Blood Donation Camp at Amrita

19th Of November 2013 had remain as a significant Day for the Department of Social Work.  MSW students conducted a Blood Donation camp in the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus in association with The Blood Bank and Public Health centre, Vallikavu.The Inauguration meeting was began At 10:00 AM with a Prayer song , with the presence of Dr. K. Sankaran, (Principal, Amrita School of Engineering), Dr. Sreekumari (The Medical Officer, Kollam District Hospital),Mr. Sajeev (Health Inspector, PHC) And Dr. Rajeev M. M (Head of the Department, Department of social Work).

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Dr Rajeev M.M (HOD) delivered  a welcome speech.

The presidential address was given by the Dr. K Sankaran by congratulating the effort of Student and the department for the concern of life and Blood Donation. 

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However the Blood Donation was a successful and the efforts of student are well appreciable. Throughout the Camp the presents of all MSW faculties made a remarkable support for the students. All the donors were given the certificate of KSACS as an appreciation for their voluntary action.

Report : Ginu Mathew

WOMEN & LEGAL RIGHTS – A legal rights awareness programme for women in Mahila Mandir, Karikode.

By aiming to strengthen the capacity, skills and knowledge of women and girls, as well as allow them to grow in confidence, the field work trainees of Mahila mandir, karikode Ms. Anjaly Mohan, Ms. Gopika Mohan and Ms. Parvathy conducted a half day awareness programme on women’s legal rights called “Women n Legal Rights” as a part of their concurrent field work at the institution on 23/10/2013.

The programme got perfectly started with all its formalities. Ms. Lathika (superintendent, Mahila mandir) chaired the event, were Ms. Ramya Gopalakrishnan(Advocate,Dist.court,TVM and Jakritha samathi) inaugurated and took  class on the Rights and Resources for women in our country. Ms. Sheeja and Ms. Rejeena( matrons, Mahila mandir) also took part in the programme.

 

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We know that in order to protect women from injustice, they must be aware of the laws protecting their rights and the community resources available for advocating and securing them because women are often subjected to rape and other forms of physical and emotional abuse during conflicts. Women & Legal Rights helped the women learn what the law states and the actual practices in our  country , and the ways in which the legal system can protect women and girl children.

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The class and discussion thereafter enhanced them about their legal understanding about of marriage, dowry, divorce, child custody, domestic violence and rape, ownership, inheritance and the control of assets. The session also covered points like Right to Education and Right to Information, procedure to file case, punishments and penalties for various issues like suicide attempt, abuse and harassments, and Governments legal help centers : vanitha cell, Jakritha Samathi etc…

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Soon after the first session, inmates who were the active participants of the programme raised themselves with their doubts to get cleared and clarified. Avd. Ramya Goplalakrishanan keenly proceeded their queries and advocated them with legal solutions.

Thus “Women n Legal Rights”, an awareness programme on women’s legal rights, efficiently and effectively got winded up by 2pm. Ms. Gopika Mohan extended her sincere gratitude towards each and everyone on behalf of the MSW Dept, Amritapuri and field work trainees for making the programme a grand success.

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A day for Writing Report

Communicating to Communities, the  two day PLA workshop concluded successfully   on 27th April 2013. The camp was held in the island Perumpalam. It was a delightful experience to the students; the  two days in the Island. The Island had lots of myths and legends and it is also known as the land of temples and sacred groves. Now also they preserve the sacred land, backwater and they conserve a religious harmony. Students applied the PLA tools which they learned in the class rooms, in the community with passion.

