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Pukhraj Ranjan, former Head of Community and Impact at HundrED shares five life lessons that she learned while growing and nurturing this global education community of education innovators and stakeholders. 1. Community is more than just membership, it is about belonging. Right when we started, there was something unique about being surrounded by people who have a common mission -…

Looking Up has never let me down! You remember growing up, the advice most adults offered us was simply this— ‘Neeche dekh ke chalo (Look down & walk). It was fairly a good one; especially handy for a dreamy eyed-curious child who runs the risk of stumbling over the next rock, if not paying attention. But somehow, I feel, we…

I debated long and hard about writing on here about this topic. It isn't something to be talked about on LinkedIn - my former self would have thought. Well, that former self is gone. She is in the 'before'. And today I speak to you from the 'after'. In October last year, tragedy struck. Suddenly, completely unexpectedly. Like a bolt…

I’ve told this story so many times in different contexts. When I was in kindergarten, we were supposed to paint self-portraits on A3 papers. They were to fill the whole paper, which was a struggle for me as I usually drew and painted things very small, leaving a lot of white space on most papers. That day, I refused. For…

Wisdom pieces scattered all around the globe Para a versão em português, acesse aqui. “Hey, Claudinha! I just recommended you to share your life lesson with the World Wisdom Map led by Project FUEL!”. I knew very little about what that recommendation meant, but I readily accepted it. Sharing wisdom pieces across the globe was the kind of project that my global-citizen self would…

Every December, I sit down to reflect and condense my learnings from the year gone by. Needless to say, the past 366 days were packed with lessons of a deeper and different kind. Here’s a list of what 2020 taught me: Jumping sideways is progress too, not just moving forward. Give yourself credit for not being stuck.  Those who never…

By virtue, our life revolves around the built environment. Through our journey, we have come across buildings that have been there for centuries. Some stand tall, oozing the grandeur of the past, while some stand-in dismay, hoping to be loved again. Each of them has seen a fair share of life filled with joy and some near-death experiences. “With age…

If there was one thing I could change when I hear someone say: ‘I hope you find your calling’, I would gently tweak it to: ‘I hope you find the direction of your calling’.  What you dedicate your life to is the direction of your calling, or what you hope your calling is. That is the only thing you can…

Smile, bullying

A few years ago, a friend from Calcutta gifted me a Ruskin Bond book with a note that said, “Always be the eye-smiler, you are”. I was so moved by that compliment; both for its freshness and its fervour. For the past few months, I have been making a mental note of all the things that are said about my smile.…

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