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Onaiza Drabu, Fellow-2014

"Since YIF ended I had a huge list of things to do. I wanted to move to Kashmir and do farming and do something related to heritage and history. I started researching and found a treasure of proverbs in Kashmiri and I started illustrating and translating them in a blog. It got a lot of attention and from that I also got around 20 volunteers from all over willing to work in heritage. I have started a heritage project that focuses on oral traditions, history and the architectural legacy of Kashmir.

Over the last month I got an academic paper published and got accepted to two conferences, one at the Imperial College in London for July next year and one in Prague this year. My paper was on Identity and Orientalism in arts. The work I'm doing also revolves around ethnography and I've since gotten in touch with a lot of anthropologists who have gotten me interested in the subject. I now think that I shall be applying for a master in anthropology and I am extremely excited.

For all this, I have you to thank. Else, I'd still have been still sitting in front of excel feeling sorry about my life. Thank you so much for the most stimulating year of my life. In short, thank you for giving me the courage to change it."

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Abhinay Somani, Fellow-2015

"I was once told that those who follow the crowd usually get lost. I am glad to be lost with the right crowd to make the right choices. I also believe that one knows oneself only when he is lost. An awesome journey ahead, in search of self at the Young India Fellowship 2014-15."

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Ramya Maddali, Fellow-2014

"The fellowship promises to prepare you to be a change-agent. But what it does more evidently is that it changes you, in many many ways. You read, listen, speak and question more than you possibly have ever done before. After a year-long gestation at the fellowship, there shall be re-birth."

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Praveen Khangta, Fellow-2014

"What I got from the YIF was a simple learning that one doesn't need to agree with something in order to benefit from it."

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Tanita Abraham, Fellow-2014

"If there was a specific degree we got at the end of the year, I fear the Fellowship would have been just that. The beauty of this experience is that it cannot be explained, cannot be pinned down by name of a degree.
YIF, you have changed the course of 100 lives in one go...intertwined us in ways unthinkable. If this one year was a roller coaster ride, I can't wait for the rest of my life and the 99 other stories I will have the honour of witnessing. How truly humbling this has been."

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Danish Mir, Fellow-2015

"Maybe this is what I should do! I might be good at that! Aaw! I never thought this could be so interesting! It's just been a week since we began and such realisations have already flooded one's mind and soul.” Looking forward to a year at Young India Fellowship."

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Peeyush Khare, Fellow-2015

"You go to dine and in a minute you find yourself busy discussing international politics and global economic operations with the platter pushed to the side of the table. Stimulating."

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Sai Krishna Iyer, Fellow-2014

"A year ago, I resigned from my service at BPCL, and, what a journey it has been! Full of surprises, learning, steep falls and soaring flights. At the end of a year, I'm (conventionally) broke and unemployed - but extremely happy and spirited. I have the courage to take risks, explore the world and create my own life rather than accept the trash thrown at me. For the wonderful souls I have met, for a year filled with memories and for finding myself, many thanks to the Young India Fellowship for believing in me."

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Devleena Chatterji, Fellow-2014

"I like to describe this year at YIF as the single most productive year of my life. And the change in me is evident. I jump at the opportunity of learning anything new. I am constantly on the lookout to meet more and more people and visit more and more places. I thrive to put myself in uncomfortable situations. And so on and so forth. Thank you! Young India Fellowship! You taught me how to live."

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Dhwani Sabesh, Fellow-2014

"I can't wait to meet the new Fellows, see the new campus and 'feel' YIF again. It was the best year of my life, and I would relive it over and over. It truly is a reflection of the standard, quality and awesomeness of a University/fellowship, if it remains the place I want to always go back to. Even after graduating, when I'm working and doing a million other things, I always begin my introductions with "I am a Young India Fellow". And that's how it will be. Thank you for believing in me Pramath and for reminding me, day in and day out, to always reach for the stars."

