Instead of clocking my routine 14 hours of sleep on a lazy Sunday, I decided to step out and say goodbye to Arunima, a good friend. (She's leaving Bangalore to pursue a PhD in the US soon.)
Over a couple of refreshing 'lime sodas' and yummy 'fish and chips', we discussed a whole lot including her remarkable photography skills.
She's good but is too modest to admit it. So I begged for permission to troll her flickr account and pull out pics I like. Here's a sample:
For those of you who've never heard of Tsunamika (the doll featured above), here's the lowdown:
Tsunamika is a Tsunami-related project of Auroville - a universal city in the making in south dedicated to the ideal of human unity.
The project has focused on the fisherwomen who were traumatized by the Tsunami disaster. The initial aim of the project was to help the women overcome the traumas they experienced, by getting them involved in some creative handicraft work which could channel their energy in a constructive manner.
These little handmade dolls now empower nearly 180 fisherwomen from 6 affected villages near Auroville.
The dolls are distributed freely all over the world as a gift and the project aspires to be a living model of gift economy where exchange is based on the joy of giving.
Incidentally, Arunima gifted me a handful of Tsunamikas and requested me to give them away to people who might be interested in making donations to the project.
I've got 20 of them to give away. If you are in Bangalore and interested, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org