Roshini Suparna Diwakar

The fat girl

I’m the fat girl! I’ve been the fat girl with acne my entire adult life. As a child, I was the skinny kid who was a fussy eater. It was so bad that when I was eight, Amma and Appa enrolled me in Judo classes with the hope that the sport would help me build… Continue reading The fat girl

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

Responding to Covid: A case for strengthening decentralisation

“...the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavoured,… Continue reading Responding to Covid: A case for strengthening decentralisation

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

Why contextual understanding matters in Qualitative Research

This piece has emerged as a result of a recent conversation I had with someone from outside the development sector. We were talking about the transcription of interviews and I realised how much imbibed knowledge I take for granted. As someone who has grown up being exposed to the work in the development sector, spending… Continue reading Why contextual understanding matters in Qualitative Research

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

The Toll Untold

“Sometimes you go through things that seem huge at the time, like a mysterious glowing cloud devouring your entire community. While they're happening, they feel like the only thing that matters and you can hardly imagine that there's a world out there that might have anything else going on. And then the glow cloud moves… Continue reading The Toll Untold

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

A Tale of Two Colonies

I would have begun with something along the lines of “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”, if only I had the verbal prowess of Mr. Dickens; the sentiment stands true for the story about to be told. Recently, my work has taken me to resettlement colonies scattered across Delhi.… Continue reading A Tale of Two Colonies

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

When we engage in poverty tourism

Let's start with a disclaimer: I write this in a personal capacity based on what I have witnessed. This article in no way projects the views of any organisation with which I work. I write as Roshini Suparna Diwakar, independent human being! Now that that's out of the way, I'll tell you a story. I… Continue reading When we engage in poverty tourism

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

Savda Ghevra: A Story

This is the story of an adolescent girl. Imagine a young girl who has just finished her 10th standard board exams and is looking forward to continuing her education. Only, one night, her house is bulldozed over, and the only place she has ever known as home is lost. This is the story of many… Continue reading Savda Ghevra: A Story

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

Where I Live

Withdrawal is a f**king ****. But first, some context. After chacha passed away in February, I have spent the past 8 months on anti-depressants. I have written about this earlier, right after I had my first breakdown. I was in an extremely dark place then, not really seeing the point of making any effort to… Continue reading Where I Live

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

Development Shevlopment

I have been sitting on this article for a few weeks now and have been using Manto’s retort that the story will write itself as a valid excuse to not write. In reality, I have not known where to start, but I found inspiration while watching Newton. For the uninitiated, the film is about an… Continue reading Development Shevlopment

Roshini Suparna Diwakar

CONFESSIONS OF A RESTLESS MIND

A good friend recently shared a personal story about mental health, and spoke about how important it is to have conversations on it. I have been meaning to write this, but to articulate something this personal, and be brutally honest about it, is not something I have done before. So, be kind. I have been… Continue reading CONFESSIONS OF A RESTLESS MIND