Getting To Know My Host Organization

Getting To Know My Host Organization

“We are all a family here,” my colleague Shiney* tells me as we eat dinner. I was asking him if he could help me deal with some particularly persistent rats in the flat I had recently started renting in Jamui, Bihar. "We are family" is to say, of course, I will be...

Digital Mobility In Panna, Madhya Pradesh

Digital Mobility In Panna, Madhya Pradesh

Sajan Bai (on the left) glares as I (on the right) download WhatsApp on her phone The popularity of smart phones has radically changed the way people communicate and gain information. With a single device, one can browse a random question on Google, text a classmate...

Jo Bhi Karna Hai, Aadhe Mein Se Karo!

Jo Bhi Karna Hai, Aadhe Mein Se Karo!

Every Friday afternoon, the Aavishkaar team huddles in Ojas, the campus gazebo as Sarit sir, our co-founder stands in front casting an aura of wisdom and knowledge. This was my first time at the circle. There was a multitude of faces - Aavishkaar team members, Sajhe...

Number Talk Se Ganit Charcha Tak…

Number Talk Se Ganit Charcha Tak…

Researches prove that discussions and open conversations enhance the quality of learning and understanding among students. Number talk or a broader version of it, Math Talk, is an activity in which students are asked to solve problems in multiple ways and express...

Aavishkaar, As I Saw It

Aavishkaar, As I Saw It

I joined Aavishkaar five months into the fellowship. It was a shift from my previous host organization and came as a difficult decision. While I was worried about coping up and settling in, the challenge of starting things over and sticking with this journey I had...

Ghost Towns Of Banswara, Rajasthan

Ghost Towns Of Banswara, Rajasthan

Migration for work is etched into the identity of several districts that fall within the perimeter of Southern Rajasthan's tribal belt. Hundreds of private buses ply each day, carrying thousands across borders to cities like Ahmedabad, Surat and Mumbai. A range of...

Understanding Collectives

Understanding Collectives

Chaitanya, the organization I'm working with, is one of the pioneer organizations in the country to have successfully worked on the SHG (Self-help group) model with women. Since 1993, Chaitanya has been promoting community-based institutions for facilitating economic...

Signs Of Change – Part 2/2

Signs Of Change – Part 2/2

To read part 1, please go here. Continuing the series of personal stories of women in an attempt to explore how change can manifest itself... Not Just About Money Reena’s* family business of selling Maheshwari Sarees was up and running when she got married. However,...

Signs Of Change – Part 1/2

Signs Of Change – Part 1/2

Working towards people's empowerment often means working without seeing any noticeable results or successes for prolonged periods of time. However, this also necessitates the acknowledgement of 'little wins' and urges you to seek more by asking the right questions....

मिर्ची की खेती बन गई फायदे की खेती

मिर्ची की खेती बन गई फायदे की खेती

पन्ना टाइगर रिज़र्व मध्य प्रदेश के पन्ना जिले में स्थित है। इस रिज़र्व के अंतर्गत पन्ना के बहुत से गांव भी आते हैं। टाइगर रिज़र्व के नियमों की वजह से यहाँ के किसानों को खेती करने में बहुत सी समस्याओं का सामना करना पड़ता है। रिज़र्व में संरक्षित वन्यजीव खेती को बहुत...

Who Are The Commons Really For?

Who Are The Commons Really For?

Disclaimer: This blog is a translation of a case study written by the Urban SETU team, working with migrants and the Nagar Palika of Bhuj city in Gujarat. If you read Gujarati, you can read it here! I have only connected the idea of The Tragedy Of The Commons and...