Meet the woman who quit her job to turn a skywalk into a classroom for poor kids

Haimanti Sen founded a non-governmental organisation after quitting her job. The NGO, called Junoon, provides basic education to poor kids for free. This 25-year-old can be seen imparting basic education to 15 children on the skywalk at Mumbai’s Kandivali station.

Haimanti Sen, gave up her well-paying career to ensure that at least some of Mumbai’s impoverished children receive basic education and skills. She built Junoon, a non-governmental organization with which numerous like-minded persons are affiliated. They teach the alphabet, numbers, vocabulary, art, and communication to the youngsters.

It all began when Haimanti noticed a few children begging for food and money on the street. However, the parents blatantly lied about the children attending school. Haimanti took the decision to teach the children at that point. She contacted a local school about enrolling some of them.

Haimanti began teaching them in order to prepare them for official schooling under the Right to Education Act. So far, this vivacious woman has been effective in teaching 15 children a basic set of skills and information.

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If you want to be a volunteer for Haimanti Sen’s NGO or fund it, here’s the link : Junoon


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Inspiring story of IFS officer who was diagnosed with IIH, failed twice

Doctors told Anisha Tomar she had Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) when she began studying for her second attempt at the UPSC examinations. She later became a well-known IFS officer.

Success and failure stories both motivate us in different ways. Such anecdotes inspire UPSC hopefuls to persevere in their difficult road toward becoming a government servant.

Anisha Tomar, an IFS officer from New Delhi passed the test with an All India Rank (AIR) of 94 on her third try in 2019.

Anisha was diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) in February 2018, just as she began preparing for her second try.

Anisha said, “With prelims only a few months away, I felt like my dream was slipping away from me. She feared she’d never be able to recover from her two-month hiatus.

Surprisingly, she passed the prelims but failed the mains by six marks that year. Nonetheless, she was unwilling to give up on her ambition.

Anisha breezed through the prelims once more and concentrated on the mains. She says that her right hand’s pinky finger was completely swollen and bruised. Anisha passed the mains and went to the interview, as predicted.

She describes her feelings as fear, concern, lethargy, and fatigue. The thought of studying for prelims tormented her. Her eyes welled up when she saw her position of 94th.

Anisha said, “Growth is gradual, life is unpredictable, hope is all we have.”

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How a Jaipur-based man became a hero for stray dogs – Towards A Better Life

A unique kitchen in Jaipur, Bejubano Ki Rasoi, is feeding freshly cooked meals to countless stray dogs at just Rs 5.

Jaipur-based Gajraj Singh Kachhawa leads the initiative.Gajraj Singh Kachhawa, a Jaipur local, sat at a tea vendor on a cold winter morning, sipping hot sweet tea.

As he was about to depart, a man approached the vendor, bought a packet of biscuits, and fed a street dog. This idea stayed with Gajraj, who went on to start Bejubano Ki Rasoi (Kitchen For The Voiceless), where a pre-packaged nutritious meal for a dog costs only Rs 5.”I’ve been feeding dogs on my own for almost five years now,” Gajraj explains.

When the lockdown was implemented, there were a large number of people who were delivering food for others. The street dogs, on the other hand, suffered the most. No one wanted to feed or even care for them. During this time, I was frequently feeding over 600 dogs.

“The 27-year-old entrepreneur and digital marketer owns a club in Jaipur where Bejubano Ki Rasoi operates. Once the meals are made and packaged, they are sold at a booth near Jaipur’s Vivek Vihar metro station.

Gajraj did not want to charge for the food when he launched this effort. However, he claims that his buddies persuaded him to charge a minimal fee. “My friends told me to charge for the food if I want others to value it.The biscuit incident prompted me to charge Rs 5.”

Gajraj estimates that each meal package costs around Rs 15 to prepare. But, I will charge only Rs. 5 for the food from Bejubano Ki Rasoi.”

The food packs were supplied for free throughout the lockdown. The goal was to feed as many dogs as possible.

“According to Gajraj, the objective for Bejubano Ki Rasoi is to build five more kiosks across Jaipur in order to feed a minimum of 3,000 canines each day. “

Priyanka has purchased more than 60 packets from Gajraj and says she cannot suggest it highly enough to anyone who stops to feed dogs on the street.

