Does School Kill The Creativity Of Children?

Does School Kill The Creativity Of Children?

We are all born with immense talent and creativity. However, in our school system, we don’t give enough value to either. By the time we complete our formal education, many of us think that we are not capable. We do what our parents and teachers tell us to do. But is...

An Adventurous Journey: Indore to Ambajogai

An Adventurous Journey: Indore to Ambajogai

Moving out of the house at a young age, I was privileged to travel to some parts of Northern India - mostly for education. I've always looked forward to travel to new locations and meet new people. Such experiences have transformed my perceptions and viewpoints about...

Friendly Spiders Of Agragamee

Imagine you have just woken up. You get up and open the door to step out, and the first thing you see is a spider hanging in front of your door, spreading its web. Thinking it might have gone, I took my first step to go out but the web stuck to my entire face. I...

Moving Out, Moving In

Moving Out, Moving In

Before I dive into my experiences on the ground and learnings from that, I'd like to introduce myself and what brought me here to India Fellow. Imagine this - You graduate amidst a pandemic, losing out a year and a half of college, attending online classes and...

Learnings From A Month On Field

Learnings From A Month On Field

It has been more than a month since I have been working in Maharashtra, and the least I can say is that it has not been easy. I remember being asked in my India Fellow interview about how comfortable I would be with moving to a rural setup in a totally new location. I...

Who Is A Karyakarta?

Who Is A Karyakarta?

The word 'Karyakarta' literally means worker in English. I've been trying to understand it better. Who is a Karyakarta? Is it you and me? Is it a CEO of an organization? How often do we introduce ourselves as a Karyakarta? I have never had. In fact, I had always taken...

Working In Grassroots : Perspectives Versus Realities

Working In Grassroots : Perspectives Versus Realities

Shakshi with the girls and women she is working with My dream of bringing a change into the existing system of our society and to adding value to it in an impactful manner was taking shape when my journey as an India Fellow started with my host organization, KMVS...

Being Indistractable Is A Superpower!

Being Indistractable Is A Superpower!

I remember getting my first phone when I was 15. I got so hooked I would use it for nearly four hours a day. My family thought I was crazy to spend such long hours on the device. My internet speed was 256 kb/s. Today, my entire family is hooked on these devices. While...

We All Are Trying Our Best

We All Are Trying Our Best

What advantage does a lot of money bring to our lives? Better standard of living, enhanced quality of food, and a lot of material assets. While trying to find an appropriate answer, I figured that the most valuable thing money gives, is freedom. Freedom to do...

Self-Care And Community Care: A Deeply Political Balancing Act

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence; it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare," wrote Audre Lorde, a self-described 'black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet'. In 1988, her words were a rally cry for liberation - they are designed to...

Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyaali Ho

Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyaali Ho

As a part of India Fellow, we are meant to fundraise for the activities and learnings of the cohort. It is to take ownership as an equal stakeholder and to also pick up fundraising as an essential skill set in the development sector. Here, I write about a story from 5...

The Bus Ride To Empowerment

The Bus Ride To Empowerment

As a fellow, a part of my work at WISE is to build the entrepreneurial collective of women weavers. Among other things, this entails investing my efforts in a network that can be leveraged for market generation. One of the ways of achieving this is to facilitate...

Kumbhars Of Bangalore, Off The Wheel

Kumbhars Of Bangalore, Off The Wheel

When you taste Chai in a Kulhad, you are deluged by the smell of the earthen pot. As a bit of the tea soaks into the clay, the interaction of both the flavours becomes heavenly. Chai in Kulhad is always special to me! Over a cup of tea, my friend and I started our...