Age: 23
Home Town: Bangalore, India
Education: Master of Science, Social Anthropology, University of Oxford
Specific Field Interests: Rural development, migration, livelihoods, policy and ethnography
Placement: Gene Campaign - Nainital, Uttarakhand
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Highlights: Lakshmee is excited to explore different dimensions of India that she still has not experienced. Through this fellowship, Lakshmee wants to observe and participate in development practice while overcoming geographical challenges and cultural differences. She is interested in approaching development with a qualitative anthropological orientation. She wants to be part of a change that exceeds her expectations and that of the fellowship. Prior to AIF, she did her Masters in Social Anthropology and worked with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

Waters of March

I’ve tried to reflect on what I value the most from this fellowship experience. There have been moments of elation, and there have been deep lows. However, all these vignettes

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A Route of One’s Own

“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
During late February this year, I was

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Of Boars and Babies (Part 2)

The Midpoint conference was quite eventful, if you couldn’t tell already. Midpoint was followed by the thematic conferences where the fellows were divided into three groups of ten and flew

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Of Boars and Babies (Part 1)

The 30 fellows scattered around the subcontinent met for the first time in three months this January. The location, astutely chosen, was amidst the Bandipur forests – away from the

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For She Who Tills

January began with a particularly strong wave of writer’s block. I found myself procrastinate a fair amount and as any dawdler will understand, one can spend hours berating oneself for

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Race, Caste, and What We Consume

I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Triple Major) in Psychology, Sociology, and Literatures in 2014. No, that’s not a typo; I meant to say “Literatures“. One of the first things

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Mountain Grain Madness

 
The first thing you notice about Mukteshwar is the sky. It is clear blue during the day and inky black in the nights, mottled by stars that seem to

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