Insights

In their immersive journey of experiencing the grassroots, fellows share the challenges and discoveries made, and how it connects to a larger perspective to build insights

Victim Blaming – A Popular Culture In The Nation

“Bachchi ki samajhdaari ko bhi main thoda sa kehna chahti hun…saari bachiyon ko...ki already jab koi teen aadmi baithe hue hain uske andar…to aapko usme baithna nahi chahiye tha…I am saying this to protect the girls”, Kher was quoted as saying at the press conference....

What I Saw In Public Schools In Odisha

It was a bright day at a village in Odisha. At 9:30AM, I was going to facilitate a full day session about Malaria at the government high school which has a total strength of 160 students from 1st to 10th grades. The unique aspect of this school was that, on a typical...

The Times Of Non-Linearity

I don't think cat videos represent the funniest aspects of the internet. Let's be honest here. It has more to do with how seamlessly you can transition from Donald Trump to Donald Duck and watch two whole episodes of Uncle Scrooge before you ask yourself, "what am I...

Living In The Dark With Pedophilia

There was this one video of a man sodomizing a doll in a shopping mall surfacing for quite a sometime on social media. It was no surprise that people were going gaga over him. "Men can’t even leave dolls alone now" "Even dolls are not safe" With a preconceived and...

The Flight Of The Sparrow

On a rain washed sunny morning earlier this month, I found myself on a bus to Alibaug to visit one of our partner centres – Jeevan Jyothi Kendra. Having missed the direct bus to my destination, I was bound to take one that would take me only as far as Valkhad, from...

Poverty : My 1st Lesson In The Social Sector

How long has it been since you had your last meal? 17 hours for me, out of which 13 went by sleeping in an air-conditioned compartment of a train. My head is aching and I’m sipping water slowly but here’s why I’m tolerating hunger: Can’t leave the luggage unattended...

Of Disturbing Instances, Gender Disparities And Taking Charge

It was just another day in one of the villages of South Madhya Pradesh. A colleague and I were passing through the half-broken muddy roads, to reach our destination. As part of our project, the agenda was to talk to women collectively and motivate them to save a...

Freedom Of Expression – The Oxymoron

Freedom Of Expression – The Oxymoron

The idea of “Freedom of Expression” sounds so much like an oxymoron to me these days. Two contrasting ideas nestled together so beautifully. Apparently the term freedom and expression do hardly ever go together. At least in the current context of our society. The...

Deconstructing Dating Amidst A Deity

Deconstructing Dating Amidst A Deity

It’s been a month since I’ve started working in the rural areas of Bihar and my new buddies here are very eager to set me up on a date with their friends. “Dishooja Ji, meri ek dost hai. Baayis saal ki ho gayi hai, aur shadi ki umr bhi hai. Dilli ke bank mein naukri...

स्केल कैसे होगा?

स्केल कैसे होगा?

स्केल कैसे करेंगे? इस विषय में उचित सवाल है कि क्या तरीका पहले चल रहे TB प्रोग्राम जैसा होगा या अनुभव वाले साथी जाके नया वार्ड शुरू करें या कुछ और? दो वार्डों में पायलट की समाप्ति के बाद संस्था के कार्य के दायरे को बढ़ाना स्वाभाविक मोड़ है। साथ ही, हमने ट्रस्ट को जो...

Humanising Users Of Healthcare

Humanising Users Of Healthcare

A paid internship right out of the college—even though underpaid and compulsory and obligatory—is a perfect opportunity to assimilate the four and a half years of knowledge and finally rub one’s hands clean enough to be granted a chance to suture that open wound. That...

What Drives Us To Action?

What Drives Us To Action?

I implemented a newly designed financial literacy game with the community. The details of which will be shared in a later blog. This game is followed by a debriefing session on how you need to protect, grow and diversify wealth. I take a deep breath and launch:...

Our Design Is Designing Us Back

Our Design Is Designing Us Back

“Just as you grow into the world, the world grows into you. Not only do you occupy a certain place, but that place in turn occupies you … It’s culture shapes the way we see the world, its language which informs the way you think, its custom structures you as social...

This Is Water

This Is Water

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how's the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other...