Contested Realities is about conflicting ideas and views in the real world – where ideas are seen differently, interpreted differently. It concerns such conflicts. It is about development and thoughts from the space. Much of the writings here concern themselves with conflicting world views, observations and thoughts around them. It began during M.A. program – stuff that I was learning then and my views as they shaped over time.
Teaching: I’ve joined an amazing bunch of committed educators and business leaders at Genwise, who are driving meaningful education and learning. Consulting: I work with FRANK Water Projects, UK in their India and Nepal projects. Research: I work at the Institute of Public Policy, as Research Associate in understanding work in the gig economy. Farming: I’ve bought a small farm in Wardha and we sowed our first crop of the Kharif season. With this begins an effort to understand marginal and subsistence farming situation in India. The farm is also a start in setting up a homestead.
I am a Teaching Assistant in Public Finance at at NLSIU, besides other things.
Update July 2017:
Teaching: I no longer teach at Poorna. Though I miss the school, increasing professional and personal ambitions have made it difficult to commit uninterrupted time (during an academic year) for teaching. Consulting: I work with FRANK Water Projects, UK in their India and Nepal projects. (That partly explains Nepal posts on the blog.). Around the year, my colleague and I tend to have a string of consulting assignments in data analysis and program evaluations. Business: My partners and I continue to develop scientific instruments and consulting business at Weaver Technologies LLP. Personal: Graduated with a Master of Public Policy degree from NLSIU in June, 2017. Got the opportunity to work on a personal project as a part of master’s dissertation – use of personal protective equipment among informal sector workers. In between the above, I nurse hopes of doing at least one 100 mile ultra run this year, work on a sub-3 hr marathon timing.
I am a partner in a data-analysis and contract research company for over seven years now. A significant part of business is in development sector consulting. I am also a high school teacher, where I teach sociology and economics to students of NIOS and IGCSE boards. And in 2015, I am a candidate in Master of Public Policy program.
I keep a log of reading, music and occasional sentences that float, on Everyday Shorts.