A Tale of Two-Tier Cities

Intro: Angela Kohama, AIF Fellowship Class of 2013-14, writes about her experience living in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, and offers incoming Fellows personal insights and advice for succeeding and getting the most

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The Gunda Undar

 
Nilam, the project manager for Shaishav’s children’s collective, strolls confidently to the front of the room. As a young woman, age 32, who lives in Bhavnagar’s largest slum, she

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The things that keep you sane

People often ask me, “Why India?” It’s true, I keep returning. As I wrote in my application for this fellowship, I find India alluring. There is something intimate and almost

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Mother’s Rights

Let’s take a step back in time, to September 2013. In Bhavnagar, India, the ground was still slightly damp from a late monsoon season. I rode sidesaddle on Alpesh’s motorbike,

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Christmas in a slum

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, several creatures were stirring; yes, even a mouse. The stockings weren’t hung by the chimney with care, because all knew

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Grassroots Development: A Definition

Children, youth and adults clambered into the Shaishav bus, faces aglow with excitement. Standing on the outside, I could hear laughter and Gujarati gabbing trickle out the windows. A microphone

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Bhavnagar by Bicycle

I have procured a bicycle. Actually, the NGO that I work for, Shaishav, had a spare one in their storage space. Three tire repairs and one seat adjustment later, I

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Power, Privilege and a Piece of Pizza.

Every time I return to India, I try to “expect the unexpected.” As cliché as that phrase sounds, “the unexpected” is why I initially fell in love with this country. It

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