"Being the change: United we grow" from The Hindu


In a world caught up with promotion of self there are some for whom instead of me the operative word is us. This is was what Manzil, a non-profit organisation does. It provides a community and resources for local youth from low-income background to learn, teach, be creative and see the world in new ways. Ravi Gulati, who spearheads Manzil observes that education is important to earn a livelihood but that is just a small part of life. “Manzil enables learning, fulfilment and responsibility not just for self but beyond that is –– family, neighbourhood, village, country and the world.”

Inequality, Indian Style from The New York Times


NEW DELHI — As we weave through early-morning Delhi traffic on his motorbike, Ravi Gulati gets into a riff about status symbols in India, how from Armani jeans to Audis they are almost all Western, and how his car, a cheap and practical Maruti van that seats eight but won’t win any beauty contests, is a source of derision every time he pulls up at a five-star hotel for some lavish weeklong wedding (although he tries to avoid these occasions) that has cost more than is imaginable to a poor Indian.

Extraordinary Indians: Ravi Gulati from Rediff


Ravi Gulati left a corporate job and took to teaching children of drivers, barbers and maids near his home in New Delhi’s Khan Market. Today, in his unusual classroom every student is a teacher and every teacher a student. “I don’t expect the kids to pay me back but pay it forward,” says the man who has turned his home into a learning centre for the poor. A Ganesh Nadar continues our series on Extraordinary Indians.