For Friendships It was my wedding day. As usual my x husband was late. While everyone was panicking, and I was assuming that the man was being his usual self, Harshu decides to comfort my mother. I hear later that he had volunteered to play the mock groom in case the one who should play the real groom did not turn up. ...

Picking Someone Worthy of It (c) creative commons I was once in a relationship that I thought was a “relationship”. I had made my time for him, and decided his time was more important than mine. I would wait for him till he finished his work, till he would decide whether he would meet me. I would stay up hoping there would be a message, ...

“Future of Africa lies in agriculture” – Alphaxard Gitau, Kenya Alphaxard Gitau is passionate about youth empowerment, community transformation, environmental conservation, and contributing to agricultural development. He lives in Kenya, and strives to be a voice for young people working on environmental issues. He spoke on his experiences as an advocate for action on agriculture  in Africa, and at the global level. Motivation Alphaxard was brought up in a ...

The outcome document of the 3rd Financing for Development Summit was adopted on 16th July without intergovernmental tax body or new financial commitments. The developed countries rejected the proposals made at last hours of negotiations for the improvements to the UN tax committee, and a global tax body. Developing Country Proposals Rejected On Wednesday key improvements to the language ...

The Reason I like to believe that there is a reason why people do things. A reason which might not be obvious but, despite its lack of visibility still existed. Deep down that existed. One might have to look super hard to find it, but then you do, still you do. And I choose to believe so. I once asked my ...

That Dark Place I woke up this morning, and knew it was time. I had explained a lot, over the years, moved on, moved back, then been floating around knowing not what I should be doing. Sometimes emotions become stronger than one expected, and you end up stuck without regrets, without plans and without any expectations. I look at the tell-tale signs, the ...

“It is okay to have no idea how to do something and still want to do it.” – Heather Box Co-founder of The Million Person Project (MPP) with her boyfriend Julian Mocine-McQueen, Heather works on a global initiative that works with activists, artists, business people, farmers, authors and students to identify their true stories and help them use that energy in their speaking. .Over the past ten years she has worked in social change movements across the world on ...

“It is okay to have no idea how to do something and still want to do it.” – Heather Box Co-founder of the Million Person Project (MPP) with her boyfriend Julian Mocine-McQueen, Heather works on a global initiative that works with activists, artists, business people, farmers, authors and students to identify their true stories and help them use that energy in their speaking. .Over the past ten years she has worked in social change movements across the world on ...

“You are my yang” I watch him. I do it too often. I would stare at his face, him smiling with eyes closed until the eyes opened to find me staring at him. A quizzical expression or a smile would follow and he would pull me closer and I would snuggle up next to him in silence. One of those routines of ours I ...

NO to Animal Cruelty. YES to Animal Welfare Bill. (Photo courtesy wikipedia) Recently a video which was shared by a Sri Lankan on his Facebook managed to grab a lot of attention. Why? Many reasons. One probably being that some people liked watching cruelty to animals, the other due to a petition which was launched against the video, requesting that the man be punished for cruelty he inflicted ...

A Rant from Hoarders’ Land I type in the dark, with the company of mosquitos, and close to a rambutan tree which has become an inside joke of the family since it is a reminiscent or a reference to my ex-husband who claimed he had estates of the particular fruit (which of course I had not laid my eyes on). My sister comes out of ...

It has been one of those long weeks with too many hours spent typing away responses to mails. I had wanted to write something but had not the energy nor the tie to type insanity as I usually do. I guess it just slipped my mind to jot anything down, or I was just too exhausted at the end of ...

“When you are woman in South Asia, everything becomes restrictive or a word of warning. ” – Senashia Ekanayake Senashia Ekanayake is a writer, who likes to describes herself as “mediating with her first quarter life crisis and contemplating life as a writer in the making.” She is motivated by two things: writing and environment and firmly believes that if one truly puts one’s heart into something that one wants to do or achieve, then on can end ...

I start typing knowing that I need to finish typing in ten minutes, and get this uploaded in fifteen before I pack and leave. It’s Sunday, apparently Mother’s Day, and the day usually people do not work. I have taken a two-day break to work (of course the weekend). Yes, you heard it right, to work! Anyone who knows me ...

“Seeing my father fight injustice inspired me.” – Bhagya Wickramasinghe Bhagya Wickramasinghe is a lecturer in law, an Attorney-at-Law, and works as a researcher for Sri Lankan Youth Climate Action Network, an organisation focusing on climate change, youth empowerment, and social justice. She shared her experience of being a young professional and multi-tasking which has allowed her to do work on the causes she believes in. Education: key to empowerment ...

“We need more women in politics” – Ellen Sandell My first meeting with Ellen Sandell was in 2010, and in Cancun. We were both part of the climate youth movement, and attending the Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC. She has come a long way since then to be the state MP for Melbourne, the first ever Greens MP elected to the Victorian lower house. She agreed to speak ...

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