Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022-23: Economist’s Delight

Art is not exactly my forte, but we enjoyed the Kochi Muziris Biennale of 2014-15 and 2016-17. We missed the 4th edition held in 2018. Then the pandemic hit and the Biennale was not held for a few years. So when we found that the 5th edition of Biennale 2022-23 was coinciding with our visit … Continue reading Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022-23: Economist’s Delight

Women Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Rural and Small Town India

The Friends of Women World Banking, Ahmedabad provides micro-finance to organisations and women entrepreneurs and is engaged in capacity building of these women. As part of FWWB team we went on a field trip to Viramgam, Ahmedabad District and Kadi, Mehsana District of Gujarat to witness and discuss the activities of the organisations funded by this micro finance group. We met women farmers and women entrepreneurs in the growing beauty industry.

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The Friends of Women World Banking, Ahmedabad provides micro-finance to organisations and women entrepreneurs and is engaged in capacity building of these women. As part of FWWB team we went on a field trip to Viramgam, Ahmedabad District and Kadi, Mehsana District of Gujarat to witness and discuss the activities of the organisations funded by this micro finance group.

We visited the Saath Mahila Cooperative Credit Society at Viramgam and met the field officers and staff of the society. The micro finance society FWWB is mainly lending for agricultural activities and hence we learnt about agriculture and impact of climate change on it. The field officers were all women and they told us about the nature of agriculture, the loans given and repayment.

How to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers to have ecofriendly agriculture? We asked the field officer if they saw the impact of climate change on…

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On the road, Part 3: Dwarka and Bhet Dwarka

We started early for Bhet Dwarka, a little island where Lord Krishna was said to welcome Sudama, a poor man, who came carrying a little rice as a gift. Read part 1 of our journey so far here https://jeemolunni.com/2022/12/19/on-the-road-ahmedabad-to-somnath/ And part 2 here https://unnilogstravel.wordpress.com/2022/12/20/on-the-road-part-2-somnath-to-dwarka-via-porbandar/ The road from Dwarka to the ferry jetty was in poor … Continue reading On the road, Part 3: Dwarka and Bhet Dwarka

On the road, part 1: Ahmedabad to Somnath

After a long time, we went on a long drive through the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. I was upset that the driver missed the road to Rajkot which is Midway from Ahmedabad to Somnath . But it turned out to be an interesting road which took us through many villages and tiny towns of Gujarat, Here are a few snapshots of economic activities in the rural areas we traversed.

Nostalgia: Hometown I was born in

We were lucky to arrive in Kunnamkulam town when the church at the bottom of the hill of the street, Puthenpetta Angadi, was celebrating its church festival. Kunnamkulam town celebrates weddings, church festivals and all events with a procession of elephants and 'chenda' (traditional drums). And there were elephants galore around town that day and drums, not the traditional 'chenda' though.

Millennials at Work and at School

Millennials: If the schooling and university systems were able to provide the millennials with the confidence to take the step of re-negotiating the contract, we are in a safe place in the future of work. But, unfortunately this is not the story for the majority of the millennials. The harassed seventeen year old student might not make it to this envious position of ‘quiet quitting’.

Harry Potter and Rowling’s Amazing Futuristic Ideas

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is an amazing seven part fantasy fiction. It has not been classified as science-fiction as yet. In this post I highlight the many futuristic Sci-fi ideas embedded in the seven series novels. Please comment and let me know of more such ideas for the future that Rowling may have embedded in the novels and we may have missed.

Elippathayam: The urban rat-trap

Urban foxes: are they ‘fantastic’ or a growing menace?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/15/urban-foxes-are-they-fantastic-or-a-growing-menace
This article reminded me of my blogpost on animals and humans encroaching each others urban spaces. Amusing story on animals invading their natural habitat, the urban spaces.

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We were sleeping peacefully in our home in the prestigious IIT Delhi campus after an exhausting day of travel and partying! I woke up suddenly feeling that someone was lightly running over me! I sat up and felt around, but there was no one or anything! My partner slept peacefully! I fell asleep again and then it seemed like someone was running a hand over my hair! I sat up with a jerk and looked around again. No one and nothing to be seen. This time my sudden movement woke my partner! “What is it?” “Don’t know, may be a rat?” “Turn on the light lets see.” So on come the lights, obviously there is nothing. We look in all corners of the bed, lift the sheets, look around the room. Nothing to be seen. “Perhaps I was dreaming!” We turn off the lights and I start to think. Am…

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Insights on Women Entrepreneurs: A Conversation

I hope some of you have read the book, 'Women Entrepreneurship in the Indian Middle Class'! For those who may not have the patience to read, but willing to listen to insights from the book, here is a voice recording of a conversation with Samyuktha and Radhika from 'In the Field'. This was done as an initiative of LEAD of KREA University.