Culture first

“One of the most prized and difficult things to smuggle past the security was that small container of curd…” my aunt said with a chuckle. Then she grew serious, “No, really, it was my only connection to Amma back then. The taste of that slightly sour, and runny curd was the sole reminder of home.Continue reading “Culture first”

Second Nature?

In her early years as a researcher, Ming Kuo came across a seemingly puzzling phenomena – The alarming rates of animal deaths in zoos. Researchers had found that most of the captured animals were unable to thrive despite being given basic food, safety and shelter. It turned out that these provisions did not matter significantlyContinue reading “Second Nature?”

What’s in a name?

I still remember the decisiveness with which I decided to give up biology in higher education after glancing at the books that seemed to be filled with taxonomic nightmares. “How does memorizing the name of plant count as education?” I remarked to a friend. The teachers made no efforts to make the subject remotely interesting,Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

Anatomy of a climb

I am a reluctant academic. The intellectual games of linguistic reasoning don’t excite me, even as I am forced to learn the rules of the game to critique it. So, it is hardly surprising that my interests gravitate towards theories of embodied cognition that have been arguing for the rightful place of the body as constitutive inContinue reading “Anatomy of a climb”