LIFE


Lend them your EAR; you will open up the world to those who cannot hear, says Tarika Vaswani Every organisation has a story behind its existence and the Education Audiology and Research Society (EAR) is no different. Set up in 1963 by Meher Vakeel, it has, over the years, opened up a whole new...

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Geeta Seshu profiles the MBA Foundation whose credo is to ensure life with self-esteem and dignity for the disabled The sound of music engulfed me as I walked into a ground-floor apartment at Powai. A group of young men and women was practising a dance -- surrounded by grinning and cheerful...

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Amita Chauhan profiles how SAAD is giving a new life to marginalised women like devdasis and tamasha dancers “Life on the planet is born of woman” -- Adrienne Rich, poet and essayist While urban, educated Indian women take forward strides as never before, women from less privileged backgrounds...

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Tarika Vaswani profiles IHDUA, which ensures literacy and education by empowering women International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8th September to recognise that the basic learning needs of people of all ages should be met in every country. It’s an opportunity for us to remember that 774...

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Mansi Firth reports on the efforts of the Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group to rid society of the scourge of gender inequality “You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women” -- Jawaharlal Nehru Gender inequality is a pervasive problem and evident in cultures across...

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Ananya Trust is instilling hope in street children. Tarika Vaswani reports At the age of nine, Nisar ran away from home, boarded a wrong bus, fell asleep and ended up in Bengaluru. Unable to communicate about where he came from, he ended up on the streets and was ‘adopted’ by a gang of beggars....

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Tarika Vaswani of GiveIndia profiles a unique organisation that addresses the special needs of the deafblind Donate a rainbow, donate a song, donate the words ‘I love you’. Donate a starry night, donate a sunset, donate the sound of rain on a tin roof. Donate a hearty laugh, donate a...

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Tarika Vaswani describes how Ashadeep is instilling hope in the mentally challenged Like many girls in India, Mitali was married as soon as she reached the legal age. But in a matter of six months, her marriage fell apart and she was divorced. With neither a roof over her head nor anyone to...

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Ravi Shyam on Shanti Bhavan, which offers world-class education for the poorest of the poor Dr Abraham George always believed that even the poorest of the poor can compete at the highest levels if they are given the right environment and the best resources. So, it was no surprise to him that...

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Mitali Patel writes about WOTR which empowers rural people by helping solve their water problems The reality of ‘world water scarcity’ is often lost on people living in cities, but the water dispersal gap between urban and rural India is another area of inequality that is impeding rural...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a different kind of force against tobacco addiction When Padmini Somani, director, Salaam Bombay Foundation (SBF), established it in 2002, it was out of a traumatic personal experience. Her father, a well-known industrialist, was diagnosed with a tobacco-related...

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An organisation in Udaipur shows that NGOs are vital for a vibrant democracy reports Dr Nita Mukherjee Dr Mohan Singh Mehta founded Seva Mandir in 1968, out of his abiding interest in issues of citizenship. Those days, development was still a task of the State; voluntary organisations and NGOs...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee on the Tatas unique move to create second careers for women Ten years after I first researched the emergence and problems of 'contingent workers' and episodic work, especially by women, it is heartening to see that at least one Indian corporate has not only recognised that...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes a dedicated team of educationists in Pune As educators, what frustrated Dr John and Zakiya Kurrien on their return from the US was the sheer paucity of imaginative learning materials for early years of schooling. “There was everything that would make children want to...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes Vacha, a unique women’s organisation As its name connotes in several Indian languages, Vacha refers to speech, verbal expression, articulation or reading. In this case, it refers to a library and research centre that had its roots in the women’s movement and...

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Sankalp extends unconditional support to derelict drug-addicts, finds Mitali Patel Behind the fencing of Bombay Central railway station, several ill-looking people are doing the rounds of a humble shelter erected on an open ground. A distance away, a few wretched people are sitting with their...

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Sugar indulgence is becoming a common health issue in urban societies, thanks to easy access to sugary foods in the form of soft drinks, caramels, chocolates, artificial sweets and canned desserts. Often, people, who wish to give up sugar, do nothing more than hope ‘to do something about it’ and...

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Vinita Deshmukh profiles Connecting, which helps in prevention of suicide When a close family member committed suicide, Arnavaz Damania decided to provide a lifeline for youngsters in distress. The renowned hockey player and former president of the Indian Hockey Federation set up Connecting at...

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The Forest Rights Act will push forest-dwellers into impoverishment. Mitali Patel reports Vanashakti’s  fight against it Union tribal affairs minister, PR Kyndiah, announced that the Forest Rights Act, which was notified on 1st January, will be a ‘New Year gift’ to the nation. He also said,...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee looks at a unique meeting point for music aficionados Nearly four decades ago, when I first met Leeladevi Somani, she was a young mother trying to inculcate in her children - and her extended family in Mumbai - an appreciation of the lyricism and aesthetics of the traditional...

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