All posts by Smriti Rai

Charimaya Tamang: A Journey from Human Trafficking Survivor to Celebrated Social Activist

Ms. Charimaya Tamang is the epitome of courage, determination and bravery. Looking at her, no one can guess the horrors of her past. Trafficked at age sixteen and forced to become a sex worker, she has gone through the most bitter experiences that life can bring. However, she has battled those ghosts from her past to become the famous social activist that she is today.

Sign the Petition to Help Nepalese Migrant Workers in Qatar

Slavery may have been abolished the world over years ago, but it still exists in different forms even today. Not being paid their salaries/ being paid too little, having to live in substandard and unhygienic housing conditions, having to work over time, not getting enough rest and being abused and mistreated by their employers are common complaints of migrant workers. Needless to say, this is inhumane and completely against Human Rights.

Parade Rehearsals for Shivaratri

The parade ground was clean and was decorated with our National Flag and colorful streamers. The audience was enthusiastic and people were there to support their near and dear ones. Among various other performances, there was a performance by very well trained dogs and they amused the audience with their daring tricks such as jumping through rings of fire and they were also trained to ‘salute’.

Dancing to Stay Fit

You don’t have to be a good dancer to enjoy dancing. There is no age limit to enjoy dance and its purpose and uses are very versatile. It can be a form of art, fun, leisure, entertainment and it is also good exercise. There are various forms of dances and these days Zumba has become very popular. It is fun to do, easy to learn and the best part is you can sweat it out and burn calories while having a good time.

Reflections of 2012

2012 has come to an end and the beginning of the New Year would be a good time to reflect on the year gone by. Have you had the time to look back on how you spent the past year? I definitely did not have the time to reflect. It is useless to try to make peace with ourselves by being pleased with everything we have done.