A balanced supper rich in proteins and carbohydrates may help keep the dog healthy.



Source: How a Jaipur-based man became a hero for stray dogs – Towards A Better Life

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This blind woman earns Rs 50k a month from superfood supplement business – Towards A Better Life

Geetha Saleesh’s disability did not prevent her from conducting a thriving online business.

Geetha Saleesh, from Thrissur, Kerala, is a blind woman who defies the odds by selling ghee and superfood supplements and earning Rs 50,000 every month.

Geetha was 13 years old when she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare hereditary disorder, when she was diagnosed.

Geetha, who is 39 years old now, gradually lost her vision and was blind by the age of 15 when she died. Her infirmity, however, never stopped her from achieving her goals.

Geetha, who had always wanted to be a teacher, learnt braille and finished her education. Geetha now has a successful online store where she sells homemade food items like ghee and pickles, as well as a turmeric-based superfood supplement.

She and her husband Saleesh Kumar launched ‘Geetha’s Home to Home’ in 2020.

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This is one of the stories that I have rewritten for Indian press release and PR agency Times Applaud

Source: This blind woman earns Rs 50k a month from superfood supplement business – Towards A Better Life

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International Women’s Day 2022: Twelve Indian women pioneers in their fields

Lata Mangeshkar: The Legendary singer with the voice of a nightingale

International Women’s Day has just been celebrated to honor women’s socioeconomic, political, and cultural achievements. Learn about 12 Indian women who were pioneers in their fields.

International Women’s Day commemorates social, economic, political, and cultural achievements made by women. The event, which is celebrated every year on March 8, honors women’s accomplishments, raises awareness about gender equality, and advocates for rapid gender parity.

The UN theme for 2022 is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow,” with the goal of recognising women who are working to achieve a more sustainable future.

Here is a list of twelve Indian women who were pioneers in their fields and have become great role models for females of the next generation.

1. Lata Mangeshkar died recently but will always be remembered for her sweet voice. She was bestowed with the highest honor in France in 2007. At the age of 80, she received France’s highest civilian distinction, the Insignia of ‘Officier de la Legion d’Honneur’ (Officer of the Legion of Honour). In 1974, the Guinness Book of World Records called Lataji the most recorded performer in history, with an estimated 25,000 songs. Between 1948 and 1974, she performed over 25,000 solo, duet, and chorus-backed compositions in 20 Indian languages, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

2. Indira Gandhi became our country’s first female Prime Minister in 1966. She was the second longest-serving Indian prime minister after her father, serving from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 till her assassination in October 1984.

3. Fatima Beevi became the first female Supreme Court justice. In 1989, a Kerala High Court judge made history by becoming the first female Supreme Court judge. Fatima Beevi also became the first woman Supreme Court judge in Asia and the first Muslim woman to set a precedent at such a high level in the Indian court.

4. Tessy Thomas was the first female to lead a missile project. Tessy Thomas, India’s Missile Woman, shattered the glass ceiling in the missile project, becoming the project director for the Agni-IV missile in DRDO in 2009 and successfully testing it in 2012. She is currently the fifth woman in the role of Director General of Aeronautical Systems.

5. Arunima Sinha was the first female amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Arunima, a national-level volleyball player, had to have her leg amputated below the knees after an accident in 2011 in which some robbers attempted to shove her out of the train.

But the incident did not derail her ambitions; in 2013, she became the first female amputee to summit Mount Everest.

6. Reita Faria Powel, was the first lady to be crowned Miss World. In 1966, at the Lyceum Ballroom in London, United Kingdom, she became the first Asian woman to win the title of Miss World, beating out 51 other contestants. When she won the crown, Reita Faria was a medical student. She also became the first Indian woman to compete in a beauty contest wearing a swimming suit.

7. Kalpana Chawla’s became the first woman to visit space. Kalpana Chawla was an Indian American Astronaut who became the first Indian woman to reach space in 1997. “I dimmed the lights in the flight deck during one of the night passes and saw the stars.”

When you gaze at the stars and the cosmos, you realise that you are not just from a certain piece of land, but from the entire solar system.”

