Girl singing in haora

Her pink panda t-shirt, her tight braid, her flower-printed harem pants, everything blends with the background. All that remains is a voice. Loud, high-pitched and melancholic: Haoa look up, coins change singihg. The box is her only paraphernalia, a radio-like contraption with a speaker. While some reports said the girl, who begged for alms by singing in trains, had been thrown off by men who were teasing her, others said she fell Girl singing in haora trying to get off the moving train. Sibging girl could have been Parveen. But sinying dismisses any hint of concern by flexing her non-existent, little-girl muscles.

Her mother, Neelam Begum, 37, however, fears the worst. But what Girl singing in haora I do? The family of Girl singing in haora — Neelam, her four daughters and a granddaughter — lives in Moulali, a slum in central Kolkata. Her husband deserted them years ago, says Neelam. They are eating their lunch — rice and potato curry — straight out of a tiffin carrier. Her school is a special one run by the Missionaries of Charity at Joragirja, a five-minute walk from her house. Her sister, niece and aunt join her soon after. They start their day at about noon. Parveen is waiting for the This time, little Noor, all of seven, will accompany her.

The man hands Noor a Rs 10 note. Parveen has about songs in her repertoire, from Hindi film classics to Bengali devotional songs. At the station, Parveen points to a group of teenagers engaged in an animated discussion. We have one route, they have another. Parveen takes the Sealdah-Dum Dum route about eight times a day. The journey of about 20 minutes each way never really wears her off, she says. Even the police just come and shoo us away a few times a year, but hawkers shower us with abuses ever time we walk past them. They rush from one platform to the other.

They run on tracks. They get into crowded trains. An accident is waiting to happen. Little Noor and Parveen are about to make the last trip of the day. Back home, there is dinner to be made, tuitions to be attended, homework to be finished and and episode of Sath Nibahana Sathiya to be caught. A surge of humanity rushes towards the train. Parveen Khatoon is invisible.




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Contact Vibha Project Lead It is visualized that the project will eliminate the traditional social system of negligence, oppression, exploitation on girls and women and enhance model childhood and livelihood development opportunities and replicate this model at two villages at Amta I block for education, training and livelihood development. But what can I do? Parveen has about songs in her repertoire, from Hindi film classics to Bengali devotional songs. They are eating their lunch — rice and potato curry — straight out of a tiffin carrier.

They start their day at about noon. Loud, high-pitched and melancholic:.