How I Came To Believe In The Wonders Of A Smile

How I Came To Believe In The Wonders Of A Smile

I frequently discover myself being mesmerized by happy faces. 7,000 different languages are spoken throughout the world. But there is one thing we can use to connect with everybody, regardless of a language - a smile! In fact, it is one of the first expressions we...

Van Gujjar Settlements In Uttarakhand

Van Gujjar Settlements In Uttarakhand

It was my third week at Living Lightly and second week at our Dehradun regional office. Somehow, it felt familiar and I was extremely excited to meet my role model Sanjeev bhai, also a founder of an architectural organization, working with local artists. I was going...

GPDP: An Instrument For Development Of Panchayats

GPDP: An Instrument For Development Of Panchayats

GPDP process being facilitated It is mandatory for the Gram Panchayats to prepare Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) for their economic development and social justice in the 73rd constitutional amendment. It has to be comprehensive and based on a participatory...

A Library That Nurtures Choice And Freedom

A Library That Nurtures Choice And Freedom

I bleakly recall the image of me as a child looking with awe at the encyclopaedia and a lot of giant picture books kept high up on the shelf of our school library. We used to have a library period when we would go through the shelves and pick up a book with our own...

डीएनटी समुदाय के साथ सामुदायिक कार्यक्रम

डीएनटी समुदाय के साथ सामुदायिक कार्यक्रम

आज़ादी के बाद स्वतंत्र भारत में आधुनिक दौर का आरंभ करते हुए आपराधिक जनजाति अधिनियम - Crimal Tribes' Act (CTA) को 1952 में निरस्त कर दिया गया. जिसमें विमुक्त और घुमंतु जनजातियों को आपराधिक जनजातियों के रूप में दर्ज किया गया था. अधिकारियों द्वारा एक निश्चित समूह को...

Going Back To, Through Sundays

Going Back To, Through Sundays

After two years of not knowing what day is what, Sunday now has some significance. I say ‘two years’ without mentioning the C word because I do not want to read it in the beginning of yet another narrative. It’s inescapable because of how passive we have had to be in...

Reaching Rural Rajasthan And Attending Gavari, A Local Festival

Reaching Rural Rajasthan And Attending Gavari, A Local Festival

View as a pillion rider From Kerala To Rajasthan Via Karnataka My story started from a small village in Kozhikode, Kerala. I finished my schooling and graduation from there but I always had a feeling that it wasn’t enough for me. To expand my horizon and to challenge...

My Story Of Building A Social Enterprise

My Story Of Building A Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise... The moment I hear the term, my mind thinks of a non profit organization (also called NGO). Social development landscape has made much progress.It is time we redefine what we consider NGO or a social enterprise. Looking at the term itself, a...

A How-To Guide If You Are Beginning To Understand Mental Health

A How-To Guide If You Are Beginning To Understand Mental Health

While growing up, I had many close friends through school and college who have gone through anxiety and depression. Being with them through it all, I assumed I understood what it meant to go through a problematic mental health issue. I assumed that I know how to...

Breaking The Ice With Kalahandi, Odisha

Breaking The Ice With Kalahandi, Odisha

Imagine this…the monsoon season has just said goodbye. You are sitting at the side of a river stream surrounded by lush green hills. As you walk around, you get to know that this river is the lifeline of people living in villages nearby. It’s called...

Let’s Talk About Sh*t (Part 2 of 2)

Let’s Talk About Sh*t (Part 2 of 2)

It was a cold, foggy Wednesday morning. I was with Jaysingh*, one of our field staff at Swasthya Swaraj. We were on our way to visit the schools and to collect growth monitoring data of under-five children in one cluster in Kerpai panchayat. After...

Abhiram: The Unsung Hero Of Agragamee

Abhiram: The Unsung Hero Of Agragamee

In 1996, I got a task from my night school teacher. He had asked me to write about what I wanted to see in Kashipur after 10 years. I wrote about roads, markets, and public transport. In 2006, I saw the changes. – Abhiram Jhodia, a senior staff member at Agragamee,...

मधुमेह : ग्रामीण समुदाय में पहचान और इलाज

मधुमेह : ग्रामीण समुदाय में पहचान और इलाज

राजस्थान का दक्षिणी क्षेत्र आदिवासी बाहुल्य क्षेत्र है. यहाँ कई प्रकार की स्वास्थ्य समस्याऐं हैं. मैं यहाँ बेसिक हेल्थकेयर सर्विसेज़ (BHS) नाम की संस्था के साथ काम करता हूँ और उदयपुर जिले के सलूम्बर ब्लॉक, जो कि उदयपुर से 70 किलोमीटर दूर स्थित है, वहां समुदाय में...