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Sura’s 2020 : from bags to masks

We carried a huge bag of dreams, stepped into 2020 as a year Sura will stabilize, streamline sales channels and reach more customers internationally. The first 2 months put us on a path to progress and the pandemic made the bag of dreams too heavy to carry – we couldn’t walk anymore with that bag […]
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One shot. One opportunity.

“If I see you laughing one more time while running, you will get a big slap on your face!” This was the captain of a team shouting at her teammate mid-play, who was chasing an opponent. It didn’t seem to affect that catcher a lot but surely did convey to me what was at stake […]
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The Most Stressful Job

What if I asked you to guess the profession that faces the highest level of stress? You may have guessed a soldier, a doctor, a policeman or an investment banker and I have done this short experiment with a lot of people and no has guessed the right answer. The profession that faces more stress […]
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Of colours and choices.

70-75 different products are neatly packed into shopper bags. They travel from their village to Kannarapettai campus, in the overcrowded ‘share-auto’ – we have a few visitors. The big mat is laid out and all the products are neatly arranged, price tags stuck.I walk in and am pleasantly surprised to see the space set up […]
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T.E.A.M.

The day begins with the alarm , singing away early morning. Kitchen comes alive, followed by the laptop. Emails checked and some replies fly out from the kitchen counter, while waiting for the vegetables to cook.“Which one of you is teaching the extra class slot today? Do you need your breakfast before or after?”“Me! I’ll […]
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Respect – The magic ingredient

At the end of a training day, we are all walking back to the closing circle.“Ma’am.. Just like how we get training, do the volunteers who come also get training?”“We don’t do a training – but yes, we meet them and run them through the day, help them prepare.”“Not the teaching part – I see […]
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Dreams vs Realities

“Ma’am! How much will a computer cost?”I shared.“What about a laptop? I also hear that a tab can be used like a laptop or computer”“What about a smartphone – what is a decent smartphone?”I shared.She says, ” I really want to read, learn – I see that in that one hour I spend on the […]
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From curfews to celebrations.

“What are we looking forward to?” I ask“Local elections! Pongal! Kanavu camp! Meeting volunteers!” the Sura women call out. “Hey we missed new year!” said one! “Ma’am get us a bulk order which we’ll have to deliver within two days, closer to new year.. We’ll give that as an excuse to keep stitching until midnight […]
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