Talk development to me | India Development Review
November 25, 2019

Talk development to me

We tried to imagine what people outside the sector might say if they had to talk about their jobs the way people in the social sector do.

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“Yes ma’am, your food is ready. We are just waiting for the government’s go-ahead before we can serve it to you.”


“No, I’m not volunteering my time, being CEO of this company is actually my full-time job.”


“I do have plans to conduct three more surgeries next financial year, but it depends on if our funding actually comes through.”

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“We thought it would be best to upload our military defence positions on our website so that other countries can also learn and benefit from them.”


“I’m currently working on a scale strategy so that I’m not only teaching kindergarten, but also postgraduates.”


“I’m sorry, but you really can’t take pictures of my massage clients for your blog.”


“This year, our annual report talks about improvements in haemoglobin levels of all the people we have given haircuts to.”


“No, I don’t know your aunt’s friend’s nephew, even if he is also an accountant.”

This article was inspired by a similar one on McSweeny’s.

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Saahil Kejriwal

Saahil is a programme associate at Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States (CEGIS). Previously, he was an associate at IDR, and worked as an instructional designer at NIIT Ltd before that. Saahil has completed the Young India Fellowship, a postgraduate diploma in liberal studies, from Ashoka University, and holds a BA in economics from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. He spent his early years in Guwahati, Assam.

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Ayesha Marfatia was previously an editorial associate at India Development Review. At IDR, in addition to writing, editing, and handling research-driven reports, she also supported the team with website management and digital marketing. Her work has been featured on The Wire,, and Quartz India. Ayesha holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.