Azad Lab (Free To Speak) is a show that discusses issues that are often sidelined by the mainstream but that cause much disruption and anxiety among young people like masculinity, caste etc. Episode producer Shabrana is a young married woman who is a homemaker. She sees her unfulfilled dreams through the eyes of her daughter whom she wants to provide higher education which she was deprived of as she was married off early. She is enthusiastic about working on social issues.
Episode 8: Kyun Mohabbat Azad Nehi Hain?
"It is quite not so easy to love freely in our country which is still bound by casteism and religious divide".
Host Shabrana shares a true story, a story which most of us might have heard of in our circles. The characters might be different but circumstances the same. The story is of her friend's who fell in love across religious divides but sadly had to end it.
Azad Lab is one of 6 shows produced as part of the Free/Dem Community Podcasts, the online avatar of the Freedem WhatsApp Radio run by community members of Tajpur Pahadi and other urban slums in and around Delhi. The shows are built around ideas of gender equity, love, freedom of expression, human rights and justice. Through the podcasts, community members discuss as well as share their lived realities. They are produced under Ideosync's FREE/DEM initiative, which provides marginalized communities - especially women and migrants - a platform to amplify their narratives and stories using audio and video.