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@Copyright Archana Verma October, 2006

 

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Having travelled through and lived in various parts of India and abroad and studied different subjects at every level, I consider myself as a truly cosmopolitan person, who belongs everywhere and yet is rooted nowhere, who relates to all areas of study and yet is bound to none.

Traversing through Science subjects and Psychology Honours, I came into that discipline which encompasses all subjects i.e., History. Till then I had taken the activity of education very lightly, as without much hard work I could generally deliver in the examinations the kind of writings which my teachers liked very much and hence, I was rated as a ‘good’ student. However, it was only in the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where I discovered the pleasure of reading just for the sake of reading - and also the freedom to experiment and innovate. Thus completing a Masters in the Ancient Indian History, I diversified again to explore the vast area of Art History, taking up Buddhist Art first in my M. Phil. stage and then going on to the Hindu Art for my Ph. D. After completing the degree-bound education in 2003, I have been free since then again to explore the various shades of Cultural Studies, including Visual Culture and Cultural History.

During my teaching tenure as a Visiting Asstt Prof at the School of Arts and Aesthetics in 2004, I learnt that a teacher is as much a learner as the students, or perhaps more than them. During my Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 2005, I came across yet more shades of visions and modes of thinking of various international scholars, to which I hadn’t got exposed earlier. Currently, I am exploring yet further dimensions of humanity and academics as a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla  in India. It is a strange as well as an exciting experience to not only study the cultural heritage, and historical monuments, but also to virtually live in the past and in a heritage monument, since this Institute is housed in what was the residence of the Viceroy when Shimla used to be the summer capital of the British India - and they have attempted to cherish the heritage and the ambience of this place!    

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