I grew up in the U.S. but was born in India and returned here for my work – primarily research on acluster of issues facing the urban poor. I currently run a project called Transparent Chennai that creates maps and information about neglected civic issues like public toilets and informal settlements. I have an undergraduate degree in social theory from Harvard, and a masters in urban planning from M.I.T. I initially moved to Chennai because I wanted to study Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form, and I’ve had the fortune of learning from the best, including Leela Samson and Ambika Buch. I can be reached at nithyawriting AT gmail DOT com.