"No photography" is the first sign that greets guests when they visit the Touch Nature soap factory in Kolkata.
Josephine, the founder, is sensitive about having visitors mix with the dozen or so women who work there.
Most of them are still reeling from having been tricked or forced, and trafficked into sex work.
"We are very protective of their identities since most of their families do not know that they once ended up as sex slaves," she explains.
The women are shy towards newcomers, but after two days, Josephine lets me eat lunch with them, and they welcome me warmly.
One of them, Maiya, agrees to show her face on camera. When I ask why, she says it's "so that Josephine didi (sister in Nepali) can help more ladies like me".
I also notice that Maiya keeps saying the word "préma" to Josephine during the interview.
Later I ask the interpreter and find out that it is the Nepali word for love.
Maiya had been saying that she had felt Josephine's love since the first time that they met, and she was very thankful to her.
Préma is very evident when one of the ladies invites a friend to visit the factory during a tea break.
The friend, who has been working as a prostitute, asks if she can work at the soap factory.
Josephine explains what they do, the lady agrees to the conditions and she is welcomed with much warmth.
It is this préma, this love for others, that I keep seeing in my time at Touch Nature. It touches the hearts of the women like Maiya, and gives them renewed courage.
You can buy the soap that the women of Touch Nature make through their online store Prema Touch and help Josephine to continue offering refuge, work and dignity to those tricked or forced into sex slavery.
OUR BETTER WORLD
How often do we pay attention to the adds on youtube? for a person like me its mostly on mute but toady something strange happened, being busy in a conversation with a friend in the room , I forgot to put the add on mute and before I could shift the mouse the game had already set in play. The only difference was that this time the add was not about a brand but a person, Mr. Manoj Bhargava owner of 5-hour energy model, having turned his sales in to billions turned his lifestyle but it wasn't towards the worldly luxuries but the to the discomforts of many. The reason I am sharing is not because he is one of the rich philanthropist, but the inventions he is doing in the area of water and electricity can really change the face of tomorrow. specially for countries like India, Africa etc. We all talk about making a difference to the world but how often do you take a step? its the step that matters not the number of lives you change, cause as they say ocean is an amalgamation of each drop and each drop matters!
Lets spread the word together !
Growing up in India has three stages, first your focus is studies then it shifts to your work life and finally you have to take charge of the family. In between you have to do some social work to keep your family name & to show other people how generous and sensitive your family is. Then the evening tea's become a platform to spill out the anger & boost over our small deeds of generosity. Less we know that we leave more scare of animosity than benevolence . Living in a city like Mumbai where millions and millions are running daily to earn for their survival , where time grows on you, where the weather is unpredictable and so are the relations. There is an old man named krishnadas who gave up everything in his life to preach love. Everyday irrespective of the weather or occasion , he holds plank cards saying " follow your religion and love everyone " he starts from Juhu beach and then stands at the Juhu circle since 8 am and stays till late evening. He wants to bring a change in the whole world according to him the "world dint turn evil yesterday it took it years and years, thus all we need to do is light that one small fire and one day it will the burn the whole forest of evil". we all wish to live in an Utopian society , but have you we ever taken a step towards it ?
"The short film is Produced by Mr. Arjun Panwar, Directed and Edited by Mr. Harshvir Oberai"
Sometimes the movies you see aren't exactly the same way they are made. As complicated as the entry or brake in the industry is it is more complicated to survive it and suit the needs of the people who have made it by luck or chance. the movie is directed by Manasvi a graduate from barry john acting school and is written by her sister Ilashree Goswami . The film is produced by HUMARA Films an online film company. Manasvi is an actress herself and has started her venture in short films as a director& actor. With her "THE MIST" in production, this was her first project, we have finished the second film and will be up to entertain you all soon. Till then enjoy this small heart warming pun film on the so talked 'INDUSTRY'.