It is International Women’s Day, and one year ago I was planting a tree in the grounds of a hotel on a hill station in Kerala India with 30 other bloggers from around the world on the keralablogexpress. One of them was Deepti Ashana who has just launched a new blog/facebook Women of India
Deepti is a photographer and wants to record the stories of women through her camera. Despairing of life in the corporate world, she taught herself photography and has taken to the road as a student for life.
The stories of women I met during the last few years have particularly inspired me and I hope to put whatever little I have learned over the years to some good use and return to society and people who helped me build what I am today.
Deepti is dedicated to bringing social change through the images and stories of Women of India – her latest post is about the Salt Pan Workers – a wonderful story that links the story of Gandhi to the struggle of child workers in the salt pans of Gujarat.
Bharti,a 12 year girl met me in in the salt pans of Mithapur, Gujarat. Out of curiosity, she asked me which country I was from. Either she couldn’t believe that an Indian girl would travel so far and carry such a camera or she had no concept of distinguishing states and countries. I explained to her that I belonged to the same country as her, but a different state. I understood her predicament later when I realized she hasn’t ever been to a school. And not just her, there were many other children around her who had never been to a school.
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