The world inside of me!

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Deepika Padukone, Sania Mirza, Indira Gandhi and many more.

"There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women" ~Koffi Annan

We all must have heard the above mentioned names very often. These personalities have acheived a lot in their respective fields and have broken the shackles of the gender stereotypes. However, have anyone of us noticed our mother's, our neighborhood aunt, or any other women who strives everyday to achieve her goal and dreams of breaking the glass window? I think we usually fail to celebrate those common women who are not so common today, the women who are facing the atrocities of life, struggling to balance their work and home everyday with a smile on their face. 

50% of the women in the world are making up for most the economic and political development yet there are innumerable instances where women is forced to stay inside those confined barriers and are not allowed to make their individual choices. Driven by the prejudices, stereotypes, and mindsets of the so called 'patriarchal society', women are still deprived of their potential; rights. 

Every morning she wakes up and rushes through those household chores, settles all payments, aligns those indents, irons the clothes of the entire family and drives to her son's school. After fulfilling all her commitments she sets out for her conference. She engulfs an entire world inside her. 

Here I remember some lines of my poem 'A firece scorn' 

"That day when those cruel hands, 

Choked my voice, 

Tears froze in my heart, 

When I rebelled with a fierce scorn, 

That day I became a women." 

These lines make me realise that this world isn't easy for a woman, freedom doesn't come without a cost for a women. There are several women who have had to give up their share of happiness and love to get that small ray of hope, there are several women who have left behind the adornments of being a daughter, a sister, a mother, or a wife to fulfill her dream. 

Amidst these dark realities, women have made us proud by standing out in all their endeavours. The world is now progressing towards an environment which is pouring out innumerable opportunities which can enable a women to reach out to the impossible. 

A women has no limits, a women can dream and scale any height that she wants to. 

"Above all, believe in your life, not the victim" ~Nora Ephron.

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8 Ways to stay positive and motivated during this pandemic

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If you are like me, you are probably experiencing more stress that usual. Work is different, the Wi-Fi is acting up, and your social life has come to a halt. Stability and predictability are two words that we are unable to resonate with anymore. After a certain point, all of this can get to you. Fear can make you feel powerless. While you cannot control your feelings, thoughts and the Wi-Fi, you definitely can shift your attention towards the things you can control and help restore your sense of confidence.

Make a list of things that you think are in your control (They could be uneventful or extraordinary) and work on them, every single day. I would like to share with you, my list:

  1. Start a virtual book/movie club: Start your own book club on WhatsApp. Add all the bibliophiles on your contact list. Or if you’re a movie buff, create a group to watch and discuss movies.
  2. Enhance your skills: Work on advancing your skill! It could be something as mundane as taking up an excel course or something fun like baking. Try to complete at least two online courses this quarantine!
  3. Work out: You probably saw this coming. But one cannot stress how important it is to work out especially during uncertain times like these, when your anxiety is at its peak and your thoughts don’t let you sleep. Learn new home workouts every day and let the endorphins and serotonin flow into your body.
  4. Interact (virtually) with your long lost friends and family: Life can get really busy and to be honest it has been. Until now. And we are unable to cope with all the time we have. Talk to all those people you lost touch with and wished you hadn’t (This does not include you ex. DO NOT TEXT THEM!).
  5. Learn a new make-up routine: I personally feel like, the time I spend wearing make-up is all for me. It is the time I have chosen for myself. It could take you fifty minutes or fifteen minutes. That is YOUR time, you are looking in the mirror and focusing on yourself. So create a new look and wear some mascara because, why not?
  6. Write a blog on Glo Community: You probably did not see this one coming. But really, put all your thoughts (happy or sad) into words, not only will it help you learn a lot about yourself, but also help you gain awareness of your reality. You will be helping contribute to the WHO Covid-19 fund!
  7. Limit your news intake: While it is good to be informed at all times, the amount of information can be a double edged sword. So be aware, but also learn to disconnect.
  8. Do your bit: Last but not the least, everybody reading this is probably doing their part by washing hands regularly and staying home unless absolutely necessary. Every small effort is going to add up and will have a huge impact.

Do not lose hope. Stay positive, stay motivated and please be safe. We are all in this together. 😊

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Being 8 Months Pregnant Didn’t Stop This SHERO From Delivering COVID-19 Test Kits To The Nation

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In the battle against coronavirus, India has been criticised time and again for a poor record of testing people. Amidst all of this, there is change set to be brought about, a large part of which is accredited to the one and only virologist - Minal Dakhave Bhosale.

Ms Bhosale headed the team that designed the coronavirus testing kit (called Patho Detect)  in India and is also the R&D chief of Mylabs discovery, Pune. She had just been informed of a pregnancy complication in february, right after which despite personal circumstances, willingly took on the assignment of designing the coronavirus test kits.

Up until now, India had to import COVID-19 kits from Germany at Rs.4500 per kit, but the molecular diagnostic company has been successful in creating a kit that is now able to test 100 samples and costs Rs 1,200 - literally a quarter of the cost of COVID-19 testing kits that were being imported. 

Besides being relatively much lower than kits imported from outside, the team also achieved COVID-19 testing in just two and a half hours compared to other tests that took no less than 6-7 hours. 

What is most fascinating about her story is that Ms Bhosale managed to complete her assignment on time and while being 8 months pregnant, only a couple of hours before she delivered her baby daughter. 

In the words of Ms Bhosale (to BCC) : “ It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I have to serve my nation”. A true inspiration to women across the world and a real team player - a thousand salutes to the women who put her nation first in the most critical of situations. 

Minal Dakhave Bhosale- A real life hero, A SHERO, as one may say.



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