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While on duty

This the second and concluding part of the article, ‘Times, they are changing’ that appeared on 21 August 2022. Parvati,...

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Times, they are changing

‘You will not just leave me and go, will you?’ Without a moment’s hesitation, Parvati replied, ‘Well, it is kal...

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ASHA: The frontline activist

ASHAs have a long list of tasks. Post-natal care, gathering sex behaviour details, birth and death details, polio vaccinations, family...

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The lost women groping in the dark

They are wandering like ghosts in the very world where we live vibrantly. Meera is desperate, on the road, going...

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Secrets, mysteries and horror stories across generations

In the midst of the euphoric dark night, this or that man or woman will make proclamations. Or ‘sweep away’...

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Internet in rural India: Something is brewing

V spends 2-3 hours on the mobile. His YouTube go-to is for facts and games or school questions He also...

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Let things be

All these lives are sealed. At the cost of not bothering, not caring, not interfering in the Apne aap syndrome....

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By the lakeside

Taal Kinaare is as much a place to earn an income in a tourist locale, as it is for other...

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Set adrift: B.Com, the common strain

Girish somehow managed to complete not just B.Com but also M.Com through correspondence courses. Life vacillated between his hometown and...

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Ajay’s story

He walked in one day. With a beautiful little daughter beside him. Then the story unfolded. Ajay originally belongs to...

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The sorry state of rural polytechnics

Time has passed. Niharika with almond eyes, a lovely smile and quiet demeanour, from an earlier story, has moved ahead...

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Touched, untouched

Their shadow could not fall on anyone a caste above them. No right to draw water from the village well....

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That time of the month

Age-old barriers are still put in place for the menstruating period. No cooking, in fact, no entry into the kitchen....

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Afforestation: Not so green tales

There is a huge gap of information and availability in the afforestation process. Tracking the botanical names of fodder species...

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Poor and female

Recent reports state that Uttarakhand tops the Himalayan states in the number of rape cases. Vulnerability certainly dictates choices and...

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State of rural education is grim

It is a conundrum between the English divide, the digital divide, the absence of windows of opportunities, distances in difficult...

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Traditional healing and modern psychoanalysis

When first fully exposed to words like ‘vibhuti’, ‘jhaadnaa’ and ‘jaagar’ in a rural setting, an urban mind can be...

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The tourism trap and the lure of instant money

Boys are drawn into the dragnet of the ‘customer’ and quick money syndrome. Families who have faced generational poverty tend...

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The yellow and white of ration cards in rural India

The white ration card is issued to the families living below the poverty line, BPL. The yellow card is given...

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It’s about Level

Status. The all-consuming force that drives humans in the modern age. Imbued with symbols that are attached to it…that others...

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Old leaves, new leaves

Following is the first of a four-part series on voices from four villages in the central Himalayas. The pieces will...