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FAITH DRIVES CHANGE

We drove down on a hot sunny day, excited to meet Lalithamma, the founder of People’s Organisation for Rural Development (PORD) She was making revolutionary changes to the lives of many children in south India and had managed to work against all beliefs and all stereotypes in the society to make a difference in people’s lives, while helping villages where

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WHY I SPEND MY SUNDAYS VOLUNTEERING WITH CRY

It’s an interesting challenge to write about my reasons behind spending every Sunday volunteering for CRY.  Many thoughts come to my mind when I think about it.  Hence, it would be interesting to try to capture almost all of these.

I can’t recall how it happened, but when I was in class 7 or 8,

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THE GOLDEN GIRL

The timely intervention by CRY supported project Sanghamithra Service Society (SSS), Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh during the academic year 2014-15 not only prevented a child marriage but also produced a proud martial artist from one of the most marginalized families from Avilala slum in Tirupathi town. K. Mobina was then all of fourteen.

Mobina’s father is an Auto-rickshaw driver and her mother

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TRAVELER SISTERS!

Part I: 

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I am a (Girl) Traveler – Shubhanjana Das

My train tickets were booked in A.C.
I was always made to carry pepper spray.
Dad asked me not to talk to strangers on the train.
Maa said be don’t reply to any comments.
Co-passengers ogled at me and my backpack.
”Do you have any man with you?”, they asked.

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THE SKY’S NOT THE LIMIT

Feminism has been getting a bad rap lately. Like a game of Chinese Whispers, the word takes upon a new layer of meaning each time it’s spoken, ranging all the way from witch­burning to bra­burning, until all we’re left with is yet another convoluted propaganda buzzword.

At its heart, all feminism is either a more exaggerated or underplayed version of the more nuanced school

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I WON THAT BATTLE.

There are two days in a child’s schooling life when he definitely cries (most of them do): One when he starts his schooling and one when he completes his schooling. From hating the mere thought of going to an unknown place away from home to the mind-boggling blankness the day after I finished my schooling, I have had a fair share

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NO SPACE- CHILDREN AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN MUMBAI

I travel to and from home each day, in a Virar local that arrives once in about 15- 20 minutes depending on the time of the day. That is always already full to bursting. Where ‘train khali hai’ means that there are only 5 people dangling out instead of 13. Where, on a regular basis there are violent quarrels among

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