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I remember meeting Deepak the last time he was in Kolkata. It was a certain winter afternoon and we'd met at a quaint Flurys outlet in New Alipore, guzzling down hot chocolate and brainstorming crazy ideas for FUEL. I had turned up five minutes late, drained out of energy, still recovering from the greatest loss of my life and he,…

It is not infrequently that you would catch me indulging myself in yet another episode of my favorite TV show—one of my many guilty pleasures (second to only comfort food). You might be familiar with that feeling. But sometimes, you come across that one scene or listen to that one quote or encounter that one character that strikes a chord…

"Oh to be young, and feel love's keen sting"- A harmless bit of reminiscence on Albus Dumbledore's part, but a few more people and stings later, this statement assumes a deeper and more terrifying meaning. That every emotion lies within the range of two extremes is as good a truth as any. But one needs to ask oneself- how much…

I often find myself tumbling into situations where I realize that my actions are affecting people. It is then that I wonder if I had caused the pain. If yes, was I forgiven? And slowly, I start recalling all the instances where I was at the receiving end of forgiveness and if I could feel its hold on me. I…

Project FUEL, Deepak Ramola, English Blog

Originating in the Greek language, the delta triangle is a symbol of change with a little gap on one side representing an openness to whatever may come our way. And to think about it, we all need a little bit of this mantra to expose us to the beauty of life. Being a selectively social person, life has been quite…

Yesterday I could have died. And yet here I am, more alive than ever before. It is, however, a very strange feeling to walk down the streets knowing that I might not be here tomorrow. I am looking at people and watching them interact. I look around myself and observe the nature, the buildings surrounding me and the streets I…

P.Y.D.S. , Project FUEL

Before every exam, every test, every student already carries a question with them, one which stirs a mortal dread in their hearts — what if today’s test contains a question from outside of the syllabus? We aren’t taught to tackle such questions that fall out of the pattern of examining. We aren’t taught to tackle questions which do not align with propriety.…

‘Every season in the hills has an essence of its own, one as beautiful as the other', I remember our porter saying, as he hauled our luggage off the sidewalk of Gangtok's tidy Mall Road. Monsoon was slowly descending upon the land of Sikkim, making its way up from the South. Our arrival was veiled in a haze of white,…

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