Journeys

Fellows reflect on their transformation while navigating through the fellowship journeys

Guided Discovery – Visual Notes From A Leadership Training

Guided Discovery – Visual Notes From A Leadership Training

Do you know that there are seven types of learners? I'm majorly Kinesthetic, Spatial and Logical. I wish my teachers realized this before they caught me sleeping and forced me to sit in front during their class. I make visual notes compulsorily. That's the only method...

The Story Of Team Vision

The Story Of Team Vision

The fellowship gave me multiple opportunities to travel and explore new places. I visited Kolkata thrice for attending the workshop on ‘Early Language Learning’ organized by Vikramshila. On my recent visit to Kolkata, I met a very talented young boy in the bus while I...

Learning From My India Fellow Journey – Sandeep Praharsha

To be honest with you, I had no clue what I was doing when I had applied for India Fellow. My folks seemed happy that I got into “something”, but they were not excited with the whole idea of me working in a random village anywhere in India. Their fears were further...

A Family Business and Eco-friendly Stationery [A Video]

"India produces almost 5 crore ball pens and 2 crore pencils everyday", says Saurabh and tells how his enterprise BioQ is also making stationery items, but by replacing plastic with biodegradable material. He studied Electronic engineering, and as an India Fellow, he...

The One Who Was Terrified: My Journey With Stuttering

“LLLaddy...” pause Her throat started drying, sight became fuzzy and head exploded like a volcano, with overflowing thoughts. She wasn't able say the word 'Bug'. She just couldn’t, and had no idea why. Everybody was looking at her. She could feel all the eyes....

Making Finance Easier For Rural Poor [A Video]

Rupal is from the first cohort of India Fellow. As a part of her field assignment, she got placed with Shram Sarathi, and is now the CEO of the same organization. Before joining the fellowship, she had studied development and for lack of options, was considering a...

A Library for Children Living in the Slums of Noida [A Video]

Would you have imagined that an urban slum in Noida has a space where children come, generally after school hours, and spend as much time as they want, just being themselves and doing whatever they feel like doing, without the fear of being judged? What inspired a...

All You Want To Know About India Fellow [A Video]

Young Indians are often disinterested in their jobs these days, and are exploring career paths which may or may not align with their knowledge, interest and/or skills. It takes several years for them to figure out a combination of what they’re good at, what the world...

This Young Woman Is Bringing Social Change Through Travel [A Video]

An itch to start something of her own, supply chain management, A fellowship advertisement, one year to make a decision, immense love for countryside, perseverance in abundance. All this and much more took Ashwini to start Nativefolks, and run it for about 4 years...

How India Fellow Happened To Me – Swati Saxena

अब ज़्यादा डर नहीं लगता, अपनी बात रखने में झिझक नहीं होती, अब खुद पर एक भरोसा सा है, कि मुश्किलों का सामना कर ही लूंगी, अब कुछ नया करने से पहले, सत्रह दफे सोचती नहीं, अब दूसरों से बात करना आसान हो गया है, और खुद से भी शायद यही बदला है इंडिया फैलो ने मुझमें शायद यही...

Saving The World : One Stupa At A Time

Saving The World : One Stupa At A Time

Everyone agrees the planet is getting warmer. What do we do about it? How do we adapt to it? More than two decades ago, Chewang Norphel, also known as the Ice Man of Ladakh, hit upon an ingenious idea. What if he could somehow store all the water that goes waste in...

Of A Medicine Degree, Ethical Dilemmas And An Opportunity

Of A Medicine Degree, Ethical Dilemmas And An Opportunity

Written by Anupama Pain - India Fellow alumni, in the fellowship program team and Tushar's friend. “Do the doctors or the nurses scold if you are crying or screaming due to labor pain in the hospital?” I listened to the exchange with some amusement. Tushar, 25, to my...

From Chennai To Ladakh

From Chennai To Ladakh

Written by Anupama Pain - India Fellow alumni, fellowship program team member and Surya's friend. 30th August 2016, while the rest of the country was experiencing the customary monsoon, the Sikkim bureaucracy was worried. They awaited the arrival of the delegation...

Constantly Departing While Arriving

Constantly Departing While Arriving

If I look back on my fellowship journey so far I observe a pattern in it. All of it has been about constantly arriving while departing. You meet some new people, adjust accordingly, make hearty connections, fall in love with them, get used to their company, receive...