Friday, 26 February 2016


If it was all about ability to replicate what someone has already done;
If was travelling the same road following the tracks someone laid;
Remember you are just a follower!
You may lead some day but not today!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Sharing What I know: Wording the View

Post with title 'Sharing what I know' are short compiled notes of interesting books, movies, concepts et al. Spreading my learning which is not mainstream (atleast that is what I think about my learning for now)

The Book: Wording the view :Veena Das and Scenes of Inheritance 

Editor: Ms. Roma Chatterji is a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

About the Book

The essays in this book explore the critical possibilities that have been opened by Veena Das’s work. Taking off from her writing on pain as a call for acknowledgment, several essays explore how social sciences render pain, suffering, and the claims of the other as part of an ethics of responsibility. They search for disciplinary resources to contest the implicit division between those whose pain receives attention and those whose pain is seen as out of sync with the times and hence written out of the historical record.
Another theme is the co-constitution of the event and the everyday, especially in the context of violence. Das’s groundbreaking formulation of the everyday provides a frame for understanding how both violence and healing might grow out of it. Drawing on notions of life and voice and the struggle to write one’s own narrative, the contributors provide rich ethnographies of what it is to inhabit a devastated world.
Ethics as a form of attentiveness to the other, especially in the context of poverty, deprivation, and the corrosion of everyday life, appears in several of the essays. They take up the classic themes of kinship and obligation but give them entirely new meaning.
Finally, anthropology’s affinities with the literary are reflected in a final set of essays that show how forms of knowing in art and in anthropology are related through work with painters, performance artists, and writers.
The book brings together case studies from different parts of the world, from Palestine, Lebanon, Chile, the US and India. It will be of interest not only to anthropologists and sociologists interested in comparative perspectives but also to artists, scholars in art, literary studies and philosophy.

Contents Of the Book I liked :
1. Conversations, Generations, Genres: Anthropological Knowing as a Form of Life - 
2.On Feelings and Finiteness in Everyday Life - Clara Han  
3. the Event of an Anthropological Thought - Anand Pandian   
4. The Mirror as Frame: Time and Narrative in the Folk Art of Bengal -Roma Chatterji      
5. Adjacent Thinking: A Postscript -Veena Das      
6. Between Words and Lives: A Thought of the Coming Together of Margins, Violence,
and Suffering - An Interview with Veena Das  

Do read the book and share your views.

Best, Aparna Bhumi

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Story In Shots - ESPERO? -Hope?

This 4 minute short film is speaking about our 'Climate Discourse'. It is a humorous, entertaining and also educational animated comedy which sarcastically shows how Gaia, our planet Earth, met humankind years and years ago, and all the problems which followed. A criticism of our modern society and of the way we've been "evolving" over the centuries. It ends with a hope and time can only test if that 'hope' can translate(not literally). 

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Story in Shots - The Forest - AF03

The Forest

12 year old Antonia enjoyed thinking about worlds, listening to whispers of wild and wisdom of chase. She felt alien to this mechanical world and dreams of a utopian state. World treated her the same as they show in movies about aliens. Young mind could only think of a radical solution!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Idea of Thinkers50

"No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."
John Keating
Dead Poets society

The concept of ideation, sharing, spreading, testing its acceptance and understanding the impact of stream of thoughts framed as ideas always amused me. Knowledge economy is the new trend where everyone is trying to build their empire of thoughts to impact people in the best possible way. I am not sure how this 'collective consciousness' of knowledge and growth is taking us. But I liked this concept 'Thinkers50', a ranking system in the realm of management. Initiated in 2011, it is a first-ever idea they say! 

I saw the transition of world around me, shift from aspiring engineers who wanted to build something and add value, to engineers who did management courses and learnt management to become employable. Students of science in pursuit of survival and identity, desire to compete forgot the means behind 'motive'. I saw how things changed from doing to managing. Whatever I see around is management, managing data, managing content, managing methods and methodologies and managing market and yes yes, managing labour such that they limit themselves to doing and not thinking. But what I critically see is that everyone is trying to manage everyone not accept the way they are. When it is work it is required as it is one of the ways to incline multiple-selves towards common goal or vision. But seriously, it is not ending there. 

Getting back to 'Thinkers50', it has broadened to include a range of activities that support its mission of identifying and sharing best management thinking in the world. With core beliefs that 
  • ideas have the power to change the world
  • management is essential to human affairs
  • new thinking can create better future
They are out with their 2015 Rankings and it includes following thinkers in the realm of management

Ranking Name
1Michael Porter (7)
2Clayton Christensen (1)
3W Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne (2)
4Don Tapscott (4)
5Marshall Goldsmith (10)
6Linda Hill (8)
7Roger L Martin (3)
8Herminia Ibarra (9)
9Rita G McGrath (6)
10Dan Pink (13)
11Richard A D’Aveni (17)
12Eric Ries (-)
13Vijay Govindarajan (5)
14Richard Florida (25)
15Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur (-)
16Amy C Edmondson (15)
17Jeffrey Pfeffer (24)
18Martin Lindstrom (-)
19Pankaj Ghemawat (11)
20Steve Blank (-)
21Teresa Amabile (22)
22Daniel Goleman (36)
23Seth Godin (-)
24Henry Chesbrough (37)
25Adam Grant (-)
26Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee (-)
27Dave Ulrich (30)
28Jim Collins (12)
29Stew Friedman (27)
30Gary Hamel (19)
31Lynda Gratton (14)
32Sylvia Ann Hewlett (16)
33Fons Trompenaars (41)
34Morten T Hansen (28)
35Tammy Erickson (29)
36Jennifer Aaker (-)
37John P Kotter (32)
38Zhang Ruimin (-)
39Subir Chowdhury (40)
40Nirmalya Kumar (20)
41Sydney Finkelstein (43)
42Julian Birkinshaw (39)
43Liz Wiseman (48)
44Doug Ready (49)
45Umair Haque (35)
46Hal Gregersen (-)
47Anil K Gupta (44)
48Nilofer Merchant (-)
49Whitney Johnson (-)
50Amy Cuddy (-)
Apart from the work they are credited to, they also share small articles on this website. It is an interesting read for me, and they adapted to the trend of apps built thinkers50 app. You receive lot of updates and refreshing reads. Redirecting you there, you need not accept or agree with what they say. But, Do ponder! You are as important as everyone else in this universe and your thinking matters!

To readmore and ponder more 

Soon to share reflections of these 50Thinkers; (Peace)


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Random Roj!

Rare encounters with similar souls,
desire to discover and explore.

Test similarity and track roots.
For we reacted the same,
perceive and conceive similar,
random as we don't appear.

But there's awkward silence,
and silence and silence.