Vineet is from Dhanbad, Jharkhand. Despite his family’s hostility to the social sciences and humanities, he went on to complete his BA from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Tuljapur. While studying at TISS he had the opportunity to engage with varied disciplines like economics, political science, and research methods, through which he developed a keen interest on urbanization. His research and internship experiences were crucial in shaping his understanding of subject areas. His dissertation on “Urbanization of Jharia” under the supervision of Prof. Abdul Shaban helped him to understand the relationship between urbanization and the presence of natural resources like coal. This research also gave him an understanding of how a parallel economy functions in a region, and how illegal activities fuel local employment, giving him the much-needed skill to connect theoretical ideas to practical, real-life issues.
With keen interest in a multidisciplinary discipline, Ana has led detailed research and field work across sectors that cover implementation status of various government initiatives on issues like the right to food, forest rights, policies for renewable energy and energy efficiency and intervention of information and communication technologies. As a practitioner with a personal interest of converting government initiatives for the benefit of the locals she has volunteered at her native level for bringing about an order for education for skill development and waste management. In her last project her focus was on the rights of street vendors as elucidated by an Act passed in parliament in 2014 and in assessing the interaction between inhabitants of different types of urban localities with their councilors thus the local political influences on urban planning, both in Delhi and Patna.
Text source: http://iihs.co.in/about/people/ana-abbas/
I made this picture during Urban Policy Dialogues 2016 during the morning tea, right after the first session. He looked at me when I had my camera pointed towards him, this picture was the outcome of how, he actually looked at me and the camera.
Swastik is a part of the design and implementation team for the IIHS Urban Practitioners’ Programme, the executive and continuing education function at IIHS. His main area of work is around housing for the urban poor, with a special focus on rental housing mechanisms. Besides these, he is also involved in capacity building programmes around heritage planning and management, data visualization and green building technologies and concepts. Swastik has earlier been involved in the planning, research and execution the development of various IIHS campuses, and has also assisted in the financial modelling for IIHS long term financial projections. He has also contributed significantly to the IT-based Pedagogic and Project Technology Systems.
In his 12 years of work experience, Swastik has founded a start-up architectural consultancy, worked as an independent architectural consultant and installation artist, and been faculty at many architectural design studios.
Besides his experience in his core areas of architecture and design as well as teaching and pedagogical design, Swastik has technical expertise in physical and virtual modelling (prototyping), and advanced proprietary and open source software.
Text source: http://iihs.co.in/about/people/swastik-harish/
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/
This is the first time when I’m writing a blog, without photos or videos. It’s not that I choose to write this. But I’ve been asked to write this post as a part of our assignment. Rekha Raghunathan who moderates a compulsory skill lab on “Writing in & for Urban” is making me and other 29 fellows write such blog posts.
I’m late by few hours already and I missed today’s class as well. We were suppose to submit this today before 11:59 am, technically. Rekha extended the timeline for people like me who don’t write much about anything. And I’m still struggling writing this blog post.
The original idea was to write about anything we have not written about. So happens to be, that I have not written about anything at all. My initial thoughts were that I will write about “Religion and Sexuality”. Then I thought, I’ll write about “Religion and Politics”. I see none of these happening here.
So I chose to write about this. This – the blog post without photos. I don’t realize when photos became an integral part of my life. People around me have accepted my camera as an extension of my body. They don’t bother if I click pictures in classroom during lecture or while eating food. Rather, I’ve been asked at times if everything is fine with me, on seeing me without camera.
I wonder, how is it affecting my identity as an individual. It’s difficult for me to recall those events which I haven’t photographed. I tend to forget people I’ve not photographed. Talking of my childhood, the only memories I have are those which I see in pictures, clicked by my father. He has documented my childhood extensively. So many memories yet so little that I remember.
I’m deprived of words, yet again. I really don’t know what else to write. Oh! I’m listening to Coke Studio, Season 9. Mohsin Abbas Haidar sang Uddi Ja in 4th episode which came out last week. In my opinion, this particular episode is one of the best produced episodes’ of Coke Studio 9 so far. All four songs are different from each other yet I feel connected to all of them while listening to them back to back. Somehow they compliment each other. I’ll write about it some other day, perhaps.
I kept looking at the word count while writing this post. Rekha has asked to write 400 words. I crossed 400 at the end of last sentence and I feel happy within that I’ve been able to write this much. I will probably take some time to edit it and then publish it.
You know it’s nice to write at times, I think. But I would love to have some photos as well.