It is not his job! On politicians, development and development agencies

From a recent report that we prepared for an NGO, a reader asked "What is that MLA's incentive to push for proper/improved drinking water system" referring to a small case study on a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) in a constituency who was trying to help the drinking water crisis in his town. So here … Continue reading It is not his job! On politicians, development and development agencies

Absurdity of fasting as activism (or fancier still – social intervention)

Here is a crude joke which sums up whats happening at this place I attend. An ageing philanthropist, a promising young mountaineer and an activist are flying in a small plane. Half way in their journey the plane develops a snag. The pilot declares that the plane will crash soon, grabs a parachute and jumps … Continue reading Absurdity of fasting as activism (or fancier still – social intervention)

Categories of Art (1) – Primitive, Classical, Vernacular, Modern, Contemporary and More

Categories of Art is a 6 months course in arts that I begin this month. My earlier training is in biotechnology and that has always left me feeling a bit deficient in my understanding of arts. This course as I see it might help me in identifying and articulating my perception and experience of art … Continue reading Categories of Art (1) – Primitive, Classical, Vernacular, Modern, Contemporary and More

Railfanning – A traveler’s gaze on railways & rail travel

Between 2010-2012, I was a frequent traveler on Chennai-Bangalore rail route. Quite often I traveled on an unreserved ticket and invariably standing by the door of the coach. The door side of an Indian railway coach (for those who aren't familiar) is quite a vantage point for the tribes of sociologists, anthropologists, aimless wanderers, intrepid travelers, mendicants and … Continue reading Railfanning – A traveler’s gaze on railways & rail travel