For the application of the PLA tools, the co-coordinators of the camp divided the whole group of students into 9 groups and assigned 9 areas to those groups. Each group had certain topics to collect from the community such as transportation history, culture of the community, health, disasters, threatening problems etc.The whole work of the students on (25.4.2013) was documented on (27.4.2013). All the students gathered in a hall in the campus.  Based on the details collected, the coordinators again assigned separate topics for each group for documentation.The procedure of documentation started at 9 am. The ‘Introduction’ was assigned to Bibin and Prasanth.  Anitha & team dealt the general history and profile of Perumpalam Island. Demography, Gender Analysis and Economy of Perumpalam was done by Lakshmi & team. Perumplalam Island has a bunch of fairy tales legends. Joby& team completed the topics such as Culture, Believes, Religion and history of Politics. Parvathy and team dealt with community health problems, practices, traditional medicines etc. Perumpalam Island is prone to disasters. The topic Disaster, History of transportation, Infrastructure and Media were documented by Supriya and team.  The Island possesses a variety of fish biodiversity. All the resource details and the agriculture of the community were documented by Arya and team. Education and Institutions of the Perumpalam Island was dealt by the team of Jessica. Water pollution is one of the threatening problems amongst them. A variety of reasons exists there causing pollution and climatic changes. These were also documented by Jasmine and team. And the last topic the Governance, Waste management and Biodiversity of the Island were done by Sandhya and team.To meet the deadline, the coordinators recalled the group coordinators in every 2 hours so as to assess the progress of work. Each group did their work very sincerely with a team spirit and because of that the documentation was completed within the deadline at 3.30pm.

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Edited by: Parvathy V

Photos: Vishnuraj

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PLA Workshop Concludes

The department of Social Work, Amritapuri campus organized a one week workshop on “Communicating to Communities”. Workshop has begun on 22nd and is to end on 27t399809_4344242378882_1155190759_nh April 2013. The workshop has covered participatory learning and action and folk media for development communication. The aim of the workshop is to impart skill development training to MSW students. The first day of the workshop was related with “folk media” for development communication. The workshop was conducted by Mr Presanth & Mr Gireesh. They shared a lot of ideas about folksongs. It was very meaningful & informative class for the students of MSW department. Folk songs were mainly considered as the history of the society. The resource person said that folk songs represent the traditions and customs followed in earlier days .He shared a lot of experiences that he had in the field of folk songs. Mostly folk songs are ignored in the present days .Each folk song communicates some messages to the people. It explains the history of the community.

The next section was inauguration function which began with prayer. Jasmine R Pereira delivered the welcome speech. Mr.Ranjith.K (lecturer/ workshop coordinator) gave programme details. He told that the workshop was concerned to teach students to analyze how the popular culture was destroyed. After that Dr. Gopinathan Pillai, (Principal of Amrita School of Arts and Science) inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp. He shared a lot of information about lecturing and said that it is a disastrous form of communication when it becomes a monologue. After102_4135 the inaugural address Mr Prasanth, the resource person of the day delivered the key note address. Dr Renjith R Pillai (Chairperson of Department of Social Work) gave the felicitations and discussed about the application of theory in field. He also said that the outcome of workshop should be integrated into an informative document for the community. Mr Gireesh explained the possible resources for mobilizing people in the community. Mr Rajeev (Vice Chairperson) coined a term FPF (Field practical Festival) for the camp. Mr VS Kochu Krishna Kurup mentioned about the importance of communication while dealing with community and he also discussed about the different tools of a PLA. After the felicitation, Ms Anitha, the student coordinator of workshop gave vote of thanks.

As the session started, students were asked to self introduce themselves. The session came to an end with the vote of thanks delivered by student coordinator Praveen.

The 2nd day of workshop was related with the street play. The programme was handled by Mr Johnson & Mr Aneesh Thankappan {resource person}. Mr Johnson told about stages in drama, explained the brief history of drama, 3stages in drama & its characteristics. He said about the importance of written script in street play. The main aim of the street play was to bring the realities of societies to the community and to make a face to face debate with society. They introduced lot of games for giving training to students .The day was meaningful for the students.

