There is a world without the IPhones we use, the i10s we drive and even without the squared walls we live inside. There is this world which probably doesn’t even know what a school is, what clean water means; a world which doesn’t know how it feels to live inside a concrete house, or what bathrooms and toilets are like. Continue reading
Human survival is at risk due to a lot of factors, the most affluent factors being – decreased volumes of clean water, pollution and imbalance in the eco-system. There are a few countries which have realized the need to start renovating their surrounding and bring back the green days, as they fear continuous man-made destruction might only bring into existence, “The Earth Simulator” – An unreal world. Continue reading
If you get a chance to tell anything to your country and countrymen, what will you say?
We asked a bunch of youngsters the same question, look what they have to say.
Trailer: Ramya had one thing in mind after joining college-to stand on her own two feet. But, there was trouble at home. Her grandparents weren’t getting their pension and on top of that, she was totally unaware of the pension schemes. She requested an RTI enquiring about the same.
Plot twist: The postman was vehemently against her going the RTI way. He chided her, tried to give her fake information regarding RTI, before finally leaving her with a warning.
What makes her special? Ramya wasn’t deterred by what the postman told her. Even after he threatened her, she decided to use this empowering tool.
Sidekick: Training on the Right to Information Act given by LEAF Society for the youth
Climax: She got information about various pension schemes. She also found a part-time job in a library (managed by the Youth Club). And oh…her grandparents?.. They got their pensions. Her job portal- http://rti.gov.in/
Ramya’s story will remain in the archives of Namakkal’s progress. She got double the reward ( the information required in addition to a job) and her grandparents also were benefited by the pension. If you too have a story to tell, then please do share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and inspire others with your story rather than your Facebook posts.
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The world sleeps and I rise
For in darkness there’s solace
Nothing to hold back,
Nothing to drive
I seek what is not offered,
I dream what is not real
I patrol in my reign
And when danger dawns, I surrender.
I belong to no-one, I belong nowhere. Continue reading
“I don’t know,” Wali was saying. “My father says it’s sinful.” He sounded unsure, excited, scared, all at the
same time. Hassan lay with his chest pinned to the ground. Kamal and Wali each gripped an arm, twisted and
bent at the elbow so that Hassan’s hands were pressed to his back. Assef was standing over them, the heel of his
snow boots crushing the back of Hassan’s neck.
“Your father won’t find out,” Assef said. “And there’s nothing sinful about teaching a lesson to a disrespectful donkey.”
“I don’t know,” Wali muttered.
“Suit yourself,” Assef said. He turned to Kamal. “What about you?”
“It’s just a Hazara,” Assef said. But Kamal kept looking away.
“Fine,” Assef snapped. “All I want you weaklings to do is hold him down. Can you manage that?”
Wali and Kamal nodded. They looked relieved.
Assef knelt behind Hassan, put his hands on Hassan’s hips and lifted his bare buttocks. He kept one hand on
Hassan’s back and undid his own belt buckle with his free hand. He unzipped his jeans. Dropped his
underwear. He positioned himself behind Hassan. Hassan didn’t struggle. Didn’t even whimper. He moved his
head slightly and I caught a glimpse of his face. Saw the resignation in it.
It was a look I had seen before.
It was the look of the lamb.
Trailer: He studies in 8th standard in a remote village in Tamil Nadu. What rights does he want? Right to no home work? Absolutely not. He has exercised a right which many of us wouldn’t use in our entire lives. Any guesses? Continue reading