Poverty Begets Poverty by Uppasana Baruah

By Volunteer Uppasana Baruah, FHI Guwahati  As Sita’s mother asks her to fetch her some water, I, sitting next to the fire, look at both the mother and daughter with awe. Radha, Sita’s mother, is so adept at jewellery making that I find myself convinced there’s no one who could make them better than her….

Andra Tuttoo Bene – Just hang in on there by Jay Laddha

By Volunteer Jay Laddha, FHI Ahmedabad I recalled her again. The girl I saw one afternoon, walking down my apartment’s front road, dressed in a frock whose sequins glittered in atrocious sunlight, in what was perhaps the best dress she owned, sweating, stumbling, struggling to carry her yellow bag, perhaps the entirety of her world…

Dreamcatcher by Barsha Bharati

By Volunteer Barsha Bharati, FHI Bhubaneswar “What is the cost of this dreamcatcher?” “300 Rs” “Give me two for 100 Rs each.” That woman was giving a two hundred rupees note to my sister. Sudha dii was denying and asked for 100 Rs more. She gave 250Rs and took two dream catchers. The lady was…

Unfulfilled by Shritama Sarkar

By Volunteer Shritama Sarkar, FHI Bangalore As Aadi returns home after playing Gulli-danda, he sees his mother cooking some rice and pulses wondering if it would be the right time to remind her about his school fees. By the time, Rohan and Anju, his siblings come over and he gets involved with them. They all…

A paradise on earth by Selvalakshmi

By Volunteer Selvalakshmi Arullselvam, FHI Pondicherry Today, I feel thankful. Thankful for people like them. I walked in carrying two boxes, drenched and leaking, into their houses as the rains finally gave a break. Lead by Ma, my sister and I trudged along, into this “Paradise” – that’s what we called this place, back at…