Mr Pavan Mano

Graduate Student tutor Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Pavan Mano is a PhD candidate at the Department of English, King’s College London and the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore and holds the King's-NUS Joint PhD Scholarship. He has an MA (Distinction) in Discourse Studies from Lancaster University (2018) as well as a BA (1st) with a double major in English Language and European Studies from the National University of Singapore (2017). He works in critical social theory and discourse studies; and his current research focuses on working out how the politics of kinship interact and intersect with contemporary notions of nationalism and national identity. His other research interests include processes of identity construction and commodification in popular culture and sports – particularly football; he is also a member of the Pratchett Project – a multidisciplinary network of writers and thinkers from a variety of domains who work with, alongside, and through Terry Pratchett's texts. He is a supporter of the once-great football team, Manchester United, and regularly tunes in to their matches for a weekly dose of disappointment.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.