Wednesday, May 14, 2008

‘Moore Market’ for discarded ideas

“It has made me think of a number of ideas that I have shot down without trying,” wrote Ananya in reference to our web initiative - Giving It A Shot. Prof. Ananya Mukherjee Reed teaches political economy at York University, Toronto. Maybe Ananya could consider posting here her untried/discarded ideas. They might trigger fresh thoughts in someone else. And then there are aspects of an idea others pick up and adopt to fit in with their own innovative thoughts. In a sense, visiting our site is like browsing a used-books shop or at garage sales.

I don’t know if Ananya has been to Moore Market in Madras, before the city became Chennai. That was the place for people with flair for old books, gramophone records, old china, radio cabinet of WW-II vintage, and things. Most items discarded by others and found their way to Moore market found buyers who saw value in the discards.

We would like to think of this blog as the Moore Market for Ideas - unformed,untried and discarded. The ones Ananya shot down without even trying may interest some of our readers. Ananya Mukherjee Reed, with four others, runs an online panel that argues out happenings, issues and concerns Indian. She is 'passionate about arguing'. Amartya Sen’s The Argumentative Indian appears to have inspired this lot to set up their blog – Arguing India.

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