The next day, students went to Perumbalam, a small island in Alleppy district on 24 April 2013 for the PLA CAMP. The students of MSW dept reached there by 1 pm and386884_513874992006774_560190644_n venue for the workshop was arranged at Govt LP school Perumpalam south. Mr Ranjith k, the faculty coordinator made discussions with students. At the same time he divided the students into 9 groups & each group had a leader for coordinating all the activities of group. The tools of PLA were subdivided to each group. After all the discussions, the inaugural ceremony of PLA started. Praveen, the student coordinator of the workshop delivered the welcome speech and Mr Renjith k  the faculty , coordinator of workshop gave  a brief description about the camp and mentioned  about the importance of PLA tools in the community. Workshop was inaugurated by Mr Vellayudhan (vice president of Panchayat). Dr Renjith R Pillai, chairperson dept. of social work delivered the presidential address. Mr Surendharan (ward member), Mrs Veena Suresh and Mr Nisanth, felicitated the event. Ms Anitha, the student coordinator gave the vote of thanks. After that section Mr Renjith k taught the students about the different tools of PLA. He assigned the works to students and they were sent to 9 spots for doing their PLA workshop. After that they shared the different experiences that they got in the particular field visits and it was very informative and meaningful for the whole team because the observations of each student revealed a lot of valuable knowledge about the Perumbalam island. Valedictory function was on 26th April 2013. Dr Renjith R Pillai spoke about the 7 da923084_513874612006812_112596883_nys PLA workshop activities and he also shared a lot experiences about the PLA camp. Mr Ranjith, shared his experiences about the PLA workshop and Ms Veena Suresh & Mr Nisanth (faculties of dept. of social work) also shared their memories in the PLA camp. The feedback section came to an end with the different comments of social work students. It was very interesting & informative experience for all. The students’ reached back on 26th evening.

There was a report writing camp on 27th at A-005 hall in the campus. The students were divided into teams and separate duties were assigned. By evening 4 O’ clock the students finished drafting the report.

Report By: Midhun & Silpa

 

Edited by: Parvathy

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Seminar on Legislations related to children

Department Programme of 15th march 2013, started at 3:05pm, Seminar topic of the day was “Legislations related to children”.

Mr. kochu Krishna kurup, chairperson of the seminar gave an introduction of the topic, followed by the presentation and discussion of Ms.Jasmin R Pereira and Ms.Steffy Bosco of S2 MSW. Legislations like “Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Amendment Act” 2006 and “Protection of children from se100_3400xual offence Act”, 2012 was mainly focused and explained.

During the first session “Juvenile Justice Act” and its categories like Juvenile in ‘conflict with the law’ and Child in need of ‘care and protection’ was presented by Ms. Steffy Bosco. The other related topics of discussions were

  • constitutional provisions, articles, directive principles
  • Difference between JJ Act 2000 and JJ Amendment Act 2006.
  • Features of amended Juvenile justice act of 2006
  • different crimes against children and protection
  • CWC, procedures of Juvenile justice board and its framework
  • Role of social workers in implementing juvenile justice act.

Second part of the presentation was done by Ms.Jasmin R Pereira on the topic “Protection of children from sexual offences Act, 2012”.The highlighted points were –

  • Definitions of different types of child abuse crimes like sexual harassment, penetrative or non-penetrative sexual activities and pornography.
  • Mandated rule of compulsory reporting of sexual offences against any child.
  • Punishments against persons who try to defame via false information.
  • Child friendly process of offence reporting while evidence recording, trial and investigations.
  • Emergency treatment directions for a child and compensation amount that is to be paid if in case of a victim of sexual abuse
  • Rules that pays attention to the child. that he/she is not re-victimized both at the time of investigation and trial protecting his/her identity.
  • Providing children with assistance and expertise from professionals in the fields of psychology and  social work.
  • “No documentation or magisterial requisition would be demanded before the treatment” in case of emergency.
  • The new law stipulates special courts for proper development of a child protecting his or her right to privacy and confidentiality.

The other legislations discussed were

  • The right of Children to free and compulsory education Act, 2009
  • Prohibition of child marriage Act,2006
  • The Child Marriage Restraint Act,1929
  • child custody law in India
  • Guardians and wards Act, 1890.
  • The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986
  • Immoral traffic prevention Act, 1986
  • The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995

The session winded up stating that it is also our social responsibility to take care of the children & to protect their rights thoug100_3399h there are many laws.

