Evergreen Story is a storytelling platform with a sustainable heart. We are on a mission to record, preserve, and share humanity’s stories and use the medium of storytelling to support the environment. Starting in January 2021, we have recorded and published tens of stories from across India and the diaspora, that celebrate the stories that make us human. We hope to foster connection in a divided world and emphasize kindness, respect, and dignity in our conversations. Our aim is to record the diversity of experiences across India and the diaspora.
As stories are recorded, archived and shared, wisdom gets passed from one generation to the other and can create an invaluable archive for future generations. As trees connected to memories take root, grow and bear fruit, somehow in the wiser ways of nature, we at Evergreen Story hope to make every memory count.
Evergreen Story is built on a dedicated commitment to the collecting, sharing, and preserving of people’s stories where respect and dignity are paramount.
Co-Founders and Story-Collectors
Anya Fenn and Anvi Fenn are our dynamic twin duo co-founders growing up in New Jersey. Currently sophomores in high school, they’ve grown up visiting their grandparents in opposite corners of India - New Delhi to Cochin, and listening to stories from all over. They’re passionate about involving young people in the art of audio storytelling. In her free time, Anya loves to play the guitar in her rock band ‘Oblivious’ and is an avid athlete, while Anvi is a passionate debater and movie buff.
Co-Founder and Executive Producer
Mehar Gujral is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Evergreen Story. She is on a mission to tell compelling stories creatively with nuance and empathy. It’s not all about the medium or the subject, it’s about the brilliant point where they intersect. Previously, she has worked in the media and nonprofit space in New York, Johannesburg, Montreal, and Mumbai, and earned a degree in International Development from McGill University. Mehar lives between Mumbai and Montreal.
Sanjay is a media and communications professional based in Canberra, Australia. Sanjay hails from Belgaum, India and is an alumnus of St Paul’s High School. He has worked as a senior journalist for leading newspapers in Australia, India and Papua New Guinea. He currently works as a communications specialist with the Australian government. Sanjay holds a Master of International Affairs from the Australian National University, a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Southern Cross University. He is passionate about people and finding out what makes them tick.
Uday, alumnus of St Paul's High School Camp Belgaum, a 160-year-old iconic all-boys Jesuit school in Belgaum. He is an Indian Navy Veteran and marine engineer who served on various ships and submarines. Post his retirement from the Navy, he worked as campus administrator in residential schools and the sports academies. He enjoys writing and catching stories and sees himself as a historian for his Alma Mater connecting with the oldest surviving students from his school from round the world and listening and telling their Tales of Yore.
Ankita Apte, originally from Belgaum now lives in Pune. After her master’s in journalism and Mass Communication from Pune University, she is currently employed as a News Reader and Translator with All India Radio, Pune. An activist and advocate for social and economic justice, she has been associated with various causes including the Narmada Bachao Andolan. She likes to write, talk, and provide a voice for the voiceless. Yhose who go unheard and untalked about most of the time.
Nikita is the Editor of Evergreen Story. With her keen eye for detail, she has tailored the stories to provide for a smooth and riveting listening experience. Nikita has a deep rooted interest in art and design, and is an interior designer by profession, having worked in the industry for two years before transitioning into UX/UI design. She has previously volunteered as a tutor for underprivileged youth, helping them with academics and organizing events. Nikita lives in Bangalore.
SayTrees is a professionally run group of ordinary people determined to protect the environment by sensitising others towards the importance of environment conservation. SayTrees spearheads a variety of initiatives including research, education, sensitisation and advocacy around the importance of environmental preservation and tree plantation.
Today, the group organizes tree plantations and water conservation projects across several Indian cities. They pro-actively engage in identifying potential areas for plantation, keeping in mind the biodiversity and ecological milieu of the local area. SayTrees also tries to ensure that the local communities reap multifold benefits; besides restoring the green cover, the trees also provide them with fruits, flowers, leaves etc commonly used in the community life.
The Oral History Association of India (OHAI) is a professional organization founded in 2013 with a membership that is committed to the value of oral history. OHAI was established with the aim of promoting the creation, collection, digitization, archiving and dissemination of oral history in India and through its annual conferences and occasional workshops provides a platform through which oral historians could share methodologies, technologies and work practices.
As the only association of its kind in India, OHAI is committed to ethical practices of collecting life stories, and utilizing oral history practice as a field and methodology. Members of OHAI have worked in diverse areas and are committed to the intrinsic value of life stories to enable us to understand the past as well as the present.
We are always on the lookout for more volunteers to join the team. The project especially requires regional language translators, audio editors and designers. To enquire about an available position, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV/portfolio and a short cover letter.