It was our First day at fieldwork in Dhinkli, we went to the government school situated near the Charbhuj Temple at the centre of the village to collect physical data of the children. As soon as we received the permission we moved to the library where we started collecting data, we were having all doubts […]Read More FIRST LIGHT
“Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.” – Simone de Beauvoir Interplay of the role of power and sex is one of the key feature of patriarchy, wherein the dominance of men is established […]Read More DESIRES OF THE SECOND SEX
Have your feelings about menstruation been negated?Has your curiosity to know about it been killed?Has the pain you handle been neglected?Has your strength gone unacknowledged? Did you in the end also fail to respect your own menstruation? My field visits to the land of Dhinkli were a bundle of emotions. The purpose was to focus on […]Read More LAL KAPDA
The word ‘Religion’ as a concept in itself holds a great significance. It is very astonishing how it binds people in a very unique way like its origin Latin word “Religare” which means the same. Its presence is undeniable in any society which may not be discrete but it is there. The world is filled […]Read More RELIGION : THE CITADEL OF A CULTURE
Spirituality comes from within an individual and it exists at different level, for different people under different circumstances. Variation of this sort in time and space leads the field of Anthropology to study it.In every culture, there are values and beliefs which people follow. That’s how it became culture in the first place.These values and […]Read More SPIRITUALITY OF BHILS.
Festivals captivates everyone and forms an indispensable part of people’s culture. It is something that has been maintained and observed since eons in every human culture. Definition of culture varies from people to people and one such definition may include “the meaning of festival in the social sciences is simply taken from common language, where […]Read More ANNUAL FESTIVITIES.
Sad to witness the falling norms. Democracy relies on informed debate, if we act now it won’t be too late. For uplifting the people of Dhinkli, a village of Udaipur government at each level is trying not so their best as there is huge mismatch in policies running incentre and state and their implementation. These […]Read More HISTORY AND HOPE
The story of transforming livelihoods within the Bhil community To attempt to elucidate the diversity India carries within it, whether linguistic, anthropological or geographical, would be a task many have tried, and many have failed to truly capture the magnanimity of its diversity. While I neither carry the poetic panache or the academic articulation required […]Read More BOWS, HOES AND SPADES
“Food is packed with meaning, as well as vitamins, carbohydrates, and proteins. It satisfies needs beyond those of the body and the pocketbook. Food is the medium to build families, religious communities, ethnic boundaries and a consciousness of history.” Richard R. Wilk It is a simple truth that food is more than a food. […]Read More THE FOOD CULTURE
“When a person is born we rejoice, and when they’re married we jubilate, but when they die we try to pretend nothing has happened” -Margaret Mead. In words of Mead, hence pretending nothing to has have happened is the only psychotic defence, these widows are left with in the face of the approbated agony, […]Read More HER STORY