OVERCOMING OUR FEARS

“I was always terrified of challenges and my biggest fear was rejection” says 39 year old Chinnmaye Praveen. You may think that this would have hindered her from living life to the fullest – absolutely not! Chinnmaye heads the Strategic Planning Department at a company that manufactures and installs water purification units. Not only that, in order to give back to society she started an initiative called Vistaara, to empower kids through cross learning, community participation, events, workshops and awareness

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I FOUGHT BACK!

Every morning, as we go through the newspaper with our morning cup of tea, we get to read at least 5-6 cases of sexual harassment, molestation or rape. It has become a norm in our country. Not a single woman – be it your mother, sister, friend or any female acquaintance can say that she has not faced harassment of some sort in her lifetime. I too have experienced sexual harassment. It all started, back in school, when this perverted trend

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SAALUMARADA THIMMAKKA, ENVIRONMENTALIST

“It was my fate to not have any children. Because of that, we planned to plant trees and raise them and get blessings. We have treated the trees as our children.” I am sure most of you have read about Saalumarada Thimmakka from Karnataka, who is admired for being an environmentalist and noted for her work in planting and tending to 384 banyan trees along a four-kilometre stretch of highway between Hulikal and Kudur. Born in Gubbi Taluk, Tumakuru, Thimmakka

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THE PIANO

I grew up in a small locality in Kuwait. On my 3rd birthday, my uncle gifted me a tiny keyboard. I spent all my time plonking on it. Although my traditional Malayali parents knew nothing about classical piano and even though lessons were expensive, they found me a good teacher. As my studies advanced, my teacher suggested that we buy an instrument. It was beyond my parents’ reach though. For many years, I practised on a keyboard. In the 80s,

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NEVER A TEACHER!

No one was asking, but I always went around telling everyone, that “I’ll become anything in life, but never a teacher”. It isn’t that I did not have positive role models or that I did not understand teaching, but it’s just that when I was growing up, learner profiles and learning styles of children weren’t exactly the most talked about aspect of classroom education. However, after much coaxing by my mother, who herself is a Special Educator, I took up

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ANAESTHESIOLOGIST

I woke up with a jolt and frantically checked my watch. 7.00 am. I heaved a sigh of relief. It was a cold fuzzy November morning in Chandigarh. And a Sunday. And a day where a “normal” person would possibly just bump off again right into that warm cosy bed. As a doctor, I had no such luxury or luck. If fact I had a 12 hour straight shift. In the ICU. I cursed the day I had taken up

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CHRISTMAS AT AASRAA

Jingle bells jingle bells, jingle all the way, Santa Claus is coming along, riding on a sleigh!! It is that time of the year when everything seems to be magical… our hearts fill with joy and cheer. Love engulfs the air and the season brings hope into our lives for a shinier future. Christmas is a time of celebrating our love, joy, peace and faith. From decorating the Christmas tree to buying gifts for our loved ones, we feel happiness

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GRANNY’S SENSITIVE TOOTH…

I am Meera and this is my Christmas story. I was in the fourth standard – a quiet, shy, delicate girl. ‘Delicate’ not physically, but emotionally. Apart from my parents and elder brother, my grandmother stayed with us too. I lovingly called her granny. Granny must have been around fifty-five then. She had developed high sensitivity in one of her teeth. So anything that was too cold or too hot would agitate her. Everyone thought my brother was very smart. He had named me ‘Granny’s

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CHRISTMAS TO ME IS…

Christmas to me is a table full of goodies and a house full of guests. Preparation for Christmas at my place starts at least two months in advance. We soak all the dry fruits in rum to make plum cakes and the entire house smells of freshly baked goodies. Whenever guests visit our home during this season the table is filled with chocolates, sweets, mulled wine and the famous plum cake!  Carol singers from church visit us in the middle of the night to sing,

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CLIMBING THE CORPORATE LADDER

Staying ahead in the rat race is one tough nut to crack, especially so for women. However, some never-say-die spirits like me try to keep up a good run, falling at times on the track, sometimes moving out of the track limit and sometimes just jogging past others to keep pace. We are in the 21st Century, but still only 4 out of 10 women are working full time, running a business or trying hands at entrepreneurship. We are just

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