Where Collective Strength Lies

Where Collective Strength Lies

Who’d ever want to pay an interest of Rs. 1200 on a loan of merely Rs. 500? A woman from the jungle village of Tirpania in Kharagpur, Bihar did so willingly, at least for a while. Until the concept of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) found its way to rural women in Bihar,...

Waste Pickers’ Tragedy…

Waste Pickers’ Tragedy…

This is Harsh. He helped us in distributing leaflets of medical camp in Sapera basti. Do you know where does your waste go after it leaves your home? How many hands does it change? Most us have limited knowledge about it. Either the Nagar Nigam (Municipal Corporation)...

Science On Wheels

Science On Wheels

I woke up early morning, at 5 am, reached the town of Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, in an hour and finally got into a private bus of Tamil Nadu. Interestingly, this bus had a portrait of a Tollywood superstar on the exterior. The sight of it prepared me for the short...

Alzirr, The Boy Who Fell In Love With A Ghost

Alzirr, The Boy Who Fell In Love With A Ghost

About a thousand years ago, there was a massive earthquake eventually leading to a change in land formation. The Eurasia plate was drastically affected, it drifted into two-Asia merged with Africa and Europe close to North America. The earthquake and the climatic...

Not NaMo But RoKu As A Prime Minister

Not NaMo But RoKu As A Prime Minister

Baal Sansad (Student's Youth Parliament) Elections at MS Desuva School, Samastipur, Bihar India, as a democratic nation, was looking forward to Lok Sabha (LS) general elections 2019, its seventeenth. The elections were to elect 543 members into the LS. While there’s...

Pursuing A Problem : Patiently Persist Or Perish?

Teaching Math has been my primary responsibility for the last ten months. After all this time, I recently had my first encounter with a Math educator and researcher visiting the organization. Sneha, who has been working extensively on Mathematics education at the...

Life Lessons From A Year Spent In The ‘Other’ India

Life Lessons From A Year Spent In The ‘Other’ India

It has been more than 10 months since I, along with 21 others, set out on a journey to learn about and understand India at the grassroots. In all honesty, this has been one mixed bag of a year. Some expectations I harbored remained unmet while some hopes I never knew...

Maheshwar: A Veiled Jewel Of Royalty

Last 3 months in Chaitanya, my host organisation, have been the most enriching ever. With alternate months spent in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, I have gotten the taste of both the preliminary stages of SHG (self-help group) formation and the functioning of...

Life Adventures At Fellowship

Life Adventures At Fellowship

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one”- Brad Paisley It’s been almost 3 months since I moved to a rural space from my urban comforts. I'm living at Samastipur, Bihar, 2200 kilometres away from my hometown; and have started a new life,...

Taniya Parveen: A Journey of Hope and Aspirations

Taniya Parveen: A Journey of Hope and Aspirations

"You need to step out to know the world outside" - Taniya From Saradhi, Bangalwa village in Munger district of Bihar, where most girls are forced to stay at home and are valued with respect to their ability to do the household chores; a young girl Taniya Praveen is...

The Minorities Of Mhaswad

The Minorities Of Mhaswad

While the national political discourse takes on more and more of a saffron hue, its polarising effects have spread beyond cities to small towns and rural areas.

Science Of Nuns And Sisterhood

Science Of Nuns And Sisterhood

[Aishwarya's (my co-fellow here) idea and Simran's production] She was trying to get off two tiny ants from her arm. After struggling with one, I thought I might as well help her. To me, it looked like, a better way would be to rub her hand off and make the ant roll...