Saturday, October 30, 2010

WAVE's been nominated for a Manthan award in E-Learning!

Yaayyyy! Check out the great company we're in on the Manthan website.

We will be going to Delhi to receive a certificate as finalists or a trophy as winners, which will be announced at the event!

We may also be speaking or showcasing WAVE videos at the International Summit on Digital Content & Services and Manthan Award South Asia Gala scheduled on Dec 17-18, 2010 in New Delhi, India.

We'd like to thank all our WAVE participants for their hard work blogging on video for their communities which has been collectively recognised :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vote for Manipuri film "April 6th" online at

This was emailed to WAVE videoblogger Salam Babina Devi:

Dear All

Please vote for documentary film “April 6th”. This is a shooting
poverty online voting competition by Oxfam International. The film is
about the victims of arm violence and extrajudicial killings in
Manipur, India. Please forward this message to all your friends,
relatives and organization.

You vote like this:
1) go to
2) select the film April 6th
3) click on any of the small symbols and vote by sharing the film on
twitter/facebook/digg or orkut

And then tell everyone to do the same!

Thank you all with regards
Chandam Netraj
(Director of the film)

BBC feature on Gurgaon Community Radio

From the CR forum list:
BBC Hindi has done a feature on Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Samudayik Radio Station. Also features Sajan Venniyoor as spokesperson for CR Forum.

Audio feature at:

Written online story at:

Arti Jaiman

Station Director : Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Samudayik Radio Station 107.8 MHz FM

Gurgaon Ki Awaaz is the first and only civil-society-led community radio station in the National Capital Region of Delhi. We broadcast 24X7, in Hindi and Haryanvi, with a team of community reporters, generating community content, and community participation.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pulitzer Crisis Reporting Travel Grants

About: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting provides travel grants to cover hard costs associated with upcoming travel for an international reporting project. Our ideal project offers print, photography, radio, and video.

The Center also provides travel grants to students at participating Campus Consortium schools. Learn more.

We also offer travel grants to non-native, English-speaking journalists. Learn about the Persephone Miel Fellowship.

Terms of travel grant: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting funds international travel costs associated with reporting projects on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media. The amount of individual travel grants will depend on the specific project and detailed budget planning. Most awards fall in the range of $2,000 to $10,000 but depending on project specifics may be as much as $20,000.

On approved projects, half of the grant amount is generally paid just before travel and the remainder on submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast. Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process.

Distribution: Proposed projects must include a credible plan for broad dissemination of the resulting work in U.S. media (print and/or broadcast). Applicants should be able to demonstrate interest from editors and/or producers working in wide-reaching U.S. media outlets. The credibility of a distribution plan is generally most evident in an applicant's track-record working with the listed outlets. Please do not have editors send letters simply stating they would consider the work. Letters from editors and/or producers who have worked with you in the past, and are interested in working with you again, are encouraged.

Cross-Platform: The Pulitzer Center is increasingly seeking multi-media projects that combine print/photography and video to explore the issues. We encourage applicants to create partnerships with others and propose a complimentary suite of deliverables. If you are only working in one medium, you may still apply.

Eligibility: Grants are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers; staff journalists as well as free-lancers of any nationality are eligible to apply.

Paid artist residency for documentary filmmakers

Deadline: 31 October 2010 (1st cycle), 31 January 2011 (2nd cycle)


The Objectifs Artist-in-Residence programme is open to all photographers, filmmakers and mixed media artists who have photography and film incorporated into their work.

Our aim is to provide visual artists, who want to develop their craft, with a supportive platform,
conducive for the creation and development of new personal work. Being in a new environment allows artists to interact with the local arts community and exposes artists to a diversity of cultures and ideas.

During the residency period, the artist-in-residence is given access to the centre's available
equipments and facilities. The artist-in-residence is also entitled to observe up to three of the centre's regular activities.

The Objectifs Residency & Lab is supported by the National Art Council, Singapore.

