Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Power of voice to Clean India

India is trying to become a super power but this can't be possible till it provides equal right to women. Today India is struggling to give equal opportunities and rights to women. Women don't enjoy the same freedom that men enjoy.

When women are given level playing field, they have proved that they are equally competent as men. If the 10th and 12th marks are taken as parameters then it can be seen that girls have outperform boys in almost all the states and this trend is prevalent for many years now.

Though many steps have been taken to provide equal rights to women but in reality the situation is still bleak.

Crime against women are on the rise in every major city across India. Even Bangaluru which was considered a very safe city has seen many incidents of eve teasing in last few months. The horrific incident of a school teacher molesting a really young student shocked the whole country. If girls are not safe even in the school where will they feel safe then ?

Delhi is constantly in news for sexual assaults against women. a recent incident where a Delhi University girl was murdered because of her marriage gave people a reality check that even at this age girl's don't have the right to choose the life partners. The cases of Honor-killing has been coming from North India very frequently but still there hasn't been much work that has been done on this regard.

Another crime that has hampered the cause of women has been the acid attacks. Attacking the girls who refuse a guy's proposal has become really common in the hinterlands. Girls are even threatened with acid attacks if they are not complying with the guy's wishes. A recent show by Aamir Khan brought forward the problems faced by these acid attack victims and the culprits roam freely even after the attack.

I feel the mentality of the society has to change. Women have to be given respect. India can't think of becoming a superpower till the day women are not safe in this country. We would have to make our roads safe enough that a women travelling even at midnight would feel safe, till we are not able to make our society like this, we won't be able to call ourself a developed nation.

The power of Voice to Clean India (Campaign)  #AbMontuBolega

Strepsils have started a really wonderful initiative for the people to raise their voice against all the problems that are prevalent in the society. I will take this opportunity to bring forward the point of crime against women. Sexual assaults, eve teasing, honor killing and acid attacks have created an atmosphere of horror for women in our society. 

The campaign says  "Don't be a silent spectator. raise your voice and make a difference. We know that raising our voices against all that is dirty in our country is a power that we all have. Let's exercise the power of our voice & work towards a Swach Bharat.

Kyuki Bin Bole ab Nahi Chalega #AbMontuBolega

I feel really privilege to be a part of such a noble initiative by STREPSILS. You can readmore about it at, as well as Strepsils on Facebook andTwitter.

The post is written for Indiblogger and Strepsils Initiative "The power of Voice to Clean" #AbMontuBolega campaign.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The magic of touch

Diwali is a festival which has a lot of memories attached to it. From my first meeting with my husband during our college Diwali meet , to our realization of our love next Diwali , Diwali has always been special for us. People at college used to think that our relationship was not strong enough to sustain long as it was build on the foundations of passion and physical attraction. But they failed to realize that it was just our way to show our love.

Diwali was right around the corner again and now things have changed drastically. My first love is now my husband and those who had thought that our relationship couldn’t last longer, they were shocked to see that we had managed to be together for four years excluding the three years of our college life.  So this year we were going to celebrate our eighth Diwali together.

House cleaning was going on in full spree while my husband, dhruv , was busy calling up people for our after Diwali party. He was a good manager and it was due to this talent that he climbed up the ladder of success in his field quite fast. Though it was great news but its adverse impact was on our relationship. Somehow we couldn’t manage time for each other. Working in a multi-national company myself, I found it hard to take time out for ourselves and with the odd timings of our offices we hardly managed to see each other during most days. I was lost in my own world, when my maid came and woke me up from my pondering. He wanted to clean the store house which has become our dumping ground for our old stuff. I decided to clean that on my own as it would mean going through our old memories.

The store room welcomed me with a gush of dust blowing right across my face. It was all hazy for a while, but somehow it felt back home. Going through old stuff, I found a box full of clothes which had belonged to me during college stuffed in a corner away. When I opened it I found several of my old clothes like the sleeveless tops, crop tops, capris, shorts, and loose tank tops. At that time dhruv and I couldn’t keep our hands off each other so those were my choice of clothes back then. However time was different now. Today we both wear black and white suits and attend corporate meetings hardly ever trying to find time for each other. My worst fear of realizing that our love was just a physical attraction as my friends used to believe was coming true. I hurriedly got up as I felt like I was getting suffocated and in that hurry I bumped into an old photo collage of dhruv and me. Seeing that I realized that how I used to believe that our “touch” was just a way to show our love. In each of those photos we seemed so happy and so in love. I dusted away the dirt from the photo frame and took it out and placed it in our bed room and stood there happily watching it.

