHORT STORY ............................................ p. 26 Natalia Przybysz – Chemnitz POEM................ p. 27 Diviyadeep Singh PHOTOGRAPH ................... p. 28 Farzaneh Sharifi PHOTOGRAPH .................... p. 29 Visual Arts Workshop REPORT ...................... p. 30 ARTWORK .................................................. p. 31 Vishnu Parappurath – Sunshine in Winter POEM ........................................................ p. 32 Natalia Przybysz PHOTOGRAPH ..................... p. 33 Ranveersinh Jadav – Christmas POEM .......... p. 34 Sanketh Personal PHOTOGRAPH ................... p. 35 Seema Hanumanthappa – The Last Drink SHORT STORY ...................................... pp. 36-37 If you want to see more... ..................... pp. 38-39 5


SHUBHAM NARKHEDE (India) Master's in Automotive Software Engineering 6


The air in Germany that we breathe, So clean and pure for all the breeds. I don't have to worry of being in crowd, Neither about people shouting out loud. So many types of bread and cheese, And giving out rooms on sublease. Making plans to roam around Europe, To know that the Views of Alps are so dope. Watching the essence of every season, Going into sunshine without any reason. Waiting for the snow to fall, And then wishing for the spring to call. Knocks on the desks after every lecture, Usage of health insurance for a fracture. Silence in the city 24 hours a day, People romancing on the street with their bae. Not to forget about sex toys and shops, And those bridges full of love locks. Watching at graffiti on every building, Reminds me of lack of creativity in our upbringing. Walking down the European streets is a feeling, So difficult to describe as an Asian being.

YAMINI GUPTA (India) MA Web Engineering Instagram: @an.unusual.canvas 7


The last time I was in

The American section at

Germany, I craved Nu-

the grocery store, how-

triGrain cereal bars for

ever, remains a strange,

two months solid. I hate

strange scene. The most

NutriGrain bars, but they

egregious offenders in-

somehow came to repre-

clude chili con carne piz-

sent everything I could-

za and popcorn flavored

n’t find here. When I fi-

yogurt.

nally

was

and yogurt are two of my

the most delicious thing

favorite foods, I did try

I’d ever eaten. I rationed

and enjoy the latter, but

them like it was life and

it has nothing to do with

death, despite the weird

what we eat in the Unit-

texture and flavor that

ed States. Contrary to

can best be described as

popular belief, we don’t

“cinnamon

drown

ate

one,

it

aroma”

“preservatives.” then,

everything

and Since has

Since

every

marshmallow pancake

popcorn

meal fluff

syrup.

in and

(That

changed. I can get prac-

honor is saved for peanut

tically everything I need

butter, which I do eat al-

to cook just the same as

most every day.)

I did at home in any Ger-

A lot of the other foods

man grocery store.

in the American section 8


are kid foods - the things

I miss food from home,

we crave when are sad

it’s the oven steak, beef

and

chalupas,

homesick,

not

and

chicken

the things we eat all the

enchiladas that I miss,

time

as

adults.

Gross

even after several years

mac

&

cheese

from

as a vegetarian. I want

a box, Pop Tarts, and

frozen

Doritos

kale to be easier to find;

are

delicious

corn

fresh

every once in a while.

I

But as an adult, I only

powder,

crave them when things

kling water, and vanilla

are going horribly and

extract. I’m doomed to

I

more

an unlucky year because

than to be a fourth grad-

I couldn’t find any black-

er again.

eyed peas to eat on New

My family, however, usu-

Year’s

want

nothing

ally cooked from scratch. We didn’t go to McDonald’s every night; eating in a restaurant happened about once a week and

was usually either pizza or Mexican food. When

miss

and

American LaCroix

Day,

chili spar-

which

is

a tradition in the American South. But overall, the food I find here isn’t that different. When I’m feeling sad, I can just make

myself

a

warm

bowl of chili. I close my eyes, and I’m home. ∎

CHELSEA BURRIS (United States) 9


KISHAN SUTHAR (India) Instagram: @kiishansuthar 10


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Staring into space

A crowd,

Of a tiny town

Strangers,

Could you be my base?

People,

For a little while.

Friends.

It’s not my fault,

Routines and duties,

I lived so near,

Duties and routines‌

I took a train, It brought me here.

Thesis defense. Ends.

Much space to breathe Slow trains, no stress

Staring into space

Straightforward streets

Of the big town

Have nothing to impress

That long, see you later,

And nothing to depress

Somehow.

OLHA DUDECHKO 12


GIRIRAJ PAWAR

Dedicated to Priyanka T., Yamini, Priyanka B. and Ester

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Ich würde gern… Ich würde gern… Ich würde gern…

Ich würde gern deine wangen küssen, wenn du gestresst bist.

