Surat And Its Nakas

Surat And Its Nakas

Sayeed, the author and a fellow, works with Aajeevika Bureau in Surat, destination of migration and is a part of a study on the same.

The Questions We Have For Poor People

The Questions We Have For Poor People

People from Musahar Community in Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh, are also known as Vanvaasi and have traditionally been denied basic human rights. They have lost their dignity to centuries of oppression, and have recently gained some limelight with their portrayal in a movie...

Four Conversations Which Altered My Social Sector Notions

Four Conversations Which Altered My Social Sector Notions

If you didn’t know it yet, I am a stickler for conversations. Apart from what’s been going on inside my head, I’ve had more conversations with strangers than I’ve had in my lifetime. An achievement in itself. Its times like these that I realize the quote written on...

The Toilet Story in a Village of Udaipur

The Toilet Story in a Village of Udaipur

With this post, I'd like to share my experience of Community Immersion in Nayawaas, a village about 120 km from Udaipur. Last few months were quite hectic for the entire team of Kshamtalya, as we were busy organizing the Learning Festival in various schools of Kotda...

Encounter With One Of Those Kids At Our Dhabas …

Encounter With One Of Those Kids At Our Dhabas …

"Once upon a time ..." makes a great beginning. But, it ain't no fairy tale. It was way past the lunch hours, and I had managed to finish the assigned field work. For the last couple of hours, my growling stomach was reminding me of yet another skipped breakfast. I...

Health Check-Ups in School: Challenge Accepted

Health Check-Ups in School: Challenge Accepted

Swasthya Swaraj, the organization where I work, runs a project with schools in tribal community of Kalahandi, Odisha under which we aim to improve the attendance in schools and better the living conditions of local people. It broadly covers the major issues of...

उत्तराखंड के किसानों का जीवन

उत्तराखंड के किसानों का जीवन

आपकी उम्र चाहे जो भी हो, आपका पेशा (occupation) चाहे जो भी हो, आप शहर में रहते हो या गांव या कस्बे में. क्या आप अपने दैनिक जीवन की कल्पना बिना फल-सब्जियों, अन्न तथा दूध का कर सकते हैं? बेशक आपका जवाब होगा, नहीं. हमें अपने दैनिक जीवन में एक डॉक्टर, वकील, ऑफिसर,...

Baha Parab – The Festival of Flowers

Baha Parab – The Festival of Flowers

Baha, the flower festival of Santhals is celebrated between February and March every year - the Falgun month as per Hindu Calendar. It is a celebration to express gratitude and respect to mother nature. Baha is one of the biggest festivals of Santhals after Sohrai -...

My Journey With Kids in a Classroom at Sukma

My Journey With Kids in a Classroom at Sukma

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. – John Harrigan In the beginning, it was difficult for me to work with kids. On the first day, as I entered the classroom, I was expecting that children would be feeling shy. They would be reluctant to talk....

Living In Fear – Violence At Home

Living In Fear – Violence At Home

Kanku* is the second youngest of 8 siblings, 5 sisters and 3 brothers. She was a bright kid at school and unlike her older sisters was able to complete school upto class 5. For high school she would have to travel to the next village, which wasn’t what many girls her...

Of Menstruation and Cloth Pads, in a Rajasthani Village

Of Menstruation and Cloth Pads, in a Rajasthani Village

It was just a usual day in school when I requested the staff to open and clear the storeroom. The moment we entered, we saw big boxes, old books, medicines, rats running here and there, birds nesting, and a sack in a corner. The sack was heavy and full of dust. To my...

My Wildlife Survey Experience In Ladakh

My Wildlife Survey Experience In Ladakh

  Maybe 10 years ago, it was a destination sought only by a few foreign nationals but today the streets of Leh are thronged by tourists. You can see bikes plying en route to Khardungla every minute. Monasteries and beautiful desert mountains and scenes are what...

My Experience of Attending First SHG Federation Meeting

My Experience of Attending First SHG Federation Meeting

In March this year, as part of India Fellow placement, I was informed that I will be working with an organization called Chaitanya WISE (Women's Integrated and Synergistic Empowerment) for the next one year. I was to live in Indore and travel to rural parts of Madhya...