This team of IIT graduates did built foundations under their dreams of building an excellent school in a remote part of Bihar to cater to families who could otherwise not have access to such quality education. Rise High Public School has been operational for a year now. Currently it has around 240 students. The school, spread over 3 acres of land in Aurangabad district - 15km from Aurangabad city, Bihar, provides world-class, affordable, English-medium education in the CBSE curriculum.
I grew up in a quintessential upper middle-class Chettiar family in Chennai. In the 1980s, most of my summer holidays were spent with my grandparents in Chettinad -- a region tucked deep down in South India between Trichy and Madurai. It is the residence of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a community of traders and bankers. After a long gap of 15 years, last summer I went back to revisit. Here's a compilation for fellow travellers seeking to unravel a new place and culture.