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Double Feature — Meet Shahvez and Vaishakhee

  During interviews, I’m normally the one asking the questions. So suffice to say, I was mildly surprised when, just as I was about to ask my first question, Shahvez quickly got in first asked me, “What’s your height?” In fact, I was so surprised that I was halfway through asking my first question when […]

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Meet Pooja Kamat: ITI student and ETASHA Trainee…

Icebreaker questions are simple, and are supposed to elicit simple answers. However, while interviewing 18-year-old Pooja Kamat, I found that this is not always the case. I learned that she carefully thinks about each and every aspect of the world around her, analyzing it to elegant simplicity. For example, when I asked her what type […]

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Meet Nitesh Parakh: Community Team Mobilization Coordinator

  One of ETASHA’s major goals is to train disadvantaged youth and help them find employment. But for that to happen, those youth first need to be found and introduced to an ETASHA center. This is one of the reasons for which the community team exists. Led by Nitesh Parakh, this group of ETASHA employees […]

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I Left Delhi like a Thief in the Night…

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die. Blade Runner   I am ending my journey to India with the quote […]

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In Demand Vocational Skills…

  As college graduates lament the difficult job market, vocational school graduates have a hard time identifying with their problems. Why? Many vocational skills are in high demand, especially among medical professionals, skilled labor, and financial services. Are you cut out to try on one of these vocational skills? Give it a try, and you […]

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Job Club: One Step Further…

Job Club One of ETASHA’s main goals is to find jobs for the trainees, giving them the long-term financial stability that otherwise might not have been impossible. That is why the organization has “world of work” classes, which focus on readying students for formal employment and job hunting. The “Job Club” class is a sect […]

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Double Feature—Meet Karan and Kunal: ETASHA Job Club Trainees

The first class I ever observed in ETASHA was the “Job Club” class one hot afternoon at the Tigri center, taught by Mini Bhargava (but more on that later). It consisted of about ten or so trainees, all of whom were looking for work (or will be looking for work in the near future). I […]

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Why are we here and which is worse?

“I should like to know which is worse: to be ravished a hundred times by pirates, and have a buttock cut off, and run the gauntlet of the Bulgarians, and be flogged and hanged in an auto-da-fe, and be dissected, and have to row in a galley — in short, to undergo all the miseries […]

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The Art of Walking in the Rain…

 “Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”                                                                      Roger Miller   There is Monsoon at the gates. Whilst preparing for my arrival in India I was warned that this is the season of rain, humidity and clogged roads – the time of the dreaded monsoon, when country changes into one big puddle […]

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Meet Monika Gupta: ETASHA’s Secretary

ETASHA has an eclectic staff, to say the least. Some members facilitate. Others create curricula. Supervision and management is the role of some faculty. And then there’s Monika Gupta, who literally does a little bit of everything. Ever since ETASHA was founded back in 2006, Monika has been whatever the organization needs her to be. […]

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