Leap of Faith: A vision of Kolkata-boy Kounteya Sinha to turn women into Warrior Goddesses

Leap of Faith: A vision of Kolkata-boy Kounteya Sinha to turn women into Warrior Goddesses

Have you ever noticed how our society worships the women as the omnipresent, omnipotent goddess, and yet, expect them to return home by 9 pm and question them for prioritising their career? While a section of the female population find the need to pose on Twitter with posters stating that they don’t need Feminism, the bigger section suffers from being tied down by patriarchy. It’s not that we don’t notice these things. It’s just that very few of us actually take a step to change this, or help women who struggle to break away from shackles and spread their wings. Kounteya Sinha is one of those few.

Leap of Faith: A vision of Kolkata-boy Kounteya Sinha to turn women into Warrior Goddesses

Leap of Faith A Vision of Kolkata-boy Kounteya Sinha to turn women into Warrior Goddesses: JustODThings

Leap of Faith A Vision of Kolkata-boy Kounteya Sinha to turn women into Warrior Goddesses

An eminent journalist and photographer associated with Times of India as their UK correspondent, Kounteya Sinha has a heart that belongs to Kolkata, and it took him to the iconic Kumartuli area which is famous for its production of idols. It was here that an image of an idol of Durga shook him to the very core. He realized how significant this image was in the society, and he decided it was time for him to use his resources and help women find and reach their dreams. He was reminded of his mother, who, despite being a sharp woman with incredible management skills and administrative ideas, never had the opportunity to step out of her family life and become visible.

Leap Of Faith

With the vision of providing women a chance to be visible, Kounteya came up with the plan to start LOF, short for Leap of Faith. It is a programme aimed to help two kinds of women: 1) those who have a dream but no resources or idea about how to reach that dream, and 2) women who are yet to find a dream. LOF gives women personalised projects or ideas in finished form, based on the need of the woman. Kounteya meets women in their homes, analyses them, and hands them the right tools to make something of themselves. Kounteya Sinha calls himself a ghost, as he holds the hands of women and helps them reach their goals and find their paths. Because he recognises the constant search of a woman for her identity and individuality.

The Image at Kumartuli that shook Kounteya Sinha

The Image at Kumartuli that shook Kounteya Sinha

The harsh truth is that when we compare a woman to Goddess Durga, we like to enjoy the idea that she is the ultimate “dosho-bujha” – a ten-handed force of nature who can handle everything, because EVERYTHING is her responsibility! Meanwhile, a woman, who is conditioned to believe that her family is her first priority, tries to live up to the expectations, and somewhere down the line, loses her dreams, her ambitions, her own identity. Look around you. The woman you see every day probably has some unfulfilled desires buried deep inside her. She just needs a little bit of encouragement to spread her wings. She just needs to know that there’s someone on the other side to catch her, if she falls. Until she takes that leap of faith, how will she fly?

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