In the evening, I decided to wear a halter neck blouse with my sari as I remembered that it was the same dress I wore when he proposed to me during our Diwali celebration at college. Just as I had finished getting ready dhruv entered the room talking over phone. I looked at him through mirror and saw his expressions change as his view changed from seeing the photo frame to seeing me getting dressed up in that attire. I knew even he was thinking what I had been thinking the whole day. I decided to ignore his arrival and got busy wearing my ear piece. As I was struggling with one ear piece, I felt a known touch near my face. Dhruv was standing right behind me helping me in putting my ear piece. But even after it was done his touch lingered on. I looked into his eyes from the mirror and he as if getting his cue took my hair and relieved it from the high bun I had made. A small smile spread across his face, the one which made me fell in love with him. I got up and hugged him tightly and snuggled in his arms as I used to day when I was in college. I was happy to get back our lost touch of love which like our old photo frame had been covered in dust. That Diwali was special to us because that whole evening we didn’t leave each other’s side even once. We held hands like we were just teenagers newly in love.

This post is written as a part of #bringbackthetouch contest for indiblogger and parachute advanced body lotion.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Right to sanitation

When one part of the country is engaged in the new “’swach bharat abhiyan”, there is another part of India for whom the word “swach” has a different meaning altogether. For them it’s not about cleaning garbages but their right to get access to basic sanitation facilities. India, in the 21st century, still has 597 million people defecating in the open. This has posed as a serious health threat to millions of people who are affected by it.

Open defecation in Indian villages has led to the increasing cases of health victims in those villages. When one thinks about open defecation, a lot of problem crops up. Imagine ourselves living in a place where there is restriction on the amount of water or food intake just to make sure that you do not have to go toilet in any untimely hour of the day. It would mean risking your life as for a girl going out in the open field to defecate at night is just like being alone in a wild forest full of animals.

In villages, people generally wake up early in the morning and go to open fields or near railway tracks to defecate. This can affect their health seriously through a chain reaction which starts with the washing away of their defecation to water bodies and in the process the whole water body which is their means of basic sustenance gets totally spoiled. But still being the only water source the same water is used for drinking purposes  and for doing all other household chores. Consuming this polluted water can lead to serious health diseases like diahorrea. The excreta of humans contains germs which if enters the body can cause serious damage. Also the possibility of flies sitting on the excreta and then depositing that on their bodies and feet which can further affect health of humans. Many common diseases can spread from one person to another when one has diahorrea.

When we go more to the specifics and think about defecation from a women’s point of view the situation seems more horrific than just limited to health issues. It is now an accepted fact that women, who have to wait till night fall to relieve them, face a greater risk of being raped or being sexually harassed. Not only this, the psychological trauma which they have to go through every day during defecation hurts their dignity as they are often victims of physical and verbal abuse. The situation gets worse for them during menstruation and pregnancy. It’s about their dignity and protecting their privacy.  It is due to this lack of sanitation facilities that girls generally do not prefer to go to school. Their level of trauma exceeds high beyond to force them to be out of school.

So the need of the hour is to build safe and proper toilets in every village household. Proper disposal of excreta is needed so that the fly does not spread the germs everywhere. It has to be noted that separate toilets be built for boys and girls in school so that girls no more feel insecure. Having a toilet is important for everyone and especially for a girl as it is not only about her health but also about her dignity. Access to basic sanitation facilities should be available to each and every one with particular reference to women and girls as for them it brings greater benefit.

One such initiative is taken DOMEX, Hul’s flagship sanitation brands which currently run the Domex toilet academy which aims to become a sustainable and long term solution to provide sanitation that benefits the local community and helps in development of the local economy. This toilet academy tries to make toilet accessible and affordable while promoting the benefits of clean toilet and hygiene. Their effort has resulted in bringing a change in the lives of people living in the villages of Maharashtra and Orissa. It is with their efforts that now people think of having a toilet as a necessity as against their earlier belief of having food more important than having sanitation.

You can also be a part of this cause through "You click Domex Contributes" at -

To help domex in their initiative you can go to their website . press the submit button.for every but
ton pressed domex will contribute Rs.5 for the building of toilets in Indian villages.

This post is written as a part of domex initaitive for #toiletforbabli in association with indiblogger.