I worked at a dye-punch workhouse, sold fruits and dragged thelas (carts). Being a girl, belonging to a conservative family, it was difficult for me to take a step out, and do something I wanted to; something that my childhood owed to me. Taking my journey from a batuni reporter to the advisor of Balaknama, my sense of empowerment drives my work. Balaknama produces leaders. It gives children the command to put forth their views and be acknowledged in the society. Particularly for girls, whose voices are often suppressed, Balaknama is an endeavour which can turn their lives upside down.