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A bouquet of Women’s Web stories on disability and inclusion in India.
Out there are two sets of people – the haves and have nots. But the distinction has nothing to do with money. It has to do with being different. And having unique needs.
A little empathy is all they need to feel their rightful sense of place on earth.
This time, I bring you a bouquet of Women’s Web stories on disability and inclusion. They are stories that warm the cockles of your heart, seize your imagination, and stir your thoughts, but most importantly, celebrate diversity.
Because it takes all kinds of people to make this world.
Special and not-so-special children
Compare and Contrast. How often have we answered that one at school – to emphasise the distinction between two people, situations or ideas. Sadly, we apply it all the while to our real lives too, often at the dire price of empathy.
Hip Grandma exhorts the reader, especially parents, to refrain from the bane of comparison. Simply because a child is less gifted or differently abled doesn’t make her/him any the less worthy of love.
When your child is “different”
Remember the famously poignant ‘Khayal Karna’ scene in Taare Zameen Par?
This post, like the movie, is an earnest plea to all well-meaning folks – Stop mixing parental aspiration with concern!
Parents with disability
Two physically challenged parents share their heart-warming stories to demonstrate that disability does not – and should not – preclude the joys of parenting.
Teaching Special Children
What does it take to stay put in a job where the rewards are delayed, the work – emotionally depleting, and success, an elusive butterfly?
Four passionate women share their thoughts on a career in special education.
Working Towards Inclusion
“Somehow, it is really not about having special places for special people. That would be racism of a sort, wouldn’t it? It is about being able to share the whole world with them.”
An eloquent post from Anita Iyer Narayan who documents the evolution of EKansh, a Pune-based initiative for the assimilation of People with Disabilities into the mainstream.
Where Every Child Can Play –
It all began with a single question.
Kavitha Krishnamoorthy on her unique calling – to empower children with disabilities through inclusive public spaces.
Being Niharika’s Mother
The incredible personal journey of a mother whose daughter, a child with special needs, taught her more about life and parenting than anyone else could.
Loaded with honesty and perspective, Renuka’s post instantly strikes a chord with anyone who comes into its orbit.
Why Women Need To Ally With The LGBT Cause
This post is a compelling call for change in our warped gender attitudes (and their grotesque manifestations) towards the LGBT folks.
Because true worth has got nothing to do with an individual’s sexual preference.
A Son Like Krishna
The story of a mother coming to terms with her son’s alternate sexuality has been a rather popular post on Women’s Web charts.
Simply because it tugs at the core of the LGBT argument – Acceptance at a fundamental level.
New mommy on the block.
Bookworm, nature-lover and wayfarer in the suburbs of imagination.
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"There is a story and a vision which makes us gravitate towards cinema. Even as we worked as assistants on ads, we realised that cinema was our true calling," say Gunpreet Kaur Mann and Deepali Singh Raseen.
The Railway Men. Mili. Cuttputli. The Diplomat. Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. And more…
Let me introduce to you the talented designer duo who have worked on these, and can be considered today’s upcoming costume designers for the screen. Gunpreet Kaur Mann and Deepali Singh.
Having studied at NIFT, Gunpreet Kaur Mann sent her portfolio out to several designers. Her first gig was as an assistant stylist with Manoshi and Rushi, who also happen to be a designer duo. She worked on an ad film starring Saif Ali Khan and eventually landed a full time job with designer Vikram Phadnis. Years of experience as assistant costume designer followed, which eventually led her to getting a break.
A ‘thank you’ makes a lot of difference in the way any woman in your life sees herself in your eyes. It might even mean the world to her.
I have not received any appreciation in the past. Probably never will. This is the experience of ample women across the globe. The expectation to be thanked for all the sacrifices she makes to keep others happy has faded. Yet the urge to hear few words of acknowledgement always lingers.
There is never a day when she pushes off her own burdens. She knows not to give up on people she loves. Women in general, are givers by nature and hence, give without asking anything in return. They have been the care givers and lovers since centuries however receive no appreciation.
It will mean the world to your mother if you answer her calls. If your sister seems lost give her a hug and assure her about her strengths. Tomorrow, there might come a day when you would have to make your daughter feel empowered with few words of wisdom every now and then. For the children to feel wanted and loved, you must be able to spare some quality time with your wife and be present in the moment.
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