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Saket market
October 7, 2012

The Delhi Mandi market system, of which Saket market is a small component, is a system of markets that take place on particular nights in different areas of New Delhi. This particular market is open every Monday. Farmers from surrounding areas bring their goods to the market, which are then available to, and purchased by, the wide variety of people that inhabit that neighborhood. (more...)

tags: Environment, Food Security, Delhi and Modernity, Delhi Neighborhood Culture

location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Dehra Dun potter
October 7, 2012

Not far from our base at the Navdanya farm in Dehra Dun lives this well established potter. We visited him one afternoon at his house which also serves as his studio. All of his work is biodegradable, and then either fired in a kiln or sundried. One of his primary products are small teacups, which are only used once before being tossed to the ground. They typically break down within three days. Here he proudly displays a dish-turned-hookah-bowl one of the students helped create.

tags: Environment, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability, Natural Inhabitants and Landscapes

location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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Banaras Ramlila
October 7, 2012

For one month every year, Banaras becomes the main stage for Ramlila, or the play of Ram, "play" being the key term here. Ramlila is not considered theater or any form of reenactment. Participants believe that the events are actually taking place in front of them - Banaras is transformed into ancient cities such as Lanka and Ayodya, while children actors are considered vessels for the gods and treated as divine. (more...)

tags: Festivals, Varanasi, Culture and Religion, Ram lilas

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching Women & Education in Banaras
October 7, 2012

The majority of my interviews took place at NIRMAN's Nagwa campus, an alternative school striving to provide quality modern education with art and music to children of all economic backgrounds. These are some of the wall decorations of the kindergarten classroom, home to a teacher that served as my primary informant. While she is still a young teacher of 24, she offered great insight as to how her upbringing and education has shaped her life. (more...)

tags: Gender Issues, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching Women and Education in Banaras: NIRMAN South Point School
October 7, 2012

NIRMAN is an alternative school that strives to bring modern education to students of various different socioeconomic backgrounds. While my interviews took place with adult women and primarily their own education, we also discussed the education of younger women in their own family. I wanted to feature women of various different economic statuses, and because NIRMAN has women working both as educators, cooks and housekeepers, it served as the perfect jumping off point for my interviews.

tags: Education, Development, Gender Issues, Social Development, NGO Development, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching Women and Education in Banaras: Manyata
October 7, 2012

Manyata, one of my informants, is a full time cook at the NIRMAN South Point School. Outside of work, she takes advantage of classes provided by the school specifically for staff members. Through these classes she has begun to learn the Hindi alphabet and basics of the digestive system. Two of her six grandchildren attend the school as well.

tags: Education, Development, Gender Issues, Social Development, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching Women and Education in Banaras: Meera
October 7, 2012

Meera came to NIRMAN fourteen years ago to help her husband in supporting their six children. By working, she was able to put all of her children through at least high school. She is particularly proud of her youngest daughter, who continued on to pursue a Bachelor's Degree and is now teaching at a nearby private school.

tags: Education, Development, Gender Issues, Social Development, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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(Re)searching Women and Education in Banaras: Rani and her Husband
October 7, 2012

Rani was the one woman's home that I was able to visit during my research. As a cook at NIRMAN, she is the sole provider for her family. Rani is the mother of two daughters, who both attained some schooling at a nearby municipal schools. They were sent to the municipal school primarily because it was free and nearby, making it affordable and convenient. Today they live in different parts of Banaras with their respective husbands.

tags: Education, Development, Gender Issues, Social Development, Social Issues/Civil Society, Varanasi, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Worker's Rights Training
October 7, 2012

The women photographed here are participants in a YIP training regarding the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). The act ensures that if asked for, an unemployed person without land will receive work for 100 days and receive 120 rupees payment per day. While there are requirements as far as participants for the training to be valid, the leader of YIP and this particular training, Narinder Bedi, is adamant that women are represented as well as men.

tags: Education, Politics, Development, Poverty/Wealth, Financial Development, Social Issues/Civil Society

location: Penukonda, Andhra Pradesh, India

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