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A usually vivacious Geet was extremely silent. She was a photographer and the team had come together to discuss the way forward for a new coffee table book for an NGO. Geet had gone to Vrindavan to shoot the images as per the brief and had just returned from her 15 day stay. Neeraj the creative director had seen the images and the same were being circulated with other members. “These are great images Geet, very moving and tear jerking,” however Geet seemed distracted.

She just looked at him calmly and said ‘No’. Before Neeraj could say anything, Geet said “No, I don’t like the ideas that are being discussed here and NO, I am not really happy with the images. Our Coffee table book is about the Widows of Vrindavan. A much neglected and probably a forgotten part of our society. Showing some more despondent pictures is just adding to the noise. These women have been victimized and there is enough said about that.”

She pressed “I met them and have shot them so I know they don’t like being portrayed like this. The NGO is doing some good work with them. I think showing the transformations that they have undergone while trying to be self-sufficient is something that I find more appealing. I shot these pictures while I was with them and these will definitely tell you a different story,” said Geet while pulling out another manila envelope. It was full of determined, at work, happy and powerful images that showed the grit of these widows. Geet had succesfully managed to change the profile of the widows from helpless victims to confident humans.

Image Credit- DNA

Photo Credit – DNA Newspaper.

Post Author: nehagpatwardhan

Neha Tambe is a freelance social media marketer, writer and influencer. I studied mass communication and worked in various capacities spanning from journalism, copywriting to social media marketing. Blogging from the past 4 years. Founder and Owner of

7 thoughts on “Victimized

    Asha Seth

    (April 26, 2017 - 5:00 pm)

    Beautifully written, Neha.


      (April 26, 2017 - 9:39 pm)

      Thanks Asha, Happy that you liked it


    (April 26, 2017 - 5:43 pm)

    What a chnage around in thinking can bring about. Very refreshing thought portrayed here Neha :–)


      (April 26, 2017 - 9:39 pm)

      Thanks Shalini

    Namratha Varadharajan

    (April 26, 2017 - 9:38 pm)

    “Survivors vs victims”: I think many victims of different social evils prefer to be portrayed as Fighters or Survivors. Well written Neha.

    Verve for life


    (April 26, 2017 - 10:35 pm)

    I proud of you as a female for writing this post. If we stop appearing victimised and play our part of the confident women that we really are, nobody can stop us. This holds true to all women, be it the widows or otherwise.


    (April 27, 2017 - 12:04 am)

    Fabulous post Neha. Cheering you on for writing an uplifting post instead of “adding to the noise.”
    Thank you and keep this up. The world needs to see more such transformations.
    V is for Ventriloquist

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