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Ashweetha Shetty, Fellow-2013

"Being born and brought up in a village in south India, I was so scared when I started the journey of Young India Fellowship. However, now, I feel I am reborn with each new day. I have discovered an excitement in learning with a diverse group of people, understanding the value of shared thoughts and the spirit of togetherness.YIF has given a new life to my broken dreams and hidden aspirations. Living every day with ignited minds and the sessions, in particular, with ShaheenMistry, Rukmini Banerjee, Sunitha Krishnan and Ashish Dhawan have strengthened my social sensitivity and have instilled in me the determination and hope to chase my dreams and achieve my aspirations." 

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Siddharth Dixit, Fellow-2013

"Being an engineer by profession, I have always been taught that everything has one particular answer and a thing is either right or wrong, but YIF has helped me look at the world as a continuous spectrum of different colours where there is no single solution to any problem. Through its eclectic and enriching course work YIF has provided me with a new perspective of looking at today’s highly inter-connected and complex world and its issues."

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Aarushi Uboweja, Fellow-2013

"The diversity of courses at the YIF is what drew me to the programme in the first place. From Sociological Reasoning to Shakespeare and the World to Economics and Public Policy, we've learnt new vocabularies with which to understand and describe the world. Going forward, I will always cherish the time that I spent in the YIF classroom."

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Debanshu Roy, Fellow-2013

"The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than on each other."-Thomas Stallkamp.That's exactly what happens at the YIF. People from very diverse disciplines ideating and exchanging insights on problems is like trying to bell the cat head first, tail first and paw first at the same time and eventually agreeing on teaching it to meow, to warn all of its presence, at the end. It is a melting pot of gray-matter and smells really good."

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Nicky Lama, Fellow-2013

"YIF provided me an opportunity to learn subjects and disciplines I had never had the opportunity to learn at college. But the most important thing that is going to help me in the long run is the connection I have made with Fellows, faculty and the visiting professionals. Peer learning has been a huge part of the programme. The Fellowship has truly helped boost my self- confidence and given me the drive to achieve what I aspire to be."

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Priyanka Ahuja, Fellow-2013

"The kind of knowledge and diverse perspectives gained at the YIF through the courses delivered by world-class faculty are unmatched. The way they structure their respective courses and engage with the class inspire us to take a deep dive and learn more and more. Various innovative workshops help put our theoretical knowledge to practical use, ingraining the major motive of YIF learning how to learn! Where else would one get an opportunity, on a single platform, to learn from leading sociologist Andre Beteille, the well-known historian and editor Rudrangshu Mukherjee and many more and to learn by critiquing movies, making documentaries and studying art forms? Blessed we are indeed."

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Shiv Issar, Fellow-2015

"Never before were my opinions challenged and contested in such myriad ways; I was compelled to unlearn and relearn and realize the importance of doing so. The changes that the Fellowship instituted within me were a combination of some that took place instantly, and many which continue to manifest themselves in the 'real world' post YIF. The most important one so far, however, has been that of becoming a more conscientious, process-oriented individual from a goal-oriented one."


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Rimjhim Roy, Fellow-2015

"YIF has demarcated my life in three parts- life before, during and after YIF. At YIF I met people who weren't afraid to follow their dreams. These dreams weren't the  conventional, run of the mill, everyday checklist of what makes a life successful but things that were truly crazy and inspirational. Not only people in my batch, but even the alumni, faculty and the mentors we had– this crazy conviction to do what you really believe in, and to be the best for the world, no matter what society says, that made me believe that I too could do the same. I learnt to be fearless in pursuing my dreams, and learnt that there's no shame in failing. YIF gave me the safe haven to experiment, fall, learn, get up and get back to experimenting.
I'm pursuing an MBA in Communications from MICA Ahmedabad and discovering new things I love everyday but also bringing in the YIF way of thinking and life here. I've a new found love in advertising and I'm also working towards having my own organization that works in gender sensitization in institutions and workplaces."

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