The Dark Night(s)

The Dark Night(s)

6 PM As a new chapter began on a partly chilly October night,With a friend by...

Serendipity – An Unsought Learning

Serendipity – An Unsought Learning

Learning may not always be related to the work we do in our organizations. It could be essential life skills that each one of us should have, such as cooking, washing clothes & utensils, and taking care of yourself specially when you are away from home.

Negotiating With Feminism

Negotiating With Feminism

I became a feminist in 9th standard due to an inflamed comment by a misguided misogynistic boy named *Anand, and to this day, I harbor irrational detest for the name Anand. I was on my way back home from school and we were sharing the public roads. Since I was...

Himachali Langar: The Unforgettable Feast

Himachali Langar: The Unforgettable Feast

On my first day in the village of Kandbari, where I've now spent more than 4 months, it felt like I was dropped down from a soaring height. Yeah, metaphorically! The fall where you hear nothing, feel nothing or see nothing but get an adrenaline rush. Like anyone else,...

About Learning: The Stories I Told Myself

About Learning: The Stories I Told Myself

As a student of Bengali medium Government aided school, I used to consider that ‘teaching’ and ‘learning’ are two sides of the same coin. For me, schools, as institutions co-existed with learning. With time, I forgot to look back at those days when my mind used to...

My Experience With House Hunting In Rural India

My Experience With House Hunting In Rural India

Disclaimer: This piece is a light take on my experience in finding a house in a village on the border of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. I planned and had a hope for the time with India Fellow to be an amazing 13-month journey filled with new experiences,...

When I Say Home…

When I Say Home…

I grew up hearing my father's stories about his village where he spent his childhood and adolescence before lifting the responsibilities of a young man in a struggling family and later shifting to Kochi because of his occupation. Those stories included narratives of...

Schooling In Indian Education System: Then & Now

Schooling In Indian Education System: Then & Now

This world is a school, every living being is a teacher, situations in our lives are chapters and we are a student. This is a never-ending process. Knowledge has never been constricted to certain areas or communities. Over time, humans have evolved socially and...

Nothing Is Holding Me Back Anymore

Nothing Is Holding Me Back Anymore

It is a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I’m lounging in The Tea Room for a much needed break in the last few months. Soft romantic music is playing in the background and I am tempted to grab one of the many books off the bookshelf standing in front of me. But I need to...

Ganesh Festival Fever In Mhaswad, Maharashtra

Ganesh Festival Fever In Mhaswad, Maharashtra

Every year, in the month of September, a festive madness in the name of a rotund, elephant-headed God descends upon the state of Maharashtra. While the Ganpati festival celebrations are held in several parts of India, nobody honors the Hindu God Ganesh with quite the...

यार प्रेमचंद और दोहरी वास्तविकता

यार प्रेमचंद और दोहरी वास्तविकता

“प्रेमचंद मुझे दो आँख नहीं भाता!”

कभी-कभी तो यूँ लगता है बचपन में कार्टून नेटवर्क देखा होता तो भला होता, यूँ दूरदर्शन पर ना ईदगाह देखते ना ऐसे विचार घर करते| वो कहानी टेलिविषन पर आई और चली गयी पर अपने सवालो का गट्टा भूल गयी और आज तक ढो रहे है उन्ही को…

The Unsung Battles Of Ordinary Women

The Unsung Battles Of Ordinary Women

The ongoing wave of feminism seems to have taken India by storm, but has it managed to hit all the right spots yet? Indian feminism has lately drawn strong critique for being exclusionary in nature and I found my own thoughts deeply resonating with this narrative in...

In Hope Of More Letters To Come

In Hope Of More Letters To Come

A small boy came and handed me a folded paper. Before I could say or ask anything, he had disappeared. When I opened the sheet, it was filled with Hindi words in zigzag lines. The dancing letters were talking about the emotions of a boy who would always sit in last...

Can We Really Understand Others?

Can We Really Understand Others?

We millennials are born in the information age. I always thought that the evolution was mutual, as by the time people who were born after 1980s came in a position to exert their influence, the same happened with information via internet, smart phones and other...

The Highway And The Dead Street Dogs

The Highway And The Dead Street Dogs

It’s been almost seven weeks since I arrived in Odisha. Since then, the first place where I stayed temporarily, the house where I currently live, everywhere I go for work every day; all this lies in between two districts of the state - Cuttack and Kendrapada. Among...

My Journey Towards Acceptance

My Journey Towards Acceptance

Quite often we struggle in our lives - with people, situations and circumstances. In most cases, we curse our luck for anything that goes wrong or precisely, not as per our conditions. These are usually paths choose by us but then we get pissed off when the hurdles...