Hindi has been Soham’s Achilles’ Heel from the day he entered school. Knowing the fact that neither is he interested in studying Hindi, nor is he so good at it, we usually ignored how he read/wrote or how much he scored. …


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Now that I have gotten your attention using a picture that is “trending” on all social media platforms, I want to discuss how exactly social media is gaming our minds and playing with our mental health by feeding us with overload of undesirable, inappropriate information.

Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention…


A lot of times when I visited villages I used to envy the farmers’ lovely houses with kitchen gardens and always dreamed of being able to live in a house like that and grow my own vegetables.

During a casual conversation with my friend, Vasudha, she mentioned that it has…


This is my little 2.5 year old niece Medha telling me the name of one of the birds she spots from their kitchen everyday :)

The swaggy tot makes sure to enjoy her morning milk sitting in her balcony and spotting all the birds that visit their place everyday…


Ever since Soham started birding seriously, he gets very passionate when he speaks about birds and their behaviours. His face gets all lighted up when he talks about them! …


On the way to the collector’s office from Nirmal bus stand, a quaint cooperative store welcomes you with parrots, peacocks, hoopoes, paalapittas (Indian rollers), egrets and many more birds peeping through the glass walls eagerly waiting to narrate their story — The enchanting tale of a 450 year old handicraft…


The most interesting part of my field visits is undoubtedly my interactions with the many lovely women I meet. One such woman is this 70 year old lady, Rajamma (name changed) I met recently in Vikarabad. Close to 6 feet tall, spine erect, she went around doing all her housework…


I have been associated with Kisan Mitra where I work with a lot of farmers and coordinate with the district officials including the collectors w.r.t the farmers’ rights and entitlements. However as much as I would want to believe that I am working for their rights, a lot of times…


For a very long time I didn’t really bother about where my clothes came from and who “manufactured them”. But after meeting Harsha and working closely with so many cotton farmers, seeing what the chemical based large scale cotton cultivation has done to them (Most farmers who commit suicide are…


It was around 8pm in the night. I was sulking as usual about making dinner, when a friend — also Rythu Swarajya Vedika volunteer frantically called me asking me to speak to a suicide farmer’s wife (who is also suicidal) at the earliest. I knew nothing about this lady, but…

Shruti Naik

I am a psychologist working with a rural distress helpline called KisanMitra. Our work mainly focuses on prevention of farmer suicides in Telangana.

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