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Issue 28


Ashwani Parashar with village kids.

A few years ago, Ashwani Parashar visited his hometown Dholpur during the Diwali break from his medical studies in Jaipur. Always brimming with sensitivity for society, he decided to celebrate his Diwali with people from financially repressed backgrounds. Along with a group of friends, Ashwani Parashar bought some sweets and crackers and visited a village …

“I sold my daughter to a money lender for $200. I had no choice left”, the farmer murmured with a tangible void in his trembling, grieving voice. The despair in this farmer’s eyes unveils the hard reality of a small farmer’s course of life in Indonesia. With 41% of the population engaged in agriculture, millions …

“For a woman to succeed in the competitive business landscape, it is imperative that we become comfortable giving equal weight to our careers as we do to our other obligations, roles and responsibilities. And for that, we need to build a thick skin and a strong support system.” These are the words of a woman …

A girl wakes up to the crackling coo of birds and a new dawn, only to find herself in a mud hut. She starts her day cleaning up her home and supporting her mother to cook whatever they could accumulate from their remaining stock of paltry provisions. As the suns gain prominence in the sky, …

Ahmedabad resident Harish Kumar was born without a limb below the elbow joint on his right side. He faced impediments at many junctures in his life but they never impeded his will to do what he willed for. Receiving an MSC from IIT Roorkee and an M.Tech from IIT Delhi, Harish worked in the telecom …

Riverside School

Journalist and Indian School of Business Graduate Priya Nandkarni always wanted to work and experiment in the grassroots.Her strong keenness to work in our rural hinterland brought her in synergy with her husband Digvijay Singh and they worked together on employability for rural youth for many years. But fearing that vocational training was just a …

Often in the rumble of conversations on sustainability there is a constant spotlight on problems and not on the solutions and ironically, it is often in simplicity that we find the best solutions. The Smart Canopy is one such solution that stands at that juncture simplicity, innovation, and impact. Smart Canopy is an opportunity to …

It all started when a newspaper article appeared on how a blind man was refused to file a police complaint about his lost mobile on the basis of the fact that he was blind and (apparently) had no rights to a cell phone. When a group friends from an engineering college read about this in …