On Curiosity and Why It Matters

On Curiosity and Why It Matters

If all objects eventually reach an equilibrium temperature in a closed and static environment, why do metal chairs feel colder than wooden chairs ?  In a virtual learning session held by Sandhya ma’am and Sarit sir, the founders of Aavishkaar, we were invited to...

Reflecting Through Rituals And Relationships

Reflecting Through Rituals And Relationships

Living and working in Maheshwar feels like building a small world of my own. Sculpting and chiseling away, without any care for the world. Taking a pause every once in a while when I get on a call or travel outside this place. The journey as an India Fellow has been...

My Big Red Bindi

My Big Red Bindi

As soon as I though of this title, it reminded me of the cartoon, Clifford - the big red dog. It was one of the few feel good shows I had watched as a child. Coming back to the topic, my journey with the bindi began the moment I chanced upon an old photo of my mother...

Sketchy Notes From The Lanes Of Bhuj City

Sketchy Notes From The Lanes Of Bhuj City

The following blog has been co-written by co-fellows Daraab Saleem Abbasi and Sourav Roy, from India Fellow 2022 cohort. For a few months now we had been wondering what life in an odd town like Bhuj looks like, after lights out. The shops start shutting by 8 PM....

Winters Of Bihar [A Poem]

Winters Of Bihar [A Poem]

Seasons are poetic by their very nature. They try to tell us something about what they do, what they bring, and what they take away. The shedding leaves remind me of emptying ourselves before blossoming into wholeness again. They speak of revival. This year's winter...

8 Things To Keep In Mind While Preparing For A Village Meeting

8 Things To Keep In Mind While Preparing For A Village Meeting

It's been almost 18 months since I started identifying myself as an India Fellow. It's been 18 exciting months of having to do something that I have never done before. And putting myself in roles that would have otherwise made me nervous. I can't help but look back at...

Beyond The Butterfly Swords : An Illustration

Beyond The Butterfly Swords : An Illustration

'Beyond the butterfly swords' is an illustration made to represent and express lesbian relationships. I work with Aajeevika Bureau in the Banswara district to nurture women’s collectives in the region. I decided to make a strong but simple and...

Image Of A Working Woman

Image Of A Working Woman

I am a 22-year-old woman who has very recently entered the world of work. My mother was 21 when she quit her job as a school teacher when she conceived me. Post-childbirth there were various times when she considered getting back to work but the decision never...

Half Half None

Half Half None

The following blog has been co-written by co-fellows Daraab Saleem Abbasi and Sourav Roy, from India Fellow 2022 cohort. An old apartment building like many others that you will find in this city. A parking lot in the stilts of the ground floor and narrow staircases...

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...

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...

Understanding The Subtle Nuances Of Communities

Understanding The Subtle Nuances Of Communities

The fellowship journey has given me a tremendous opportunity to visit the hinterlands of certain parts of the country and understand the evident and subtle nuances and practices of communities. This understanding is possible only by immersing ourselves in the...

Cockfighting: A Tradition Or Violence Against Animals?

Cockfighting: A Tradition Or Violence Against Animals?

Cockfighting is an ancient spectator sport. There is evidence that cockfighting was a pastime in the Indus Valley civilization. Where two cocks will fight against each other until one of them will die. It started in Tamil Nadu, India. Nowadays the practise is...