A Small-time Activist’s Diary

Child Abuse Prevention Day18th November is International Child abuse prevention day. Just wrote about child sexual abuse (CSA) at Its A Free World. It’s yet another heart-rending issue related to children. There have been popular references to this serious issues in various movies, books and plays. Read the complete article here at Its A Free World.


24th November
is Buy Nothing Day in UK. Several other countries are celebrating this day to fight consumerism and keep away from shopping. I am buying nothing on 24th November.

Buy Nothing Day

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8 Responses to “A Small-time Activist’s Diary”


  1. 1 Liju Philip November 19, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Buy Nothing Day…hehe… I never knew such a day existed. Anyway, its a good thing. We need to give our consumerism a break.

    Its like fasting once a week to keep your system healthy 😉

    Poonam: I stumbled upon it a week ago while surfing web. I thought not a bad idea to test. Everyday we are buying something or other. Let’s see what happens for a day!

  2. 2 dinsan November 19, 2007 at 5:14 am

    do you think we can control consumerism by celebrating one day ? unless its a kind of educating

    Poonam: Actually no shopping for a day can matter only if masses keep away! In my case, I am doing it purely to test. But in other countries who are participating, it should make impact. Though it does not stop the problem, it is a gesture. 🙂

  3. 3 Kapil November 19, 2007 at 8:15 am

    Quite true – regarding CSA. Level of maturity is going down day by day even in this developed world. I dont know the why, but it is sad to see that. ( Saw a movie ‘Idiocracy’ – a stupid comedy movie in which a guy wakes up and finds out that it is year 2505. People there have very low IQ level and he turns out to be the smartest guy and becomes the President or something). I hope this is not the case with our world.

    Poonam: Level of maturity going down..you can say that again. I wrote about that sexually abused child, when his saviours wanted him to be taken by a NGO, they backed their refusal with such a weird excuse-This child is so dirty, how can anyone abuse him sexually” That is height of insensitivity and foolhardiness!

  4. 4 ish November 19, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    I don’t know if Buy nothing day was such a clever idea. By buying nothing, aren’t we causing a problem for the people who are making the things we are buying?

    Poonam: Nah, one day low in business should not matter too much to sellers..and anyway this buy nothing day is not going to pick up in India..Indians are bad at teamwork. 😦

  5. 5 ish November 20, 2007 at 6:05 am

    Yes, and we can’t survive for a day without buying vegetables or anything for that matter because we love to do it. I’m doing it though, I shall not buy chips or coke or anything that day.

    Poonam: Yes, I want to see what I will do if I am barred from buying anything remotely as simple as milk and bhelpuri on a day! I dont think its gonna have any benefits to anyone other than conducting a self-experiment.

  6. 6 Ranvijay August 17, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I have not heard for such a day .But I would like to say that if there would be suvh a day its not going to affects someones life.You Know in delhi you will find dry day( no liquour day) on every national holidays and festivals. But what.People who have to do that they buy a stock one day before and never worry about that.

    • 7 Poonam Sharma August 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm

      Ranvijay, such a day is meant to be symbolic rather than solve a problem. I agree with you that whenever such situations arrive, these very consumerist people hoard stuff that they wouldn’t finish in months.

  7. 8 Newstrens June 24, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Hi Poonam.

    Its really nice to see your blog and people should think like this as well, but as there is dual aspect of everything, people are less interested in finding out the best one.


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