Musing

Fellows share their reflections, thoughts, expressions,musing and introspection from their own journeys while exploring the intersections and complexities on the ground

Taboo And Anger : Where Is The Space For Empowerment?

Taboo And Anger : Where Is The Space For Empowerment?

The image of the prime minister posing with his scepter, juxtaposed with the sight of police lathi-charging women wrestlers outside the new parliament, baffled me - like many others. Every time the image popped up on my screen, it ignited a simmering rage that served...

A Day In My Life As An India Fellow – Part 1

A Day In My Life As An India Fellow – Part 1

When the day begins, I don’t know how it’s going to end. India Fellow sometimes sounds taxing to people looking at it from the outside. The unpredictability, the lack of structure on some days, having to be ready on the go. But I think this is exactly what keeps me on...

Understanding and Power: Exploring Parallels with Sudhir Kakar

Understanding and Power: Exploring Parallels with Sudhir Kakar

"In another, more dynamic formulation to which I would subscribe, the individual self is a system of reverberating representational worlds - representations of his culture, primary family relationships and bodily life each enriching, constraining and shaping the...

My First Rain In Kutch

My First Rain In Kutch

First three days in Ahmedabad at the main office of my organisation, Samerth were a mix of fear of traffic, aversion from going out during the day due to urban heating phenomenon and the hot sun. Little did I imagine how hotter the next destination would be. I was on...

Cigarettes, Beedis And The In-Between

Cigarettes, Beedis And The In-Between

I grew up in Calcutta watching everyone from my father to the cobbler to the Chief Minister smoke, and how. The sight of greying old men, corporate white-collars and hair-gelled high-schoolers waiting for the bus, with cigarettes in hand (Silk Cut, Classic Milds and...

Walking In & Out Of My Omelas

Walking In & Out Of My Omelas

'Omelas' is a fictional city described in the short story 'The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas' by Ursula K. Le Guin, a celebrated author, published in 1973. It presents a moral dilemma by exploring the idea of a society, where citizens are happy and prosperous....

Of Children And Childhood – What Are They Thinking?

Of Children And Childhood – What Are They Thinking?

Part of how Basic Healthcare Services takes care of the community’s health is through its Phulwaris, the day care centres. In areas that are off route (what is the route anyway? And what makes so many people build houses so far from each other and so far up the hill?)...

On Not Showing Up : Chronicling A Recruitment Experience

On Not Showing Up : Chronicling A Recruitment Experience

It takes effort to put together a resume but more so, to list down your life to achievements, interests and experiences. While listing these down, there’s also a lot of internal loss felt. An attempt to make white out of the rainbow colors (without a prism). And then...

Can Challenges Be Blessings In Disguise?

Can Challenges Be Blessings In Disguise?

Introduction The past seven months have been a period of self-reflection and transformation. Where I have questioned my preconceived notions and expanded my understanding. The India Fellow program has presented me with numerous opportunities to explore new...

Why I Find Myself In The Kitchen, More Than I Realise 

Why I Find Myself In The Kitchen, More Than I Realise 

It didn't occur to me until I was excitedly narrating the story of how I ended up making puris with the cooks at my office Diwali get-together, dressed in a full-sleeved shirt and trousers. Amused and laughing, my mentor asked me, "How is it that you always find your...

About Endless Possibilities And A Library Workshop In Goa

Library to me is a mosaic, a beautiful patchwork of ideas, people, and stories sewn together by books and our humanness. It is a place where I slow down and marvel at the pages filled with pictures, illustrations, colours and their various textures. It is a place of...

Understanding The Complexitites Of Labelling

Understanding The Complexitites Of Labelling

In a recent group conversation, a colleague lightheartedly asked something along the lines of, “How talkative do you think Adya is?” The other colleague responded with, “Yeh toh expert hai (She is an expert)”.  And I dreaded what I thought would follow next. Because...