• “This process helps teenagers become empathetic and allows them to learn leadership in a slightly different way – they start to understand how at different points in the room, different teenagers have different kinds of issues and how they can work to solve them. Like how a person with a disability can step in and adjust into a group activity in a way that he/she feels included; or in what ways does the story of girls in the program help the boys check their own behavior.” You can read more at this link.

    Sep 28,
    - by tasawwur
  • "Meet Ziya. The girl from Nizamuddin basti who wouldn’t dance in a Tasawwur group activity because in her community girls didn’t dance when boys were watching. The one who slowly began to question the fact that boys were never asked not to dance. The one who was afraid of the more affluent girls would make her feel less than them, but who found to her surprise that she was actually grateful for a mixed group because her peers not only surprised her in their friendliness but also helped open her eyes to people from different worlds." Read the rest of the story here.

    Sep 20,
    - by tasawwur
  • Our founder, Aditi Rao, was featured on We Are The City which is a website that highlights the work of women entrepreneurs in India and the UK. "I have been working in the youth development and social-justice-education arenas for almost a decade, including at Pravah and the Gandhi Fellowship in India, SEDEPAC and UNITONA in Mexico, and the Possibility Project and Student Press Initiative in the USA. At the same time, I have been pursuing my own artistic practice, particularly as a poet, for just as long, having done my MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and won several awards for my poetry, including the Srinivas Rayaprol Prize for Poetry, TheTFA Creative writing in English Award, and the Muse

    Aug 30,
    - by tasawwur
  • Urvashi joined Tasawwur on the 1st of August as our Development Manager. We first met Urvashi while she was doing her BA in English literature from St. Stephens College, writing beautiful poetry, and conducting wonderful interviews with contemporary Indian English writers for the online magazine Helter Skelter. Since then, she has done a Masters' in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of East Anglia in the UK, and worked at Avasara Academy, an NGO that facilitates girls' education in Mumbai and Pune. From the beginning, Urvashi impressed us with the complete sincerity and thoroughness with which she approaches every task, as well as with her quiet passion for feminism and for words. At Tasawwur, she will be working on curriculum development,

    Aug 01,
    - by tasawwur
  • This past weekend, Tasawwur's board-to-be met to sign the legal paperwork and begin our journey towards becoming a full fledged organisation! In case you're wondering who these behind-the-scenes folks are that are going to guide Tasawwur' development for the next 5 years, here you go: Aditi Rao: Writer and Founder of Tasawwur Niranjani Iyer: Actor, Director, Choreographer, and all things awesome about theatre Kandala Singh: Independent Researcher and Writer Akshay Saxena: Co-founder of Avanti and Ashoka Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, and so on. Samina Mishra: Filmmaker, Children's Book author, Neha Buch: CEO, Pravah Anita Vasudeva: Writer, Editor, Coach Wish you could be in that room full of laughter, dreams, nuance, groundedness, excitement, wisdom, commitment, and experience that this group brings

    May 10,
    - by tasawwur
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