After graduating from Delhi University with an undergraduate degree in Sociology, I went on to pursue a post-graduate diploma in print journalism. After graduating with a diploma in print journalism I went on to work for a year in the media industry, the experience of which was highly unsatisfying as a working professional. This pushed me to consider studying further and enroll for a Masters in Sociology, which I did in 2014 at Ambedkar University Delhi.

While trying to keep myself afloat through the academic pressures of a post graduate degree, I made my acquaintance with the Center for Community Knowledge (CCK) while working on one of their neighbourhood museum project in Shadipur which had us digging deep into the local weekly market’s history and relationship with the neighbourhood and the city through oral narratives of the vendors and customers. CCK’s approach to telling stories of and about the city and it’s neighbourhood through orality was something that fascinated me and gave me the idea of studying and analyzing the experiences of my mother, sister and I for my M.A dissertation titled – ‘Economy of Taboos: Menstrual taboo, Labour and Market’.

Post my Masters I went on to work as researcher assistant, with Dr. Amanda Gilberson from the University of Melbourne, on ‘Youth Activism around Gender Issues in India’. I was simultaneously involved with the Gender and Sexuality Sensitisation Project, the ten winning entries in the International Diversity Contest organized jointly by United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the UNHATE foundation.

Currently employed as a research assistant for the Humanities Across Borders Project, I have previously worked on various Delhi based projects at the Centre such as The Dara Shukho Festival, Mehrauli Neighbourhood Museum and Revisiting Delhi Conference.

Mesha Murali

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