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How To Identify The New Age Social Worker

How To Identify The New Age Social Worker


30 Oct 2017

It will be convenient to say that gone are those days when the so-called social workers were identified commuting in local buses, wearing khadi kurtas, a…

How India Fellow Happened To Me – Swati Saxena

How India Fellow Happened To Me – Swati Saxena


19 Sep 2017

अब ज़्यादा डर नहीं लगता, अपनी बात रखने में झिझक नहीं होती, अब खुद पर एक भरोसा सा है, कि मुश्किलों का सामना कर ही लूंगी, अब…

Domestic Violence : Pegging The Blame

Domestic Violence : Pegging The Blame


8 Sep 2017

What do you say when a woman you met 20 minutes back, tells you, “Maar-pitai to yahan har ghar mein hoti hai. Maine shadi ke pehle…

How Useful Is A Health Insurance Scheme In India?

How Useful Is A Health Insurance Scheme In India?


21 Aug 2017

Travel (home to block hospital)- Rs 200 Medicine- Rs 300 Travel (block hospital to private clinic)- Rs 100 Medical expenses (doctor fees, caesarean delivery charges, medicines)-…

KHAAN : The Evolution Of A Dead Mine

KHAAN : The Evolution Of A Dead Mine

A few months back I worked on a radio series called “Khanabadoshon ki Duniya” (The world of migrants). It focused on breaking the narrative of internal…

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…

A Year Of New Experiences

A Year Of New Experiences


26 Jul 2017

It was 25th June 2016, when I got the call letter from the India Fellow program, at the same time I started planning the journey and…

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…

Menstruation Practices : Beliefs, Myths & Taboos

Menstruation Practices : Beliefs, Myths & Taboos


8 Jul 2017

Menstrual cycle is an integral part of a female’s life which due to the superstitions and myths followed by the families and others in the community,…

The Privilege Called Information : Of Hierarchy, Distance and Language

The Privilege Called Information : Of Hierarchy, Distance and Language

My world view of West Bengal was very limited. West Bengal was just Kolkota. There was no knowledge about the state beyond Durga Puja, fish curry…

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…

Looking At Domestic Violence In The Eye : A Story From The Capital

Looking At Domestic Violence In The Eye : A Story From The Capital


29 Jun 2017

All of a sudden, a girl in red saree entered into my office in Kalkaji, Child Survival India, with 2 kids. I was expecting my office…

Fighting All Odds : Sami Devi’s Story Of Courage

Fighting All Odds : Sami Devi’s Story Of Courage


28 Jun 2017

“She cannot give birth to your baby, so why don’t you re-marry to get a successor.” When these kind of statements come from relatives and neighbors,…