Permanent Ink, Fresh Perspectives – Sakshi

Permanent Ink, Fresh Perspectives – Sakshi

Sakshi Vij is a senior tattoo artist at Devil’z Tattoos, Gurgaon. Born in Delhi, Sakshi moved to Toronto with her mother after her parents’ separation while her father and sister remained in Delhi. From a young age, she wanted to study Cancer Biology but turmoil within the family meant Sakshi’s academics got little attention. Once back in India, Sakshi went to Bangalore for her graduation. Two years into it, she met with a terrible accident, which left her hospitalized for a long time. Having lost a chunk of flesh from her leg, it…Read more
A new shop, a new start – Ram Pyari

A new shop, a new start – Ram Pyari

“I still have a few days of my life left, and all I want is to spend them happily,” It has been about six years since Ram Pyari had decided to never go back to her husband. It has been that long since she had come away with her children from Lalatpur, a small village in the suburbs of Madhya Pradesh, to this big city. Her life today is in many ways, like her mother’s. She too was all by herself when she was raising her nine children. Ram Pyari was the youngest…Read more
Binota and her e-rickshaw

Binota and her e-rickshaw

Binota moved to Delhi from Kolkata with her husband shortly after they were married. That was 18 years ago. Proud of her Bengali roots, Binota is convinced that the ‘Kolkata’ love for food is what drove her to start working as a cook, and then as a housemaid. However, in June 2015, she injured her knee while riding her bicycle. The ligaments were damaged and the advice she received was to give up riding her bicycle; it would only make the injury worse. This was earth-shattering for Binota - her bicycle was her…Read more
‘Himmat se kaam lenge, ghabrana kesa’

‘Himmat se kaam lenge, ghabrana kesa’

In the last few weeks, Mittika along with Young Minds have performed at four different locations around Delhi (Gautam Buddha Nagar, Jheemar Pura, Civil Lines and Seema Puri). Through these performances we have been able to take the Festival of Voices to around 300 people across ages and cultures. Through drama, our performers stitched together five different stories of five different women from Delhi all of whom have been able to transform their lives against all odds. The hymn - ‘himmat se kaamlenge, ghabrana kesa’ inaugurated each of these performances.  The stories penetrated…Read more
Support in the City – Sudhanshu

Support in the City – Sudhanshu

Sudhanshu Grover is a 48 year old mother of two living in Ghaziabad. She has a Master’s in Biochemistry and worked with a reputed pharmaceutical company in Baroda, the place where she grew up, and eventually got married. Shortly after her marriage, Sudhanshu and her husband were elated to find that they were going to become parents of twins. In 1997 she gave birth to twin sons Drishaan and Sunny. But, when they were around 2 years old, she noticed her younger son banging his head on a pillow, and the crying incessantly…Read more