Monthly Archives: May 2021

The debt keeps on mounting; I feel I am trapped in a vicious circle

My name is Ratna and I am 37 years of age. I am a resident of Govindpuri in New Delhi. I have moved to Delhi from Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. I have been working as a domestic worker for as long … Continue reading

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We’re surviving this lockdown by relying on donation drives

My name is Neelu and I am 32 years of age. I live in Govindpuri, Delhi with my children. I came to this city after my husband left us, and my father helped me in settling here. He was also … Continue reading

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I tested positive for COVID and my family lost a huge portion of our income

My name is Salma Khatoon. I have been living in Indira Camp, Andrews Ganj in Delhi for 20 years now. I moved here from Darjeeling. People in my hometown would say there are many opportunities in Delhi, so I decided … Continue reading

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Kaam milega toh karungi, varna ghar hi baithna padega

Tunu migrated from Kolkata several years back. She now lives in  Harijan Basti, a colony of domestic workers in Gurgaon with her husband and two children. Like most other women in her locality she works as a domestic worker in … Continue reading

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My employers aren’t paying me much, but I’m grateful to have a job

My name is Durga Devi and I am a resident of Taimoor Nagar in Delhi. I’m originally from Madhubani in Bihar, and moved here over fifteen years ago. Over the last eight years, I’ve been working as a domestic worker. … Continue reading

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कोरोना से नहीं, लॉकडाउन से डर लगता है

रात के बाद सवेरा ज़रूर होता है पर सवेरे के बाद रात भी ज़रूर आती है। 2021 में कोविड माहमारी ने एक बार फिर से लोगों को हद से ज़्यादा असहाय किया है, बुनियादी चीजों के लिए तड़पाया है। ये … Continue reading

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“Why them, why not us”: a curious case of missing empathy in the second wave

“Why them, why not us?” A drive thru vaccination camp was conducted in Gurugram recently. The camp was conducted in a mall, vaccines were free and administered through the windows of the car. No autos, cycles or rickshaws were seen … Continue reading

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Kaam karoon, ki baccho ko padhaun, ki ghar ka kiraya doun?

Manju, a resident of Harijan Basti in Gurgaon works as a domestic worker in a housing society nearby.  Once working for four different households Manju has now lost most of her work due to the pandemic.  Some of her employers … Continue reading

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Yahaan zeher khane ke paise nahi hain, tika kahan se lagvayenge?

Mamta and Vikas, a married couple who came to Harijan Basti in Gurgaon five years ago from Bihar, took up work in the same household as cooks. After last year’s lockdown, life was just getting back on track for them, … Continue reading

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Because you are
A very personal sharing

6 years ago today, Martha was among 14 people who were killed in a terrorist attack on a guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was there to facilitate gender training with male staff of a development organisation. In her email … Continue reading

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A very personal sharing