Who can apply

We welcome all genres of film and photographer including, but not limited to:
Film: documentary, narrative, experimental, video art
Photography: documentary, fine art, conceptual, photojournalism
Mixed media artists who incorporate photography or film into their work
The residency period is 4 weeks, allowing artists time to develop and complete their projects. Artists can work on existing projects.

During the residency period, the artist is expected to:
Share work-in-progress through discussions, screenings, exhibitions, keeping Objectifs updated on project progress;
Conduct up to 6 hours of workshops or seminars per week, tailored to the artist’s area of specialty;
Showcase their completed project at the end of the residency period, e.g. in the form of an exhibition or screening.
There are no restrictions on nationalities, but residents are responsible for applying for a valid tourist or social visitor’s pass.

Residents will be provided:
Travel subsidy of up to S$1,500 to contribute to return airfare (reimbursable with receipt)
Stipend of S$1,000 per month for the residency period
Material fee of up to S$1,000 for the residency project (reimbursable with receipts)
Basic accommodation for the residency period
Application dates

Artists are selected based on their experience, portfolio, submitted project proposal and
recommendations. Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants must indicate the residency
period based on the deadlines.

All applicants will receive notice of receipt and confirmation/rejection by email.


1) General terms:

a. All residents must be 21 and above, and be conversant in English;
b. Open to both local and international applicants;
c. International applicants will be responsible for procuring their own travel visas and/or social visitors’ passes;
d. Residents will receive a stipend of S$1,000 per month for the 4 weeks residency period;
e. Accommodation will be provided for international residents during the residency period only;
f. Air ticket for international residents will be reimbursed upon receipt of original invoice.
Travel subsidy is capped at S$1,500. Amount should be approved by Objectifs prior to purchase;
g. Residents are offered a material fee of up to S$1,000 reimbursable with receipt(s);
h. Residents may apply for other grants/project funds from their own countries or in Singapore, concurrent with the Residency.

2) Residency commitment:

a. Residents should be committed to the programme, using the period for project development or completion;
b. Residents must be available for up to 6 hours of workshops or seminars per week, tailored to the artist’s area of specialty;
c. Artists will retain copyrights of all works developed or produced during the residency;
d. Residents will showcase completed project at the end of the 4 weeks residency period, e.g. in the form of an exhibition or screening.

3) Residency Organisers and partners:

a. We request that artists allow the sponsors of the event reproduction rights for works
developed or produced during the residency. Such reproduction will only be for noncommercial
purposes in relation to the residency, highlighting the partners’ support for the event – all images, video clips or works reproduced will include credit to the artist. Partners and sponsors should be acknowledged in the artist’s works accordingly;
b. Artists need to submit a feedback of their residency and copy of their project (in the
highest possible format – e.g. Beta SP / high-resolution images) at the end of the residency;
c. Residents guarantee that they are entitled to reproduce and exploit all of the underlying rights in their projects – e.g. music and script. Residents must have the permission or rights to all parts of their work created during their residency and indemnify Objectifs against any claims in relation to such guarantees;
d. In the event the artist-in-residence is unable to fulfil the residency terms or does not complete the residency without valid reasons, Objectifs reserves the right to recover partial or full costs as provided during the residency.

4) Please fill in the application form (next page), and include the following attachments:

a. Project Proposal (not more than 4 pages)
Artist must clearly state the project that will be developed during the residency period. Projects should workable within Singapore and not require any overseas travel;
Projects already in-development may also be included. For example – filmmakers can include scripts, documentaries, short films and animation; photographers can include development of a new or existing body of work with a slideshow or exhibition showcase.
b. Resume and portfolio
Include professional, academic and technical experience in photography and/or filmmaking;
Include list of awards (e.g. film festivals, grants), publications etc, where relevant;
Portfolio (DVD showreel or CD-rom of photographs) – please do not send original/master copies as they will not be returned (local applicants can include a self-addressed stamp envelope if they wish to get back their portfolio). We accept website links to works available online.
c. Letter(s) of recommendation (Max. 2).
Deadline: 31 October 2010

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies invites applications for the Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships for 2010.

