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Father of Many

Heading a Rs 1,000 crore turnover business, Mahesh Savani has organised the weddings of over 2,000 fatherless girls. Each wedding costs him around Rs 4 lakh. His father started as a labourer and became a diamond merchant later, says Deven Lad

The Noble Soul

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak’s non-profit has changed the lives of lakhs of manual scavengers many of whom have been provided jobs in his organisation that employs over 50,000 people and generates an annual revenue of Rs 500 crore, says Gurvinder Singh

The Unstoppable Winner

Rajalakshmi S.J. may have lost her mobility, but not her will. The orthodontist, who won the Miss Popularity title at the Miss World Wheelchair 2017, fights for the rights of the differently-abled and delivers motivational talks, says Bhumika K

The Home Maker

In 2006, this professor in Kerala noticed one of her students was living in an unsafe house and decided to build a new house for him. Since then she has built 78 homes for poor people in Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts, says Sanu George

Two Rupee Doctor

Vijay’s Tamil blockbuster ‘Mersal’ has turned the public mood against corporate hospitals and put the spotlight on ‘two rupee doctor’ Thiruvengadam Veeraraghavan, who is serving the poor patients commuting on his bike, says P C Vinoj Kumar

Mission Educate Girls

Safeena Husain worked for many years in development projects abroad, but returned to India to work in rural areas among girl children. She has helped more than 200,000 out-of-school girls become part of the education system, says Mudita Girotra

Blooming Lives

In remote villages of Uttarakhand, women have a new source of livelihood and their lives are changing. Thanks to Pratibha Krishnaiah, a computer engineer from Bengaluru, they earn between Rs 2,000 and 5,000 per month. Anvi Mehta has the story

Dharavi’s App Guru

Nawneet Ranjan made a documentary on life in Mumbai’s Dharavi slums and it won critical acclaim at international film festivals. He is now changing the lives of the children of Dharavi, teaching them coding and app development, says Deven Lad

The Mind Healer

She had a difficult childhood, but that didn’t stop Manika Majumdar in joining a Kolkata-based NGO to offer counselling for people with mental health issues. Partho Burman profiles the unsung hero who was taunted for working with ‘mad people’

The Rain Man

When the sky turns overcast, people of Chennai no longer tune in to their television sets to listen to the weather forecast – they log in to Pradeep John’s Facebook page. P C Vinoj Kumar profiles Chennai’s popular independent weather forecaster

Raising hopes

Former school coordinator Juin Dutta conducts informal classes for underprivileged children and runs a hostel for them at Vadodara with the help of volunteers. Kavita Kanan Chandra spoke to the gritty woman, who has bigger plans to achieve

Riding the beast

A woman riding a 1600 cc superbike on a highway attracts a lot of attention, but Pooja Rajput who undertook a 2,000-km solo coastal ride on her Harley Davidson is unfazed and urges women to hit the road. Anjali Ojha spoke to the braveheart   

The troublemaker

For many years now, V S Veerapathiran or Veera as he is fondly called, has been falling foul of people for his concern about protecting the environment. But nothing has deterred the green warrior from Kodaikanal. Usha Prasad profiles the man

Tracking the killers

Fiona Mackeown, mother of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, whose barely-clothed body was found at Anjuna beach in Goa in 2008, is raising funds on a crowd-funding website to secure justice for her slain daughter, says Mayabhushan Nagvenkar

Women in blue

You have heard of the men in blue; now get to know about the women in blue, the all-women patrol squad in Udaipur that is striking fear in the hearts of eve-teasers and making the streets and public places safer for women, says Renu Rakesh

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