The Story of the Girl Child

By Sankalp Sharma

She is the reason that we have men,
She is the reason for life on the earth,
She is the bud to every flower, then
Why she is still tortured, then why
Does she still have to struggle to get the right”

The worst feeling in the world, arguably is that of being unwanted. And if that feeling arises from one’s own parents, even before birth, a paradigm shift in the way a society thinks is called for. Right from birth, the girl child faces discrimination, outright rejection and death. Everything from her nutrition to education is secondary. She is considered to be ‘Paraya Dhan’ Continue reading The Story of the Girl Child


Celebrating Sport’s Day With the Children!

By Sankalp Sharma


Udgam celebrated Sport’s Day on 20th February in the Government Primary School, Sec-30, Gandhinagar. It was a day filled with a variety of emotions among children and us. Happiness, excitement, enthusiasm, exhilaration, anxiety and many nail-biting moments turned this day into an amazing roller coaster ride. As they say, ‘All is well that ends well’. After some heroic performances by the children and show of extreme sportsmanship, the Sport’s Day concluded on a good note.

IMG_4325.JPGThe day was planned well in advance by Udgam and the School Administration and events, prizes were all arranged for. Being a Saturday, it was a half day for the students and the event was held from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. The first event was the ‘musical chairs’. We played the tambourine to start and stop the process. This was welcomed very well by the children who shouted excitedly when the announcement was made. Though it is majorly a game of chance, we saw that some children were running very tactfully which helped them sail round after round. In the end, 3 girls made it to the final 3. Due to the sudden death nature of the game, it had a lot of exciting moments. The next event was the sack race, where theIMG_4366.JPG children put the lower half of their body in a sack and hustled to the finish line. We saw many fall and many rise back up and run and win. It was an encouraging experience which taught us to not get botched down because of failures and rise up to give our best and ultimately succeed.

The Spoon and Lemon race for the younger ones was a hit with the younger students who participated in large numbers. But ultimately the one with the most balanced and stable posture coupled with an appropriate speed took the glory. Some of the children actually prepared for this event by choosing the most stable, flat bottomed lemon, which showed how smart and driven the children these days are.

IMG_4428.JPGAnother game that provided the much needed comic relief was ‘The hidden chocolate’ , where a toffee was hidden in a plate of wheat dough and the children had to find out the toffee and come back to the starting point. But there was a catch, you were not allowed to use hands. Only way to do it was to  navigate your mouth in the plate resulting in ‘white’ faces and a lot of chuckles from the children.

However, easily the most popular event was the ‘Running Race’ both for boys and girls, where there was a lot of cheering for one’s friends. Everyone had a favourite and cheered for them throughout. The entire ground was filled with these cheers and literally the faces of all children were lit up. We saw the competitive the students were and this is a positive indication for their futures too considering the fact that the life ahead is filled with thorns of competitions.

This was the last event and we headed to the ‘Prize Distribution; ceremony where all the winners and the Runners-up were given prizes by Dr. Mayur Joshi, the teachers and the Principal ma’am of the school. The children were exhausted but their enthusiasm didn’t fade out as they cheered and clapped for each of the prize. Udgam also gave prizes to all the children of the school for being an amazing audience.IMG_4394

After the prize distribution ceremony, we spent some time playing cricket with the students. Some of them even showed us extreme gymnastics by doing cartwheels. A lot of these children play well and have a good potential in the fields of sports. All they need is a little push and encouragement from our side. These kids will achieve wonders.

This was a day very well spent. It showed us how happiness is absolute and can be experienced and achieved by anyone in any situation. It is merely a state of mind. Faraway from the worries of careers, families, society live these innocent children who have given us a lot to think about in terms of life and its true meaning. It is rightly said that –

                                      “Children are the purest form of true happiness”

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An Interaction with Mamta Dattani

By Kunal Chhatwani

Mamta Dattani works as a District Malaria Officer at Gandhinagar Zilla Panchayat. She was awarded by Udgam Trust for her extraordinary achievement in the field of healthcare. Our team caught up with her and here she talks about her pet project which aims to make Gandhinagar a Malaria Free district. She also goes on to talk about her inspirations, motivations and has a message to give other aspiring women.

She said she had the interest to work in the healthcare sector since childhood and the opportunity to serve the public is what brought her in this field. Her association with Udgam Trust has been since a long time. She had worked with Udgam in the past in her efforts to eradicate Malaria from Gandhinagar. It was this work which Udgam saw first-hand which made it recognize her efforts. She said that when organizations like Udgam trust recognizes her efforts, she becomes even more driven to drive her efforts in the field of Malaria Eradication from Gandhinagar.

Regarding her message to women she said that women should work in the field wherein they have expertise and if they have an expertise in that sector, they should definitely work in that direction.

An Interaction with Leena Swadia

By Kunal Chhatwani

Leena Swadia is a renowned Gujarati author who has been contributing in the field of Gujarati literature since past many years. She is also a professor at a women’s college in Gandhinagar. In the interaction with our team she talks about her inspirations, motivations, role models and her message to other women who aspire to be like her. She also discusses her future plans in the field of literature.

Her mother and her uncle are her role models to prompt her to get into the field of teaching. The field of literature then attracted her as that was a rising field back at that time. While reading Gujarati literature it engrossed her even further to get deep into the field and that is how it all started.

About the initiative by Udgam trust to recognize and award women from different sectors f the society, she said that it was a commendable effort in this male dominated society where Udgam is recognizing women power. The fact that local women are the ones to be recognized is a major influencing factor for her. Also the award by Udgam Trust that laid the foundation for the future awards she received. The message she has for other aspiring women is that in order to enhance your presence, you have to channelize your internal energies and come forward without fear and with courage and determination.

Vikaspedia awareness at Kadi Vishwavidyalaya

By Sankalp Sharma


Vikaspedia is an online information guide launched by the Government of India. The website was implemented by C-DAC Hyderabad and is run by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. It is built as a portal for the social sectors, and offers information in 23 languages: English, Assamese, Telugu, Hindi,Bengali, Continue reading Vikaspedia awareness at Kadi Vishwavidyalaya

A Visit to Govt. Primary School, Gandhinagar

By Sankalp Sharma


We visited the Primary School in Sec-30, Gandhinagar to plan future events in the school and meet the Principal. It was a beautiful day, blue sky, pleasant breeze blowing. As soon as we got down from our car, a group of children from class 3 came running towards the school gate in sheer excitement. ‘Mayur Sir’ was the chant on everyone’s tongue. The children were very pleased to meet sir again and as the news spread, more and more children cam running asking us to take photos. Continue reading A Visit to Govt. Primary School, Gandhinagar

A Talk with Dr. Ami Shah

By Sankalp Sharma

We had a chance to meet with Dr Ami Shah, a gynaecologist who runs a Nursing Home in Gandhinagar and has done a lot for the down trodden women by giving them free treatment. She has been a champion of women’s rights in the field of healthcare for the locals.

Her motivation to become a doctor was her mother who urged and pushed Dr. Ami Shah to work hard and become what she is today. Being firmly rooted, she says that the poor have been ignored by the society and its time that we help them and take them hand in hand in the journey of development. She is the first doctor in her family.

Dr. Ami Shah is a propagator of women’s rights and spreads the message of ‘Lead your life as you wish’ to promote the free will of women. She wants live in a world where women are treated equally as men and have equal opportunities to lead the lives they want to.

She also appreciated Udgam’s efforts in recognizing the local talent of women from different fields and felicitating them. She hopes that Udgam continues giving visibility to such unsung heroes, which will serve as motivation to women to continue their good work.