I have a first degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Calcutta and a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.I was chosen as one of 40 young Indians to assist Members of Parliament in a unique initiative called the Legislative Assistant to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship. I was assistant to Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development and was responsible for Parliamentary Legislative Research such as 377s and zero hour speeches.
Upon completion of my Fellowship, I have worked with Pratham Education Foundation, where I worked as a Communications and International Donor Liaison Associate. I have worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School’s India Research Centre. At the HBS India Research Centre, I have co-authored a case on BRAC, the largest non-governmental organization in Bangladesh and been the first member of the team at the India Research Centre to establish relationships in Bangladesh. I have also worked with Columbia University’s Global Centre in Mumbai and with the UNICEF.
Additionally, I am also a writer and have written for The Telegraph (Calcutta), The Statesman (Calcutta), The Times of India, Femina, Tehelka, Chicken Soup for The Indian Soul and Northern Lights (an Edinburgh Publication), Newslaundry, Eshe and Mail Today.
I am the recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, The Choice Fellowship conferred by the Seagull Foundation for the arts, The LAMP fellowship, The Matador Network Travel Writing Scholarship and most recently, the Goethe-Institut/Zubaan fellowship for creative writing on the topic “Children Understand more.”
About Aglet Ink
Aglet Ink has won an award in the category of content at the Digital Women Awards by ShethepeopleTV, sponsored by Facebook, Google, Axis Bank, CNBC-TV18 and Lufthansa (2017). Aglet Ink has also received a special mention from the Vision India Foundation in the category of Education and Nation Building and has also received a nomination from PayU inspiring woman entrepreneur of the year.
Aglet Ink has been featured in Yourstory, Entrepreneur Media, Midday, Times of India, CNBC Young Turks ( Television), Education Times, Femina (Bangla), Ei Samay (Bangla), Eshe Magazine, Economic Times, Corporate Citizen, 104.8 Ishq FM (Radio), Jetairways Globallinker and the Business Standard, the Doordarshan (Television) and Mail today.
Book Chapter in The Times of India Higher Education : A Guide to opportunities in India and abroad (page 122):“How to Pen a Grad Level CV” ISBN-10: 9386206153, ISBN-13: 978-9386206152, January 2017.
Horasis India Conference- invited speaker Malaga Spain, June 2018
Horasis Asia Conference : invited speaker, Bin Duong New City, Ho Chi Minh City, November 2018.
Awards and Accolades for Aglet Ink
Digital Women Awards- Innovation in Creative Content (winner) (2017) sponsored by Facebook, Google, Axis Bank, CNBC-TV18 and Lufthansa.
Vision India Foundation Young Achievers Award- Special Mention for contribution to nation building (2017)
Orange Flower Inspiring Women Entrepreneur nominee (2018)
Inspiring Woman Entrepreneur-Dainik Jagran, one of India’s most widely circulated national dailies (2018)
This month’s hero-Femina Bangla (2018)
Small and Medium Enterprises Inspiration (2018)- ICICI Bank and Globallinker
One of eighteen Women of Worth by Outlook Business Magazine (2019)
Sheroes Champion and verified profile on a 14 million women-strong platform recognised by Forbes as one of the most innovative female-led businesses (2019)
Visiting Faculty, IIM Lucknow and Consultant, British Council (2019) and (2017-2019)
Youth and Gender Equality Ambassador-Mark Your Presence (2020)
Commendation from Estah Society-helping first generation entrepreneurs from farming communities (2020)
Study UK Alumni Awards Entrepreneurial Category (2021)
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