At 3:25 pm the next session of clarifying our doubts began, Dr.Renjith R Pillai asked about the act that was amended the day before and Mr. Rajeev MM raised the question of how far is protection possible from sexual  offences act, Is it relevant and effective today and they clarified stating a example that many children who were victims of sexual abuse were questioned in open adult courts earlier but sexual  offences act ensures proper development of a child protecting his or her right to privacy and confidentiality safeguarding them from any kind of humiliation.

Ms.Anusree asked about the disadvantaged children mentioned in the “The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009”. The clarification given was that Disadvantaged were the group of children who live in vulnerable conditions due to lack of educational facilities and poverty etc.

Ms.Andria asked ‘what does it mean by SARDA act mentioned in child marriage act it was answered as the other name of the act. After clarifying doubts regarding the presentation the discussion part began.

During discussions Mr. Ranjith Kavumkara commented that there are lot of programmes in television where children are asked lot of questions as part of entertainment which he personally feels is not good, and raised a question asking the available provisions in juvenile justice act or other laws which helps to stop such programmes and they replied agreeing to his words that it is not good to telecast such kind of programmes where children are made objects of entertainment by taking advantage100_3402 of their innocence. There are definitely laws, which protects the equality, liberty of children but said that they are unaware whether there is any provision against it in juvenile justice act.

Mr. Rajeev MM told that, lot of institutions are there for the welfare for the children, as we say prevention is better than cure, it’s better to avoid these mishap than to take care of the children after entering into trouble. Mr. Ranjith Kavumkara gave a valuable statement saying that in Articles right to equality should be redefined, children are not equal and cannot be equal to adults. The following were the feedback given – Dr.Renjith R Pillai critically analyzed the whole presentation and suggested to add more details in depth.   Mr. Ranjith Kavumkara added that if a single topic or act was taken and presented it would have been more effective rather than touching all laws without details, as each act is very vast in legislations.

The seminar was concluded by Mr. Kochu Krishna Kurup.

Reported by : Andria John

Edited by: Jessica & Jasmin

Photos by: Bibin

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Seminar on Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation

102_3689   As part of the Department academic programme, a seminar on the ethical issues in Organ Transplantation has been organized by Department of Social Work on 12th April 2013 at 3pm at A005 hall in the ground floor. Dr Renjith R Pillai, Head of The Department was the chair person and Ms Preethy L and Ms Sukanya Vijayan were the presenters. The chairperson delivered a brief description on organ transplantation and its relevance in the current scenario and welcomed the presenters for the presentation. Ms Preethy introduced the whole topic and all the aspects in organ transplantation and Ms Sukanya handled the discussion and question-answer part. The presentation included the transplantation process, the sources for donor organs, Transplantation of human Organs Act 1994, NGOs in organ transplantation, ethical issues in the process, organ shortage and the role of Social Worker in relation with transplantation. An organ transplantation is a surgical operation where a failing or damaged organ in the human body is removed and replaced with a new one. The transplant process evaluates the patients’ health and mental status as well as the level of social support. Every year more than 10 lakh people in the country are estimated to suffer from organ failure. At the current scenario we require as many as 30,000 cadaver liver every year for transplants, but hardly 1000 are available.

Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994

The increasing number of people in need of organs and its high value has led to the emergence of organ rackets especially kidney rackets. So, there is an Act to provide for the regulation of removal, storage and transplantation of human organs for therapeutic purposes and for the prevention of commercial dealings in human organs.

Ethical issues

The primary ethical dilemmas surrounding organ transplantation arise from the shortage of available organs. The concept of distributive justice; how to fairly divide resources-arises in organ transplantation. This is because there are not enough organs available for everyone who needs one. The advanced way to avoid the ethical problems associated with the shortage of transplantable organs is to increase the number of donor organs i.e. cadaveric organ donation and living organ donation. Paying people to donate their kidneys is one of the most contentious ethical issues debated at the moment. Social workers plays an prominent role in organ transplantation in all aspects such as educating the public regarding organ donation, providing support to the families of the organ donor before, during and after the decision, evaluation of addictive and harmful behaviors and helping to provide counseling and support groups, financial counseling etc.

