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  • He could just pass 10th. He was jobless. Nothing too much in the name of assets. He reached Mumbai is search of job. It was not a great start for him. He was looted outside the Bandra station for the only rupees 200 he had and other belongings. He lost everything excluding the clothes he was wearing. The most unfortunate thing was that he was robbed by the person who accompanied him to Mumbai and promised a rupees 1200 per month job. Because he feared that his parents would not allow him work in Mumbai, he came to Mumbai without informing them. Before coming to Mumbai, he worked in Chennai and earned rupees 250 a month. He would send the money to his family in Nagalapuram Village located in the Tuticorin district of Tamilnadu. His family included his parents and seven siblings. At Bandra station in the year 1990, a 17 year old boy who had nothing, except determination. He did not understand Hindi. Feeling pity about his situation, a Tamilian took him to a temple and appealed visitors to…

  • We all know of the disaster that struck Uttarakhand and how so many people lost their lives in the calamity. Over 90,000 tourists who were stuck in the region have been rescued and the Indian Air Force has played a major role in the rescue operation in which many pilots lost their lives in attempting to save the lives of others. Indian Airforce pilot, a 26-year-old Flight Lieutenant K. Praveen from Madurai who promised his mother that he would call her once he finishes the day's work of flying people to safety, did not call back but his parents did receive a phone call saying he was killed during a rescue mission. Praveen's mother Manjula who is a railway employee said that he was their only son who was active always. Before joining the Air Force Praveen worked in TCS a software firm but later joined the Airforce which was his ambition. Praveen did his schooling from TVS school and acquired his Bachelor in engineering degree in Mechatronics from Thiagaraja College of Engineering. Lets…

  • From 50 paise, she now earns Rs 200,000 a day. She started her career 31 years ago as an entrepreneur, selling eateries from a mobile cart on the Marina beach amidst all odds -- battling a failed marriage, coping with her husband, a multiple addict, and taking care of two kids. Today, she has overcome the hurdles and owns a chain of restaurants. She married against the will of her parents. Unfortunately, the marriage failed but her parents never forgave her and she was on her own along with 2 children. " I knew I should either succumb to the burden or fight; I decided to fight my lonely battle." she said. She started selling pickles, squashes and jams she made at home. Eventually she started her own cart on Marine Drive, Mumbai. On the first she just sold one cup of coffee, making 50 paise the first day. But she never lost hope and earned as high as 25,000 rs a day. One day the Slum Clearance Board gave her an offer to run the canteen at their office with a proper kitchen. The chairman…

  • Co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter, a web platform offering people a new way to fund their creative ideas and endeavors. An artist & entrepreneur. Helped crowd-fund a lot of interesting projects.
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    Perry Chen

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  • Here is an inspiring story of a boy with a passion to not only learn but to impart knowledge to the less privileged. This is the story of Babar Ali, the teenager who started a school when he was nine years old. In 2009, the BBC did a feature on him, calling him the "youngest headmaster in the world". That the school was the backyard of his house hardly matter because of the good it has done in educating children who couldn't afford a formal education. What started as a role-play of teacher-student game with his friend soon turned to passion to do something meaningful in his life. Anand Siksha Niketan came into existence in 2002 with 8 students. Now the school boasts of over 600 students, all taught by young student teachers like Babar himself. By day, the teachers attend their own classes and return home in the evening to teach others. "All the teachers at my school are former students, including my sister who was my first ever student. All the teachers are girls", says Babar. Since the…