I was that kid who’s report card in school always read “talks too much”. From long conversations over the phone to spending the night chatting away under the stars, I have always loved sharing stories, connecting with others and utilising this wonderful ability of speech that we have been given. Yet earlier this year for … More what i learnt from 10 days of absolute silence
“why on earth would you swim with sharks?” “do you have life insurance?” “you’re nuts!” “how on earth can you let your daughter do such a thing?” Sharks after all are pretty dangerous creatures. From their multiple rows of sharp teeth, agile bodies that slice through the water to their extraordinary sense of smell – … More shark tales #1: who is the real victim?
Where has our love of our learning escaped to? Too often we find ourselves cramming knowledge in education institutions. Studying for the sake of passing exams. I feel completely guilty of this and if you asked me what I remember from lectures from my university days, I will struggle to recall much. India seems to … More education for a living or education for life?
Tucked in amongst a construction site in a rapidly developing suburb of Pune, you’ll find an interesting collection of people gathered. IT professionals, mechanics, builders, taxi drivers, teachers, parents, children, and grandparents too. People of various faiths. People from all walks of life. And at the heart of this group is a hardworking, cheerful, incredibly … More communi-tea building one cup at a time
“I can’t do this” “I don’t have the skills…or the experience” “Who am I to do this?” We probably all have these thoughts at some point. Perhaps they surface when confronted with new situations, at points of change or transition, or when faced with challenges in our daily lives. We are all capable of far more … More it’s all in our heads
I want to tell you about one of the newest friends I have made here in India: Chetan. Chetan stays in Vangani, a suburb just outside of the city of Mumbai. He is a young dad, and lives in a humble home with his wife Radha and super cute baby twins. He’s also a musician … More seeing with new eyes
Have you ever struggled with maintaining your mother tongue in a country where it is not spoken? I’ve been told that when I was young, I spoke Tamil fluently (all the slang too!) But since moving to New Zealand it slowly seemed to trickle away. This past month was the ultimate test though. Our latest travels … More until further notice, celebrate everything
I quickly wandered down the stairs into the gully. I could see Sajid just ahead but was quickly losing sight of him. The path was narrow and this place was teeming with life, and stuff! Children running around. People sitting on their door steps drinking chai. Pipes. Tarpaulins. Bags and bags of junk. Wood. And … More part time recycler, full time rockstar
Imagine for a moment, the simple life that the majority of our world’s population lives by. Thatched roofs, no running water, no real bathroom, and numerous people (children, parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties), all living in a small shared space (with a few mice too!) This was how we lived this past week. Whilst this … More the ultimate boss: ghani khan
Our team spent the last two and a half weeks weeks travelling through a few cities on a bonding retreat/learning pilgrimage. We adventured through the states of Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra, meeting partner organisations, spending time with teachers, students, advisors and with each other, getting set to hit the ground running! Rather than use too … More turmeric, teachers & travel