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Compassion and Resilience: Akila ‘Akka’s’ Journey of Embracing Change

It was an unexpected call from my friends, Abhilash and Naji, inviting me to join […]

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Seeking Serenity at Sristi: A Day in My Life in Rural Tamil Nadu

I’m woken up by the repeated calls for ‘Akila akka’ (Akila sister) at 7am. I […]

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An Observer’s Perspective of India’s Ultimate Frisbee Mixed National Championship

As someone who does not identify as an athlete myself, my exposure to sporting events […]

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Hitchhiking through Chennai: A Mirror to People-Powered Partnerships

Famished from skipping dinner, slightly nervous visiting a city that spoke a foreign tongue, and […]

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Challenges of Agriculture Part 2: To Till or Not to Till

To till or not to till; to plant paddy (rice) or not to plant paddy; […]

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Conversation on Snakes and the Myths that Surround Them

This was written in partnership with AIF Clinton Fellow Naomi Tsai. Loren: As one might […]

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At War with the Unseen: COVID-19 and Its Effects (Part 1)

It’s 6 o’clock in the evening. There is peace and stillness all around. So crisp […]

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Challenges of Agriculture: Learning the Ways of the Land in a New Climate

The Kattaikkuttu Sangam and Gurukulam are located on 7 acres on the outskirts of Kanchipuram […]

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Exploring Kattaikkuttu and an All-Night Performance

As I prepared to interview with Dr. Hanne De Bruin during the matching phase of […]

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Finding Family in Unexpected Places

When I found out I was accepted to the AIF Clinton Fellowship last year, I […]

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