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With A Pen Tucked Between Her Toes This Girl Penned 550+ Poems

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In fifteen years, she has composed over 550 poems spanning a wide range of emotions and themes. The extraordinary part? She wrote these poems with a pen tucked between her toes. Bora Rajeshwari from Telangana, popular by her pen name Sircilla Rajeshwari, is perhaps one of the very few differently-abled poets the country has been blessed with. Her astounding penmanship and an indomitable zeal helped the 38-year-old Telugu poet surpass any obstacle that comes her way.

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She has a book to her name

Rajeshwari, who hails from Rajanna Sircilla in Telangana already has a published book to her credit, comprising an anthology of her best poetic works, titled ‘Sircilla Rajeshwari Kavithalu’. As shared by Women’s Web, the first poem of her book captures the perfect essence of her feelings:

Differently-Abled Poet Rajeshwari
The initiative for publishing her works was taken up by popular Telugu lyricist Suddala Ashok Teja. It did not take long for the veteran expert to recognise Rajeshwari’s talent and he compiled her work into the book, funded by Suddala Foundation. She later received a Rs 10 lakh financial aid from the Telangana government, which generates a monthly income for her, reports Telangana Today.

Toes that weave magic

Bora Rajeshwari was born with cerebral palsy in a family of weavers, the youngest of five siblings. Both her parents are workers at the local power loom. Despite financial constraints, they never compromised on Rajeshwari’s education, who studied till 7th Standard in a government school and later completed matriculation through correspondence. Both her hands are non-responsive, but that has never stopped her from achieving her dreams.

In childhood, her mother assisted her in daily tasks like brushing, combing or eating. But soon, she learnt to use her toes for all these. At the age of six, she picked up the pen with her toes and has not stopped ever since.

Suicides among farmers and weavers affected her

Rajeshwari has been writing poems since 1999, around the age of 18. “My poetry connects me with the world. I overcame my physical challenges and started to write from 1999 with my toes,” she shares with Telangana Today.

Her penchant for poetry sprouted from the discussions her family used to have over dinner. Their discussions mainly centred around recurring suicides among farmers and weavers of the area, as well as the rebellion for the new state of Telangana. Rajeshwari was deeply affected by the happenings, which is when her poems were born. With the help of a teacher, she got in touch with a Telugu daily and regularly wrote columns for them on the rising trend of suicides.

Reading constitutes her favourite hobby, while the news on the television often forms subjects for her profound poems. Her family admits that her health has worsened over the last few years. She still experiences pain to speak for long; so she rather chooses to express her thoughts through words and prosody.

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

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Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
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In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

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