The word “inclusivity” did not mean much to me, until the day, just a few years ago, I walked into the Lady Andal School auditorium to spend a few spellbinding hours, experiencing myriad emotions, at the CAVINKARE ABILITY AWARDS.
Friends. I honestly, did not, for a moment, imagine that I would live to see this day! It was October 1995 when the first issue of “Success & ABILITY” saw the light of day, produced, and edited by a hopeful first timer – with nothing except a smouldering passion in her heart. Ever since, quarter after every quarter for the next whopping 25 years, a 56-to-64-page glossy magazine with a focus on a subject as disability, was the signature of Ability Foundation.
Manbir Kohli, a dear friend, invited me for a conversational interview on his very popular radio-zine ‘Kehte Sunte’ (89.3 FM Sydney) recently. It was a truly interesting and enjoyable session where I shared my beliefs, approaches to life and my personal nano management style of living my life with tremendous personal adversity.
“We will get back to you.” These six words are the dreaded response in any interaction between a corporate and a not-for-profit institution. These six words have so many different meanings – “we cannot do this,” “not now,” “we are sorry for you” or “you are asking for too much.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic entered our lives in March 2020, there was a sense of hope; that this too shall pass, that we shall turn the corner sooner than later, that the world will return to rhythms that we recognise. One year, two waves and countless lockdowns later, today the air is one of exhaustion and uncertainty. Most of us struggle through bouts of loneliness, helplessness, anxiety and fatigue. No one seems to know when this will end. Amidst this ambiguity, the world as we know it seems to have all but disappeared.
The Friends reunion premiered on May 27 2021. For anyone growing up in the 1990s, Friends was an iconic sitcom that made its way into households all over the world. Along with the premier came a flurry of articles that either praised or critiqued its influence on pop culture.