SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2010
On Serving in India
With the number of young non-resident Indian (NRI) volunteers at India’s NGOs today, it seems coming to India for service work is
SAATH is a non-governmental organization that utilizes market-based strategies to create inclusive societies by empowering India’s urban and rural poor.
Visa is a global payments technology
One of the interesting aspects of living in Bombay is that it puts you in a unique position to see the New India. Just walking down certain streets, looking at
A Typical Day for a Caucasian Guy Working for an NGO in Bangalore and Other Aspects of that Caucasian Guy’s Life
My writing, like the way I live, is quite
If I were to write an article, that would be the title. Which incidentally, I am supposed to be writing for my NGO. I have had nightmares about publishing this.
I’m the kind of person that likes to be an active member of my community, wherever or for however long I find myself there. Engaging in community activities is a
When my grandmother tells me stories about her life, she reiterates: "The biggest curse is to live in a time of change." I’ve always understood my grandmother’s aversion to change
What are we working towards?
What is development? Starting from the time I began working with marginalized populations and now further amplified with each
Before the first adhan or alarm, you wake. Even the warmest blood cowers from this cold, but Sirius paces the Greater Dog along the horizon, invigorating. Shuffling feet interrupt the
It all started by running in heels.
I spent my first few days in Chennai horrified by the danger in which adolescent boys and young men put themselves to catch
Last week I sat on the floor with a task force we’ve formed at Roshan Vikas and led a discussion on business development. Anyone could see I stuck out like
“I want to be…I want to study English really well and I want to have a big company, a big computer company and employ lots of people.” –Chandru, 4th standard
Part of learning new things is doing them wrong. Sometimes repeatedly. But too often, we celebrate our successes while cowering from our failures. Failures are valuable and deserving of appropriate
I remember reading the vault guide and always wondering when in real life I would ever use the “top down” vs. “bottom up” approach.
And today, as I sat in