The recent Zomato incident has gotten a fair share of discussion. However, it misses one really crucial point.

Kamaraj supposedly waited for an hour, and then tried to keep the food inside the house to ensure that his delivery is marked. He is paid peanuts and has to ensure that every delivery is done well.

There’s a fair share of blame being put back on us, to be civil and empathetic to delivery persons. No doubt about that. But what’s the responsibility of Zomato?

Zomato will hit IPO anytime soon. It will be a success. But is there ever a…


2020 was a big year by all means. Everything changed. While startups are celebrating the opportunity from increasing shift to technology, this year marked a hard time for people who aren’t comfortable with technology or have limited access to it. While we may celebrate the coming out of EdTech Unicorns, their practices (sales & engagement) and pedagogies are concerning. While some may rightly argue, that these practices are no worse than coaching classes, but their scale makes it a cause of worry.

Just recently, McKinsey published a report or one out of every 10 American workers, may need to transition…


The way tech is dominating our entire world, it wouldn’t have been evil if only, it wasn’t controlled by say, 100 people in the World? Imagine, a group of 100 people deciding (with only maximation point being — money), on how education, healthcare, entertainment, etc. should function. I don’t know if you see, what I see. Maybe I am exaggerating, and it wouldn’t be 100. 1000, then?

What’s the way out? Some changes are in order — now, or later. But not making them would be dangerous. I don’t understand this well enough to talk about systemic changes that need…


This post is blabbering of a lost mind, of a mind trying to figure out. Over 2020, I have tried various times to publish as Abhishek, but that never happened, as I as NavGurukul always took priority.

It has been a strange year — full of ups and downs, and one dominated by my work identity. It started with the exit of Rishabh, which left with me with no option but to work on a more robust org structure. Then it was Coronavirus. The misery and helplessness that I felt because of it, I had to do something. Work became…


We recently started a new campus in Pune and are on track for opening a new campus in Bangalore. Fueled by our desire to reach out to more girls in such harsh times, we are pushing ourselves to do more. In the last few months, we have expanded from 80 to 600 students, from one course to four, and every two weeks are releasing a new version of Meraki. Not without its share of hiccups. The work volume and pressure to deliver are high and at times stressful. …


Corona is closer than ever. And we all are trying to look ahead, while also taking out time for mourning the loss caused. A disproportionately high number of girls are at the verge of being married at a young age and to an increased risk of gender based violence. The role that we have to play only has to be strengthened despite the fatigue. But to do so, first of all we need to take care of our own emotional as well as physical health. …


Ignorance is bliss. Often I wonder, if it was easier to not see, not feel. Hathras shook the Nation, once again. It takes the most violent of the rapes for us to feel something, to think of acting. Most other forms of violence wouldn’t even make a headline. Action from the masses still remains a distant dream. Covid has hit us in many ways, but the way it has supported violence, trafficking — it is hard to put in words.

What kind of persistent efforts can we put in to address some of these issues collectively. What stops the affluent…


Coding is the latest buzzword. Everyone seems to be talking about it. With Whitehat’s acquisition & NEP 2020 mandating coding, there’s a lot of demand to learn programming. As an organisation, this is a time to recreate our culture towards scale and efficiency to meet the growing gap.

The Good

  1. We targeted 1000 girls this year to teach programming online. We are on a path to do more. However, creating forward linkages for these girls after the online program is still an important challenge.
  2. We are working on Meraki — an open source collective to build an app and deliver coding skills…


Rishabh and I started Navgurukul to answer a simple questionCan we train students from marginalized backgrounds in a year to be good Software Engineers? And the answer is, yes we can. In fact we can do so much more. To build a system with no teachers, no campus stuff, it took Rishabh and me more than just three years to prove the viability and potential of such an approach.

Rishabh decided to step down as the COO in October 2019 as he became interested in researching and eventually work on careers that help us in regenerating ourselves, the…


As country prepares for lock down and Corona cases shoot up, the crisis is far from over. Not only there is a need of short-term relief work but a sustained effort to work on the disparity that the pandemic is magnifying multi-fold.

The Good

  1. Three of our alumni Komal, Nilam and Savita joining our team. This brings us closer to having diversity in our team and ensuring that Navgurukul is truly run by the students themselves.
  2. Incorporating process changes around goal setting for individual team members, communication, accountability and responsiveness. #ThankYou Aakanksha
  3. Looking at ways of directing our spends during the program…

Abhishek Gupta

Lead a for-purpose startup — NavGurukul.org! Mail me at a@navgurukul.org :-)

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