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“It Is My School And It’s My Responsibility”

“It Is My School And It’s My Responsibility”


15 Dec 2017

The thought started when I overheard a conversation between 2 mothers (M1) mother 1 asked (M2) mother 2 “what is your son studying?” M2 said, “he…

Passing The Third Grade – Not As Easy As You Think

Passing The Third Grade – Not As Easy As You Think


11 Dec 2017

Exams. What if I ask you to recall the scene of the whole classroom from your childhood during an examination. I remember when I was in…

Cycle Rickshaw Peddlers – A Part Of Our Urban Community

Cycle Rickshaw Peddlers – A Part Of Our Urban Community


19 Nov 2017

“Nai bhaiyaa! Itna nai denge.“ (No we won’t give this much). How many times have we had arguments on these lines? Be it with a shopkeeper,…

From Durga to ‘Hudur Durga’: The Other Side Of The Story

From Durga to ‘Hudur Durga’: The Other Side Of The Story


13 Nov 2017

Durga puja – the name is more than sufficient to bring joy and thrill among Bengalis. Durga Puja is not only a festival in West Bengal…

An Inconvenient Truth – Sustainability Within Development

An Inconvenient Truth – Sustainability Within Development


7 Nov 2017

What is sustainable development? In a quest to attain a trade-off between growth and conservation, the Brundtland report in 1987 coined this term, defining it as…

Gudalur – A Pudding With Many Flavors

Gudalur – A Pudding With Many Flavors


19 Oct 2017

After nearly a month I am convinced of one basic yet life saving thing “coconut is good for health”. The more you look at the south…

The Nights Were Dark And Full of Terror – Odisha And Education

The Nights Were Dark And Full of Terror – Odisha And Education


18 Oct 2017

After spending month in Kalahandi, experiencing almost all sorts of adventure, I ask myself, “Could there be anything left to  see?” I have seen death as…

A Day In the Life Of The Doodh Wale Bhaiya

A Day In the Life Of The Doodh Wale Bhaiya


11 Oct 2017

Bell rings Door opens “Bhabhi Ji, doodh” “Bhaiya, kitni der se aane lage ho. Waqt dekha hai, sab chai ke liye baithe hain” How many of…

Angels Or Demons? A Public Health Story From Manipur

Angels Or Demons? A Public Health Story From Manipur


10 Oct 2017

It was one of my initial days here in Khangabok, a pleasant day I would call it. A good day at the office and I was…

The Other Side Of Grit And Courage

The Other Side Of Grit And Courage


7 Oct 2017

The first week of my fellowship had pretty much of everything which includes humans and the wild. Right from a welcome by a wild elephant while…

First Day In The Classroom At Sukma

First Day In The Classroom At Sukma


3 Oct 2017

“Every child deserves a champion. An adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they boom the best that they can…

From Darkness Towards Light – Learnings From My Children

From Darkness Towards Light – Learnings From My Children


1 Oct 2017

Before I came to the fellowship, I was working with an international bank in Gurgaon. My shift timings were Eastern Standard Time (New York) 8 30…

A Traveller’s Tale – My First Month In Rural Maharashtra

A Traveller’s Tale – My First Month In Rural Maharashtra


27 Sep 2017

Have you ever noticed how the first piece of luggage on the carousel doesn’t belong to anyone? Rumour has it that it’s a dummy bag meant…

Unexpected Lessons In Nutrition

Unexpected Lessons In Nutrition


27 Sep 2017

‘Malnutrition’ was just another word I had heard years ago.  I don’t remember the last time this word passed my lips until I landed in Basic…

Mass Hysteria And Opinions – Story Of Kanpur Dehat

Mass Hysteria And Opinions – Story Of Kanpur Dehat


26 Sep 2017

I am writing to tell you about an incident that shook me due to the incredulous nature of the story that got fabricated around it which…