8. Kiran Bedi was the first female IPS officer. Kiran Bedi, a retired Indian police officer, professional tennis player, and social activist, was the first female IPS officer, beginning her service in 1975 and leading the all-male Delhi contingent at the Republic Day Parade the same year. She was the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry for five years. Kiran Bedi has also introduced some novel techniques to operating as an IPS in the areas of drug trafficking, drugs, and VIP protection.

9. Shila Dawre became the first female auto-rickshaw driver in 1988, defying norms of men driving autos and wearing khaki over standard salwar kameez. Although the job is difficult for women, she overcame the difficulties and earned a living in a male-dominated field.

10. Anna Malhotra is the first woman to hold the position of IAS officer. Anna Rajam Malhotra became the first woman to hold the prestigious position of Indian Administrative Service Officer in 1972, serving under seven successive Chief Ministers as well as Rajiv Gandhi. Anna Malhotra has also accompanied former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on a tour of eight countries and helped build India’s first computerised port.

11. Harita Kaur Deol became the first female pilot in the IAF to fly alone. Lieutenant Harita Kaur Deol became the first woman to fly solo in an Avro HS – 748 aircraft at the age of 22 and set a record for the Indian Air Force by flying to a height of 10,000 feet.

She was one of the first seven female cadets to be appointed as short commission officers in the Indian Air Force in 1993.

12. Priya Jhingan became the first Indian woman to serve in the Indian Army. Lady Cadet No. 1 and Silver Medalist – Major Priya Jhingan was the first female to join the Indian Army when she was commissioned in 1993.


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Hang this high on your wall

Source: Hang this high on your wall – Towards A Better Life

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Ali Bannat: The man who called Cancer a Gift of God

Cancer wrecks havoc not only on the people who die from it, but also the families they leave behind. This is the soul-stirring story Ali Banat, an Australian businessman, who called cancer a gift of God when he was told he was going to die from it.

We come across a lot of stories. Certainly every story is not true! But the story I will share is true, and it realistically awakened my soul. This story I actually bumped into, but besides inspiring me it made me repent and reconnect with my lord. Believe me, you feel blessed as soon as you start loving your lord and you sense like lord loves u too. And isn’t this imagination of altruistic love between you and the Beneficent God, whom the Muslims call ALLAH so pleasing to the eyes?

Ali Banat was an Australian businessman, later a humanitarian philanthropist, from the Sydney suburb of Greenacre and of Palestinian descent. He owned a security and electrical company before getting diagnosed with cancer in October 2015. After the cancer diagnosis, he donated everything he had for charitable causes.

He founded the charity ‘Muslims Around the World’, also known as MATW.

A verse from the Holy Quran says, “Only In the Remembrance of Allah Can Heart Find Peace.”

Ali Banat indeed found peace in God’s remembrance. Even though he is dead, he is still alive in the hearts of millions not because he had been a rich person, but because of his enormous contribution he did to humanity. I have heard about living legends. Ali Bannat has become an inspiration after his death at the very young age of 35.

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Dr  Anil K Rajvanshi who left US to help India innovate wins Padma Shri award

You have to give sacrifices to achieve something big in life. That is true in the case of Dr Anil K Rajvanshi, who left the US to help India innovate. Dr. Rajvanshi’s sacrifice bore fruit when he received the Padma Shri award earlier this year.

Dr. Anil Kumar Rajvanshi, a devout Gandhian, returned to India after studying at the University of Florida in the United States. Dr. Anil says he returned to India in 1981 in a fit of madness and hubris,

He says, “I thought I had learned enough and wanted to return to India and make a difference.”

Padma Shri, also spelled Padma Shree, is the fourth-highest civilian award of the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded by the Government of India every year on January 26, India’s Republic Day

Dr Anil Rajvanshi earned his PhD at the University of Florida and taught there for two and a half years.He was also the beneficiary of a government fellowship, which allowed him to stay in the United States for the duration of his visit.

Following that, in 1995, Dr Anil began development on an electric rickshaw.It was a first for India and the rest of the world.The e-rickshaw can comfortably carry two to three passengers at a speed of 35-40 km/hr and can travel up to 60-70 km on a single charge of the battery.

