Friday, October 11, 2013

Pune Morning day 5

I'm the fat one in the middle.

I must admit to being a little anxious this morning when the students were followed into class by 4 or 5 lecturers and heads of department curious to see the results of the ethnography masterclass.

But I needn't have worried. The students were a triumph. Considering it was their first time in the hands of an ethno-bore like me, they triumphed. They triumphed with their thinking, with their seeing and their ability to translate observations into insights and concepts.

There were, of course, huge learning curves, many corrections and numerous barks up wrong trees. But I think they all 'got it' in the end. And you could see it in their faces.

In the course of the next week, I will be posting the final outputs including the films which were made including hospitals, railways stations, a cobbler at work and even a toll booth. I feel blessed and proud and slightly cheeky since I always learn so much more from my students they do from me.

Here's wishing each and every one of them a successful and insightful future.


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