The Fellowships are granted to writers, translators and scholars (not to university students) in the field of humanities from outside Iceland, to enable them to stay in Iceland for a period of at least three (3) months, in order to improve their knowledge of the Icelandic language, culture and society.

The amount of Fellowship is based in the principles on travel expenses to and from Iceland, plus living expenses while in the country. Should two equally-qualified candidates be under consideration, preference will, as rule, be given to a candidate from Eastern or Southern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America or Oceania.

The Árni Magnússonar Institute for Icelandic Studies assists Fellows during their stay in Iceland, at the conclusion of which Fellows are expected to submit a report to the Institute on how the grant was spent.

There is no special application form for the Fellowships. Applicants should submit a brief but thorough account of the purposeof their stay in Iceland, specifying period of stay, as well as details of education and publications.

Further information at:

Applications should be sent by ordinary mail (no e-mail application) not later than 31 October 2009 to:

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies
The Sigurður Nordal Office
P.O. Box 1220
121 Reykjavík

With any further queries contact

MPhil at Oxford scholarship

Two fully funded scholarships are available to applicants for the following courses based at the Oxford Department of International Development for the 2011-12 academic year, which runs from October to June:

MPhil in Development Studies: The aim of this two-year course is to provide a rigorous and critical introduction to development as a process of change and of managed change in societies on the periphery of the global economy.
MSc in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies: This 9 month interdisciplinary degree involves an intellectually rigorous examination of forced migration resulting from conflict, state practices, environmental change, and development policies. It aims to place forced migration in historical, global and human context. Read more…

Why Women Make Better Politicians!

Interesting analysis of women in government in the US... Click here for the article.

Powerful video about African American women and self image

'A Girl Like Me' was shared by Amita Sreenivas on the Bay Area collective South Asian Sister's email list...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Women and poverty - an analysis by Ritu Dewan of Bombay University

From the Skoch Foundation's Inclusion website

That poverty is gendered is a given, whether in terms of causes, results, or impacts. Consequently, it becomes essential to incorporate gender into development paradigms and specifically into poverty reduction strategies as well as planning processes; unless this takes place, the very concept of gender equality not only becomes marginalised but is, in fact, fully negated, says Ritu Dewan

It is necessary to point out that no analysis of gender mainstreaming into pro- poor strategies, plans and developmental processes can be made until and unless viewed in the context of national and international global forces. Thus, it is quite possible that certain currently operative policies may come into conflict with both accepted definitions of anti-poverty strategies as well as the prevailing dominant development paradigm.

Poverty issues in different countries need to be perceived in a specific historical setting, given the fact that all underdeveloped countries have undergone colonisation. This historical perspective has the necessity to be integrated with the current location of each economy in the prevailing international scenario which is dominated by the neo-liberal paradigm of growth. This paradigm is being increasingly debated and sought to be replaced by country-specific alternatives, all focusing in varying degrees on the major issues of poverty and gender.

While not getting into the details of the discourse on what defines ‘gender’ and ‘poverty’, there can be no debate on the fundamental issue that women and men generally experience poverty differently, whether in terms of causes, processes, impacts, outcomes, results, or coping strategies. The central issue, however, is that perceiving poverty as a static ‘outcome’ negates the fact that it is primarily a process, one that is fully gendered. The loci of economic and patriarchal power determine how, when, where and who makes choices. A woman’s choice is determined for her by her economic resource position, by ‘home responsibilities’ assigned to her by society and by the socio-cultural as well as religious sanctions imposed on her. As a consumer, the woman acts as the purchasing agent for the family and buys the raw materials she uses in household production. As a producer, she is involved mainly in subsistence economic activities, which, even though not recognised as work, underline the basic survival strategies of especially poor households.

