Leisure And Entertainment In The Villages Of Himachal Pradesh

Leisure And Entertainment In The Villages Of Himachal Pradesh

बाड़ी का मतलब होता है घर, और ये है कंडबाड़ी। पालमपुर की हरी वादियों में बसा एक गाँव, जहां फूलों से टकराके महकती है हवा। जहां चाय के बाग़ानों से घिरे हुए, आप दूर खड़ी धौलाधार की चोटियों को निहारते रह जाते हो। जहां कब सूरज निकलेगा और कब होगी बारिश, इसकी खबर किसी को...

To Pause And Smell The Flowers

To Pause And Smell The Flowers

As I walk back from the office, I call my mother. Sharing my updates from the day - which field area I went to, what was the agenda for the day, how much a team member liked or disliked the activity, how I caught the last bus that leaves at 4:30 PM as it was...

The Safe Havens They Created

The Safe Havens They Created

Living In The Moment The winters of Kutch are transient. The sun seeks to dig deeper than your skin can tan. On one such late winter day, along with my team of women investing in cooperatives and female sex workers, we were on a bus-trip to Nakhatrana and Vithon to...

All Roads Lead To Doom

All Roads Lead To Doom

I was in Bangalore last month, roaming around pretty late at night. Around 1:30 am, a policeman stopped by and asked us what we were up to. I replied, “Nothing, just roaming around”. He got offended for some reason and said that it is not allowed, as only the 'police'...

Hum Development Kar Rahe Hain [This Claim Is Disputed]

Hum Development Kar Rahe Hain [This Claim Is Disputed]

This blog is a mix of observations and realizations in the last month of working as a fellow. I'll be shuffling between the two... One fine morning, a co-fellow and I were arguing if an SHG (Self-Help Group) needs to be trained on enterprise development or not. At the...

Love Story: Return – Part 2/2

Love Story: Return – Part 2/2

Read Part 1 here “ㅤ Zuleikha, I am here. Zulu, l have come. Zulu, please take me in. He looks weak. Dead, if I were honest. I had cut off my past, my past had cut me off. Why is he here… Zuleikha, I looked for you. Zulu, I looked for you in the whorehouses. Zulu, you...

Sustainability In A World Of Saviours

Sustainability In A World Of Saviours

At the risk of sounding trite, the fellowship seems almost incomplete if you do not bring up Swades, the movie, at least once. From a third person's viewpoint, a fellow’s transition from a city to an idyllic rural setup sufficiently resembles the plot of the...

…Ab Toh Bhai Chal Padi, Apni Yeh Naav Hai…

…Ab Toh Bhai Chal Padi, Apni Yeh Naav Hai…

Having lived grounded for most of my life, moving to a new city would’ve been a horrifying thought. But then there’s a time in one’s life when change is necessary – it hands itself over to you when you least expect it – like finding that crumpled Re 500 note in your...

Help, I’m Drowning In Chai!

Help, I’m Drowning In Chai!

What happens when you throw a Gen Z coffee addict into a Gujarati society? This blog post... If you’ve ever been a guest at anyone’s house in any part of the country, (or any Indian’s place of residence anywhere, really), I am 100% sure of the one thing that you have...

Lost In Translation

Have you seen the South Korean movie Parasite that took the world by storm last year, in 2019? Or the German Sci-fi Drama Dark this year (or was it in 1987?) Why go overseas, did you enjoy Baahubali? There’s a certain "flavour" in listening to Baahubali yell a fury in...

Meri Community Kya Hai?

Meri Community Kya Hai?

Aavishkaar - Sajhe Sapne Development sector loves the word 'Community', in fact it thrives on it. To me, this excessive repetition has made the word just a jargon, stripping off its essence in reality, the sense of belonging! The jargon around it - 'Community...

Shut Up And Listen!

Shut Up And Listen!

The biggest takeaway for someone like me, just knocking the doors of the development world is to understand this basic rule of listening and asking the many whys and questioning the many whats.