The Swami with the Rolex

“Your watch Swamiji”, my friend says. “The watch is waterproof” Swami casually replies while putting on his helmet to go wildwater rafting on Ganga River in the Himalayas. “It’s a Rolex watch,” my friend adds. I look at his watch. I have been exposed to a lot of luxury in previous years and am not much impressed by material things. In fact I wear my own … Continue reading The Swami with the Rolex

Rules of Engagement for the Social Development Sector

Mayida is determined. She walks straight up to me, gives me a loving hug, takes my arm and tries to pull me into her tiny hut. I have just arrived in this village in rural Bangladesh with the mission to visit micro-loan borrowers. It is the first time I am meeting Mayida. She spotted me while walking on the dirt road through her village. I … Continue reading Rules of Engagement for the Social Development Sector