|Krishna is a founder member of YRC Ujaan, |
Youth Trainer.Read her earlier post
In this photo, Krishna has just arrived in
Bangkok to share this story as a resource
person for Oxfam's Gender Leadership
Programme, June 2014
I am Krishna Goldar. My home is in Gobindopur bustee, Kolkata. I am a founder member and the secretary of Ujaan group. I feel very proud to say this - we, the boys and girls of my neighbourhood, have created this group ourselves! I am also a youth trainer at Thoughtshop Foundation.
ChildhoodWe used to live in our own house in New Barrackpore, a suburb of Kolkata. All three of us siblings went to school. Our mother stayed home spent time with us and helped us with our studies. Our father ran his own meat shop. After working all day, he would play cards and drink with his friends. If we ever made a mistake, he would shower blows on our backs, just like the drummers who vigorously beat their drums with their sticks during puja time. We used to be mortally scared of his anger. We never dared to speak to him. Yet it was a happy time, we used to study and play as children should.
Once when we were visiting our uncle’s house during Kali Puja, a conflict ensued - my father and his brother had a violent fight. As a consequence of this, our lives changed overnight. We never returned to our beautiful house again.