Where Does Jaggery Come From? [A Photo Story]

Where Does Jaggery Come From? [A Photo Story]

For 40 years of his life, Lal Singh ji has been cultivating sugarcane in the months of January-February-March. The average procurement of jaggery through ganne ka rass (sugarcane juice) has been 300-400 kilograms per season. The yield has never dropped below a 100...

The Different Shades Of Entrepreneurship

The Different Shades Of Entrepreneurship

Facilitating one of the Entrepreneurship Development Trainings What do we picture in our minds when we think of an entrepreneur? A huge company? A shop? I think of a venture, big or small, employing people to creating something meaningful. I was an entrepreneur...

My Definition Of Empowerment : The Inspiring Story Of Meenakshi Tai

My Definition Of Empowerment : The Inspiring Story Of Meenakshi Tai

A couple of months back, we had such an online session* on Empowerment by Sushma Iyengar, founder of Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, Gujarat. I was excited about it, one because it was by such an inspiring leader and two, because of the topic. The term, empowerment, is...

6 Things To Empower Women In Local Governance

6 Things To Empower Women In Local Governance

In India, the participation of women in general, in politics and public life has been abysmally low. There is an existing gap between men and women in political activities that goes beyond voting. In the domestic areas of leadership and managerial skills, women are...

आम जनता के प्रति सरकारी बाबुओं की जवाबदेही

आम जनता के प्रति सरकारी बाबुओं की जवाबदेही

सूचना का अधिकार कानून के बाद राजस्थान की जनता जवाबदेही कानून की मांग कर रही है। सूचना के अधिकार के तहत हम किसी भी सरकारी व्यक्ति से उनके काम के जानकारी की मांग कर सकते है, जवाबदेही कानून से आम जनता को अपना हक मिलेगा। जवाबदेही कानून के बारे में मुख्य तीन बातें है। हर...

Mera Ghar Kahan Hai? Asks A Domestic Violence Warrior

Mera Ghar Kahan Hai? Asks A Domestic Violence Warrior

The world in front of her eyes came crumbling down with the news of her wedding being fixed. She ran to her grandpa with millions of questions in her eyes and shouted at him. But, grandpa did not utter a word. His silence was enough to tell that her fate had been...

Wrapping To Save A New-Born!

Winter days with the sun out bright are among my favourite days. It only gets better if you get to go to a village on such a day when the fields are a rich green, the water light blue and the sun offering warmth amidst the chilly wind. It was a day exactly like this...

The Rituals Of (Dis)possession

The Rituals Of (Dis)possession

Goddess Kishori's temple in Khamri, where the ritual of bandhej takes place Kashi* starts to speak, however from a distance, because bandhej forbids her to stay in close proximity with women. She is one of the many women in the Bundelkhand region, to go through the...

The Kids Of Sonkachh

The Kids Of Sonkachh

There is some kind of beauty in the way kids spend their lives - unhindered by unnecessary obligations and complications of the world. Their life is simple because they live in the moment and the past or future doesn't haunt them as much as it does to us adults. When...

Ramdas Of Darti

Ramdas Of Darti

The sun was scorching hot.But I was confused whether it was summer or winter. I was wearing two layers of clothes at Bondhi* where I had come to monitor the installation of solar lift irrigation on the banks of Moran river. Here, I found a ber (Indian jujube) tree and...

Doing “Dirty Work”: The Midwives Of Rural Bihar Come Clean

Doing “Dirty Work”: The Midwives Of Rural Bihar Come Clean

Cleanliness is also a big facet of the work of midwives. An essential component to understanding their responsibilities is caste. This is a representational image. “Who will I teach? They all tell me, ‘Who will do this hellish work? It is dirty and I feel...

“Don’t Entertain Liars, Stay Far Away From Them”

“Don’t Entertain Liars, Stay Far Away From Them”

Lali has been working with Basic healthcare Services (BHS) for a couple of years now. I was interested in knowing her role especially because nobody directly told me what she does. Hence, I took the opportunity to understand her story and write about it. The...

Walking Through The Side-Lines

Walking Through The Side-Lines

A school in Konta, Chhattisgarh As an India Fellow, I have been working with Shiksharth, in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. All this while, I've been listening a lot of stories about Konta, a block in Chhattisgarh. Local people here have been following their own traditions for...

The Decaying Roots Of Tradition

The Decaying Roots Of Tradition

After coming to Odisha, I was invited for a wedding for the first time in a tribal village. I decided to go for it. Outside Kerala, I have only seen north Indian weddings, that too only in movies. This was going to be a completely different experience. The venue was...