I’m Meera Kumar. Twenty-two years old and freshly graduated from Washington and Lee University, I’m living in India for the next year as a Fulbright Scholar. My time will be split between Kolkata and Santiniketan, where I will be researching the depiction of village women in modern art over the past century.

I have extensively travelled before, with some of my journeys chronicled here. However, this will be my first extended stay in South Asia, a region that is important to me both personally and professionally.

My blog is named Meerísima because in Spanish, the ending -ísima/o indicates a superlative. My dear friend Nicole–who is blogging a year spent teaching English in Spain–suggested the name as this blog will be the “Meera-est,” indescribably Meera.[Meera is not an adjective, but I found the wordplay endearing] I will therefore be writing not only about my experience–but about other things that pique my interest too. Expect to find musings about gender equity, development theory and practice, and politics as well.

You can write to me at meera.kondapi.kumar@gmail.com with any inquiries.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in her private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of the Department of State, or any other entity of the U.S. Government.