Welcome to my musings!
Since you have asked (by reaching this page), let me tell you something about myself. I am an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. I am a development practitioner and have been working in the field for over 24 years. I have travelled and worked extensively across South Asia. I have had the opportunity of working for a short time in the South Caucuses region. I worked for 3 years (June 2010-2013) with Oxfam GB (www.oxfam.org.uk) in the Horn, East and Central Africa Regional Centre, based out of Nairobi. I am presently working with Oxfam International as the Program Quality Lead. I am based in India.
In my professional life I have worked with some brilliant and charismatic individuals. My interactions with development professionals, activists, government officers and most importantly rural communities and indigenous peoples has enriched and continue to enrich my life.
From time to time I tried to articulate the ‘impressions’ that I gather in my wanderings. Initially these notes were meant only for myself. Then I started sharing them with friends.. These notes were meant to
- be a catharsis – I needed an outlet to unburden especially after witnessing abject poverty / injustice / haplessness.
- make my friends who were not from the development sector aware of issues of the poor…
- trigger a debate in the development community by challenging old ideas or floating new ones.
- capture happy memories of some outstanding experiences. I wanted to smile as I re-lived those fond memories.
The ‘circulation list’ grew over a period of time as did calls for putting it all in one place. Friends have posted some of what I have written on their blogs. Finally, I have succumbed to the pressure (with great delight) and am putting most of my posts on my own blog. Hope you do like what you see…
The views expressed in this blog are mine and in personal capacity and do not reflect the views of Oxfam International.