My Everyday Life In a Village Of Kanpur

Let me start with some honesty. Two months ago, when I got to know that I am supposed to work in Kanpur, that too not in the city but in rural areas, I was filled with anxiety. The organization wasn't known to me. I was envious of my co-fellows who would be working in...

Adventurous Things I Never Did Before Coming To India Fellow

When I boarded a flight from Delhi to Raipur after the mid-point training, I was super excited to reach Sukma and begin with the second half of my India Fellow journey. I took a bus from Raipur for Sukma late at night, and was accompanied by a colleague. We woke up...

Goats And Nine Yards Of Blue

Across Munger district of Bihar, women dressed in sky blue saris are disrupting the community’s perception of their ability to improve the lives of poor. With help from a Goat Resource Center (GRC), a small establishment by the roadside that serves as an office and...

A Walk Into Mukta Gyan Kutir School [A photo story]

Welcome Enthusiasts. Before we go any further and you get awestruck with innocent smiles and their uncanny stories, let’s go back 35 years in time. A group of thinkers and activists started a social institution in south Odisha, an NGO which will fight against hunger...

The Last Time When I Did Things For The First Time

Most of us these days, including me, wish for adventure and excitement in our daily routine. I did it every single day while sitting in my AC cubicle; wishing an escape from the mundane life. Today, leaving that behind, I'm working with Basic Healthcare Services...

My Story With PERIODS As A Male Staff

Image: Doing sessions and discussions with adolescent girls on Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management I am working in a community radio station - Nityananda Janavani 91.2 FM in Purulia, West Bengal. Our radio station was already making programs on lots of issues...

एक सन्देश मेरे विद्यालय के बच्चों के नाम

‘उम्मीद’ एक ऐसा शब्द है जो मुझे ले चलता है वर्ष 2009 की तरफ, जब मैं 12 वर्ष का था| उन दिनों में मेरी पढ़ाई गोरखपुर के एक सरकारी विद्यालय में हो रही थी| मेरा मन पढ़ाई से ऊब चुका था और ज़िन्दगी में आगे के लिए कोई लक्ष्य भी नहीं सोचा था| उसी समय मेरी माँ ने अपने एक छात्र...

Welcome To The Learning Space In Tamarind Tree

Hemant, the co-founder of Tamarind tree was clear when he said, "Usma, this year you must take back at least one concrete digital skill with you, which you can apply in your life after one year of experience here". This was after our discussion about my aspirations...

About A Windy Night in Jiri

When time was closing in for Durov, after a long arduous journey, on the evening of 18th day of June, he sat down and imagined the day when his fate was declared. He could not refrain himself from thinking of that evening, which was still clear in his head. The first...

The Polluted Notion of Purity

8/8/18: It was my second day in Mishirpur, a village in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh. I was casually interacting with a male and a female member of a household, unaware of their social status in the village. (The original conversation took place in a mix of Hindi...

Maternal And New Born Health Crisis In Dalsinghsarai, Bihar

It was the last week of July. Dalsinghsarai was dealing with a critical issue of maternal and new born deaths. These deaths had instigated a series of investigations like social autopsy, analysis of existing events along with evaluation of the responses by various...

सामुदायिक रेडियो सिर्फ रेडियो नहीं बल्कि लोगों की एकीकृत आवाज़ है

मैं पुरुलिआ, पश्चिम बंगाल के एक छोटे से गाँव में स्थित सामुदायिक रेडियो स्टेशन में काम करता हूँ | मुझसे बहुत सारे लोगों ने यह प्रश्न किया है कि सामुदायिक रेडियो स्टेशन क्या होता है | रेड एफ.एम, रेडियो मिर्ची और आकाशवाणी तो सुना है किन्तु यह सामुदायिक रेडियो स्टेशन...

An Old Man And A Frog In Rural Udaipur

Age is just a number! After the last few days as described in the previous blog post, she woke up in haste that morning. It was her last day in Nayawaas but she was already marking her calendar, planning her second visit. Children hung from every possible corner of...

Pulp Fiction Meets India Fellow

The legendary film-maker Jean-Luc Godard had famously said, “A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order”. Another guy called Quentin Tarantino, took it a bit too seriously. He picked a bunch of characters, a set of...