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Question-Answer session

  • Ms Parvathy (S4 MSW)

Qus: Is there any govt. based organizations in Organ Transplantation?

Ans: Yes, There are such organizations existing. One such agency is working in NIMHANS which is in fact government recognized.

  • Anoop (S4 MSW)

Qus: What all are the legal issues behind Organ Transplantation?

Ans: It depends on the legal formalities existing in case of the first degree and second degree donors. The first degree consists of family or relatives who are ready to transplant the organ. They have no much complex legal formalities but in the case of second degree there exists more legal complications.

  • Ruby (S4MSW)

Qus: How does it mean that ‘pressure’ affects the process?

Ans: Here ‘pressure’ is not in relation with medical mean rather it is the kind of stress, tensions etc.

  • Vishnu K Santhosh (S4 MSW)

Qus: Is government providing any funds to NGOs working in Kerala?

Ans: Government is providing but not in an equitable way.

  • Joby T Lal (S2 MSW)

Qus: Is there any NGOs working in Kerala in the area of organ transplantation?

Ans: Not too many, but there are good examples. The chairman of V Guard Group Mr Koch Ouseph Chittilapilli  is running a Trust and it is working all over Kerala and it works very efficiently.

  • Mr Ranjith Kavumkara(Faculty)

Qus: Is there any mechanism to ensure justice in Organ Transplantation?

Ans: It is mentioned under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994. But most often, justice is being restricted in main stream hospitals with the effective decisions and criteria d102_3691esigned by the Board of Doctors.Que: Are there any researches regarding ethical issues done so far?

Ans: Not too much. Studies are going on in some areas.

DISCUSSIONS

Discussion part has been handled by Ms Sukanya Vijayan and the open discussions and clarifications helped the presenters and the audience to know detailed description on the topic. The critical points stressed are mentioned below:

  • Ms Arathy mentioned her concern about the cost of organ transplantation and added that if relatives are ready to be the donors, then the massive expense can be reduced to a certain level. She also congratulated both of them for their presentation.
  • Ms Parvathy had an opinion that on this particular relevant issue more discussions and focus on commercialization is needed. There is also a need to develop more strategies on ensuring anti rejection drugs to the needy so as to ensure justice in the process.
  • Ms Lekshmi Vimala mentioned that the act should be taken into prior focus. She said that it may be good to know more about the act to see if it ensures justice. She had a suggestion that there should be specified criteria for organ transplantation.
  • Ms Nandana had an opinion that experienced expert trainers should be available to the practitioners and the clients for the proper training and guidance in the procedures involved.
  • Ms Dhanya and Mr Prageesh mentioned that adding recent findings and video clippings about the particular issue would have been more helpful to understand the present scenario.
  •  Vishnu .K. Santhosh mentioned about the relevance of testing methods and its unavailability in medical colleges which creates great troubles to the beneficiaries.
  • Mr. Joby.T. Lal quoted the recent scenarios in the state and the chain of organ transplantation especially the kidney transplantation in Kerala under the leadership of Mr.Kochousepp Chittilapally, the chairman of V-Guard group. The agency has been working for more than last three years and it stands as a helping hand for the affected persons in the grass root level. Supriya and Jasmine appreciated the team effort and the simple language of presentation.
  • Ms. Jasmine pointed out the illegal activities by doctors and other mafia gangs in the arena who crucify the poor in the name of money. She asked if there exists any law or act for combating these illegal acts similar to the laws that exists regarding female foeticide.
  • Mr Ranjith Kavumkara, the lecturer, Dept. of Social Work, pointed out different aspects, views and concerns about the transplant process and mentioned about film clippings and documentaries that he had viewed which resembles the terrible factors especially the injustice existing in the society and the social dynamics behind this issue.
  • Mr Kochu Krishna Kurup, lecturer, Dept. of Social Work, shared the broad aspects of social stigma existing in the present scenario and mentioned an incident that he had experienced where social stigma plays the relevant role and advised to present the facts with much clarity.

