Girls around the world are subjected to various injustices, and child marriage is one such. ‘The Little Palanquin’, like this picture of a girl looking at the teary eye, is a short story that aims at emphasising the importance of empowerment that will help our girls to look back at this injustice as a defunct thing of the past.
A tedious 400′ climb from the village of Bhaja takes the interested few to the magnificent Bhaja Caves that were sculpted in the 2nd century. Although they were created in a time that might have a seemingly insignificant impact on the present, the cave effortlessly opens the mind of the explorer to the magic of a period they might not be able to visit otherwise.
Every girl who is made to measure herself against the standards set by the society, is put in a painful place where she seems insufficient to herself. Consequently, her uniqueness becomes a burden that she’d hope will someday disappear. The protagonist of the story, ‘Balamani’ whose name translates to ‘Little Girl’ in Sanskrit, might be any child whose happiness is threatened by the set standards. Regardless of who she is or where she is from, it is our collective responsibility as a society to break those standards and pave way for a healthy body image.
‘Cinderella Stole My Slippers’ is a tribute to all the little girls, who were trapped in this fallacy but found the strength to escape it and embrace their uniqueness.
Built entirely of sandstone, The Sun Temple in Modhera is a beautiful gift from hundreds of years ago, to the modern day India. In this picture, as a young women stops to admire the ornate carvings on the archway, the efforts of the artisans who created this marvel and the virtue of their work from centuries ago, are momentarily glorified.