What Makes Change Beautiful

As I wait for the bus to take me to Nirvana, the village bus rolls in to take us to our host. Lunch on a farm by the hills, made by Rekha Di. "The fish awaits", her early morning call too inviting to turn down. My co-fellows and I in anticipation missed the first bus and waited an hour for the second by the road. A dreary Sunday in the trading town of Pandhana greeted us with…

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The problem with the Problem.

Now Imagine starting a book from the middle. Imagine reading it and saying,' I know how this ends'. You don't read the book but since you read the middle and the prologue, you know the story. The movie comes out and you like it but then you hear people say, it was nothing like the book and you agree and then you forget about it because another book comes out and you again read only a part…

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A Future In the Sun

I was on my way to catch the 10 am bus to Pandhana from my village when I decided to drop by the local school. Udaypur Gaon can be identified from the main road by the school which is perched on the side of a hillock. It has three classrooms and one teacher's room but due to lack of students, only 2 are in use. The school has only a handful of students, around 30 on a…

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Kinglee Xperience – The Story

I had my Udaypur Gaon at the ready. It was late afternoon, when I raced there with the literature for making doopbatis as well as candles. For the doopbatis we got our local cow dung, powdered rice, ghee, saw dust and got down to making it. For a week I canvased the local market for some sort of demand but met with none. The candles and doopbatis were dead in the water.

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Saraswati ki Sanjori

When I had Joined 13 month SBI Youth for India fellowship, I wanted to create livelihood opportunities in rural India . We have ideas that we love to execute which may be destines soar or fair but without trying, who know!. It was a beautiful evening in December when I was invited to stay the night at Udaypur Gaon. This was my first time there and I was really looking forward to it. At that time I…

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The ₹2 a day Initiative

I have always wanted to do something for society. Have always wanted to make a small change in people lives so when I was in college I had started the ₹2 initiative. In a span of two months we collected ₹2300 just by collecting ₹2 everyday and we bought a cricket set and a football for the slum kids in Bangalore. This was not a new idea but back then for me it was totally original only…

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A Learning In Rural India – Monitoring and Consistency

'Rural India is a goldmine, filled with riches but harvested badly, without any planning marred with corruption and inefficiencies.' Well the start of my post is not new. The question is how to go about changing the dynamics of rural India and bringing back its riches. Some of my leanings are as follows - 1. 'Make in Village' and 'Buy from Village' - A paradigm shift to 'make in villages' is a must and a focus in…

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