Celebrating Women Through the 9 Colours of Navratri: A 9-Part Series

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Navratri is a 9-day Indian festival that involves the worship of the feminine spirit, power and divinity. Specific colours are symbolic of the rituals associated with each day. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if India respected its women the way we worship our goddesses? Here is the first of a 9-part series that aims to celebrate women through the 9 colours of Navratri. These are simple examples that probably capture a very very small percentage of the countless challenges that women face on a daily basis in our country.

Depending on the law, society and circumstances, the idea of freedom or even choice is a far-fetched dream for many women. For me the green symbolizes those an escape – women who’ve been able to fight the system, make their own decisions and carve their own paths. Those who’ve been able break free from everything that’s held them back, including themselves.
Happy Navratri Day 2 🙂

 

The Tap goes to TEDx Pune!

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It was a humbling experience to be part of TEDx Pune, where I spoke about the power of simplicity in visual storytelling. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the whole world started communicating using stick figures? With such a non-descript visual tool, you can remove the baggage of identity and get back to simple caveman drawings.

At the event, I had the opportunity to meet some really brilliant individuals who are impacting so many lives through what they do. The TEDx team was incredibly supportive and worked hard to pull off a fantastic event. All in all, it was loads of fun! I didn’t say anything stupid on stage (I think) and I didn’t trip on the wires so very happy with how it went off.

An Artist’s Struggle

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I envy people who can produce works of beautiful, undeniable logic. I think it’s really wonderful to be able to make a piece of code work the way you want it to, to make a program give you a desired output. The objective is clear.

For most creative pursuits,  it’s a ball game of how your creation will be received. There is almost always ambiguity, and the response is based on every individual’s opinion, personal preference, emotions, and general world-view. Sometimes you just want to produce something unambiguous, logical and straightforward. If only it weren’t so subjective 🙂

Women. Take charge!

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A story almost every woman in India has heard or experienced. I’ve heard this phrase – “I don’t have a choice” – from so many women when it comes to the topic of marriage. Societal and family pressure can be enormous. The issue is perhaps a lot more complex than shown here, and this depiction is an over-simplification, but I believe that making women realize that they have a voice, a choice, is the big step forward.

Depression: Let’s Talk

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Let’s break the taboo around depression and raise awareness about mental health issues. Although many are reluctant to talk about it, the reluctance is born from social stigma and the fear of being judged. Talking is the first step.