Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Campaign Calendar in tatters

Swept aside by grief.
Blown away by cyclonic winds.

That was the state of our 2016 Campaign Calendar. We always talk about how November-December are so the wrong time for the 16 Days of Activism from the Chennai perspective--students are just coming back, the weather is unpredictable and often bad, the music season is starting and that means we can't find venues or audiences... but still the energy one derives out of working in tandem with colleagues around the world is unbeatable.

This year, the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister simply made the second part of our campaign impossible. We had barely recovered when Cyclone Vardha hit Chennai. We began to reschedule rescheduled programmes.

The Calendar we began with and the Calendar we now document are a little different! But it does not matter to us.

In 2008, when that cyclone washed out Days 2 and 3 of the campaign, it was a big deal because it was our first (and maybe last) time. Now we know--it really is our intention and our effort that count. We will do the things we set out to--within or beyond this campaign season. 

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