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Swati Saxena

2016 fellow, placed with Chaitanya in Harda, MP as part of her fellowship. Working on financial inclusion of women self help groups and designing e-learning content on federations. Ex-accountant. Love paper crafts. Can walk miles for great coffee!
10 Types Of People I Met In My NGO

10 Types Of People I Met In My NGO


25 Jul 2017

I spent half of my fellowship year in the back office, which is in a residential colony of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Since it is known to…

Between Hindi & English: A Language Crisis

Between Hindi & English: A Language Crisis


5 Jul 2017

I’m slowly forgetting English. The words are avoiding me because I’ve ignored them for too long. Moreover, I kept putting them in Google Translate and converting…

Ladakh: The Land That Was!

Ladakh: The Land That Was!


19 Jun 2017

It looked like a dream, stayed like an old friend and will be often recalled as the land where most outsiders found bliss, either in nature…

Ethical Ways To Shoot People In Your NGOs

Ethical Ways To Shoot People In Your NGOs


4 May 2017

It’s been a considerable time working in a social organization. Too short to have seen it all but long enough to have been introduced to different…

Poverty : My 1st Lesson In The Social Sector

Poverty : My 1st Lesson In The Social Sector


9 Mar 2017

How long has it been since you had your last meal? 17 hours for me, out of which 13 went by sleeping in an air-conditioned compartment of…

Explaining The Fellowship To My Uncle

Explaining The Fellowship To My Uncle


6 Dec 2016

Random uncle meeting after 7 years. Let’s call him RU RU: Where are you these days? Delhi or Gurgaon? Me: Indore! RU: Indore?? Wahan kya hai?…

Of Disturbing Instances, Gender Disparities And Taking Charge

Of Disturbing Instances, Gender Disparities And Taking Charge


28 Nov 2016

It was just another day in one of the villages of South Madhya Pradesh. A colleague and I were passing through the half-broken muddy roads, to…

Madhya Pradesh Turned Out To Be Very Interesting

Madhya Pradesh Turned Out To Be Very Interesting


16 Nov 2016

While in school, we were taught so much about India, its history and geography. The long lists of state capitals, crops grown, languages spoken, population density…

One For The Cohort: Letter To The Tribe

One For The Cohort: Letter To The Tribe


3 Oct 2016

Disclaimer: Heart overpowers brain often, how much ever I ask it to stay in limits. It keeps crossing the line every now and then. This post is…

How And Why To Empower? A Struggle Within!

How And Why To Empower? A Struggle Within!


21 Sep 2016

I miss my mom’s made chicken sandwiches. THAT never happened in last 8 years of staying away from parents. So this fellowship is certainly doing strange…

The Longest August

The Longest August


1 Sep 2016

A month! A milestone of sorts! “If you survive 31 days, you’ll go on for the rest of the year, may be even more,” my determined…

I Have Got A Hidden Hand … So Do You!

I Have Got A Hidden Hand … So Do You!


21 Aug 2016

If like me, you aren’t a believer of God, or luck/destiny, let me share a new principle I learnt. You may choose to consider it and…