Lantern & the sea: a dream to make dissertation writing fun


This is the fourth post I am writing today when I should be writing my paper. The term is about to end and I just don’t feel like reading or writing (don’t ask me what enables me to write all these posts, that’s the irony about me). I have been working on my topic for an year now, and am yet to defend my proposal. If I am topic fatigued now, what will become of me when I get to the writing stage?

I know that I have to make writing fun – and it has often been the case. So, I have decided to do most of my writing by a beach with a lantern by my side. My home town is by the coast and there are many nice beaches in the city. I am dreaming of going to it each week to bask in the moon and to jot my notes (Madras is too warm to bask in the sun). What fun it would be! Well, writing the dissertation is surely not the best thing to do at a beach – but the beach sounds like the best place to write a dissertation! This may work out because, I like having some undirected noise when I think and write. The beach should have its attractions to take my mind off…the waves, birds and vendors of peanuts as well.

So, watch this space in the months to come. If all goes well, I should be able to finish my writing in the next two years…and perhaps I will dedicate my dissertation to the sea!


About Vivek Srinivasan

I work with the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University. Before this, I worked with the Right to Food Campaign and other rights based campaigns in India. To learn more, click here.

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