It’s been a week since the Inner Wheel Bangalore West gave the “Kalasha” awards. They are given to Women of Substance to celebrate Women’s Day! This award honors and recognizes achievements and contribution of women. A brain child of former President, Inner Wheel, West, Mrs. Seetha, this is an honor bestowed since 13 years! Loved what she spoke about the award! She mentioned how women work without getting due recognition, how in the old days, it was not thought appropriate to praise good work! How she felt good when some of her contribution was recognized! So true, it’s a norm to not mention achievements, that’s how we grow up. Achievements are expected to be part of life, just there, not to be celebrated! I felt awkward getting the award. And here’s why!
There were 3 awardees, one Mrs. Prashantha who has been working the field of Visual impairment and providing housing and jobs for girls with visual impairment, Mrs. Hema Srinivas, founder of the Saranga Trust, working in the educational sector for underprivileged children and me. Both women were around and doing work for at least 3 decades! Did I deserve to be on the same platform as them?
Tamahar is not a one-woman army! It’s reached it’s place because of the contributions from so many people. All the children who come there, their parents, all the staff who work there. The trustees who have faith in us and all the people who have supported us with cash and kind. I had a vision when I founded Tamahar, but it needed this solid backing to function. I am just so glad that we found it! I salute all the people involved in making Tamahar what it is at the moment and the ones that will take it far. I sincerely want to share the Kalasha award given to me with all these people and let them know that their contributions haven’t gone unnoticed!
Does Tamahar deserve this award? I think it does! Now, the challenge is to have many more Tamahars and support many more children and their families!