‘Not simple a vision thing’
The act of developing a technology is as much work inside the laboratory as it is of engaging with the state and society on various concerns and questions
A very recent review of my debut novel – ‘The Last Wave‘
LOVE IN THE TIME OF DEVELOPMENT
6 May 2016
Pankaj Sekhsaria’s new novel about the Andaman islands turns real life into compelling prose:
“The Last Wave is a love story, or rather, two. One is a fairly conventional tale of growing attraction between a man and a woman, thrown together not only by circumstance – confined as they are on a dungi, a small boat, with their five-person team, exploring a pristine coastline – but also by their shared wonder and concern at all that they see and hear. The other is between a journalist and an archipelago. Pankaj Sekhsaria is in love with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and it shows – in the occasional but compelling lyricism of his writing, and in the reverence with which his characters circumnavigate the Jarawas’ territory, probing its mysteries without quite violating its boundaries: ….”
For the full review, click here
‘A flame in the forest’
In the Indian Express, Sunday, 27 March, 2016
It was a favourite of Rabindranath Tagore, finds extensive mention in Punjabi literature, is the state flower of Jharkhand and is compared by Jayadeva in his Gita Govindam to the red nails of Kamadeva with which he wounds the hearts of young lovers. It is an integral part of celebrating Basant Panchami in Bengal and Shivaratri in parts of peninsular India, and its names are as varied as the geographies and the languages of this land — Palash, Dhak and Tesu in Hindi, Palas in Marathi, Pangong in Manipuri, Kesudo and Khakda in Gujarati, Moduga in Telugu.
The flower is an integral part of celebrating Basant Panchami in Bengal and Shivaratri in parts of peninsular India. (Photo: Pankaj Sekhsaria)
With petals the shape of a parrot’s beak and colour the vermilion of a forest fire, if there is one flower that epitomises the spirit of spring in South and Southeast Asia, it is Butea monosperma, known in English as the ‘Flame of the Forest’. Spread across the rural and forested (and often urban landscapes too), the nondescript tree that some even refer to as ugly in its non-flowering stage, comes alive with life and colour in spring.
A squirrel makes it way to the Flame of the Forest. (Photo: Pankaj Sekhsaria)
No one — be it man or woman, the purple sunbird or the little squirrel — can escape the lure of this flower that has, at this very moment, set the landscape ablaze with its fiery colours and striking beauty.
Pankaj Sekhsaria is the author of The Last Wave — An Island Novel.
And here is a report on my thesis and of the other two that were part of the project on the website of the Maastricht University….
The promise of nanotechnology
by Jolien Linssen
Emerging technologies are often held up as miracle interventions: by bridging the divide between the Global North and South, they could change the world for the better. Yet in the past, nuclear power, biotechnology and ICT all failed to live up to their promise. Could nanotechnology, the next big thing, make the difference? For PhD candidates Pankaj Sekhsaria, Trust Saidi and Koen Beumer, this question formed the starting point of their research….
For the article click here
So there are three PhDs as part of the project
Very happy to announce that I successfully defended my PhD thesis last week (10 March 2016) and have now been awarded a doctorate.
The thesis is titled ‘Enculturing Innovation – Indian engagements with nanotechnology’ and is in the field of Science and Technology Studies. The research was conducted as part of a project at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University under the supervision of Prof Wiebe Bijker, Dr Aalok Khandekar and Dr Ragna Zeiss
Please msg me or send me an email at email@example.com if you would like to read the thesis and I will be happy to send you the pdf. A short (3 page) summary of the thesis is also available….
The thesis can be accessed online from the Maastricht University library website at the following link: http://pub.maastrichtuniversity.nl/00b75ea0-379b-4a9d-8689-e92a3b878a9b
You can also write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to email the pdf across to you!
