Celebrating Death

My arrival to Madanapalle was a time of personal and professional change for my mentor. She had lost her husband 8 months prior and was slowly adjusting to the change

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A Poem

Being in a group is hard. Not always sure what I can offer. What my place is.
I flourish in intimate conversations with strangers,
yet struggle to show up within

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About Shame

Does shame make us healthier?
 
I felt a deep sense of discomfort as I watched a government school teacher ask a young girl stand up in morning assembly and

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“What Did You Do in India?”

A seemingly simple question that I get asked regularly upon returning to the states, but one to which I haven’t found a perfect answer. When posed this question, I think,

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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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Of Plums and Horizons — Part I

It had been a grueling three hours of uphill, crisscross, back-and-forth travel. Especially for a person prone to motion sickness. Before the engine started, I procured some medicine from a

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My Life in Rural Rajasthan

When I speak with my friends about my work here in Sawai Madhopur, I joke that I don’t mind working 6 days a week because I don’t know what I

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Hadad

To most travelers Hadad, Gujarat is a quick pit stop on the Ambaji Highway – nothing more. A line of tilted shops to supply water, a fried snack, a restroom,

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When education wins

Call me naive, but I never truly understood how or why education was always considered the answer to so many social issues in the world. I always thought that health

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Memory Marg

I left my home-away-from-home in August 2014. I took one last bite of stuffed naan at Hotel King’s Corner, enjoyed one last rickshaw ride down JLN Marg, and for one

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I met ambiguity

“Forge through ambiguity.” These were the words of advice that we were given at the beginning of our journeys as American India Foundation, William J. Clinton Fellows. At the time,

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