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Alston D'Souza

2016 fellow, placed with Prayog in Gopalgunj, Bihar as part of his fellowship. Working on strengthening the various projects undertaken by the organization to improve the public primary education. Alston says, "I believe the closest you can come to being happy is by simply controlling your inner experiences."
The Penalty For Choosing Our Schools

The Penalty For Choosing Our Schools


12 May 2017

“Mei kal se private jaa raha hun”, said Kishore to me. “Private?” “Private school bhaiyya!” And he cycled away happily, with one leg going through the…

A Case For The No Detention Policy (NDP)

A Case For The No Detention Policy (NDP)


16 Apr 2017

During my initial field visits of the Induction training of the India Fellow Social Leadership Program, I visited a few schools to learn from the teachers…

The People With PRAYOG

The People With PRAYOG


8 Mar 2017

Vijay Kumar Chauhan dropped out from Class V and fled to Amritsar from Bihar, in search of a job to sustain himself and earn some money….

An Ode To Upendra : My Field Buddy

An Ode To Upendra : My Field Buddy


5 Dec 2016

My most favourite movie of all time is It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). It’s a movie starring James Stewart as the protagonist George Bailey. George Bailey harboured the…

PRAYOG – Professionals Alliance for Youths Growth

PRAYOG – Professionals Alliance for Youths Growth


16 Nov 2016

The founder Mr. Surya Prakash on the first day of the community library PRAYOG is an education initiative working in the villages of Northern Bihar. We…

The Joys Of Satisfaction

The Joys Of Satisfaction


16 Oct 2016

I don’t know if this has happened to you, but, there are times in life when you’re so envious of something, that you’d trade anything to…

Deconstructing Dating Amidst A Deity

Deconstructing Dating Amidst A Deity


19 Sep 2016

It’s been a month since I’ve started working in the rural areas of Bihar and my new buddies here are very eager to set me up…

In Praise Of The Shower In The Night

In Praise Of The Shower In The Night


30 Aug 2016

Of the many cultural differences in the Northern part of our country, the one that I am reminded  of everyday is when I have to shower…

Caged In An Open Cage

Caged In An Open Cage


15 Aug 2016

The Preamble of the Constitution of India grants and secures to all its citizens, the liberties of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship. It is not…