Field Stories

These stories bring out the real-life narratives, moments, and experiences, highlighting the stories and voices of the communities our fellows work with

The Hidden Tragedy In Kalahandi

The Hidden Tragedy In Kalahandi

Despite the visual appeal and novelty of the environment in Kalahandi, Odisha, during my field visit in the first week, the deeper complexities didn't hit me in the beginning. However, after spending some time interacting with locals and taking help from my team...

एकत्रित महिलाएं (एक कविता)

एकत्रित महिलाएं (एक कविता)

While working with Sakhi Sangini, the women's federation created by Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, we frequently conduct various training workshops on topics such as livelihoods, gender sensitivity, legal awareness, cybercrime, land rights, and leadership development....

Empowering Out-of-School Adolescent Girls through Non-Formal Education

Empowering Out-of-School Adolescent Girls through Non-Formal Education

Setting up non-formal education sessions for out-of-school adolescent girls is a critical aspect of the TULSI program, aimed at improving the health and nutrition of young girls under Swasthya Swaraj. Despite existing government schemes, accessing education remains a...

Photo Story : A Kutia Kondh Tribal Settlement

Photo Story : A Kutia Kondh Tribal Settlement

The Kutia Kondh is one of the many tribes living in Kalahandi, Odisha. They are a sub-section of a larger tribal group called Kondh, and are classified as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Among Kondhs, those who live on...

हुर्रा, एक सामुदायिक युवा

हुर्रा, एक सामुदायिक युवा

सुदूर इलाके में स्थित एक गाँव है, मिनपा, जिसकी जनसंख्या महज़ 900 के आस पास है। यहाँ के घरों की छतें खपरेल और छिंद के पत्तों से बनी होती हैं तथा दीवारें लकड़ी और मिट्टी की। आसपास सब जगह धान के खेत, घने जंगल और कच्ची पगडंडियां हैं। इस गाँव में लोग खेती और मजदूरी करके...

An Attempt To Collectivise Through Zines

An Attempt To Collectivise Through Zines

First things first. What is a zine?Good question. Tricky answer. For a lot of people around the world, across time, a zine (pronounced zeen) has always meant much more than an independent, inexpensively made, small, self-circulated piece of publication. It is first...

शहर में कहाँ है यह हवा पानी

शहर में कहाँ है यह हवा पानी

गांव तहसील से करीब १० किलोमीटर की दूरी पर है. गांव में मोबाइल नेटवर्क नहीं है. आठवीं के बाद गांव में स्कूल नहीं है, स्वास्थ्य समस्याओं के लिए भी १० किलोमीटर या उससे ज़्यादा की दूरी तय करनी पड़ती है. और बुनियादी सुविधाओं के लिए जब यह गांव तहसील की तरफ देखता है तो रास्ते...

Migration: A Journey Of Hope And Challenges

Migration: A Journey Of Hope And Challenges

Migration has emerged as a transformative lifeline for ambitious individuals in search of better livelihood opportunities, particularly in the vibrant landscapes of south Rajasthan. Amidst agricultural distress and limited local employment prospects, many young men...

Rohit, A Young Boy From Bania Chapar

Rohit, A Young Boy From Bania Chapar

In the heart of Bania Chapar, a village nestled in the rolling landscapes of the Gopalganj district, a thirteen-year-old boy named Rohit Kumar Chauhan embarks on a remarkable journey each day. He studies in the 8th grade at the government-upgraded higher secondary...

Encouraging Curiosity And Imagination Through Children’s Literature

Encouraging Curiosity And Imagination Through Children’s Literature

Working and learning with children is about meeting serendipitous joys! While organizing library engagement sessions in several schools and community sites, we sometimes forget to have fun. However, the children never fail to bring us delight. At times, a single...

सामुदायिक पुस्तकालय – एक अनोखा संगम

सामुदायिक पुस्तकालय – एक अनोखा संगम

 कहानी, कविता, पाठ्यपुस्तकें, नाटक, शायरी, चुट्कुले, विज्ञान, सामाजिक विज्ञान आदि तमाम सारी किताबें पुस्तकालय में पढ़ने के लिए आसानी से मिल जाते हैं। पाठ्य पुस्तक के बारें में जब भी सोचता हूँ, बचपन में मुझे बहुत ही बोगस लगता था, डर लगता था, शिक्षक कब प्रश्न पुछे लेगा...

From Fear To Empowerment: Navigating Gender Politics And Insecurity

From Fear To Empowerment: Navigating Gender Politics And Insecurity

I had just finished my day with receiving appreciation for the depth achieved in my research and gaining a deeper understanding from different perspectives. It was a good day at work. Early in the evening, I had received an unexpected call from my father. He asked me...

दक्षिणी छत्तीसगढ़ का हाट बाज़ार

दक्षिणी छत्तीसगढ़ का हाट बाज़ार

सुकमा दक्षिणी छत्तीसगढ़ का ज़िला है। यहां मैं बीते कुछ वर्षो से रहता हूँ। यहां के गावों का हाट बाज़ार बड़ा ही सुहावना होता है। कुछ छोटे तो कुछ बड़े हाट बाज़ार हैं। हर दो-तीन गाँव के बाद बाज़ार लगता है। बच्चे, महिला और पुरुष बाज़ार में उत्सुकता से आते हैं। खेत  से उगाने...

‘Character Alive’ : An Activity To Engage Children

‘Character Alive’ : An Activity To Engage Children

Working at a children's library has been a journey filled with endless possibilities and captivating discoveries. Among the many fascinating aspects of library education, one that has truly stood out for me, is 'Engagement activities'. What are Engagement Activities?...