Over the past nine years I have worked in the development sector (mainly on drinking water issues). Along with that have also been a part of startup for 9 years. Both these engagements were towards addressing those issues in environment, ecology and health sector that were apparent to a bunch of friends.

At the beginning we were naive to believe that the problems in the sector could be addressed with technological solution or a financial model. For example , we thought the lack of adequate educational aids and equipment like microscopes in schools and colleges can be met by producing the same at lower cost. Whereas the problem was not to do with cost but with the cartalization of this market. Another such instance was, we thought laborers working in cement factories or laying roads don’t use personal protection gears because the employers did not want to spend money on such safety precautions. Whereas the issue was not with the cost of protection gear or lack of employers’ concern, the reasons in this case was a complex mesh of reasons. Later as we spent more time in the sector and with people across the spectrum from grassroots to policy makers, the multi-dimentionality of problems seem to slowly emerge. And most importantly these problems are NOT independent of the individuals involved in it.

With time one thing has become clear, there are NO grand narratives for these issues. Or in other words we can not have one shot solution to address these issues.  There are many meta-narratives and stories that address these issues and problems in ways contextual to the communities from where these narratives emerge. This blog is an attempt to articulate those varied stories or narratives that make THE GRAND NARRATIVE or NOT.



  1. Abby Brown · February 18, 2013

    Just read through some of your blog posts for the first time today. It’s looking great so far, and your writing is inspiring me to read between-the-lines on complex water/sanitation/development issues that sometimes seem daunting. Thanks for sharing!

    • praveenasridhar · February 18, 2013

      Thanks Abby. This will be where I will write about my field experiences, development and environment reads as well.

  2. Michal Kawka · June 1, 2013

    Hello Praveena,

    I have been really enjoying your and the Contested Realities blogs. Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational work and reflections.

    • praveenasridhar · July 17, 2013

      Hi Michal, thanks for those encouragin words. 🙂

  3. SouthAsian · January 5, 2014

    Thanks for stopping by at The South Asian Idea. Will share our work on water and sanitation with you in a few days.

    • praveenasridhar · January 6, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by, look forward to your sharing.

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