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The Comeback Queen

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat who suffered a severe knee injury in the Rio Olympics, bounced back winning the glad at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. She is now nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award, says Tridib Baparnash

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Failures make you smarter. Kabir Siddiq lost Rs 15 lakh in his first venture. He started his next venture investing just Rs 4 lakh, cutting down risks, and is now looking at a turnover of Rs 12 crore in the second year, says Sofia Danish Khan

My Beautiful Reflections

Model and web series actor Ananya Dutta loves to express herself on Facebook. Her posts reflect her take on life, which might sound outlandish at times, but often also provide food for thought and philosophical insights on everyday situations

Gandhigiri in Kollam

Kerala politician Niyaz Chithara, inspired by Gandhi’s message of ‘be the change’, has donated his ancestral property of one acre and 10 cents (4,451 sq m), valued at about Rs 8 crore (USD 1.1 million) to 20 landless families, says Sanu George

Yummy Sweet Success

The owners of a Rs 700 crore turnover sweets chain had survived hunger and poverty to build a successful business, says P C Vinoj Kumar, revealing hitherto unknown details about the family that started its first sweet shop in Chennai in 1979

A Clean Sweep

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder, Sulabh International, known for his work to eradicate manual scavenging and construction of public toilets, swept an eminent three-member jury off their feet to emerge as The Weekend Leader – VIT Person of the Year

Shaking It Up

A 23-year-old revived an iconic milkshake brand owned by his family joining hands with a friend and another professional. Three years later they have grown into a 270-store chain and touched a turnover of Rs 100 crore, says Sofia Danish Khan

The Power of 1+1

With an investment of Rs 350 crore, Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal built IndiGo, India’s largest and most profitable airline, currently valued at a whopping Rs 27,500 crore, through meticulous planning, and cost cutting, says Shelley Vishwajeet

Empowering the Tribes

Tribal children are learning from picture books and computers at a school located inside the Kanha Tiger Reserve. The school functions out of a forest officer’s bungalow and the teachers are all wives of forest officers, says Kushagra Dixit

Healing Journalism

The Delhi-based Heal Foundation, a non-profit working for the cause of improving, innovating and implementing healthcare delivery in the country, has conferred The Weekend Leader with the Health Honours 2018 award. Sofia Danish Khan reports

A Champion’s Dream

Having created history by claiming a record sixth title at the women's World Championships, legendary boxer M.C Mary Kom is determined to fulfil a lifelong dream by winning a gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says Ajeyo Basu

The Adventure Capitalist

As manufacturers of many kinds of adventure products, it is natural that the idea of starting a Fly Dining restaurant struck the owners of Jumpking India. Today, people are flocking to the novel restaurant from around the country, says Usha Prasad

Traders to Makers

Started with an investment of Rs 10,000 by Punamchand Shah, a small-time stainless steel cutlery trading business has metamorphosed into a Rs 300 crore plastic wares company producing a range of homeware and children’s products, says Anvi Mehta