Dr. Anil has also received seven patents in the previous four decades for alcohol stoves, biomass gasifiers, and e-rickshaws.

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Brain surgery of his mother led Keto India’s founder Sahil Pruthi to win Shark Tank India’s highest offer



I believe that you can win against all odds if you have the parents of your parents with you.

Life isn’t fair to everyone, but Sahil Pruthi transformed his stumbling block into a stepping stone. Sahil’s mother’s brain surgery led him to create his healthtech startup, Keto India and win highest offer on Shark Tank India.

On Shark Tank India, Sahil Pruthi received an offer of Rs 1.6 crore for his healthcare tech firm Keto India. This was the highest offer ever made on the show.

On Shark Tank India, Keto India creator Sahil Pruthi received a Rs 1.6 crore offer. Four of the five’sharks’ expressed interest in his healthcare technology firm, which was formed in 2018.

The show is the Indian equivalent of the popular US show Shark Tank, in which budding entrepreneurs present their company plans to a panel of investors.

Sahil rushed to Facebook to express his delight.

“Pitching on Shark Tank has been one of the wildest and best experiences I’ve ever had, and I’m really thrilled to be able to share the storey of what our rockstar team Keto India/Livofy has built! And having my mother there was wonderful.”

Sahil was motivated to start Keto India after his mother had serious brain surgery four years ago. For roughly nine months, he and his sister had to abandon their careers to care for her. However, the experience compelled him to use these months to improve his grasp of diet and health.

During his pitch, he told the sharks, “I wanted to know why this operation was required in the first place. And could we do anything to prevent it from getting to that point?”

Sahil provided his mother with a personalised dietary plan and supplements, as well as enrolling her in clinical studies to enhance her health.

He continued, “Four years have passed. My mum is OK and is here today.”

Panelists Ashneer Grover of BharatPe, Peeyush Bansal of, Namita Thapar of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, and Aman Gupta of boAt all approved of Sahil’s pitch. However, he declined the offer since the ownership portion they requested was greater than Sahil’s offer of 1.25 percent.

Keto India said, “We received some useful input, and the sharks were enthralled by our company’s concept. The experience has been beyond incredible, and it has given us a tremendous opportunity to work on ourselves and scale the same in order to thrive in the business.”

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Source: Brain surgery of his mother led Keto India’s founder Sahil Pruthi to win Shark Tank India’s highest offer – Towards A Better Life

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Here’s the hare’s side of the story

Since time unknown, we have been listening to the Aesop’s Fable called “The Hare and the Tortoise.” We have also been taught that slow and steady wins the race, through the story.

But, today I have brought you the hare’s side of the story, which shows that it’s fine to be the hare and not the tortoise.

As everyone says that slow and steady wins the race, this statement may not be true every time or at every place.

The hare replied it was an unfair game it was a marathon run versus a sprint. He added I was way ahead in the race and the tortoise was nowhere around to be seen. As I knew I was way ahead I decided to relax and have a short nap below a tree. I fell asleep and dreamt of an old man with a flowing beard sitting and meditating. The old man asked them, why I was participating in the race. I replied to him, I am doing so, to let every creature in the jungle know that I am the fastest of all creatures.

The old man then again asked are you aware of the fastest deer, the largest elephant, or about the strongest lion that lived a hundred years ago. He replied no, you don’t know anything about them. He further added today you are being challenged by a tortoise, someday you might be challenged by a snake, or maybe by a zebra. Then what will you do, will you keep racing with them just to prove that you are the fastest of them all?

The hare replied I don’t want to keep running all my life. The old man asked, then what do you intend to do?

The hare said I want to live my life peacefully and happily.

The old man then said this is what you are doing, at this particular moment also. Listen to me forget everything about the race, think you are here today but may not be there tomorrow. Therefore, try to live a valuable and gainful life. You don’t require anyone else to make you satisfied and contented.

The hare woke up from his sleep at that moment, he felt happy.

He found that he had lost the race, but thought it doesn’t matter if I lost the race but I have won my life, it’s a lesson for me.

You can read this and other inspiring posts, and stories on Story of Souls.

That’s another blog I write for.

Source: Here’s the hare’s side of the story – Towards A Better Life

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