The editors of n+1 magazine have gone whacking at the weeds that have grown in sociology as a discipline in their recent issue. Too Much Sociology discusses what is wrong with the nature of knowledge produced by sociology and the way it is used, appropriated or more often, tapped into, by arts, literature, politics and culture … Continue reading Sociology – Is it necessary to take sides?
Talking to some friends who work in NGOs I have noticed an increased pace of activity in NGOs running microfinance programs. And some programs around the other buzz word 'financial inclusion'. This made me think if microfinance really has the kind of emancipatory potential that many in the non-profit sector see. I dug up a … Continue reading Microfinance in India: A case of development’s bull run
My partner and I got talking about the next five years of our careers as well as the small consulting practice which has grown over the past 3-4 years, starting straight out of college with our first degrees. It is only later that we both went for higher degrees, standing on some hard work experience … Continue reading Consulting in Development Sector – Attempting a McKinsey?
In May, 2013 I spent a week traveling in Bhutan. My primary destination was the Taktsang Monastery outside Paro (posted here - Insights at the Edge), after which I spent some time in the capital Thimpu. This is a post on some general observations that I made while in Thimpu. The dense fog on the high … Continue reading Take a Ride and Be Happy – Experiencing Happiness in Bhutan
This is the summer of dreaming dangerously (yes, Zizek too is in the summer reading list). I have been trying to pack in three different projects in this summer plus a travel in the subcontinent. Here goes a brief on the first internship at the Bangalore Mediation Center in Bangalore on mediation as a method … Continue reading Alernative Dispute Resolution & Legal System Reform in India
A recent trip to Bhutan only affirms how amazingly insular one can be. A world of possibilities exist, unfold and play themselves across the world yet we seem to believe that the world order as we know it is the only one which works. This was the a strand of thought as I spent my … Continue reading Insights at the edge
A few months back, I was studying the Building and Other Construction Workers Act, 1996 which is the first formal and exclusive piece of legislation which provides for social welfare of the construction workers in India. Questions explored were - what explains such poor work, health and social conditions in which the construction workers live? … Continue reading Construction Workers and Amendments to BOCW Act