Married at 14 to a man almost twice her age and then abandoned as a mother at 15, Sunita Choudhary is now an empowered women’s rights activist who may be the only woman in New Delhi that drives a three-wheeled taxi.
Driving a taxi is considered unsuitable for women in India, but after winning a 12-year legal battle against her husband who tried to kill her, Choudhary is not the type to back down. She is part of a citizens’ defense force that supports accident survivors, firefighting groups, and others in need on the road. As for marrying again, Choudhary, who has political ambitions says, “I love my work. I’ll marry that person who loves my work.”
He was swimming with his friends. When I asked for his photo, he screamed: “He only asked me!” Then he ran a victory lap, climbed on the boulder, twisted the tips of his mustache, and struck this pose.
I love how she almost drops it until she smells it and that flashbulb memory hits.
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real … Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Shambhu washes cars in New Delhi during the day and works at a hotel at night, but he still finds time to write for “Balaknama,” a newspaper run entirely by teenagers living in the city’s slums.
Shambhu and the other writers cover topics that affect their everyday lives, like child marriage, poverty, and police brutality. And even though half of New Delhi’s poor are illiterate, the newspaper circulates to of tens of thousands of citizens. The paper is supported by Chetna, an NGO that also provides education and training for the writers.