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OMG, Chhattisgarh!

OMG, Chhattisgarh!


28 Jul 2014

It was like any other single story, where people all around me reacted in a similar way when I told them that I’d be going to…

Dissension of Goals

Dissension of Goals


24 Jul 2014

It’s just been a few days that I came to Chennai, a city which is completely alien to me and my culture. A place which makes…

Time To Act?

Time To Act?


24 Jul 2014

Dear Gandhi, One month into the fellowship and the thoughts causing all the confusion haven’t gone anywhere. If anything, they’ve only increased. These thoughts, each acting…

Haryanvi Men

Haryanvi Men


24 Jul 2014

Dear Chris, I called you last week upset and in need of more than just consolation. My first week in the NGO had been rough in…

For Some, Let Us Start Uniting Over Our Tasty Food

For Some, Let Us Start Uniting Over Our Tasty Food


20 Jul 2014

They were laughing. I was laughing. Then they were literally rofl(ing). The cause of this amusement was my Gujarati. They were able to understand what I…

Sachi – The 2yr Old Whiz-kid

Sachi – The 2yr Old Whiz-kid


19 Jul 2014

Too many stories to be shared, but this is one is worth. Yesterday I had been to an Anganwadi in Pune along with 3 of my…

Loosening The Grip

Loosening The Grip


19 Jul 2014

Falling water has a charm to it. And from wherever it may fall, it is a sight to behold. Rain is essentially falling water. Its sound…

Bittersweet

Bittersweet


19 Jul 2014

Bittersweet, a word that aptly describes the current phase of my journey. On one side, the bitter friend, melancholy speaks, as I sit down to wrap…

Chandus Dairies

Chandus Dairies


16 Jul 2014

Not a typo. I read an entire manual on how the self-help group (SHG) federation of the Khed taluka works. A bunch of women form an…

Heart! … Curved Like A Road Through A Mountain

Heart! … Curved Like A Road Through A Mountain


16 Jul 2014

The first word of the title makes you skip a beat. The Heart!!! Do I love you or do you love me? That sounds more like…

Awareness

Awareness


16 Jul 2014

Did I excite you? Draw you in? Psych you up? Whet your appetite and leave you hungry for more? Some other fancy writer-ly phrase?… Well, regardless…

DH@@NI

DH@@NI


15 Jul 2014

All the trainings, pre-planned activities including going to our respective organizations, are done. I came to Rajgurunagar, Maharashtra. It has a history behind it, remember Bhagat…

Don’t Believe My Single Story …

Don’t Believe My Single Story …


14 Jul 2014

“Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain. Everybody. Everybody has their story to tell” – V Gujarat – Bapu’s…

For The Right Reasons

For The Right Reasons


14 Jul 2014

I hated travelling more than anything else. Before the fellowship started, we were asked to give preferences for projects and I did not give the travel-intensive…

The Luggage Stool…

The Luggage Stool…


12 Jul 2014

…That’s how I am humbly introduced today, in the bamboo factory, to what more liberal folk call a bar stool. I say liberal not meaning urban…

Khula Aasmaan

Khula Aasmaan


10 Jul 2014

I was busy whatsapping Varun and Nishant while we were riding to our destination. On reaching, I looked up to find that we have come to…

Red Teeth, High Cheek Bones, Happy Consumers

Red Teeth, High Cheek Bones, Happy Consumers


8 Jul 2014

I will go backwards telling about my experience of the past one week. Moving in this direction, this article would include my ultimate days – training…

Death Of Swaraj?

Death Of Swaraj?


27 Jun 2014

Dear Gandhi Today we visited an Adivasi community in a village called Phala amidst the mountains of Udaipur. The idea was to understand the lifestyle of the villagers…

Swades Moment

Swades Moment


27 Jun 2014

The path was set, 12th boards were about to crack my life with the shocking numbers called results. Just those gigantic medical and engineering entrance books…

Teach Me, Mom

Teach Me, Mom


27 Jun 2014

I frown at someone who is fine with the idea of marrying at a young age. In fact most of us so called urbane rational smart…

Chai In Godphala With A Dash Of Mild Misogyny

Chai In Godphala With A Dash Of Mild Misogyny


27 Jun 2014

The sun was scowling as we walked along the narrow path fenced with cacti towards Roopalal’s home. The women of the household insisted on bringing out…

His Swing

His Swing


27 Jun 2014

Dear Chris, Do you remember when you were a child and you would play on the swings? At first it would be a struggle; scraping your…

They Find Ways

They Find Ways


27 Jun 2014

To be driven to places is easy. Walking to them seems not. A visit to a village can be the most humbling and realization-invoking experience anyone…

A Chipped Shell

A Chipped Shell


26 Jun 2014

Fields – some growing, some unplanted still – dotted the innards and extremities of a place content with a certain image of itself, and yet, paradoxically,…

Guilty As Charged

Guilty As Charged


26 Jun 2014

It was a windy 90 minute ride to my destination towards a village in Udaipur where my urban upbringing was to have a rural immersion to…