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Without My Mother Without My Mother

“Baahar toh jab tak jaayenge nahi tab tak darr hi lagta hai. Dheere dheere jab bahar jana shuru ho jayenge toh shayad thoda kam ho jata hai. Logon ko bhi pata chal jaata hai ki yeh daily bahar jaati hai. Kabhi kabhi jaati hai toh yeh lagta hai ke aaj yeh bahar gayi, aur baate toh karte hi hai sab. Lekin roz jaayenge toh koi nahi kahega.”

Without My Mother Without My Mother
What’s Caste Got to Do With It? What’s Caste Got to Do With It?

“I can see myself as a change-maker. A Dalit psycho-analyst or a Dalit therapist or a Dalit activist and so on”.

What’s Caste Got to Do With It? What’s Caste Got to Do With It?
On Being Your Own Pillar of Strength On Being Your Own Pillar of Strength

“My life as a single mother has been delightful and I feel very connected to my child”   

On Being Your Own Pillar of Strength On Being Your Own Pillar of Strength
On My Own Terms   On My Own Terms

“Chahe maine yahan kitni mehnat kari, magar  phir bhi maine apni zindagi apne hisaab se ji li thi” 
 
(No matter how hard I may have had to work,  at least I lived my life on my own terms) 

 
  On My Own Terms On My Own Terms

Not Waiting Until Tomorrow Not Waiting Until Tomorrow

“The definition of success is very subjective – it is about how true you stay to who you are.” 

Not Waiting Until Tomorrow Not Waiting Until Tomorrow
Rebel Against the Night Rebel Against the Night

“Mujhe apna wajood banana tha, iss hi baat ka passion tha” I wanted to make something of my life – that was my passion

Veena Karki is an art instructor at Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon, and a full-time artist. Having grown up in a poor family in Delhi, she now drives a Creta, and lives the way she wants to.

Rebel Against the Night Rebel Against the Night