The absence of gender incorporation and analysis in development leads not only to misallocation of resources but also virtually denies the very existence of households as well as ‘vulnerable’ sections. Policies that do not take into account gender discrimination - particularly those relating to access to resources and production outlets - negate women’s multiple roles in production, reproduction and maintenance tasks, as also in the distribution and absorption of resources within producing households. This brings into question the very appropriateness of using market analysis in underdeveloped countries where the unit of production is primarily the household rather than the firm, where the non-monetised sector still predominates, and where the motive force of production remains subsistence for the majority of the population both in the urban and rural sectors.

The exclusion of the concept of the family thus has important consequences. As many of the commodities produced at home are substituted for purchased goods, what is maximised is a common utility function in which the household is the unit of inquiry. This utility function is generally equated with that of the household head. The assumption here is thus that the head of the household is genderless - neutrum oeconomicum.

The fundamental problem, however, arises when analysis is based on the notion of the ‘household’. The presumption here is that there are no inequalities within a single household, that its ‘well-being’ is represented by the head of the household. This assumption is one of the most prevalent conceptual biases in both poverty as well as gender analysis. In most Asian countries the ‘head’ is determined by culture and tradition rather than by the economic definition of ‘main earner’. This is very common, for instance, in India, where the reality is that almost one-third of particularly rural households are female-headed. Thus, ‘poverty lines’ as defined often hide the fact that men and women have differential household utility functions, and that both inter- and also intra-household comparisons need to be focused on. It is essential, however, to emphasise that gender analysis by itself cannot be adequate. Gender, which is an asymmetry, is based on the fact that though men do have economic and social power, this power is diluted by various societal and situational conditions that prevail, and also by specific forces that operate at a particular phase of historical development of a country.

Every economy is characterised by two interdependent systems - the system of production of material goods and the system of reproduction of the labour-force, patriarchy being fully integrated with both. The relationship between development, poverty and gender can only be perceived in all its complexities if gendered analysis is integrated at all levels.

A related problem is the eternal linking of women and children even in the sphere of the State and its developmental and planning processes. The very fact that a single ministry such as that in India and several neighbouring countries deals with the issues of both women and children implies that the two are interconnected at every level - nature of problems, solutions, resolutions. The argument for two separate ministries for women and for children is based on both conceptual and methodological grounds - that children are not the sole responsibility of only women, and that an overwhelmingly large share of the already meager allocations are spent on nutrition and other child-specific programmes and schemes rather than on gender-specific poverty alleviation strategies.

Finally, the prevailing dominant paradigm of growth and development works against the solution to the ‘central’ problem of poverty. When the paradigm itself results in raising poverty levels through non-implementation of land reforms; by increasing unemployment via informalisation where labour laws do not operate; withdraws subsidies to the agricultural sector when in fact developed nations are increasing them; reduces expenditure on the public distribution system; refuses to redefine the poverty line in terms of the economic reality of the people; denies that poverty goes beyond the concept of income; throws millions of people into the ranks of the ‘unemployable’ and unemployed particularly through displacement by reducing access to common property resources and appropriating fertile land through the setting up of Special Economic Zones, Special Tourist Zones, etc and also for national and multinational corporate houses in the name of furthering ‘development’ through industrialisation - then no anti-poverty strategy can be successful either for the poor and consequently, even more so for women.

Select References
1. Dewan, Ritu, (1999), Gender Implications of the ‘New’ Economic Policy: A Conceptual Overview, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp 425-429.
2. Dewan, Ritu (2005), Gender Budget Perspectives on Macro and Meso Policies in Small Urban Manufacturies in Greater Mumbai, Discussion Paper Series-12, Human Development Resource Centre, UNDP, India.
3. International Poverty Center - UNDP, September (2006), Working Paper No. 22.
4. Tenth Five-Year Plan (2002-07), Volume II: Sectoral Policies and Programmes, Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi.
5. Eleventh Five-Year Plan. Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi

Ritu Dewan is Professor, Centre for Women’s Studies / Gender Economics, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai

Vote for WAVE friend 'Girltank' in the Youtopia contest

Help Tara of Girltank set up a website with information about girl changemakers from around the world, including WAVE!

