Volunteer Diary

A ration(ed) card?

When we were children, the term ration card (or family card) meant something crucial for survival. From our family’s short stint in Mumbai, I recall that it was mandatory for school admissions too. Well, it

Volunteer Diary

Do we remember our small farmers?

In Mandya, Vasanthamma, 28, wife of a silk farmer realised that she would be unable to repay Rs 1,20,000 borrowed from a local self-help group. She hung herself and so did Gowda, fearing creditors. They left behind 3 little children Chandrika (5 years), Kirtana (3 1/2) and Sharath (2).

Volunteer Diary

A haven of harmony

A childhood’s memories Of looking and waiting For something exciting From the grove of coconut trees A busy woodpecker An agile tree climber Two young boys Who made little noise If we missed these We

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At the 5th RTI Clinic

Having missed the Right to Information (RTI) clinic in September, I was determined to participate in this edition. Despite the minimal participation, Bangalore’s famous and seasoned RTI activists (and retired government employees) like Veeresh Bellur