Diana Jue-Rajasingh

What People Really Want to Know (aka How to Google this Blog)

Posted in Fulbright, India, Traveling by Diana on December 15, 2012

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Forgive the recent lack of updates — I’ve been away, back in the States. By being in the US, I managed to miss Diwali in India. And by being in India, I managed to miss Thanksgiving in the States.

But here I am again, back in Bangalore, and hopefully getting back into my research. I personally feel like it is coming to a gradual slowdown, since not much has happened to pursue more interviews or generate more findings since I’ve been away. Additionally, the rate at which actions are taken — professional or otherwise — is pretty slow, and it takes much time to re-rev up our research engines. Alas! But I suppose that one of the purposes of being on a Fulbright — that of cultural exchange and promoting mutual understanding — is being fulfilled by simply going through the process of attempting research here. The actual research findings? Perhaps they’re secondary.

Anyway, since I have few legitimate updates, I thought I’d post about something that I find interesting. Every once in awhile I check this blog’s visit statistics. In particular, I’m interested in what people are Googling to find this blog.

The results are pretty interesting. While my name does top the Google search term list (thanks, Mom!), a lot of people are Googling information about the Indian Administrative Service. And a lot of people seem to have the same questions/thoughts/concerns that I have. Or maybe that’s just what I know because that’s how Google works — whatever, just play along with me. Regardless, here are some sample search terms that have led here (regarding any typos: I claim [sic]):

  • why ias officer is powerful
  • making of an ias officer
  • can a ias officer really make any change
  • how ias officers make money from private sector
  • can ias officers take decisions themselves
  • what are those factors that affect iass?
  • risk faced by ias officers
  • risks in life of a i.a.s. officer
  • ias officerhelpfull for other people
  • can ias officers take decisions themselves
  • are ias officers corrupt
  • can a ias officer really make any change

So it turns out that at least a few people out there are thinking about the same questions and issues that I’m thinking about. Although this is a difficult subject to study (because it’s somewhat sensitive, because it’s rather large and requires a more pointed question on my end, because I can’t go about it on my own without going through my adviser), it’s well worth the effort. Hopefully I’ll have some answers to these questions, at least before the upcoming Fulbright conference.

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