Meet To Sleep 2016 : 16th Jan
Bangalore, Bombay, Delhi, Goa,
Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Islamabad,
Karachi, Lahore, Vadodara
Meet To Sleep in January, 2016 was a collective action co created by Girls At Dhabas, Pakistan and Action Heroes in Pune, Bombay, Bangalore, Delhi, Jaipur, HyDERABAD and Why Loiter, Mumbai to name a few.
Special Stories from Allies and Action Heroes
Meet To Sleep, Bangalore
Action Heroes: Joshua C.D, Susan Jose, Vikash Lohia, Arvind Thyagarajan, Anubandh, Rutuja Chitra, Pranita, Sandhya.S, Madhu Shukla, Vijji Chari, Yogesh Dilhor, Harini Vasudevan, Vijaya Savithri, Priyanka Pai, Tom Krippner, Chitra. B, Sachi Raval, Manasvini Shankar, Tansushree Borundia, Kiri Meili, Megha R. Mehta, Vira Mistry, Jasmeen Patheja.
Meet To Sleep, Hyderabad
Sanjeevaiah Park, Hyderabad
Action Hero Ally: CLAAP
Action Heroes: Swetha Dandapani, Suma, Payal, Sana, Rukmini
Meet To Sleep, Pune
Chittaranjan Vatika Park
Action Heroes: Kaustubh Joshi, Saachi Dayal, Naksha Erappa, Ameya Gutta, Sayali Patwardhan
Meet To Sleep, Mumbai
Action Hero Ally: Why Loiter
Action Heroes: Chaitra Yadavar, Neha Singh, Aditi Pinto, Avinay Yadav, Anamika Deb
We chose Hiranandani park as it was decided by the Mumbai participants. This is a pay and enter park and mostly couples come here. Very few families were present. There was noone to take permission from the Municipal authorities and we just went ahead. Maybe for the next event of Meet to sleep, we will try to take permission for it.
There are a couple of parks in Mumbai where sleeping in them and eating is not allowed and this was one of them, but we missed reading this board outside. The entire experience of what both Anamika and I had never done before was interesting and overall it was fun as we were trying to convince the guards and giving them logic. :)
Meet To Sleep, Delhi
Action Heroes: Katherine Leider, Avani Tandon, Mahima Taneja, Shruti Patil, Sanjay Nagraj Deshpande, Paromita, Swarnima, Shruthi, Shraddha, Somesh, Amrutha, Nyam Koi, Gathesa, Lisa
I don’t know can we just decide to trust and like live our lives that way and what happens if we do. and the last thing I’ll say is I’d like to pull out this statistic , “ men are far more likely to be attacked in public spaces than women. The reason that women are told to fear is because the way in which they might be attacked can be sexual but like if you’re walking around alone and you’re a dude then you are much more likely to have something physically happen to you and no one talks about that ever.
Thank you for this event whoever is organizing this and I just came out to hang out with my friends and at the same time apart from having fun with my friends I kind of like felt the purpose of reclaiming the public space. And thank you for that.
I just got an invitation from Facebook and I came, I have never been part of any event like this and I came here purely out of curiosity
It just struck me that I always actually after lunch if I get time in the university law I just go out and sit there. and umm it’s slightly different outside than this area because definitely we feel different, we feel much more safer in the campus.
Everyone tells me you’re in Delhi you should carry a pepper spray with you, I refuse to do that. Because I don’t want to live in that constant fear that because I’m a woman and something will happen to me.
I might be able to do this again and again given that I saw quite a few men sleeping randomly while coming here. But to do this in such an organized manner… and maybe to learn about what your experiences. I think that adds to its value. And it feels good coming here.
I’ve been in Delhi for quite a while now, 8 years or something but every now and then I look at the park below my house and I keep wondering why can’t I sleep on this bench because I really really love nature and I love open spaces
I came here just to sleep and it was really nice.
I’m not from Delhi, I came here from work. I thought I’m getting an opportunity to sleep in an open space with people with the same kind of outlook.
I came here especially to take a break from work because this is something so rare, women just lounging around in a park and just chatting or even sleeping.
Meet To Sleep, Goa
Campal Children’s Park
Action Heroes: Chryselle D’Silva
Meet To Sleep, Jaipur
Action Heroes: Sukriti Suryavanshi, Meenal Jain, Supriya, Aarushi Kilawat, Parul Khanna, Satyashree Sethia,
Meet To Sleep, Jodhpur
Action Heroes: Barathi Nakkeeran, Sanjana Srikumar, Meghna Sengupta, Aditi Ameria, Divya Gupta, Pragati K.B.
While I was lying down, I was oblivious to the curious stares I might be getting and was lost in trying to sleep and have a good experience.
There's something very charming about napping under the sun, surrounded by nature. We spread across the park to better take in the nature and doze off in peace. I am still unsure of whether this is something that I would do alone, when I know that my peers are not in the vicinity.
Lying down to sleep or curling up with a book in a park seemed natural, once I got down to actually doing it. I did notice some glances but eventually I was lost in my own world. And I would definitely do it again, though probably not alone.
I think it is important that we distinguish spaces on the basis of private and public instead of subjecting it to gender disparity. #SpaceHasNoGender
Meet To Sleep, Vadodara
Action Heroes: Vaidehi Shah, Priyal Shah, Mahima Mehta, Vinitaa Bokadia, Cheshta Chavla, Bhusha Trivedi, Dr. Kanishka Aggarwal, Mallika Pathak, Ashini Katwala, Khushi Pandya
This was a very different experience. It was like there were stages of the experience. First there was over enthusiasm, when we heard of the project. Right before we started, there was nervousness. After we spread our bedsheets, there was a strange feeling of awkwardness slowly, comfort took over. Then came relaxation. Finally, when we got up, there was rejuvenation. Definitely something I'll continue for the rest of my life.
Meet To Sleep, Pakistan
Action Hero Allies: Girls At Dhabas
Action Heroes: Zoya Rehman, Komal, Steph, Osmaan, Abdullah
Action Heroes: Natasha Ansari, Sadia Khatri, Hadi Khatri, Basil Andrews, Amna Chaudhry, Habiba, Mahnoor
Action Heroes: Tahira Babar, Saadia Abbasi, Sanayah Malik, Mehbrano Raja, Abdul Mueed, Qanitah, Sumaira Inayat