Kul ka Deepak

I met the true meaning of “Kul ka Deepak” in person at Baridih – he is an amazing 23 yr old boy – who barely got 60% in his Matric exams – from Chandil (near Jamshedpur) and then saw an “end of the road” in his life with no money to support an education and not enough marks to get a scholarship…

BUT the Gods saw in him – a promise to build the lives of many many more like him (remember 78% of the entire Indian Population is defined as “Bottom of the Pyramid”)

And the Science in his SOUL won! It won the battle of marks and money – and got him to be an amazing “Grassroot Innovator”

Deepak ka Speaker

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Mere Papa Feminist hain…

“Mere papa feminist hain…” – this is a heartfelt comment made by this gaggle of girls – more as a sense of wonderment than proclamation…

Happy to have interacted with 50 rural and semi – urban girls – of the age group of 10 to 13 yrs in the Ranchi District area.

Our discussion point veered right from what adolescence is to what feminism is – and why is there “so much halla against feminism”

And then the shining moment on how men can be feminists – and then the “Mere papa feminist hain…” moment!

This is a dedication to all girls who have feminist Dads and all Dads who aspire to be feminists – I am sharing ALL that was shared with me today:

Mere Papa Feminist hain

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This GURL loves her Cricket…

Hola world – introducing ME… and “This GURL loves her Cricket…” !!!

Like any true-blue DESII can laugh cricket, I can talk cricket, I can live cricket…. (because cricket isn’t a funny game at all)

Ref – the dialogue pick from Namakhalal (for the generation who saw it 😉 )

GURL n Cricket!

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OMG sanitary napkins are taxed????

In your 30s and you suddenly realize that sanitary napkins are taxed – you go OMG!

And then OMG some more – since you have been paying these taxes for the last decade and a half….!!!!

And then OMG loads – as in India where women desperately NEED sanitary conditions during their menstruation cycle – we are taxing it and making it expensive!!!!

Wow…. what AMAZING Logic?

                     OMG Sanitary Pads are Taxed :((

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The Dictionary Defines Feminism….

I have been facing issues around what FEMINISM means and what feminists do etc – for quite sometime now!

Most men and some women keep on at it…. “Why do YOU follow and practise feminism when a balanced person like you should practice Equalism….” to “I am NOT a feminist, I believe in equality of gender

So dedicating this pieces to the DICTIONARIES – do you know they actually carry some interesting definitions for feminism 😉

A Dictionary – It actually has word meanings…

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Bachcha Bikta Hai…

Jharkhand mein “Bachcha Bikta Hai”!

Child Trafficking is an evil reality which the States of Jharkhand, Assam, West Bengal, Chattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha are grappling with. Lets try to do a quick review of the WHYS of this menace

There shall be a Series 2 – for the HOWs of child trafficking…coming up!

                                                                          Bachchaa Bikta Hai

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Mom VS Idiot Box

Moms today have an enemy in the Idiot Box which is bigger and more powerful than ever! They struggle with traditional ways of limiting the child’s TV time, treating the child to TV time on good performance and/or banning TV. These stunts worked for our generation – but a faster, cooler and more aware generations – these very “mom-stunts” have to metamorph!

This NINJA generation needs ninja-style moms…..adaptive!

TV watching Kids of today

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I like Adichie’s version of Feminism!

I read this piece around the thoughts of acclaimed Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – on what she thought Feminism was and “raising your daughters right”. She comes from a highly patriarchal society and has faced her own series of struggles and continues to advocate for women’s rights and opportunities.

In one of my favourite quotes Adichie says :

feminism, fighting patriarchy
Adichie’s brand of feminism

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My views, my thoughts, my opinions

I write based on my own experiences of the world and people.

My views are my own and I do reserve the right to change my mind when presented with a life altering truth.

My thoughts reflect my own thinking process which has evolved and changed with time – and the work I do with women. (btw I have been working in the area of women’s development for 10 plus years, with a focus on economic and social empowerment.

My opinions undergo change based on the facts and circumstances which come to light.

I do not claim to know all – but I do claim to be an informed person!

Join me in my journey of expression – and possibly discussion and debate…