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Enabling arts

Several disabled persons have realized their potential through a music, dance and theatre therapy offered by Syed Sallauddin Pasha. Sreeparna Chakrabarty spoke to the man and his wards, one of whom is a dancer, holding a world record

Sourcing water

In Rajasthan, villagers are doing everything they could to create water sources to make life easier. Women have taken the lead to dig recharge wells and deepen waterbodies, says Renu Rakesh

Odd at job

A woman lighter of pyre is not a common thing in a tradition that does not even approve of women visiting a crematorium. That’s why Shanti Behera of Sambalpur stands out, says Sarada Lahangir

Able persons

Four outstanding achievers with disability - Ranjan Kumar Biswal, Samuel Ashish Marcus, Deepa Malik, and Sayomdeb Mukherjee - received the CavinKare Ability Awards at a function in Chennai

Special trio

Raj Kumar's father is a street vendor, Suman's a tailor and Alpana’s mother works as a domestic help. The trio from Delhi had won gold medals at the Special Winter Olympics, says Santosh Rao

Phoenix-like rise

Pune's landmark German Bakery, which was targeted in a terrorist attack in Feb 2010, has virtually risen like a phoenix 35 months after it was completely devastated, and is back in business

 
Bravehearts

Due to shortage of beds in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Anjali Ojha found many patients spending their nights under the open sky, coping with Delhi's harsh winter

Finding light

The life of Preeti Monga, a 53-year-old visually challenged woman, is of grit and determination. She tells us how she overcame obstacles thrown by a society that refused to see her abilities

An acid test

A victim of an acid attack, Sonali Mukherjee, now hopes to regain her eyesight and also have her face reconstructed, thanks to the media and an NGO. But the law does not view ‘acid attacks’ as serious and lethal, feels Kamayani Bali Mahabal

Flab to fit

Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger son Prateek built rippling muscles to his 5 ft 11” frame and lost over 35 kg to be recognized as the ‘international transformation of the month’, says Mohit Dubey

A Himalayan task

After defeating breast cancer, Ritu Biyani, a dental surgeon, is taking up a fresh challenge. She is participating in one of the most gruelling motor rallies in the world, says Vishal Gulati

Proving a point

Husein Jetpurwala has proved cerebral palsy cannot stop him from achieving what he desires. Rightly so, he is soon to become a homoeopathic doctor despite the condition, says Mauli Buch