COVID-19: Digital Divide and Elementary Education in India

India has been under lockdown since March, 2020. Schools and educational institutions are closed and their date of reopening remains uncertain. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has specified several digital learning initiatives to ensure continued learning of students. However it fails to account for children in the elementary stage without internet access. Some privateContinue reading “COVID-19: Digital Divide and Elementary Education in India”

How Social Distancing Brought Us Closer

I am a PhD Student in India. I have been staying in a hostel in Mumbai for quite some time now. So long, that I call it my home. I am used to a group of young adults who are usually under-dressed; a little zoned out with exams, thesis or assignments and follows a particularContinue reading “How Social Distancing Brought Us Closer”

Orange Hatred and Scarlet Love

It was a warm summer evening. We were sitting together in our tiny half-lit apartment, our eyes glued to the TV. The angry Hindu mob had set a mosque on fire in East Delhi. To make matters worse, they had placed a Hanuman flag on the minaret. The mix of orange and grey, the purpleContinue reading “Orange Hatred and Scarlet Love”

Beyond a data point: Stories from Primary Survey

I was attending a seminar in college. The study had tracked pregnant women over their course of pregnancy and a month after the delivery. A professor asked, “I am assuming that the women did not know the gender of the child during pregnancy. Overall, did you see gender bias in your study?” The speaker replied,Continue reading “Beyond a data point: Stories from Primary Survey”

Getting Soniya Back to School: Part I

March 2016. First year of teaching was coming to an end and I was feeling a little relieved. It was a lovely Saturday morning. I was packing my bag for the day – the lesson planning book, folder of worksheets – when my phone rang. It was Soniya’s father. “Namastey Didi, kya main chhutti keContinue reading “Getting Soniya Back to School: Part I”

A Jar full of Sunshine

A ray of sunshine galloped all the way through the sky, manoeuvred its way through the playful clouds and knocked on April’s window. She ignored the sound and rolled over on her bed, hugging her purple teddy-bear. The energetic ray made its way through her yellow curtains and caressed her eyes. April hid her eyesContinue reading “A Jar full of Sunshine”