Book I have finally got around to reading Pranay Lal’s impressive book Indica: A deep natural history of the Indian subcontinent. Just halfway through the book but it is already something I wished I had to read in school – would\’ve made my geology, geography, biology classes so much more interesting. In case you aren’tContinue reading “Link Pack #10: A desi dinosaur and a paper on development pedagogy”
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Book Review | The Adivasi Will Not Dance
Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar\’s \”The Adivasi Will Not Dance\” does not have the most poetic prose but it is raw and honest. This short story collection brings to readers stories from India\’s fecund yet ravaged lands — the resource-rich Adivasi-inhabited Jharkhand. Ten stories, refreshingly focussed on women protagonists (though that may not have been deliberate), portrayContinue reading “Book Review | The Adivasi Will Not Dance”
My Contentions with Gandhi\’s "Village Swaraj"
I have taken my time exploring Gandhi. My first encounter with his words were in the form of \’Gandhi\’s Talisman\’ that graced the inner cover of every book I had throughout school. It said, when it doubt, asked yourself whether your actions will, in any way, help the poorest person you know to live aContinue reading “My Contentions with Gandhi\’s "Village Swaraj"”
Book Review | Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World
I just finished reading Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World by Helena Norberg-Hodge. It is strange that it is only now that I finally read this masterpiece; six years since I first went to Ladakh and began my journey of academic inquiry and personal growth. Ladakh was the place I discovered my love for ethnographic studyContinue reading “Book Review | Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World”
Book Review: Water Resource Management in a Vulnerable World
Access to water is poised to be the issue future wars will be fought over, especially in the context of global climate change and its current and projected impacts. In Water Resource Management in a Vulnerable World: the hydro-hazardscapes of climate change, Daanish Mustafa, a Reader in Human Geography at King’s College, London, argues that the mostContinue reading “Book Review: Water Resource Management in a Vulnerable World”
Book Review: Reclaiming Development by Ha-Joon Chang and Ilene Grabel
Reclaiming Development was not an easy book for me to read. It made me uncomfortable in a way only a book aiming to question the status quo can. From the beginning, it grasped my attention in a bold, \’here is our argument and this is why it is important enough for you to listen toContinue reading “Book Review: Reclaiming Development by Ha-Joon Chang and Ilene Grabel”
Book Review: Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability edited by CB Barrett
Global food price spikes in 2008 and again in 2011 coincided with a surge of political unrest in low- and middle-income countries. In some places, food riots turned violent, pressuring governments and in a few cases contributed to their overthrow. Foreign investors sparked a new global land rush, adding a different set of pressures, andContinue reading “Book Review: Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability edited by CB Barrett”
Book Review: Research for Development, A Practical Guide
Research for Development is a comprehensive guide to commissioning, managing and undertaking research in development work. It is useful for students of development research and teachers looking for a robust and engaging teaching tool. Read my review here. Sage Publications, 440 pp.
Book Review | Boundaries Undermined (The Ruins of Progress on the Bangladesh-India Border)
What do Bangladesh-India geopolitics, an 8 feet tall fence, cross-border coal mining, eunuchs, and neoliberalism have in common? To find the answer to that, read my review at the LSE Review of Books of Delwar Hussain\’s thought-provoking and brilliantly researched book Boundaries Undermined, The Ruins of Progress on the Bangladesh-India Border. Hurst Publishers, 256 pp.