Know Yourself

What I have really enjoyed about this summer, was the chance to hear several life stories and they all have one advice that seemed to flow uninterrupted from one conversation to the next and it was – Know Yourself. It looks a fairly banal point, but it remains one of the most important ones. When…

Grad School is what you make of it!

It’s been a week of reflection – A luxury I couldn’t afford this semester. with seven courses and the amazing Dow project ensure that I have enough on my plate that I always work until I doze off – A phenomenon I didn’t experience since JEE days. While being able to benefit from multiple departments…

Phenomenon Phoenix

As the semester draws towards an end, and the discussions begin, I looked forward to engage in the sheer variety of viewpoints our classmates bring to these classes. Today one of our classes discussed “Rise of China”. I want to build upon 2 points that compelled me to write this piece Even before the discussions…

An ode to Grit

Oh! It was such a a happy day when I found out I am headed to Brazil this spring. My excitement came from the journey upto Brazil in which I would learn about 2 things – Lula and Rochina. And when I told one of my classmate from Ecuador, who shared my affection for President…

Connecting the dots, Comparing the 2 largest democracies

While working for members of parliament across various states in India, I used to prep for a meeting, by finding out some of the interesting programs started by the state . Those background researches were literally the inspiration for introducing the best practices section in Tamraptra “briefs”. By the end of my time at Swaniti,…

The first impressions..

Well, they say that “they” last! I have never really cared to verify that. And to be able to do that, I have to brush up my journals kept 12,000 kms tucked away neatly in a box back home. I reached the city of Ann Arbor with 2 huge bags, despite giving away all my…

Leaving for Ann Arbor..

Wish I had this cool bag! After a restful summer, I was quite excited to step into the hustle of a grad school. With Ford School celebrating it’s 100 years this fall – Ann Arbor seems like the right place to be. What really attracted me to the program was the fact that it seemed to…

When an Existentialist Meets a Rationalist (?)

Well..I finally got my full-fledged internet in place. And after all those offline drafts I had carefully preserved, I felt the need to write on a topic that’s been dominant in my head from 2 days now. I have been reading philosophy in a much more systematic manner from a couple of days or so….

Whatever you are, be a good one !

I ran for 1.5 kms in 10 mins Today was a very emotional day for me. As I prepare to leave Bangalore, the firsts of the last series has begun. Today I parted with my dear Ramalaxmi aunty. She was working in my second home for the past 2 years. The love she brought to…

Happy Birthday to Me ..!

I ran for 2 km in 17:10 min Sad..Sad beggining of new year.. Just when I thought I have a full proof setup of not missing a gym a single day.. I got unwell..for 10 full days.. In these 10 days of bedrest..so many topics came to my head..so many things I wanted to write…

Youth frontiers – reimagining and building the future

Very recently I represented India in a youth conference in Edinburgh to participate in re imagining Indo- UK relationship. It was quite an enlightening experience for me at multiple levels. For starters it helped me look at youth leadership from a very different lens. It was heartening to see various dignitaries so interested in our…

All words are pegs to hang ideas on!

Contribution by Sneha Rao, participant at the Re-Imagine Edinburgh Youth Summit held in August. It’s always those few words which have a more lasting impact than the events themselves! I have tried to recollect my experiences of Edinburgh with the help of those words that fascinated and inspired me…  “India in some ways is responsible…