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That Moment of Realization – My First Visit To A Village

That Moment of Realization – My First Visit To A Village


20 Aug 2017

“The hills are alive with the sound of music with songs they have sung for a thousand years The hills fill my heart with the sound…

Many Questions And No Answers In Nichla Thuriya, Udaipur

Many Questions And No Answers In Nichla Thuriya, Udaipur


19 Aug 2017

I have spent all my life in big cities. I grew up in Kolkata and Mumbai. I always thought that I couldn’t sleep without the sound…

10 Things Never To Say To A Person Working In NGO

10 Things Never To Say To A Person Working In NGO


29 Jul 2017

For a year now, I have been working full-time in a NGO (and by full-time I mean almost all my waking time.) As a part of…

How Much Is The Farmer’s Life Worth?

How Much Is The Farmer’s Life Worth?


28 Jul 2017

“…तुम ज़हर खा के यही मर जाओ, हम सब किसान मिलके तुम्हारे परिवार को २ करोड़ देंगे!” (Eat poison and die right here and all of…

Ladakh – Why Is It Different?

Ladakh – Why Is It Different?


6 Jul 2017

“You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.” ― Stephen Richards…

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 Through A Pair Of New Lens

Ladakh Through A Pair Of New Lens


24 Jun 2017

It was an explosion of tiny little blinking beams scattered across the horizon. It takes your breath away and then dazzles you some more. The night…

A Bitter Truth About Our Education System

A Bitter Truth About Our Education System


22 Jun 2017

Traveling with a purpose brings lots of learning and this time our purpose was to know Ladakh better through the of lens design thinking. I would…

#NotBeingDown: A Little Awareness On Heat Cycles

#NotBeingDown: A Little Awareness On Heat Cycles


16 May 2017

I want to cry and shout due to these frequent cramps. I am feeling so uneasy and people keep on asking why are you sounding so…

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…

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…

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…

Are You Feeling Empowered?

Are You Feeling Empowered?


9 Apr 2017

E…laan…g, Ela…, Elan + go… Elango!!! That’s my appa’s name! I gamboled in happiness as a 6 year old kid. I was in my 1st grade…

Empowerment – Thinking Through The Development Statistics

Empowerment – Thinking Through The Development Statistics


24 Mar 2017

I work as part of an organization, that believes in empowerment. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about what empowerment means for me, so I went…

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…

Dive In

Dive In


28 Feb 2017

Disagree if you want, but for me India is undoubtedly the eighth wonder of the world. Even after all the appalling incidents that happen every day,…

Attending The Delhi International Queer Theatre And Film Festival 2016

Attending The Delhi International Queer Theatre And Film Festival 2016


14 Dec 2016

But after stepping inside the very building of NCUI Auditorium only, I was told to fill a form. The one question which started driving me crazy and still doing that was, what is your reason for attending this fest.

Thinking Through Gender And Identity

Thinking Through Gender And Identity


12 Dec 2016

Simone de Beauvior in her book “The Second Sex” says that “one is not born a woman, but becomes one.” She explains that gender differences are…

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?…

What Is Sexual Harassment?

What Is Sexual Harassment?


3 Dec 2016

Recently I attended a workshop on sexual harassment. Dhriiti and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. organized the workshop to aware its beautypreneur trainees of Mongolpuri area of…

Connecting The Dots

Connecting The Dots


1 Dec 2016

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in…

Aga Bai Areccha

Aga Bai Areccha


1 Dec 2016

‘Development of SHG’s.’ I was pretty excited with this job profile. And the day arrived when the first meeting was scheduled. As soon as I entered…

Are We Selling Our Sons?

Are We Selling Our Sons?


30 Nov 2016

“Marriage is a transaction.”– As rightly said by one of my co-fellows, I believe this is the simplest yet honest definition of marriage. All the celebrations,…

Dividend Or Liability?

Dividend Or Liability?


30 Nov 2016

India has the world’s largest youth population with more than 41% of the population lying under the age of 20, half the population between the age…

Do Women Really Need Empowerment?

Do Women Really Need Empowerment?


29 Nov 2016

Picture: www.foter.com “Meri pariwar waale mujhe aur padhne nahi dete”- an angst of a 18 years girl, who wants continue her study. “Mujhe to apna kuch…