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What drove me to take this challenge? Everyone I have spoken to since the day this solo Trans-Himalayan cycle trip of mine became public knowledge, has asked me this question at least once – “Why?” And my answer is a very clichéd – why not?   Today, as I enter Nepal after completing the first phase of my #RideForChildRights with…

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What is the first thought that comes to your mind when someone says “School”? *a smile*. For me, it is the zero period of the school and the carefree nature of the children playing around. But is that all? No, apart from all the studies that we did in the school we also had various competitions and that entire week…

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There are two days in a child’s schooling life when he definitely cries (most of them do): One when he starts his schooling and one when he completes his schooling. From hating the mere thought of going to an unknown place away from home to the mind-boggling blankness the day after I finished my schooling, I have had a fair…

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In the Dediapada block of Narmada district (Gujarat), there’s a primary school in a village called Gadh which is unique in their approach of teaching. One of their most remarkable teachers is Jeetubhai , who had a very difficult childhood and had met a plethora of challenges on his way of becoming an academician. But nothing could deter him from his…

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बचपन है जीवन का प्यारा सा हीस्सा क़िस्से कहानिया हर पल का हिस्सा लाड़ और दुलार उन पलों का हिस्सा खेल कूद हर छन का हिस्सा किताबें और खिलोने खुशियों का हिस्सा खाने और सोने की न कोई चिंता न कोइ डर बचपन जिवन का अनमोल सा किस्सा  जिसका हर पल सुनेहरा सा हिस्सा सबका बचपन न होता है खुशहाल खाने को तरस जातें है बच्चे हज़ार माँ बाप न हो अगर…

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My parents and I moved to a town in Kerala called Ottapalam, then a panchayat, in 1975. My siblings were away, my father retired, and for the want of anything to do, he marked a little badminton court outside our house, and thus began my journey with badminton. But this is not my story, but that of my town, my…

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It was early November, and the clock struck one. A huge group of children made a beeline to the lunch hall for their Mid Day Meals – a bunch of happy, excited faces. I waited patiently. In another hour’s time, I was to be served the same meal for my lunch. The first morsel, and I knew something was ‘wrong’…

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Rosaline Bankira, daughter of Syam Sunder Bankira and Moti Bankira, is currently a student of the sixth standard. She lives with her family in the Patrasahi village of Ranipokri GP, Kaptipada Block, Mayurbanj district, Odisha. Rosaline had dropped out if school and was engaged in cattle rearing and other household chores. When she used to take the cattle out for…

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Perhaps nothing can be more fulfilling than to have a girl’s presence in your life and if she comes in the form of a daughter, it is picture perfect.  Now what comes along with it is the trickier part. The journey which the newborn girl undertakes getting conditioned by her parents, family, society are what have a long term bearing…

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“I was born bare skinned,  When I was 3, I had clothes, and dreamt for ‘toys’, I turned 10 and I had book in hands, wished for ‘Bat and Ball’, On my 15th b’day, I had family, friends, and wanted ‘love’, At the age of 18, I had vigor, love, time, but dreamt for ‘money’. I crossed 20 with big…

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