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I started आईना in 2015. I was 25 years old and living and working in a small town in Uttar Pradesh. I loved my work and truly believed it gave my life purpose (uff, the 20s). At the same time, I was lonely, stressed, and having a hard time grappling with the politics of rural India.

Blogging (albeit infrequently) helped me process my experiences better. I wrote about the good stuff (the inspiring women I worked with) and sometimes the bad (the everyday reality of caste and gender discrimination). 

The blog also helped my friends and family understand my work better and learn about life in the hinterlands.

I eventually moved back to Delhi, and आईना evolved into a travel blog of sorts, where I share and reflect on my experiences as I explore the world.

35 posts later, I decided to start a newsletter. Not because it’s the latest fad, but because it feels more intimate — a safe space to share personal stories, write more frequently, reflect on topics I care about, and maybe hear back from you? 🙂

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