Bail Pola: A Gratitude Festival For Bulls

Bail Pola: A Gratitude Festival For Bulls

India is known all over the world for its rich collection of different cultures. People belonging to different religions, regions, caste and sect celebrate various festivals across the country. The uniqueness of Indian festivals is that it revolves around Lord’s...

Gavari, The Goddess Who Comes To Earth

Gavari, The Goddess Who Comes To Earth

As per Hindu mythology, when Sati married Lord Shiva, her father, Daksha was furious. Lord Shiva was a nomad and connected with the earth in unconventional ways. This was enough for Sati’s father to believe that he was not suitable as his son-in-law. Despite...

A 6KM Long Trek For Water And Why Every Drop Counts

A 6KM Long Trek For Water And Why Every Drop Counts

I can never forget Anupama’s (India Fellow alum) line, “Try and understand the pain point of the community.” It has been 11 months now that I am working with Project Koshika in the district of Panna in the Bundelkhand region. And it would be unfair to speak about...

Monsoons In Sukma

Monsoons In Sukma

Due to the Naxal movement in 2005 (Salwa Judum), Sukma is one of the highly militarized zones in the country. Every 5KM, you find a military base camp. This part of India is also known as 'The Red Corridor'. The conflict between the Indian Army and Naxalites is...

A Zoomed Introspection Of Trupti Kitchen

A Zoomed Introspection Of Trupti Kitchen

Respecting senior citizens and giving them the utmost priority and position in any household has always been an integral aspect of Indian culture. However, today, as a community, we have failed to uphold this custom. More and more cases of senior citizens being...

A Heart-Wrenching Tale Of A 13-Year Old Mother In Rural India

A Heart-Wrenching Tale Of A 13-Year Old Mother In Rural India

It was 11:30 PM when I received a call from Reema’s* mother-in-law. They belong to one of the villages in Panna, Madhya Pradesh where Project Koshika runs a health intervention. Reema complained of severe stomach ache, nausea and fever. I pulled out my notes to see...

राजस्थान के सुदूरवर्ती इलाकों में शिक्षा

राजस्थान के सुदूरवर्ती इलाकों में शिक्षा

शनिवार के दिन स्कूल में ताला राजस्थान के सुदूरवर्ती इलाकों में शिक्षा को लेकर बहुत सी समस्याएं हैं, जिसका प्रभाव बच्चों पर पड़ता है। जिसमे पारिवारिक समस्या हो, गाँव में स्कुल या मा-बाड़ी केंद्र ना होने की समस्या हो, और विद्यालयमें अध्यापकों की कमी होने के कारन यह...

Balika Panchayat: Creating A Platform For Adolescent Girls

Balika Panchayat: Creating A Platform For Adolescent Girls

Introduction - What is a Balika Panchayat? The Women and Child Development Department of Gujarat (will be referred to as WCD), under the initiative Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, launched a pilot project of creating Balika Panchayats. This project was started with the aim...

Designing A Training Session For Swasthya Kirans

Designing A Training Session For Swasthya Kirans

Who is a Swasthya Kiran ?She is a community volunteer residing in the village she serves. They receive trainings on various health topics pertaining to the need of their community. They spread their knowledge amongst their fellow community members. They are also...

“उदयपुर के 25 गाँव जहां कोई स्कूल नहीं”

“उदयपुर के 25 गाँव जहां कोई स्कूल नहीं”

अभी हाल ही में आपने बिहार के सोनू कुमार का वायरल वीडियो देखा होगा, जिसमें वो सीएम नीतीश कुमार से मिलकर अच्छी शिक्षा पाने की गुहार लगा रहा था। वह IAS बनने के सपने बता रहा था। अब चलिए आपको वहीं, राजस्थान के सुदूरवर्ती इलाकों में ले चलते हैं। बस स्कूल जा रहे हैं कुछ...

Why 50 kgs On A Weighing Scale Comes As A Surprise To Me

Why 50 kgs On A Weighing Scale Comes As A Surprise To Me

Malnutrition as a term never occurred in my conversations before I started working with Project Koshika in Panna, Madhya Pradesh.It has become a reoccurring word in my dictionary now. Koshika runs a maternal and infant health intervention in 10 remote villages of...

A Closer Look Of Majholi, Panna : My First Rural Immersion

A Closer Look Of Majholi, Panna : My First Rural Immersion

Rural immersions make for an important part of the fellowship journey. I remember during induction, we were divided into teams of five and were asked to go to villages in and around Udaipur, everyday for three days. On Day 1 the instructions provided to us were, "Do...