Click here to vote.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Introducing our New Intern Manmeet Sahni

I am glad to be associated with the "Wave movement". I am a post graduate in English literature from Delhi University (Hansraj College).

Currently, I am pursuing a post graduate diploma in Journalism and inclined towards women issues, I have been associated with the women studies development centre, University of Delhi.

Introducing WAVE Volunteer Peeyush Sharma

Peeyush is 25 and has a B.E. degree in Electronics & Telecommunications. He currently works as a Junior SAP SD Consultant with Mitashi Edutainment, a consumer electronics company.

He's interested in learning every aspect of film making and to make films, documentary photography and enjoys reading articles related to the Armed Forces.

Peeyush helped WAVE with outreach by sending letters to many corporate social responsibility departments, and we are very grateful for his support.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Calling all Photographers! Win $5,000 - $25,000

The 2011 Sony World Photography Awards is open for entries and the line-up of the 2011 juries has now been announced. Photographers of all levels, from amateurs to professionals, are invited to enter their images for their chance to be judged by influential photography professionals from around the world, including magazine photo-editors, curators, academics and established prize-winning photographers. >> Find out more at

Prizes for winners and runners-up include:

  • $5,000 - $25,000 US dollars
  • Professional digital camera equipment from Sony
  • Tickets to attend the 2011 Sony World Photography Awards ceremony in London
  • Return travel to London and accommodation
  • Publication in the annual winners’ book
  • International exposure through WPO exhibitions, local and global media coverage
  • Representation by the World Photography Organisation
  • Continued support on WPO platforms, including our website and social channels

4th Samsung Women's Int'l Film Festival call for Entries - Deadline Oct 29

More details are here. WAVE has entered the festival.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bhumi Early Leadership Toolkit Train-the-Trainer Program Hyderabad, India | November 19-21, 2010

An intensive 2.5 day program to provide those who work with youth with facilitation skills and content knowledge to deliver early leadership development programs

- Learn the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL) unique approach to leadership development

- Review essential leadership models, competencies, and approaches

- Enhance your facilitation skills by learning, practicing and receiving feedback in a safe learning environment

- Leave with y

our own Early


Toolkit - Empower

youth to create positive change now

The program includes three main components.

Experience Leadership

Development: Exposure to CCL’’s essential leadership concepts and an opportunity to explore personal preferences and styles related to leadership (1 day)

Learn How to Facilitate 2 Leadership Development: Building on the Center of Creative Leadership’’s model of leadership

development, grounded in four decades of leadership development research and experience, participants will learn from the leadership development and learning methodology known as The CCL Way. (1day)

Practice Delivery of a Leadership Development Program: The program is capped by a training session in which TOT participants (in trainer group and with support from CCL staff) deliver a module from The Early Leadership Toolkit to a live youth audience with active CCL support and feedback. TOT

lleadership and self-development. Prior experience in training, teaching, or facilitation is helpful.

Who Should Attend

The Early Leadership Toolkit Train the Trainer program is designed for those who work with young people on

The Early Leadership Toolkit

The Early Leadership Toolkit is a flexible and dynamic approach to leadership development for young people. Facilitators can use the kit to create the leadership development and life skills programs that fit the unique needs of their particular group. The toolkit comes with

a set of tools from CCL to enhance self-awareness, communication, meaning-making and create ““learningful conversations.”” These tools include Visual Explorer, Values Explorer, Habitudes, and Global Wisdom Explorer.

Why Leadership Development Matters

Addressing the challenges of today’’s increasingly connected and complex world requires perseverance, creativity, conflict management skills, and the ability to engage, energize, and

Youth around the world have attended CCL’’s early leadership development programs: Burma, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand and across the USA. CCL has worked with youth organizations and educational institutions such as:

•• American Councils for International Education

mobilize people. Leadership development is about unlocking potential to have a greater impact through collective action. Building broader leadership capacity at all levels enhances organizational effectiveness and success in achieving sustained impact.

