Abhiram: The Unsung Hero Of Agragamee

Abhiram: The Unsung Hero Of Agragamee

In 1996, I got a task from my night school teacher. He had asked me to write about what I wanted to see in Kashipur after 10 years. I wrote about roads, markets, and public transport. In 2006, I saw the changes. – Abhiram Jhodia, a senior staff member at Agragamee,...

मधुमेह : ग्रामीण समुदाय में पहचान और इलाज

मधुमेह : ग्रामीण समुदाय में पहचान और इलाज

राजस्थान का दक्षिणी क्षेत्र आदिवासी बाहुल्य क्षेत्र है. यहाँ कई प्रकार की स्वास्थ्य समस्याऐं हैं. मैं यहाँ बेसिक हेल्थकेयर सर्विसेज़ (BHS) नाम की संस्था के साथ काम करता हूँ और उदयपुर जिले के सलूम्बर ब्लॉक, जो कि उदयपुर से 70 किलोमीटर दूर स्थित है, वहां समुदाय में...

A Day At The Community Radio Station

A Day At The Community Radio Station

A local resident with a radio set As an India Fellow, I began my journey to becoming a socially conscious leader by working with and for people. As a part of the fellowship, each fellow works with an organization towards a social issue for 1.5 years. I’m working...

Maslow, Choices, Learning And A Library Somewhere In The Hinterland

Maslow, Choices, Learning And A Library Somewhere In The Hinterland

A handful of shared sand represents the handful of choices we have and how they are sometimes made for us or passed down to us. Every time I think about choices, I frequently wonder what they actually mean and signify? My thoughts go back to all the times I’ve had to...

Reality Of A Person Living With Multiple Chronic Diseases

Reality Of A Person Living With Multiple Chronic Diseases

It was a rather gloomy day when I had a chance to meet Lakhuna Das*. I was documenting stories and journeys of persons with drug-resistant Tuberculosis (DR-TB). Lakhuna Das's journey caught my attention. Mukesh Yadav, my colleague at Innovators in Health had already...

How Do You Spend Rs. 200 In Your Day-To-Day Life?

How Do You Spend Rs. 200 In Your Day-To-Day Life?

What comes to your mind when you see a 200 rupee note? How do you spend it? Is it a big spend or it just goes away in everyday expense? Does it differ between men and women? I asked the same question to a set of people and here's what they had to say about it. As a...

Bail Pola: A Gratitude Festival For Bulls

Bail Pola: A Gratitude Festival For Bulls

India is known all over the world for its rich collection of different cultures. People belonging to different religions, regions, caste and sect celebrate various festivals across the country. The uniqueness of Indian festivals is that it revolves around Lord’s...

Gavari, The Goddess Who Comes To Earth

Gavari, The Goddess Who Comes To Earth

As per Hindu mythology, when Sati married Lord Shiva, her father, Daksha was furious. Lord Shiva was a nomad and connected with the earth in unconventional ways. This was enough for Sati’s father to believe that he was not suitable as his son-in-law. Despite...

Understanding The Subtle Nuances Of Communities

Understanding The Subtle Nuances Of Communities

The fellowship journey has given me a tremendous opportunity to visit the hinterlands of certain parts of the country and understand the evident and subtle nuances and practices of communities. This understanding is possible only by immersing ourselves in the...

Living A Precarious Life On The Delta

Living A Precarious Life On The Delta

When I first heard about the Sundarbans I thought to myself ‘Why do people live amidst so much uncertainty?’ In my calculation and world view, the idea of living on islands often struck by cyclones, surrounded by saline water, the fear of attack by a wild animal, and...

Sundarbans: The Mystical Land

Sundarbans: The Mystical Land

India Fellow, as part of the workshops we do all round the year with our fellows, does a travel workshop. As part of this workshop, the fellows visit an ecosystem within India, which is rich in history, culture, geo-politics, ecological uniqueness and hence a...

“महिलाएं आत्म संदेह व विक्टिम ब्लेमिंग से ग्रसित हैं! आखिर क्यों?”

“महिलाएं आत्म संदेह व विक्टिम ब्लेमिंग से ग्रसित हैं! आखिर क्यों?”

इस सीरीज के पहले आर्टिकल में गहराई से समझने व लिखने के लिए हैरेसमेंट मुद्दे के व्यतिगत चुनाव पर बात हुई है व दूसरे आर्टिकल में कच्छ से कम्यूनिटी की बातें, स्थानीय व राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर डेटा क्या पिक्चर दिखाता है इस पर भी बात की गई है। हैरेसमेंट! न्याय प्रणाली?...

Cockfighting: A Tradition Or Violence Against Animals?

Cockfighting: A Tradition Or Violence Against Animals?

Cockfighting is an ancient spectator sport. There is evidence that cockfighting was a pastime in the Indus Valley civilization. Where two cocks will fight against each other until one of them will die. It started in Tamil Nadu, India. Nowadays the practise is...

हैरसमेंट को आखिर गंभीरता से क्यों नहीं ले पाता है हमारा समाज?

हैरसमेंट को आखिर गंभीरता से क्यों नहीं ले पाता है हमारा समाज?

एडिटोरियल नोट: लेख में हमने इव टीज़िंग के स्थान पर हैरसमेंट का प्रयोग किया है। एक संस्था के तौर पर हम ऐसे किसी भी शब्दों का प्रयोग करने से बचते हैं, जो एक महिला को या किसी भी समुदाय को कमज़ोर बताए। इसलिए, जहां-जहां हैरसमेंट लिखा है, उसे इव टीज़िंग ही समझें।...

Do You Know About SETU Abhiyan in Kutch?

Do You Know About SETU Abhiyan in Kutch?

At India Fellow, the journey that each of us undertakes comprises a lot of learning but through different mediums and sources. One of the major roles is played by the host organization that contributes immensely to the fellow's experience, learning, and work. I have...

How did the people do their ‘business’ then? (Part 1 of 2)

How did the people do their ‘business’ then? (Part 1 of 2)

“What is the most satisfactory and peaceful time in a human’s life?” was the topic of discussion in the courts of King Krishnadevaraya. All of the ministers were giving instances of life and death, while Tenali Raman, a brilliant and witty minister in king’s court was...