Secret Santa

img_0289Secret Santa! Yes, you read it right! Yes, the same famous game everyone plays at this time of the year!

Today, we played Secret Santa at IIHS. What a lovely day it was! The game was internally played and engaged almost everyone! They say, its one of the events at IIHS where there were so many emotions on display at the same time.

There was a lovely book tree on the terrace garden area with gifts hidden all over the garden and it was so much fun to run around and find yours 🙂 Few were surprised, few were touched, few were trying to guess who their Santa was!

The game had an objective of bringing people from different departments together, where they get to know people differently and get thoughtful gifts for them. Though there was no compulsion regarding gifts, people thought and made efforts to get lovely gifts 🙂 Some of them really went out of their way and surprised their Santa child.

This festive mood was at its peak today when people were delighted to find their gifts. Amidst the chaos and cheerfulness, there were few things that floated in the air; love, care, affection, kindness, friendship and more. It brought everyone together and closer!
If you haven’t played it yet, what are you waiting for?

Text by – Simran Gupta

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Photo of the Day – II

Chandrashekhar B. Bhave

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Chandrashekhar B. Bhave is the Chairperson of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) – India’s first prospective National University for Research and Innovation to address challenges of urbanisation through an integrated programme of education, research, consulting and advisory services.

Chandrashekhar was the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), India’s capital markets regulator from 2008 to 2011. He was also the chairperson of the Asia-Pacific regional committee and a member of the Technical and the Executive Committees of the IOSCO, over this period.

Chandrashekhar started his career in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1975. He was the Collector in Nanded and worked in the Finance and Industries departments of the Government of Maharashtra and the Petroleum Ministry of the Government of India. He then worked in SEBI as a Senior Executive Director from 1992–1996, helping create the regulatory infrastructure for Indian capital markets.

Chandrashekhar then quit the IAS to set up the National Securities Depository (NSDL) in 1996 and was its Chairman and Managing Director from 1996 to 2008. NSDL was the first depository in India and became operational in 1996 – the settlements in Indian stock exchanges are in paperless form today. The NSDL was entrusted with setting up the Government of India’s Tax Information System and the Central Record Keeping System for the new Pension scheme.

Text source: http://iihs.co.in/about/board-founding-members/chandrasekhar-b-bhave/

Photo of the Day – I

Sonal Sharma

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Sonal is from in Delhi, and her higher education has been multidisciplinary in nature. During her Master’s in Development Studies, her internship and dissertation were based in Jharkhand, where she studied the mining induced displacement of adivasis. In addition to urban displacement and resettlement, she has also found herself intrigued by surrogacy from a feminist advocacy standpoint. She is fascinated by the sheer diversity that exists within cities.
Text source: http://urbanfellows.iihs.co.in/profile-fellows-2016-17/

Blank Page

Sandbox Collective organised Blank Page at IIHS.
Blank Page.
An interpretation of contemporary Indian Poetry through theatre, music and movement.
A Tamasha Theatre Production
Directed by: Sunil Shanbag

Cast: Divya Jagdale, Hridanath Jahdav, Maithily Bhupatkar, Natasha SIngh, Nikhil Murali, Nisha Dhar, Priyanka Setia, Sapan Saran, Sonal Khale, Sukant Goel, Sunil Shanbag, Trishla Patel, Umesh Jagtap, Priyanka Setia.

I made some pictures at the show.

One of the poems performed at the show
“Love in a Bathtub” by Sujata Bhatt
Years later we’ll remember the bathtub
the position of taps
the water, slippery
as if a bucketful of eels had joined us…
we’ll be old, our children grown up
but we’ll remember water sloshing
the useless soap,
the mountain of wet towels.
‘Remember the bathtub in Belfast?’
we’ll prod each other-

 

Uber ride to IIHS


After working with a Non profit organisation for a year in New Delhi, I then moved back to Punjab in May this year. I applied for the Urban fellowship and was not really sure if I’ll make through. And it happened. I got my confirmation email and I was all set for another year in Bangalore.

Here in Bangalore, I live with other 14 fellows, in Men’s PG in Sanjaynagar. However, the classes happen at IIHS, Bangalore city campus which is located in Sadashiv nagar. A distance of odd 5 kms, which I daily cover majorly using Uber, auto rickshaw at times and bicycle when fellows have brought cycles back in PG but are not ready to take them back to IIHS.

Usually when I’m travelling on Uber with fellows, we tend to take UberGo(a car that accomodates only 4 people). Sometimes there are 6 of us who have to travel together. And we book UberXL. I shot this video on one of those days, when we booked UberXL and I had to sit in the trunk of the car because of less space.

Travelling is one of those times in the day, when I’m just observing. Usually there is no lens through which I tend to see things around. Traffic of vehicles, people, buildings, birds & animals just passing by.

I’ve been listening to Tajdar Junaid alot these days as well. The background score is called Yaadon ki Pari. Do let me know how do you like this one.

Peace

Bangalore Heritage Walk I

IIHS organised a Heritage Walk for #IndiaUrbanFellows in collaboration with INTACH Bangalore Chapter.

Anushree, anchored the walk from IIHS. Meera and Pankaj took us along the Bangalore Fort and old city which has changed over the course of time.

1st Kannada Class by Vikrant

Every time I call my Uber/Ola driver I pray that they understand English or Hindi. And soon enough I realised the importance of local language. I was not alone, all of my fellows at UFP felt the same. And Vikrant came to our rescue.

Vikrant leads the Media and Design team and is responsible for design and development of the IIHS brand. The first class happened and we moved beyond, “Kannada Gotila” meaning – “I don’t know Kannada”. And now it is, “Kannada Kalita Ideeni” meaning – “I’m learning Kannada”.

Vikrant taught us some words of daily use and how to make sentences using those few words.
Kannada class is open to all departments in IIHS and it soon became the most famous class. We had some 9 classes so far, though I’ve been able to attend only 4 of them.

Sharing few photos from the first class.