And here’s a review of Island Worlds, my photographic exhibition that was held in Pune, India between Feb 13 and 20:
Photographs from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands printed on raw silk glimmer with beauty, but also with compassion…
Peeping through the forest canopy, Rutland Island, 2006
Reflections of a rice field, 2005
In the timber yard in Hut Bay, Little Andaman Island, 1998
Papilionanthe teres, Port Blair, 1998
To read the full review click here
Pune Mirror | Feb 12, 2016, 02.30 AM IST
By: Kunal Ray
Author and photographer Pankaj Sekhsaria’s photography exhibition offers a multi-dimensional view of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Pankaj Sekhsaria grew up in Pune and has been working and researching in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the last two decades. He is a freelance journalist, academic and author of The Last Wave — An Island Novel, a story based in the Andaman Islands. He has authored-edited three other, non-fiction books, two of which are based in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Of Land and Sea & Island Worlds, scheduled to be held from February 13-20, is his second photography exhibition. Excerpts from an interview:
Coming up in less than a week, in Pune, India – ‘Island Worlds’ my new photo exhibition on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Breathing roots of a mangrove forest and a fiddler crab, Mayabundar, Middle Andaman
Jellyfish, Ross Island
Sunrise, Ross Island
The photographs have all been specially reproduced on silk fabric to offer a new visual and aesthetic experience even as they explore the many moods and dimensions of the islands that I have myself seen and experienced over the last two decades.
At the inauguration on February 13, the poetry-music band, Mystic, will present a new concert ‘Singing the sea’ that will evoke the spirit of our world of water.
A river’s journey
“Rising along the eastern slopes of the Agasthyamalai range of the Western Ghats, the Tamirabarani river travels a short 125 kilometres before reaching the Gulf of Mannar near Punnaikayal. Passing through Tirunelveli and Thoothukkudi districts in Tamil Nadu, it spells life for those in the dry and arid plains along this part of the south-eastern coast of India. …”
The Karayar river, an important tributary of the Tamarabarani…On the banks is an important and popular temple here
Pilgrims drying their clothes by the temple on the banks of the river
The tadpole of this frog species grows entirely on the mossy wet slopes of the mountains here. The tail falls off and the tiny frogs fall to the ground to continue life
A heronary of wild birds in a temple complex by the river in the plains
Pilgrims cross the river in the plains, far from the forests and the mountains. Here in the plains the river is a crucial part of life and culture
The famous mats of Pattimadai are made from a special species of grass that grows in the river bed in the plains
Continuing from my last post on the forests of KMTR, in India’s southern western ghats, here is a feature on the River Tamabarani that originates in these mountains – the journey of a river from source to the sea, from the canopy to the coast and the many things that happen along the way…This feature appeared in The Hindu Sunday Magazine on October 18, 2015, and really really underlines the nature’s infrastructure theme for me in more ways than one. For the full text and more pics click here
KMTR’s one-mile corridor
The story of how a small patch of forest in India’s southern-western ghats (a global biodiversity hotspot) was saved in the 1970s…at it’s heart is the work in the decade of the 70s of two American primatologists, who were studying the rare and endemic Lion-tailed macaque, the enimatic, canopy dwelling primate of these forests…These forests are also the source of much of the water security of the region (a key point in the natural infrastructure’s that I’ve been discussing a bit on this blog!!)
The full moon rises from behind the canopy forests of the KMTR (Pic: Pankaj Sekhsaria)
A stream gurgles through the one-mile corridor of the KMTR – the forests are crucial to the water security of the region, particularly the arid plains that lie east of the mountains (Pic: Pankaj Sekhsaria)
On the forest floor (Pic: Pankaj Sekhsaria)
A forest floor dwelling spider in the one-mile corridor (Pic: Pankaj Sekhsaria)
For the full story including some incredible 1970s pics of the region by the primatologists see http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/conservation/field-reports/10169-kmtrs-one-mile-corridor
Threads of tenacity
Continuing here from my last post – on the magic of indigo and the master Yellappa – here is another older story of another such tradition and master-craftsman from the same part of the country…This is a feature on the technique of ikkat (tie-and-dye) weaving in the southern Indian state of Telangana; the story of K Narasimha…
Last of the Blues
Remembering the exceptional Yellappa, a man who carried the knowledge, skill and practice of colouring cotton yarn with natural indigo as part of a rich tradition in the Indian sub-continent.
