Desire, Shame and Aspirations – Young Girls Tell Their Stories

Bringing out the voices and different facets of lives of young girls, the illustrated book ‘Beauty, Bebo and Friends Pick a Fight and Other Stories’ was launched last month in Delhi.

Dipta Bhog who is associated with Sadbhavana Trust and Disha Mullick who is associated with Khabar Lahariya, collated the data for the book which features three illustrated stories. These stories were based on the adventures of different girls across various villages in India. It portrays groups of women who support each other across generations.

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कविता: खेल सी ज़िन्दगी

(This poem was first featured at Feminism in India on July 1, 2016)

न जाने मैं कब इतनी बड़ी हो गयी,
खेल-कूद, दौड़-भाग को भूल,
जीवन की पतंग की लरी हो गयी।

कामकाज को, चाल-ढाल को,
सीख-सीख कर मैं बड़ी हो गयी।

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Yamuna Kya Hai Teri Kahani– PACE Historical Walk (In Pictures)

The idea of historical walks for PACE team is to offer a wider perspective and mobility opportunities to the girls associated with this project. Each historical walk is a beautiful travelling experience for the girls, woven around a theme from their curriculum, giving them a practical outlook along with the theories in the center. One of these historical walks took them on a journey to explore the river Yamuna and how it is an important part of the environment.

Yamuna kya hai teri kahani,

Puche jag par koi na mane.

Sheher ke isko samjhe kaali,

Kooda-karkat jaisi ek naali,

Yamuna kya hai teri kahani.

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Conversations in Purani Dilli – PACE Historical Walk

That Saturday morning, I was greeted with the nostalgic fragrance of Purani Dilli (Old Delhi) and inquisitive faces of young girls studying at the Parvaaz Adolescent Centre for Education (PACE). Their eyes, painted with liners and kohl, and wide smiles shining through slightly painted lips, eagerly waiting to start their day out.

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