Lunchtime in Hindi

I sat cross-legged on the floor with my co-workers, dipping roti into sabsee and dal as we shared our lunches like any other day, when the conversation erupted into an

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An essential ecosystem: The Sunderbans

West Bengal’s Sunderbans National Park is an ecological marvel. The world’s biggest mangrove ecosystem, it provides a livelihood to its 4 million plus inhabitants as well as the world’s biggest

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Fieldwork begins!: The Ramaj Watershed

Hello everybody,
After my trying but inevitable baptism into Indian bureaucracy and daily business, I have finally begun to feel a rhythm develop to my work life at Seva Mandir,

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Where Crickets go to Die

There’s a place where I sat from time to time over the orientation week and counted dead or dying crickets.  Their numbers could often be upwards of ten a day. 

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Setting the Context

Dear readers,
Most people would agree that moving to a new place requires a degree of adjustment and compromise. Upon our arrival in Delhi, the fellows were greeted by one

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The journey begins

Dear readers,
Two days ago, I apprehensively handed my flimsy plane ticket to a short, dark-haired woman who was yelling at me to come forward. I followed a long but

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Packing

“Lev Turner is selling three filing cabinets-$25 each, one ergonomic office chair- $30, Book Case FREE…”
“Lev Turner wants to know if anyone would like an avocado tree that we

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Personal Inquiry Brief

I cannot precisely describe the thrill of returning to India. It is an amazing and wonderful joy, one I find difficult to properly relay to others. I can’t wait to

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Personal Inquiry Brief

This fellowship experience is personally significant to me in several ways. First and foremost, I hope this fellowship will challenge me to think and act outside of my comfort

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