In The Hindu Sunday Magazine, December 13, 2015
Cotton yarn in the many shades of Indigo (Pic by Pankaj Sekhsaria)
The indigo vat (Pic by Pankaj Sekhsaria)
The many shades of indigo (Pic by Pankaj Sekhsaria)
Yellappa, at his home in Uravakonda in 2014 (Pic by Pankaj Sekhsaria)
The village of Uravakonda, a 2002 picture (Pic by Pankaj Sekhsaria)
promises to be very interesting…
What the Informal Waste Ecosystem in India Could Mean for the Circular Economy
@ Disruptive Innovation Festival 2-20 November 2015
*Frugal and Reverse Innovations – Quo Vadis?*
by Henri Simula, Mokter Hossain and Minna Halme
*Current Science*, 10 November 2015, 109(9), 1567-1572.
*Abstract*: The concepts of frugal and reverse innovations are recent
entrants to the innovation literature. Frugal innovation conveys the
important idea of innovating under circumstances of resource scarcity.
Reverse innovation refers to another significant turn in thinking and
practice – innovations from low-income contexts can enter wealthier markets,
a major shift from the previous innovation paradigm. There are some
hallmark examples of these types of innovations but the current academic
literature is still limited. The purpose of this article is to study these
concepts and present a conceptual framework that combines underlying
drivers. We also present ideas for future research avenues.
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Promises to be very interesting….
Patterns of COMMONING
What accounts for the persistence and spread of “commoning,” the irrepressible desire of people to collaborate and share to meet everyday needs? How are the more successful projects governed? And why are so many people embracing the commons as a powerful strategy for building a fair, humane and Earth-respecting social order? Continue reading →
Since it was jugaad that got Nicholas to get me to blog on Installing (Social) Order, here’s a ‘jugaad reading list’ that I’ve used in the writing of my doctoral dissertation. It’s reasonably comprehensive and is a combination of newspaper articles, Journal publications and also books. Some of these are accessible online and I do have pdfs of many of the journal publications – so if anyone is looking for the full text please email me at email@example.com
A Jugaad reading list
Birtchnell, T. (2011). Jugaad as systemic risk and disruptive innovation in India. Contemporary South Asia, 19(4), 357–372.
Bound, K., & Thornton, I. (2012). Our Frugal Future: Lessons from India’s Innovation System. London: Nesta.
Cappelli, P., Singh, H., Singh, J., & Useem, M. (2011). The India Way – How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management. Boston, Massachusets: Harvard Business Press.
Datta, P. (2010). A Case Study Special on Innovation – Making Aspirations Count (Editorial). In P. Datta (Ed.), (p. 4). New Delhi: BusinessWorld.
Continue reading →
SHOT ANNUAL MEETING 2016
Formed in 1958, SHOT is an interdisciplinary and international organization concerned not only with the history of technological devices and processes but also with technology in history, the development of technology, and its relations with society and culture –that is, the relationship of technology to politics, economics, science, the arts, and the organization of production, and with the role it plays in the differentiation of individuals in society.
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Continuing along the lines of my earlier post, Wildlife’s Infrastructure nightmare, here are links to two very recent news-reports on this wildlife-infrastructure link, if it can be called that…
a) Cutting a rail-link through a forests cuts off the corridor for primate movement and then we construct a bridge to bridge the earlier cut…The story of a rare primate in a small forest of the North-east Indian state of Assam
Bridge to connect gibbon families
b) And in the same region of the country, a wild Asian elephant dies, when human negligence results in the electrocution of the pachyderm when he comes in contact with a live high-tension electric cable: The death of an elephant
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