These simple questions last year at this time would’ve elicited a totally different response from me. The reason is simple. I had not met 17 to 22-year-olds in batches of 12–15 every five weeks who were learning English, getting employment-related interviewing and life skills training as well as going to…

The India of the 1950s and ’60s, economic aspirations were shackled to social class. The sons and daughters of domestic help became domestic help. One such person was my favorite fellow who worked in our household. He was illiterate. My mother attempted to teach him to read and write. When I was about five or six, he left our employ. He returned about a year or two later to visit. I was overjoyed. He told us that he’d learned to read and write in Bengali and was working at the Calcutta docks as a stevedore, loading and unloading cargo ships. The next time he visited, perhaps another year later, he told us that he was managing a group of cargo handlers. He’d advanced. He was literate. He had broken the chain of domestic work. He brought me sweets. I didn’t realize how significant a moment that was. He’d succeeded in achieving what he aspired to, however, small.

The faces in the Zoom squares every week at the Freedom Employability Academy sessions are of dreamers, aspiring for what their families before them couldn’t dream of. They can dream. They must dream. And they must succeed in some measure. They are the future of India. …

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Much of my life has been spent in fleeing uncomfortable situations, relationships, and places. The idea of flight, moving, traveling is a theme that girds my years. I traveled to survive, to escape, to see different horizons, to keep a promise.

Statistics in India are as confusing as the demographics of the subcontinent.

At last count, in 2016, it was reported that there are 657,829 women sex workers in India. The number of children involved in the sex trade is estimated at 1.2 million. However, “in 2007, the Indian Ministry…

Someone said to me today that the BJP (Bharatiya Jana Sangh) supporters consider May 23 as the “true Independence Day” and that Aug. 15 is pro-Pakistan, Brit-engineered one that Gandhi-Nehru swallowed. After all Godse is a patriot now!

In 1967, I turned 17 and headed to college at Delhi…

The following article is offered by Green Comma as a discussion resource for use in grades 6–12 classrooms as well as in freshmen college classrooms. Teachers are advised to review the article and links prior to introducing students to the material.

The writer is Green Comma’s managing director, Amit…

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(Quote taken from Syrian refugees in Tunisia segment, Khedija Lemkecher, director)

The writer is Green Comma’s managing director, Amit Shah, who collaborated with Chandita Mukherjee, executive producer, to provide the following background to the making of this timely documentary.


The following article is offered by Green Comma as a discussion resource primarily for secondary school educators as well as for student use in grades 9–12 classrooms and in freshmen college classrooms.

The principal writer is Michele Dow, a transgender woman, who received her doctorate in Educational Leadership at…

Nathaniel Adams

Nathaniel Adams is a dandy, writer, and custom suit-maker living in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the coauthor, with the photographer Rose Callahan of the books I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman and We Are Dandy: The Elegant Gentleman Around the World. He has written for The…

The following article is offered by Green Comma as a discussion resource, especially for financial literacy and introductory economics, for use in grades 9–12 classrooms as well as in freshmen college classrooms.

Amit Shah

Fearless reader, fearful writer, optimistic traveler

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