Category Archives: Deeksha Sivakumar

Scholarship From The Road: Social Stuctures and Temple Ornaments

By Deeksha Sivakumar When we do ethnography on the road, we constantly encounter visual evidence that bears upon so much of the theoretical jargon we wrestle with in seminars, be it challenging or reinforcing. Take, for example, the iconic Tamil … Continue reading

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Scholarship From The Road: “Being Someone”

by Deeksha Sivakumar Who would have thought that one of the hardest questions I ask myself every morning during fieldwork is “what to wear?” In order to be remembered or valued in society we all lay somewhere on a spectrum … Continue reading

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Scholarship From The Road: Belief, Practice and the Story of Andal

By Deeksha Sivakumar “The women of Ayodhya run eagerly to see the procession to Sita’s house… their hair fell loose, open on all sides, their waist girdles come undone, they do not even stop to cover their breasts… as they … Continue reading

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Scholarship From The Road: Southern India

By Deeksha Sivakumar I am currently in South India, conducting pre-dissertation fieldwork on some of the dolls commonly used in Bommai Golu. Golu is a tiered arrangement of dolls used to commemorate the South Indian version of the an annual … Continue reading

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Of Stampedes and Economics

By Deeksha Sivakumar The Juggernaut makes an appearance again. The recent stampede during the Mrugasira Fish Therapy has melded several myths surrounding Hindu rituals. A ritual that arguably combines religion and science, Fish Therapy invites several thousands of devotees and … Continue reading

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What Ales the Hindu Community… Kali-Ma Beer?

By Deeksha Sivakumar As early as next week, Burnside Brewery in Portland Oregon planned to release a spiced wheat beer, “Kali-Ma”.  Needless to say, the ‘cultural theft’ of a popular demonic form of a Hindu goddess has rubbed a number … Continue reading

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Arranging Marriages in the Age of Online-Speed-Dating and Soul Mates

By Deeksha Sivakumar The idea of arranging marriages seems like an exotic thing even for modern Indians who see their relationship problems as very different from those of their parents’. India has changed considerably over the past few decades. Indian … Continue reading

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