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Sheroes: The Most Happening Venue in Chidawad
In rural Madhya Pradesh, death is often referred to as the act of becoming silent, shaant ho jaana in the local parlance. It was this very silence that Krishna Bai Malwi feared the most after her armyman husband died a few years ago. Sometime later, when her son also left the village for a job in Bhopal, the quietness in Krishna Bai’s house, and indeed, in her life, began to seem even more oppressive. That was when this spunky 48-year-old decided to redefine her life. In the process, she has become the fulcrum of community life in Chidawad village (Block Tonk Khurd, district Dhar). Here’s her story.
Water only can be saved,
For it can not be made
Dada ji saw it in the river
Father saw it in the well
We’ve only seen it in taps
But what about our children?
The folk of Lasudiya Chhatradhar village of Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh have become quite used to the sight of two women walking through the alleys, knocking on doors and asking questions.
35-year-old Lila Pawar wakes up at the crack of dawn to make lunch for her husband, two sons, daughter and herself.
A group of children joyously race their cycles to school in Ghatgara Village (Block Badnawar, District Dhar, Madhya Pradesh). “This won’t have been even possible till a couple of years ago,” comments a man on the street.
Picture this: a shadowy figure squats by the village pond. Suddenly, a piercing whistle sounds. She finds herself surrounded by her neighbours. “Chachi, why are you doing this?” asks one. “
Meet Divya, Ekta, Shikha, Alam and Mani Kumar. These youthful water doctors of Sukkhapurwa (Ward 39 of Kanpur Nagar) have one simple aim — to ensure access to clean water for their community and beyond.
Vasant Kunj, a prosperous and upmarket neighbourhood in Delhi is home to several prominent personalities.
“Goats would go down, there would be bird droppings.” Fifty-year-old C. Guruamma was defining the state of the village well which is their main source of water, a few months back.
"Until recently, I had thought of garbage as waste,” says this spry, energetic 9-year-old.
“Due to my work hours and schedule, my life was limited to just the factory and then home. I did not even know who my neighbour was, I barely interacted with anybody.
“The structures were constructed in July 2019, and in only a few months, the strength of the school has gone up to 27 students.
“We want to bring about a change in the society, and the first place to start with is our school”, Chandrasekhar, the Food Minister of his school cabinet, said matter-of-factly.
They say the proof of a pudding is in its eating. But sometimes, the proof of the pudding is when others want to not just taste it, but try the recipe themselves.
All the adolescent girls in the Rajagopalapuram Zila Parishad High School know the way to Gyaneshwari’s—one of their schoolmate’s—house. It is a route they were used to taking regularly, every month—when they were on their menstrual cycle.
A religious small town known for its natural springs with no origins, Thenari, is located at Pollachi road, around 15 kilometers from Palakkad District. People in Thenari usually indulge in an agricultural occupation.
Little Chenchu is not comfortable talking to strangers. But ask him about the time he fell on the road while going to the toilet in school and he immediately points towards his right knee.
Twenty-three-year-old Bharathi was busy running after her five-year-old son when we met her at her home in the Rajagopalapuram village. Her hair was tied up in a bun, revealing her bare neck.
Kachanalli is a semi-urban (or developed?) village close to the highway and the numerous industries that have come up nearby. People here largely work in the factories as daily wage workers or employees.
Prime Minister S. Murali has a quiet demeanour. Amid several loud voices of the health, education, sports and other ministers of his cabinet, he doesn’t lose his focus.
Baradipalya is a hamlet/habitat village with 45 households and situated 12-15km from the town of Nelamangala. Situated a little in the interiors, there are no transportation facilities available in the village.