About the Early Leadership Toolkit

•• Campus Compact ••Cherokee Fund ••Davidson Community College ••Duke University ••Girl Scouts ••Global Citizen Year ••Egerton University

WWe believe in making leadership and life skills development affordable and accessible to all young people. The Early Leadership Toolkit is a low-cost, high-quality effort to provide these development opportunities to young people who might not otherwise get them. We also believe that you know your young people best –– you know what their developmental needs are and you know how to challenge

••Halogen Foundation ••Interfaith Youth Corps ••LEAP Africa ••Rotary

••Tata Institute for Social Sciences ••YWCA ••US Fund for UNICEF

them. With the Early Leadership Toolkit, we hope you will feel even more equipped to create the developmental experiences and programs your youth need.

About CCL & Leadership Beyond Boundaries

The Center ( is one of the world’’s foremost

g research and training

institutions for leadership




The Center launched the Leadership Beyond Boundaries ( effort to make leadership development more affordable and accessible in our world.

About Bhumi

The train-the-trainer program is being offered in collaboration with BHUMI ( BHUMI

works to create an equitable and strife free society by grooming transformational leaders across social and economic classes. BHUMI fellows bring about large scale, holistic and sustainable transformation.


For program fees, timing and registration information, please contact Janet Carlson ––

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Anti-Corruption Youth Challenge - Deadline today!

Win a scholarship to a Transparency conference in Bangkok - for application details, click here.

Send a video to the competition on your thoughts about corruption. For details, click here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Check out Nepal's V.E.N.T. online mag!

Met VENT's online editor Khusbu Agrawal through World Pulse... Check it out!

Rate WAVE videos on

Click here for 3 videos (from Andhra, Bihar and Maharastra) and here for another 3 (from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Nagaland). Thanks!

Sapna Shahani on the Women's Reservation Bill

I wrote this in response to several illogical comments on this Rediff article about the Women's Reservation Bill and it occured to me that I should post it on our very own WAVE blog. Please do comment if you agree or disagree with me, and do watch WAVE videoblogger Vandana's new video documenting the Campaign Reservation Express on the WAVE site.

It's time for this country to seriously encourage its women to step into governance roles. This Bill would send a clear message to women around the country and facilitate their active participation. Why should men be intimidated by only 33% of women in government? Don't we make up half the population? Lalu and Mulayam's old boy tricks are just ways to manipulate people and stall this Bill. What they fear is that women's innate honesty and wisdom to secure better lives for their families will get in the way of the greed and corruption the male-dominated government has shown itself to be.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Genderbytes blog asks - Where are the men in the feminist movement?

I hope WAVE can include male perspectives in the future... Interesting blog post

Call for Entries: Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2010-11

Are you a print/electronic journalist or advertising professional? Did you make a difference?

Did you highlight gender inequities, explore social attitudes and gender discrimination, challenge gender stereotypes, or voice the experiences of survivors of gender violence?

Did your work lead to gender sensitive policies and program interventions? Did it help survivors of gender violence get justice?

If yes, send your entries for The Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2010-11.

Details of Laadli Media Awards and the entry form are here

Monday, October 11, 2010

Inviting stories for Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul on Teens Talk 'GROWING UP'

In case you want to write or know others who may...

Publishing house: WESTLAND

Please send your stories to the Ed: Aarti K Pathak.

Last dates for accepting submissions: 10th December 2010. I will close as soon as I have selected my 101 stories for the same so do try and send them fast.

The write-ups will carry the contributor’s name. Westland pays Rs 1000 per story and two copies of the book. We carry a 3-4 line profile on all contributing authors. We accept blogged and published work too provided the authors get the reprint permissions. The copyright of the stories stay with the author. We have carried up to five stories per person so multiple entries are welcome. We accept poems too (provided they have a story in them).

One need not be a teen to write, you could write in reminiscence or about a teen you know... and of course, the teens are more than welcome to write!

