Reluctant Researcher — Preface
The following series of blog posts, all starting with the title ‘Reluctant Researcher’. The primary purpose of the posts is to embrace my shortcomings and to some extent my strengths and say it out loud. Our sub-continental culture forces us to not embrace our shortcomings and hide it somewhere which leads us to blame others for our failures.
I also wanted to document my journey from being a reluctant researcher to finally trying to become a determined and eager one and hence the tagline. The posts also highlight the different obstacles and problems I have faced, things that I have enjoyed and things I have not.
Another purpose is that may be somewhere out there there might be another person who is going through or has went through the same feelings, emotions and circumstances as I have and this series might help him in dealing with reality.
The journey is documented in the following series of blogs. I keep on updating the series with new articles as my journey evolves:
The Reluctant Researcher (Part I) — As a PhD Student
I started of doing PhD in March 2010 but the quest to do PhD started a few months earlier when I applied for a PhD…
The Reluctant Researcher (Part II) — Searching for a Dream Living
Doing PhD to live a beautiful dream that turned, well not quite a dream
The Reluctant Researcher (Part III) — Thoughts on Working for a Rural Institute
Experiences of working in a rural institute in Pakistan focused on undergraduate education in electrical engineering…
The Reluctant Researcher (Part IV) — A Passionate but Disgruntled Teacher
Requirements of an up and coming professional educational institute. Is their a turf war between reseearch and…
The Reluctant Researcher (Part V) — The Quest to Diversify
The quest to diversify my expertise and the desire to leave Namal led me to a great opportunity.
The Reluctant Researcher (Part VI) — Becoming a Determined Researcher
Learning the art of enjoying research
My reluctance also includes a shyness to travel although I do find putting myself in situations where travelling becomes a part of life. This is documented in the following article:
The Reluctant Traveler — Journey to Sweden
Details about my sojourn to Sweden and the early struggles
Disclaimer: This term, ‘Reluctant Researcher’, though used in the literature before, was something I came up on my own before I realized that it has been used earlier. However, even after trying out some other titles, I strongly felt that it is the right title to depict my journey.