Monthly Archives: May 2014

Excerpts from a fellow’s diary – The bitter taste of ginger

When I chose Wayanad, Kerala as my project site, it was a dream come true for a guy coming from a dusty place like Delhi straight into the lap of the famous Western Ghats of India. The first few days … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a fellow’s diary – My Experiences at Jawhar

After spending almost a month at BAIF’s campus in Pune, interacting with some veterans in the field of rural development and attending numerous lectures on the subject, I was very excited to go to the real field and correlate the … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a fellow’s diary – Teachers and Me

During the course of my fellowship, I studied dozens of schools superficially and worked closely with 4 of them. All four were tribal ashram schools (residential schools funded by Tribal Development Department) in the Nandubhar district of Maharashtra. This is … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a Fellow’s Diary – Judging a book by it’s Cover

It was the Grama Sabha of a village located in the North-western part of Karnataka. I was present at the Gram Sabha along with the staff of BAIF, to present the list of beneficiaries in the BAIF-MGNREG scheme for the … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a Fellow’s Diary – There is a wealth of wisdom in our people

  It seems just yesterday when I decided to leave my job and enter a program that would supposedly help me to help my rural brethren. My reasons for doing so were many, so many that it is hard to … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a Fellow’s Diary – Mango, the ultimate ice-breaker

  Month: April 2011 Venue: BIRD-K campus of BAIF Village: Surishettikoppa village in Dharwar district of Karnataka. Temperature: 40 degrees Celsius Settling down in the sweltering heat of Dharwar was fairly easy, but mingling with the villagers on campus was … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a Fellow’s Diary: The Unfair Maths of Bottle Gourd

This is not just a story-it’s a true story. This is what I witnessed at the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee market (APMC), Shahapur, Thane. That’s where I understood the (real) gravity of the situation, rather than something perceived and projected … Continue reading

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