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I have always wanted a reason to write a blog, I find the idea of synthesizing information in a tangible and creative way good from the get-go and a blog is oddly refreshing way to do it in my view.
So here is my second attempt at a blog. It is in part a requirement for a directed studies, in part a way for me to keep in touch with family and friends and in part a way for me to go through the motions of adaptive learning: not what I learn but why and how I learn what I learn.
I mean in the end, that is a lot of what blogging is about. Having read through a number of blogs to find inspiration it is obvious that this is the universal pattern,especially for personal blogs.
There is always an introduction to the setting, a description of the actions performed and a conclusion of what has been learned, felt, or realized in ones self. Kinda like a university essay. Actually, exactly like one. So there is an inherent logic to writing this way. Perhaps in the end this blog will turn out that way. Consider this the introduction to the introduction.
For all those who have stumbled unknowingly upon this blog or have failed to understand what it is I am doing, here is a summary.
For the final credits of my Bachelors I have decided to take the advice of my wonderful advisor and go abroad. Although technically my area of interest is Latin America I have found my way to India to the Center for Indian Knowledge systems in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Here I will be interning , living in a women’s hostel in a shared room that serves 3 basic meals a day with a 9.30pm curfew. I will be working partially in Chennai and partially in the field sites around Tamil Nadu, looking at rain fed agriculture, the different nutritional and therapeutic values of rice varieties, the validity of traditional agricultural knowledge in farming and much more to do with similar themes.
However, this blog will not be focused on those. Instead, this blog will focus on more personal themes: the cultural experience of living in India, farming and agriculture in Tamil Nadu, the paradox of sustainability in India and reflections in general on…well…everything really.
Stay tuned for more to come.