The project of domestication While it would be unacceptable to the majority that all schools need to be closed, there was a time on this planet when there were no schools. Children were viewed as ‘wild’ and in need of domestication. Weren’t they beaten with the same cane used on the cattle? Now the cane…… Continue reading Dare we imagine?
(Since you asked! And since this is quite different from banana bread. Plus I am happy to have you all over or bring this for a feast if that eventuates.) Last night I cooked. It was a Tamil meal. And saw an opportunity to connect back with my roots. My Tamil Iyengar roots. And challenge…… Continue reading What did you cook?
This is a transcription of a talk. Oral text … 3 NOV 2020 So let’s start from the beginning. You are across two different domains; hypothetically you’re across art and you’re across design. Now art is in the process of making art and the people who make the art are artists. For example, if you…… Continue reading How Craft got Re-Conceived
(Image Source) Narrative Text for a project on Maternal Mortality – (Text from ARC Discovery Submission 2012) This project is based upon the proposition that current practice of service design fails when used to develop services for poor and marginalized communities. Service design is currently centered around urban and affluent contexts. I wish to expand the…… Continue reading Remote Rural Poor Women
It is a cold and rainy day – yay. The cats have been fed. Dinner is a short while away. Eggs apparently. I have settled down to read – essays in wordpress. Writers I follow – for I want to get going with my writing. As wordpress is a good place to procrastinate. You may…… Continue reading The Body That Ages – Unruly Bodies – Medium
(The text Describes the background to my thinking about the Project Nomadic Affordances) The affordance is the thing that’s makes something possible. So there exist a category of affordances that makes nomadicity possible. Flipped around the affordances that we design for “improving the quality of life” or “peoples experiences” are appropriated for nomadic purposes. If…… Continue reading The Illicit and the Ad Hoc
I am the seniormost, oldest, academic in my area. And I am teaching 1st year – this year and for the next 3 to 5 years. I may have become a bit too excited about this experience – its a place of incredible positive energy. The fact that we manage to suck the life out…… Continue reading It Matters a Lot Who Teaches Introductory Courses. Here’s Why. – The Chronicle of Higher Education
There were pastitsi’s in the over. It has been the required 10 minutes. The pastitsi’s are still wearing that white frozen pallor. I am waiting for them to get golden. Since everyone has gathered in the dining room. Hovering around the oven. I play ‘Radha’ to dispell the heaviness – and we dance. Which then…… Continue reading Inside the big fat Indian wedding: conservatism, competition and networks
I have been a lover of wordpresssince 2005. Thats 13 years now. I have recetlty been introduced to Divi – for wordpress. Its amazing. So now my site is on wordpress. Take a look: http://soumitri.com.au/ Plus (thanks to Sophie) – it has a favicon for when you add the site to your iPhone.
Soumitri Varadarajan, RMIT University, 2010 Abstract Maternal mortality is a significant health issue in India. Roughly 20 to 25% of Maternal Deaths on this planet occur in India. A major proportion of these deaths occur among the rural poor. To focus more sharply upon rural health indicators the Government of India has set up…… Continue reading Issues in Health Services Design focused upon Remote-Rural-Poor