Rural development innovator
Operations Director, Trustee
A4e India Pvt Ltd, The ANT
I had commenced volunteering in University during my Bachelor's degree. After a Master's and faced with the prospect of embarking on a PhD, I decided to defer admission, take a year off and go and live in a village. In 1991, I moved to Bikaner District of Western Rajasthan to work with the Urmul Trust. I was hooked and stayed on till 1998. Seven years of living and working in villages and I needed a break since I was physically and emotionally burnt out. I worked on policy issues for a year with ActionAid in New Delhi and consulted for a year and a half. I like working in teams and with people and consulting was too solitary a pursuit for me. I joined The Hunger Project and worked on women and governance for the next three and a half years. Delhi - got to me. The line between necessities and luxuries were getting blurred. In 2004, I fled to the hills and assumed responsibility as the Executive Director of the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag). In September 2012, we relocated to Gurgaon to be close and accessible to our family. I spent eight months assisting the High Level Committee on Status of Women in India and quit in April. This interval had given me the space to reflect on a little over two decades in the voluntary or not-for-profit sector and I decided it was time to re-invent myself. Since May 2013, I am the Operations Director of A4e India and work with young people seeking entry level jobs. Young people fleeing rural India and agriculture with the belief that their quality of life will improve in the city! I am also a Trustee of The Ant - an organisation that works with Bodo tribals in Assam and The Ants Craft Trust, Bengaluru that runs a craft shop for produce primarily from the North-Eastern states of India.
A south-Indian or Gujarati vegetarian 'thali' i.e. a full meal for lunch or dinner and street food in Delhi.