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....

An Episode of Complete Disbelief in Bhawanipatna

While working with Swasthya Swaraj, getting back to my field area in Bhawanipatna, Odisha, after a week is always exhilarating. I feel like I've done enough and now is the time for weekend reward. Throughout the week, I work at Kerpai village. When I initially came...

About This Summer in Jalna

The Indian summer is great. It is that time of the year when we feel a stronger connection with the Himalayas. Not so much about soul-searching but to stay clear of the incomprehensible heat. I’ll gladly take a cold-storage mango in Winter, thank you! But another...

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...

Duski, a Unique Ritual to Forecast Local Weather

In India, 70% of the population is dependent on biodiversity for livelihood. Resources like food, fodder and fertilizer are basic necessities of life. But, working in Bhoola village for the last 10 months has given me an altogether different overview. It was just...

A Ray of Hope in Sukma

After 16 days of initial training in Udaipur, I was informed that I will be placed with ‘Shiksharth’ in Sukma, Chhattisgarh. Moving to a place like Sukma gave me a mixed feeling of excitement, curiosity and a bit of fear. One of the major tasks before I could set out...

Little Perks Of My Daily Life In The Fellowship

It’s been 70 days since I started my Fellowship with my host organisation, WISE (Women's Integrated and Synergistic Empowerment), promoted by Chaitanya in Madhya Pradesh. The aim of WISE is to promote women, primarily in rural and tribal areas, as community leaders...

Learning Without Reading: A Day With Enterprising Rural Women

"Anokhi" - A unique initiative by Shram Sarathi, in collaboration with STEP Academy (Skill Training, Employ-ability & Placement), supported by Aajeevika Bureau. It's designed to equip women entrepreneurs with tools and skills they may need to thrive in their...

When Ghosts Of My Memories Re-visited Me

Your body is just a place your memory calls home - Dr Deepak Chopra in his book titled Quantum Healing Some of us live in our memories. A part of our brain is always dedicated to relive old moments while the rest of the brain's major duty is to mold the reality based...

The Land Settlement Collision at Swasthya Swaraj

One of the greatest hurdles to overcome while working in a tribal predominant area is to secure a land for running day-to-day operations. According to Forest Rights Act 2006, forest land cannot be sold to anyone. In case there are villages that are completely occupied...

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...

Everyday Life At a Brick Kiln in Maharashtra

Imagine moving-in to a new place with your family for four months carrying all your possessions. How about doing it every year! While working with Katkari tribe in Raigad, on their social upliftment, one of the key issues we battle every year is Migration. They leave...

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...

Radio Has a Special Place in the Heart of Rural India

“It has been 11 years but I still remember the day when my 12th grade results were to come. I was eagerly waiting since morning. Those days, we didn't have internet. Radio was the only medium. My father was a keen radio listener and I recall how he sat throughout the...