Ich würde gern meine füße in sand mit dir einweichen.

Ich würde gern auf dich aufpassen, wenn du krank bist.

Ich würde gern dich in meine Arme nehmen, wenn du verängstigt bist.

Ich würde gern dich beruhigen, wenn du ärgerlich bist.

Ich würde gern für sie kochen, früher sie zur arbeit gehen.

Wann ich deinen augen sehen, ich würde gern in sie eintauchen.

Ich würde gern mit dir parken gehen.

D A S GEDICHT


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VEG INDIAN PUFF (PATTIES) Tasty and easy

An Indian puff or pastry is one of my favourite snacks,

easy to cook and easy to eat. It is also one of the famous snacks in India, where people like to eat it with tea. The good thing is ingredients are available in every store, so it is easy to make a puff at home. It is difficult to find it in a restaurant in Germany but a similar Indian snack, ‘Samosa’, is available in every Indian restaurant. My recipe is simple but not standard or ideal because everyone has their own recipe and everyone uses different ingredients as per choice and taste. From region to region, stuffing ingredients change, so there are a veg puff, egg puff, paneer puff, chicken puff etc. I am a foodie and I always try something new. I have tried to make this puff with different ingredients but I like the veg puff most because it has a good taste and aroma. I prefer to eat it with tea.

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INGREDIENTS: a potato peas puff pastry sheets some spices for extra taste optional: onion, chili, cheese or other vegetables

DIRECTIONS: 1.

Boil the potatoes and peas, then mash them well

with salt and lemon juice as per taste. Leave the mixture like this for a simple, mild taste or follow the next step for some extra spice.

2.

Heat the pan with little oil, add cumin seeds, on-

ions, some ginger-garlic paste and green chili. Saute till the onions turn brown. Add some spices for taste. Add the mashed potatoes and peas, mix everything well and saute for 1-2 minutes. It’s ready to use. 3.

Cut the puff pas-

try sheet into 4 pieces with a knife (shape as you like). 16


4.

Add 2-3 table-

spoons of the stuffing mixture to each piece. 5.

Fold the pastry and

seal the sides properly. 6.

Bake it in around

200*C for 15-20 minutes or till it puffs up and becomes golden-brown. 7.

Enjoy the puff with ketchup or chutney.

Note:

Puff pastry sheets (Frischer Blätterteig) are available in all German stores. They are used for sweet pastry mostly. ∎

RANVEERSINH JADAV (India) jadav@hrz.tu-chemnitz.de Instagram: @traveller_photobook

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black beards trauma At the airport in Dublin, all the

'blondies'

passed

smoothly through the security

check

point

and

I was the only suspect.

You know Who am I? I am the 'blacky' in a 'blonde' world. I am a natural born suspect. It is really nice to meet you. ∎ BASSEM AL JOGAMI

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MAHBUB RAHMAN

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Instagram: @adrianaszp

adrianazubiate@outlook.com

ADRIANA SOFIA ZUBIATE PAREJA (Peru)


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C R E AT I V E W R I T I N G W O R K S H O P “Draw an umbrella,” greeted us Olha. When the room froze in surprise, she repeated excitedly: “Just draw an umbrella.” And so a group of puzzled writers-to-be sat down to draw umbrellas. Every umbrella was different, as Olha pointed out. She explained how our point of view influences our creative work. “You might think it’s just an umbrella but look: This one is designed against rain, but that one would be better suited to protect us from the sun. A big umbrella, a tiny one.” She smiled, “And if I may say, we’ve all drawn open umbrellas.” On 12.02.2020, two published students of English and American Studies, Jutta Landig and Olha Dudechko, held a creative writing workshop. While participants munched on cookies in a room smelling of gummi bears, Jutta and Olha shared their secret tips of the trade.

They showed the participants how pictures or photographs can be used as a source of inspiration, and how loose associations with them can serve as a starting point for writing. “Start with the picture and then go beyond it,” advised Jutta. She made a connection in her poem between the rainy weather behind the window and her beliefs. Finally, they encouraged everyone to throw dice with odd pictures on them. It turned out that this game, too, can help with writing: The pictograms helped generate ideas for plot twists in a short story. At the end of the workshop, two short stories and six poems (two written as a group) were ready for people to see. Some of them are available in the zine. Hear the voices of our brave participants over the next four pages! ∎ 22


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C H E M

Hello beer, goodbye coffee. Hello Schnitzel, goodbye curry. Hello Karl Marx,

goodbye Christians. Guten Tag, wie geht’s? Goodbye, how are you?

