Manikandan is a development practitioner with about 18 years of experience in action research, NGO governance and programme management. He is an alumnus of Gandhigram Rural University. He is trained in the use of narrative analysis as a tool to explore beliefs and social institutions. He currently works as a Faculty in the School of Development at Azim Premji University (https://azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/). He was previously associated with Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory (KGC-Stanford University), the Centre for Equity Studies (CES-New Delhi) and the Timbaktu Collective (TC-Anantapur). He has been intrigued by the multitude of elements that lead to societal inequities and is interested in exploring models that thrive to make the world an equitable one. He is in love with any form of children’s literature. He likes travelling, poetry and listening to people and their stories.