Lockdown and Informal Workers: Video recording

Centre for Social Justice’s discusses the legal recourse and non-legal interventions undertaken to mitigate the plight of the informal workers and migrants during the lockdown in April-May 2020 and after in India.


Stuck in our 'living room' for an entire year since March 24, 2020 when India imposed its first lockdown. Morning after watching film Passengers, I took these random shots of our living room. It struck me that this was really my spaceship! Spaceship 502. Enclosed in this space I take classes, attend meetings and webinars, all in the virtual mode. Spaceship 502 is my home, office, entertainment center and all else for the entire year and through this journey. Fortunately I have a partner, a co-passenger, for company on this long journey.

Creativity in the Art of Sewing, Crafting and Recycling

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but creativity is what you do with passion!! So I discovered and enjoyed writing this post about the art of sewing and crafting through recycling old dress material. An art that I have enjoyed doing since ever so long ago. Contemporary Accessory: The Mask: We now live … Continue reading Creativity in the Art of Sewing, Crafting and Recycling

Celebrating Holi, Festival of Colours

We have not celebrated Holi in the traditional style with the burning of the holy bonfire, Holika Dahan, over the last few decades as we have not been able to visit our family home at Jaipur during the period of the Holi festival. By some stroke of luck this year we were at Jaipur and … Continue reading Celebrating Holi, Festival of Colours

Pandora Box or Pandora’s Jar? Women in Greek Myths- 1

Pandora's Box: Women in Greek Myths. Natalie Haynes chooses ten women in Greek myths whose stories have been told and retold, in paintings, jars, films, operas, musicals. She noticed that major women characters in the original versions became nonexistent or pale shadows of themselves as time passed and with each retelling. She retells the story of ten Greek mythical women, delves into ancient texts and foregrounds them.

To be or Not to be: Tenured!

An ever relevant source of tension for young academics: ‘To be’ or ‘not to be’ Tenured!


‘Ok, I admit it: Productivity is Overrated’. I read this article by Theresa MacPhail  this morning and tweeted: Sure? or Not Sure? Is this advice for the ‘to be tenured’ or already ‘tenured’ academic?



The article made an impression because I had just submitted the final manuscript to the publishers of my 7th book ‘Women Entrepreneurs in the Indian Middle Class’ with a set of three co-authors!! All my books, including edited volumes are a group effort, except the earliest two. This book was two years in the writing without counting the two years working on the project on which it was based. In the first two years…

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