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N I T Z

you are a multicultural city you love to be silent you want to be a centre of culture you play with the weather you see beautiful people everyday you are seen by us you are afraid of who you can be you are happy to educate you are nervous about meeting Sabine you are excited for your future you are imperfect but you deserve to be loved

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN ’ IN CHEMNITZ Some park, golden leaves tall, adieu TONY you4334141@gmail.com

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Chemnitz is

a multicultural chimney that many are angry about, a traffic of hard-working students in a coffee snow. It’s beer as the only food in the fridge and a blinding sunset visible from the dorm. Chemnitz is also on the forgotten side of the country,

an empty collage of people old and new. It’s a friendly Indian and an angry German auntie. Chemnitz is what I dare to call my home. NATALIA PRZYBYSZ (Poland)

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DIVIYADEEP SINGH MS Advanced Manufacturing 28


FARZANEH SHARIFI

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VISUAL ARTS

to them where she draws

WORKSHOP

she works as a freelancer,

her inspiration from, how and to create a group art-

“I’m clearly afraid of col- work that would capture ours,” I said, pointing to the spirit of the collaboratmy monochromatic draw- ing participants. ing. Annabel was trying to In the end, colours were in encourage us to use col- the focus of the results of ours, complementary col- our main exercise in the ours in particular. “I used workshop.

In

order

to

to be afraid of colours, draw Chemnitz as a multitoo,” she admitted. On

21.02.2020,

a

cultural city, we got the free- idea of taking one of its

lance artist, Annabel Fisch- most recognizable features er

(Instagram:

@kaffee- - the big chimney - as the

kolakunst), held the visual basis, and we decided to arts workshop, the second draw objects and concepts event organised for TUC- from different cultures that zine. Works in her recog- are associated with specifnizable style are often re- ic colours. Marx’s head sits quested by local zines

and

maga- on top of it all like a cherry

organizers

of on a cake. And he is wear-

events in Chemnitz. She ing a hat. Who would ever invited both experienced suspect him to and inexperienced enthusi- funky?

Only

be

this

artists,

asts of visual arts to reveal I suppose. ∎ 30


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SUNSHINE IN WINTER That day and many other days When I wake up early, lazy Seeing no sun, feeling chill that strange And the mind longs to sleep again

Through my window I see her Near the tree with leaves seems As if dissolved in misty morning She had silver hair and a cig in mouth She gazed into the distance with eyes wet Like the soil after the autumn rain Sometimes dried and sometimes misty The skin is wrinkled and loose but dressed gently She drew circles in the air with cigarette smoke Then woke up from the memory so long, She passed piercing the wind so strong Brave as if to face many other winters to come The endless loneliness in her misty blue pearls Gives me some sunshine to work In the terrain so puzzling And the weather that strange

VISHNU PARAPPURATH (India) 32


NATALIA PRZYBYSZ (Poland)

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CHRISTMAS Walk with Snowflakes. Glow of Lights. Crowd of People. Smell of Food. Flavor of Candy cane. Taste of Gluhwein. Waiting for Santa. Excitement for Gifts and Souds of ‘Merry Christmas’. These all make me beautiful. Yes, I am Christmas.

RANVEERSINH JADAV (India)

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SANKETH PERSONAL

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They all sat down for

spoke out loud about

one last drink. Every-

all the wonderful mo-

one in their most com-

ments that they were

fortable

cherishing

clothes,

be-

together

cause that was what it

amidst those four walls

was like to be together

– sudden meetups, un-

– warm, cozy and com-

planned parties, cele-

fortable.

brating

That

couch

little

things,

celebrated life, happi-

picking up weird dance

ness, and joy. Uncon-

moves, cooking weird

sciously,

couch

food, gossips, explor-

had become what that

ing each other’s ward-

orange couch had been

robe,

to Friends in Central

cocktails,

Perk. They all raised

sloshed, rolling joints,

their last toast togeth-

baking brownies, play-

er, looking into each

ing new games. Every

other’s

eyes.

Their

time they all sat on

bright

shiny

eyes

that couch, they left

that

making

new getting

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behind all worries of

changed

the real world and cre-

time,

ated their own surreal

grew stronger. They all

world of joy, fun, and

felt home, away from

happiness. That couch

home.

was bright and happy

the pinch of pain as

accommodating

smil-

the last sip rolled down

on

the tightened muscles

a gloomy dull winter

of their throat, strug-

day.

new

gling hard to keep all

was once tried in that

their emotions stuffed

room,

they

inside as they realized

had seen many people

change is inevitable. ∎

ing

faces

even

Everything together

slowly

but

the

They

all

over bond

felt

walk in and walk out,

but

one

mained Change!

thing constant

re–

Everything SEEMA HANUMANTHAPPA (India) www.tinylifebiguniverse.wordpress.com 37


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