Back after a brief spell from the blogosphere.
I attend the Literature Festival in Jaipur from January 19 to 23. It was a wonderful event, at which I saw Stephen Fry and Atul Gawande speak, but it does get very crowded over the weekend, and unfortunately I was sick for about half of it. On Sunday, we went to the Amber Fort, a Rajput palace that dates back to the sixteenth century. The climb to the top is steep, but the breathtaking view is worth it. It was a short visit to Jaipur–I was hoping to see the Old City as well–but fortunately we will be returning at the end of the month for the Fulbright South Asia research conference.
On the research front, I have been conducting background research on the upcoming state legislative assembly elections to be held in April and May: Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal (Puducherry, a Union Territory, will also be holding elections). Nothing too much related to surveys, just the major political parties, politicians, and issues that will matter in these elections. More on these elections to follow in the coming months, since CSDS will be conducting pre-polls and post-polls for all four.
Also CSDS will be fielding a new national survey of India’s youth in March. I’ve had the opportunity to assist with questionnaire design for this project, which is a follow-up to a national youth survey conducted in 2007. I am hoping I will be able to observe fieldwork for this project.