“Mumbai is a cruel city,” you’ll always hear them saying that. And perhaps the famous quote from the not-so-famous recent comedy flick, “The Hangover II” applies to Mumbai more than Bangkok- “Mumbai has her now.”
I am going to be evicted from my apartment in a month and I have no place to go. Mumbai does not rent out to single men or women, especially not a single woman running an NGO where she houses and educates marginalized women. “Sirf family ko hi dena hai,” apartment owner after owner tells me. Sometimes I get hopeful, when, after much explaining to them of the good cause and pleading they say they will consider or consult. But then I don’t hear back from them for days, and I know. From Bandra to Borivali…same story.
The very first day of June brought some heavy showers to the city. The revolutionaries danced till they were drenched in the rain. While the rain caused some of them to come down with a very heavy cold and fever, it sure did shower some very positive progresses at the Kranti House.
The first progress was the permission given to Kranti by the Women and Child Welfare Ministry to implement programs in the state run government houses. This has given us a chance to now reach out to many more girls. So Kranti is all ready to ignite the revolutionary spirit in at least a hundred more girls.
Two of our revolutionaries have shown remarkable progress in their respective sports. Sumaiya has knocked up her way to the Wushu tournament and Pinky has qualified for competitive swimming. Now we wait and watch them give their best performance for these next rounds. Looking at their positive spirits, they may just break through!
My name is Laxmi. I’m 17 years old. I came to Kranti on 26 March 2011. When I was coming here I was very animated. Because I know that I am going to the right place. When I came here I got so many things in my life that I didn’t have before. In Kranti, everyone is affable with each other. And Didis have affinity with me. And they teach us how to draw aesthetic painting. In Kranti the Didis are very adroit at typing and abetting us. Some time they admonish our mistakes. And they thought with us how we can accentuate in our talents.
At most NGO I saw that the girls want to abscond. But in the Kranti there is no reason to abscond. There is one rule that I like so much: violence of any kind including physical and verbal attacks will not be tolerated.
By: Laxmi Hosmani, 16 years, Revolutionary Social Worker
I think that happy family is created by spending time together. And all family should stay together, that
also makes a happy family. It’s not like that my family is happy family. But so
many families are broken inside. But they have to show everyone that they are
happy family in their life. Everyone have so many problems in their life. And
in the marriage life also have so many problem.so that’s why we don’t want to
think like that in this world they are only happy family. Ya, they are might
be. But few people. If you want to see your family happy, good. So you must be
understanding and clever in your family.
While reading this page, i know that you will remember your mother too. As I am teling you about my mother, I want you to think about your mom to.
I think mother is the best gift in this world. Do you love your Mom? Same time is very hard to obey her because, I want to do things according to my way and that is not right. So she knows how to do the things and how do deal with the situation, that’s why she always tells me to do the things in rigth way and I am always saying no. "I know how to do the things you don’t." Ask your self how many time you said this to your mom?
So now you say, do you love your mom? If you love your Mom then you will obey her.So think about this and let's think about what the things she has done for you.
I really appreciate my mom because she always there for me when I needed her and she has taught me so many good habbit and how to talk and how to help needy people. So in many ways she has taught me how to live a life. So I am really thankful.
When we say hero, the first things comes in our mind is an actor. Am I right??? That is also right. But today I am going to tell you about someone who was a great person in my life. I really thank God for her life, and God gave me so sweet aunty. Now you may say “Oh! That is not a male, then why you’re saying hero?” But is it necessary hero means to be a male; it can be a female also?
So now you think, who is a hero for you??? And what do you think about her or him?
Kranti has stirred the Indian media this month! We were profiled on Indian Women Entrepreneurs. But the icing on the cake was our revolutionary rehabilitation model being published by India’s leading newspaper– The Times of India!
It’s been an activity-filled couple of weeks at Kranti, as always. Unfortunately, one of the Revolutionaries who returned from camp came down with Chikungunya (!!), which required several days in the hospital and many injections – she is recovering. On a more positive note, a library opened up across the street from us! The Revolutionaries get one book for a week, but their visits have been almost daily. The youngest Revolutionary also celebrated her birthday recently, for which we visited a nearby park and had an epic water fight. On the 16th, we will be visiting Prithvi Theatre to watch “Lekin Phir Bhi,” a play inspired by the recent spate of honor killings in India and Pakistan – thanks to all of you for making each and every one of these things possible: healthcare, library dues, birthdays and theater!
In other exciting news, Al Jazeera English will be running a documentary series on eight activ