Viel, No Viel: Why Hate?

Viel, No Viel: Why Hate?

A Malayalee growing up in Gujarat has certain perks. Locals do not understand your name, culture, or slang and you can get out of awkward situations - mostly by lying yes. Then the unthinkable (for me definitely) happened, and I shifted back to the place that is...

Exploring Relationship With Religion

Exploring Relationship With Religion

I am not a religious person. However, by virtue of growing up in a religious society, I've always practiced Christianity as a way of life. Church and community have played a major role in shaping my mental models, beliefs, and aspirations. All throughout childhood, I...

Flight Over The World Of Education

Flight Over The World Of Education

Hello! I am a bird. I recently heard that a virus called Covid-19 affected the human kind. Am I too a victim of the virus? Has there been a genetic mutation in birds lately because I have been thinking like humans. After flying for such long hours and thinking along...

Having Skin In The Game – A Beautiful Challenge

Having Skin In The Game – A Beautiful Challenge

It’s been a few days since I moved to my new field location - district Chamoli in Uttarakhand. Here we are working on a project to protect, preserve and cultivate traditional medicinal and aromatic plants. We are working in 5 blocks of the district and I am currently...

Farewell, Khandar

Farewell, Khandar

I had almost begun writing about another beginning as I move to a new work location in Chamoli, Uttarakhand. But then I felt I need to bid a goodbye first. For the past 7 months, as part of India Fellow, I have been working with Udyogini in a place called Khandar in...

What’s On Your Mind? [A Poem]

What’s On Your Mind? [A Poem]

They show me the bulging veins,On your forehead and across your abdomen,Striking like lightning bolts against a dark sky.They tell me it shows,The pain you are taking in.Yet not a word. Sweat and blood running down,But not a drop of tear.Swallowing the pain,You sit on...

What Is Empowerment To You?

What Is Empowerment To You?

This question came as a jolt to me. I had never even thought about it. Asked by Sushma Iyengar, in our masterclass on Empowerment at India Fellow. My co-fellows and I started presenting our views. A dynamic version of definitions started to emerge with each of our...

A Love Letter To Panna

A Love Letter To Panna

What is home to you? Is it a city or a person? Is it memories or the feeling of belonging? Is it a song that you can't quite get bored of? Is it where you feel liberated? Home can mean different things to different people. For me, it is a conglomerate of all these...

That Feeling Of Liberation : In Kalahandi

That Feeling Of Liberation : In Kalahandi

When was the last time you felt most liberated? This question that was thrown at us during a virtual learning session has stayed with me for days. At first, it seemed simple enough. But after spending some time pondering on it, I know the guise of simplicity is only a...

The Mela of Ramaram

The Mela of Ramaram

By the end of the farming activities in the month of February, everyone around me in Sukma was talking about the mela (local fair) of Ramaram. They all seemed to be excited about it. When I asked my colleagues from Shiksharth about the mela, they all reminisced about...

Privilege Check: From Mirrors To Education

Privilege Check: From Mirrors To Education

An integral part of being an India Fellow is learning to lead a modest life by living and working along with communities without much luxury. However, the fellowship can be called an ‘elite’ program as most of us fellows come from positions of great privilege - urban,...

Flavours Of Marathwada

Flavours Of Marathwada

Maharashtra is divided into 5 main regions: Konkan, Desh- Paschim Maharashtra, Khandesh - North Maharashtra, Marathwada, and Vidarbha. The food habits of each region are difference, deeply influenced by its climatic conditions, landscapes, and agricultural produce. As...

A Winter In Wadrafnagar

A Winter In Wadrafnagar

I hail from a place called Vijayawada from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The climate there is mostly tropical. The average annual temperature in is 28°C and the annual rainfall is 974 mm | 38.3 inch. Vijayawada is on the shores of river Krishna, which...

How A Night At The Hospital Made Me Realize My Privilege

It was 3AM; cold and chilly. I was sitting in a government hospital. After a rushed couple of hours, the area around me was unnervingly calm. It is precisely at that point that I got my periods. Nothing unusual – a pretty normal occurrence but for me it was immediate...