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    • GEOGRAPHY ... SOME DIRECTIONS Dr. Chandra Shekhar Balachandran F o u n d e r / D i r e c t o r The Indian Institute of Geographical Studies Bangalore
    • Salutations © TIIGS, 2013 -- 2 Even if it is a single syllable That a teacher imparts to the pupil There is no wealth in this world With which the pupil may repay that debt (Late) Sri B. Narasanna, MA, MEd. 1920 – 1987 Social Studies Teacher National High School Bangalore Dr. Surinder Mohan Bhardwaj, PhD Emeritus Professor of Geography Kent State University (USA)
    • What is geography? Standard textbook definition:  Geo = Earth  Graphy = description  Geography = description of Earth © TIIGS, 2013 -- 3
    • The six elements of geography 1. The world in spatial terms 2. Places and regions 3. Physical systems 4. Human systems 5. Environment and society 6. The uses of geography © TIIGS, 2013 -- 4
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 5 Is this how you are feeling now? Not for long!
    • Geography helps us …  To understand connections among things that are relevant to us … © TIIGS, 2013 -- 6
    • Connections  Our stories are pieces of a dynamic puzzle  Pieces connected • Within a particular geographical scale • Across geographical scales  Connections range from local to global – a delicious example © TIIGS, 2013 -- 7
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 8 Archduke Franz Ferdinand (18 December 1863 – 28 June 1914) Try and make the connections (history + geography)
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 9 Archduke Franz Ferdinand (18 December 1863 – 28 June 1914)
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 10
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 11 Yajnanarayana Maiya (???? – 1968)
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 12 Rava idly
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 13 Connect this with …
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 14 Water Air / wind VERANDAH BANDANA
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 15
    • Yeah, but what about careers?  Like, Vasco da Gama is slightly dead!  The Vijayanagara empire is forgotten!  Sail boats are so, like, OLD-fashioned!  Humongous freighters now travel without depending on winds.  How can geography education help us build a career? HUH? • Say us, please! • Er … tell us, tell us, tell uuuusss! © TIIGS, 2013 -- 16
    • Let us ask some questions …  Why is India such an important exporter of pharmaceuticals?  How are locations of these determined? • ATMs • Mobile signal towers • Industries • Service facilities © TIIGS, 2013 -- 17
    • More questions …  Understanding why: • Knowledge of English language = power • (India in the global context)  Addressing the naxalite issue © TIIGS, 2013 -- 18
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 19
    • And another thing … or more  How does Chinese investment in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa affect the rest of us?  Military and a geography education … this is very obvious, ja?  Love Mother Earth? Want to ‘save the environment’? Start with a good geography education.  Want to find a good location for your new home? Three things: location, location, location! © TIIGS, 2013 -- 20
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 21 “Without place, you are nowhere. Study some geography!” My guru
    • © TIIGS, 2013 -- 22 Image: NASA