The Seminar was concluded by Dr Renjith R Pillai and he commented that the active participation of the audience helped in improving the depth of the relevant topic.

He said that we, professional social workers should think in the perspective of community and contextualize the issues to Indian scenario. There is also need for research evidences. He also pointed out that the dead beliefs and rituals existing in community i.e. the religious aspects of the particular issue are among the main issues associated with transplantation process. He also commented that the overall presentation was good and up to the mark.

Report by: Joby T Lal

Edited by: Parvathy V

 

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Departmental Programme on “Mainstreaming DRR into development, planning, policy, and implementation

Photo1044 The departmental programme of 5-4-2013 was presented by Ms.Ruby.N and Ms.Geethu.M.Lal on the topic “Mainstreaming D.R.R into development, planning, policy, and implementation”. Mr.Rajeev.M.M (lecturer, Department of social work) was the chairperson of the presentation. The presentation started by 2 p.m. in front of the entire department- faculties and students of both the classes. Ms.Geethu.M.Lal started the presentation by describing the relation between disaster and development. She pointed out that the kind of development choices made in many countries unfortunately creates disaster risks. She quoted the definition of UNISDR and explained DDR as the conceptual framework of elements for minimizing disaster risks and vulnerabilities throughout a society for preventing and mitigating the impact for facilitating sustainable development. She also described about the stakeholders in DRR and the risk and hazard assessment programs like multi – disciplinary task, identification of past, present and future hazards determining the nature and behaviour of hazard etc.

Mainstreaming DRR is the major area that she concentrated on. A number of countries have taken the first step towards mainstreaming by incorporating disaster risk concerns into poverty reduction strategies and other national development policies. The presenter discussed about “DRR and millennium development goals” and explained every goal related with DRR.

Ms.Ruby.N covered the disaster risk reduction policy tools such as research, documentation, showcasing education, advocacy, institutional framework etc. She mentioned that systematic documentation of indigenous knowledge on disaster risk reduction is very essential. There is a high necessity of documentation and development of guidelines for disaster risk reduction in prone areas.

She suggested that education is the most elementary and important tool for the application of disaster risk reduction. Disaster risk reduction should be added in the curriculum of formal education in schools as well as in the university level. Key areas of action in the policy level are establishment of resource group, documentation and research, education, policy, advocacy etc. She widely discussed about some of the civil society network formed to take up DRR. Asian DRR network is the most important among them. It promotes coordination, information, sharing, collaboration among NGOs, and other stakeholders for appropriate disaster reduction in South Asia at policy and community level. It is the first of its kind in South Asia. Basin South Asia regional knowledge platform is committed to develop knowledge system and promoting collaborative action with South Asia to enable access by the poor to sustainable habitat and livelihood knowledge platform.

Inter agency group is an initiative to coordinate the humanitarian actions. The four key areas of planning implementation of D.R.R include disaster Photo1046prevention, disaster rehabilitation and recovery.

The presentation was followed by the question -answer and discussion sections. The participants were asked questions about the relevance of DRR concepts in India. The practicality of the DRR measures in the socially and economically backward states like Bihar was questioned. The response of Kerala and Gujarat citizens towards the DRR measures was asked to Ms.Ruby.N since she did her internship in both the places. She replied that the people in Gujarat are allowed to involve more in the compensation which creates a feeling of ownership, whereas   the participation of Malayalees   in the construction of buildings is very limited. Mr. Rajeev M.M added some more points regarding the query. According to him, Gujarati people are more adjustable to natural disasters since it happens there often, but Keralites are not familiar with it. Certain corrections regarding the presentation style and the clarity of technical words were pointed out by Dr.Renjith.R. Pillai(chairperson, Department of social work).  Ms.Ruby concluded the program by saying that sustainable development can be achieved only by combining DRR activities and development activities. She also critically pointed out that the absence of this approach is the main reason behind the mounting death rates and property lose in the country due to disasters. The program concluded at 4.30 p.m.

Report by: Deepak Suresh

Edited by: Lekshmi Vimala

Photo by: Bibin S Babu