Recipe for a Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul ‘Teens Talk-Growing Up’

A Chicken Soup for the Soul® story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They are personal and often filled with emotion and drama.

Chicken Soup stories have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating emotion rather than simply talking about it. A story that causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these. A good story covers the range of human emotions. The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.


1. Tell an exciting, sad or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Make sure that you introduce the character(s).

2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the good kind!) Don’t leave anything out — how did you feel?

3. The story should start with action; it should include a problem, issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the character should express their feelings though the conflict or situation. It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive change or pay-off.

4. Above all, let it come from your HEART! Your story is important!

What a Chicken Soup for the Soul story IS NOT:

1. A sermon, an essay or eulogy.

2. A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.

3. About politics or controversial issues.

4. A biography or testimonial.

Story Specifications

Stories should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300-1200 words.


Dreams for Life

Parents and Family

Friendships and Dating

Special Moments

The Awkward Age

Teenage Rebellion

School/ College life

Hard work and Effort

Peer pressure

Trying Times

Mistakes Made

Lessons Learnt

Funny, Happy, Special Memories

(The above titles are mere suggestions, they should not bind anyones creative genius)

P.S Please forward this mail to friends and family who are interested in submitting stories.

Awaiting your stories :)


Saturday, October 9, 2010

WAVE Virtual Awards!

Best Overall Videobloggers
Best Ideas and Visualisation - Usha Dewani
Best Video Journalist - Moushumi Basu
Best Videographer - Vandana
Best Photographer - Apoorva Shaligram
Best Director - Prutha Soman
Best Scriptwriting - Clara Rodrigues
Best State Representation - Hissay Choden Bhutia
Best Researcher and Most Supportive to WAVE - Roli Mahajan
Best ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) Videoblogger - Chinju Prakash
Best Use of the WAVE camera (Has started her own training program) - Kalki Subramaniam
Most Interesting Stories - Sarah Rindiki
Best Potential - Rama Barhat
Most Consistent Videoblogger - Violet Vinitha D'Souza

Best Individual Videoblogs
Best Unheard Story (Half Widows) - Lebul Nisa
Most Creative Videoblog (Used Lego in Green Love Story video) - Neha Joshi
Most Striking Conflict Footage (The Land of Dragons) - Salam Babina Devi
Best Satire Videoblog (Corruptgarh) - Moonstar Kaur Doad
Best Insight into an Indigenous Way of Life - Videoblog (A Day in the Life of a Naga Woman) - Wangshikokla Jamir
Best Women's Health Video (Cultural Perspectives on Menstruation) - Sulochana Pednekar
Most Insightful Coverage (Anti-dam protests) - Nyapi Bomjen
Best Video to Inspire Women's Movements (When Women Unite) - Florussel Sathya
Best Story about an Urban Poor Initiative (Community mapping in Kolkata) - Moumita Adak
Focus on an Unsolved Issue (Toilets for women living in slums) - Sakshi Saini
Most Courageous Coverage (Khap panchayats) - Neha Sehgal
Best Philanthropy Profile (Sahuna Nanuma) - Jyotsana Parmar
Best Profile of a Woman in Government (Bharti Deputi Mayor of Bhubaneswar) - Seli Bal
Best Effort (Bihar's Languages) - Leeza Khushboo

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tata Jagriti Yatra 2010

Tata Jagriti Yatra

1 Train | 13 Destinations | 15 Role Models
18 Days | 400 Youths | 9000 kms

A Journey of discovery and transformation...

Tata Jagriti Yatra is an ambitious train journey of discovery and transformation that takes hundreds of India's highly motivated youth on an 18 day national odyssey. The aim is to awaken the spirit of entrepreneurship.The vision of Jagriti is to inspire young Indians living in the middle of the Indian demographic diamond (Rs 40 - Rs 120 per day) to lead development by taking to enterprise. By doing so, they can turn from job seekers to job creators

Apply here