Action Hero Kunal Kiran w Action Hero Vikas Jaiswal
Park Street

Action Hero Shabaz w Action Hero Sangeeta
Park Street

Action Hero Leena Kejriwal w Action Hero Sandeep

Action Hero Uma and Action Hero Manoj Singh

Action Hero Piu Di w Action Hero Jasmeen Patheja
Location: Munshiganj

Action Hero Manoj Singh w Action Hero Uma Dasgupta
Location Munshiganj

Action Hero Manoj Singh w Action Hero Uma Dasgupta
Location: Munshiganj

Action Hero Anuja w Action Hero Shabnam
Location Munshiganj

Dear Stranger,

Talk To Me.
We haven't had a chance to get to know each other. 
Let's have tea, a samosa and talk over the next hour.
We may not remain strangers after this.
We could talk about anything; our dreams, hope, fears.
Our conversation will not be recorded but we will be photographed. 
You can keep your identity confidential if you prefer to.
We would of course like to have your name and details for our record, however we will respect 
your decision to share or not share your details.
We are Action Heroes; citizens committed to building safe cities.
Yours truly,
Action Hero

Two strangers were brought together to have an hour long conversation about anything except sexual violence. The strangers, now Action Heroes did not decide or plan the nature of the conversation, nor could anyone chose who would sit in front of them.

*This blog post will be edited, revised and updated in the next few hours
City: Kolkata
Date: 12/1/ 2013
Location 1.  Munshiganj  : 4 pm- 6 pm 
Location 2 . Park Street :   6 30- 8 30 pm

In association with Apne Aap, Mudar Pathreya, Eina Ahluwalia

We fixed upon the 2 locations for the following reasons.
Location 1 was Munshiganj, is a red light area where the Apne Aap office is located.
This was our first intervention in a red light area and co created by individuals/ action heroes from the community itself.

Location 2 was Park Street. Chosen for being neutral and familiar to the middle class english speaking Calcuttan. It was our first 'Talk To Me' in Calcutta/ Kolkata ; most certainly a starting point to iterate from.

Participating Kolkata Action Heroes include:
Of team Apne Aap-  Anuja Bhojnagarwala , Sudipta Dasgupta, Sahana Dasgupta, SK Fazul, Uma Das, Rachna, Anwari, Jhaji,  Swapnil Mukherjee, Hindol Dutta, Aruna Singh.

Mohua Das ( Telegraph reporter)
Prachi Saraogi
Kunal Kiran
Piu Di
Jasmeen Patheja
Leena Kejriwal
Manoj Singh
Mudar Pathreya
Ayesha Begum
Vikas Jaiswal

This is the third Talk To Me event.
Talk To Me, 1 with Srishti School of Art Design and Technology
Talk To Me 2 with JNU
More about Talk To Me here

photographer- Jasmeen Patheja
Talk To Me # 3 , in Kolkata on January 12th was funded by Apne Aap.

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