Category Archives: Excerpts from a Fellow’s Diary

From the philosophical to the quirky, these posts capture what all went on in the mind of our fellows in their yearlong journey.

Step by step journey of a SBI YFI fellow: Anirudh Prasadh

Many a times, we are asked questions about the fellowship experience. To help us answer many such questions, our fellow Anirudh Prasadh has decided to share the details of his journey. Embark on his journey and get an up close … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a Fellow’s diary – A home away from home

In this write up, I wish to share my views about migration, especially related to the youth, from the little experience I have in this area. What does “migration” really mean? During my school days, my understanding about this term … 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 – 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: 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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Excerpts from a Fellow’s Diary: Does he need any salary?

I have always felt that to get a clear picture of a situation, one should look at both sides of the coin and with this experience of the last one year, it has only been strengthened. Even government officials and … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a Fellow’s Diary: an Alternate Theory of Relativity

Once during a field trip to a tribal hamlet, I took some time off to visit the nearby anganwadi. I came to know from the anganwadi teacher that it was difficult to get kids to attend anganwadis. The teacher would … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a Fellow’s Diary: Little time to Talk

Out there it was a somewhat unfamiliar world – not there in books, nor depicted in cinema. It was during the initial phase of my deputation with Seva Mandir, when the final project and location had not yet been decided that … Continue reading

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Excerpts from a Fellow’s Diary – beneath the cost of Brinjals

It may be an urban psychology but when we see an old person or a small child selling something, we prefer to buy from them. It may be just to give a helping hand or may be in sympathy. On … Continue reading

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