Glimpses of Madhopur

In Harry Potter, when Harry needs to conjure a Patronus, the charm needed to get rid of Dementors–creatures that bring doom and gloom, he has to think of a

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To Jaganpura, with Love

 
The school year’s over now, but during the school year, as I approached Gramin Shiksha Kendra’s Jaganpura school, I was often welcomed by shouts of “Tali Madam! Khelo!” (Come play!)

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Learning from Children

Document local culture in the area and create curriculum modules that teach children about the local culture. Back in September, the task seemed daunting. I was a complete newcomer to the community.

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A Community Rebuilds

There is a poster placed on the wall, by the doorway to one of the houses of the families we interviewed in Girirajpura. It features a picturesque-looking house, and the words, written in English

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The Politics of Cultural Change

The day begins with a cup (or sometimes two) of chai, followed by the 2 kilometer walk to the school. During the morning assembly, the students are encouraged to announce

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Reclaiming the Forest

I had this realization a few weeks ago. For the longest time, I was struggling to connect the dots. In the interviews I was conducting, the events I was participating

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Catching a Train

One of my big accomplishments this month was jumping on a moving train. I arrived two minutes late for my train back from Jaipur to Sawai Madhopur. I scrambled up

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Rethinking Education

“Forge Through Ambiguity”
Forge through ambiguity. This was a phrase that AIF Clinton Fellow alumnus Ted Samuel brought up in his incredible keynote during orientation in Delhi. It’s a phrase that

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