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An Evolution – Blogging to Activism

18 Jul

Blogging was fun! I started writing about the funny things which happened when I was mothering and parenting my son. I wrote about how funny (sarcastic drum roll) my husband was. I wrote how blessed I am to have a hectic lifestyle which allows me no time to crib or vent. Sometimes I wrote philosophy. At times poetry during those doleful moment.

Well, I joined World Moms Blog. And then I wrote more mom things. You can read how heart-broken I was when my son wore his glasses. I thought it was my mistake. I went on a guilt trip to many places often. I went to fun trips too. Ha!

And then one day Jennifer asked me, “Would you like to be a movie star?” I dint reply to that mail. Because it was not directed to me, surely!

Surely?

And then after a week she asked me again. She coaxed me. I said, well, I don’t know.

And then I asked myself, “Why not?”

So, I asked her the details.

And I was surprised to know it was for a social cause. I read many things about Immunisation, Vaccination, the developing nations, the developed nations, children dying in Africa every 20 seconds to a disease which can be prevented by a vaccine.

I read about organisations like GAVI, Shot@Life, The Gates Foundation and more. I read how much the UN was doing and I said, “Yes” to Jen.

So, we shot our first movie. Read about it here.

And then there was no stopping back!

I was an activist and I was hooked. One thing led to another and I participated in twitter parties, I talked about maternal and child health. I wrote about the UN’s MDGs. I interviewed pediatricians. I researched India’s situation. I came across a remote rural village, Piplantri in Western India which was a perfect example of an agent of change. I blogged about it on the Gates Foundation.

I know people who do a lot more things. I did a few things.

Evolution

Evolution

I looked at myself in the mirror. I looked at my inner self.

I asked myself for the wisdom to do what is right.

I evolved, my blog evolved. We resist change initially, but it slowly envelops it. We have to move on and do what we think we ought to do. It is our moral responsibility to our sisters and brothers of the world.

Balancing my inner self and my outer actions and defining it to be in tandem with my heart’s wisdom and integrating it all to become the complete personality happened. My blog also helped me get there.

Have you been drawn to something greater than yourself? Greater than anything else you know in this world? For me, it is my own inner happiness and contentment in doing my part in this universe.

I know how, when and where this journey began.

This journey through my inner universe has no end.

Evolution is infinity, with no end.

Come, talk to me @BlogHER13.

Come, talk to me @BlogHER 13

Come, talk to me @BlogHER 13

I would like to know your views about blogging and activism. Join me at my panel.

Politics & Activism | Presentation: Ad Hoc Advocacy vs. Non-Profit Structure / Roundtable: International Activist BlogHer Scholarship Recipients on 27th July at 3:15 PM. Listen to me speak.

I am speaking @BlogHER13

I am speaking @BlogHER13

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Vaccination and me – Yay!! India is polio-free

24 Mar

Child receiving polio vaccine.

Child receiving polio vaccine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 India was once the epicenter of Polio. Polio was carried on from India to even many African nations. In 1985 there were 150,000 polio cases and in 2010 it was at a historic low of 42. But today, as of 2012, India has been declared Polio free with not a single case of Polio having been registered in any of the Health centers. It really is a major task in a nation like India, which boasts of not only the nation with one of highest GDP ratio, but also of the second largest slum in Asia, which is a hotbed of so many known and unknown diseases. 

Immunization, commonly referred to as vaccination is a great wealth we can give our children as parents. Give them good physical health and mental health and they have the capacity to access the greatest wealth in the world. 

When I was asked a year ago by Jennifer Burden of the World Moms Blog if I would be interested in vaccination advocacy as part of Social Good, I said, ‘Why not?’ But ‘how,’ I thought. So, here I am writing about it as one of the first steps. Advocacy is easy. I firmly believe in protecting my son against certain killer diseases. More than a year ago he contacted Dengue fever and little did I know Dengue is life threatening until a fellow blogger’s daughter succumbed to it. It was shocking! I have no words to describe my feelings.

So, for those killer diseases for which there are vaccines protect your child. Give him a future where he is strong, has the capability to fight diseases. Give him that investment where his health is ensured. Vaccination advocacy is easy. The only requirement is your passion, your power to move people.

At GAVI, I was awed to see so many people so enthusiastic about this cause. The success rate in developing nations was stupendous. Check out the new vaccines they have rolled out in many African nations. I am so honored to be part of this passionate cause of securing the future health of a child.

Organizations like GAVI and Shot@Life rock! I urge more people like us with the power to write, with the power to influence people both with their presence in the virtual world/media (Social networking and blogs) and also through their field work to be part of such movements.

Who would have thought one day India would be Polio free? That is the only boost any Indian ever needs to start his pro vaccination campaign.

What are you waiting for? Voice your views

P.S: Ok, my next step in this would be to film a movie with the help of Jennifer Burden, Founder, Chief Editor, World Moms Blog, advocating vaccination . Yay!! Watch this space for more updates on that. If you want to be part of the movie in any way, drop us a note through the Contacts Page.

My passion won’t rest for now!!

 

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