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PINK CONNE ION Volume 5 Issue 1 Aug-Oct ‘18

‘My cancer happened for a reason’ Mumbai diva, Devieka Bhojwani

Rediscovering Kolhapur

Jo Chopra McGowan Being a mother to special children


BEHIND The Scenes

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When I see our generation obsessed with diets, exercise, health and longevity, I dream of the simpler times our grandparents lived in. A generation that mostly ate homecooked meals, as restaurants were few and far, even in big cities like Hyderabad. They used to walk miles by foot in the absence of fancy cars and best of all, they used to have a good night’s sleep without distractions of television, mobile or social media. They didn’t obsess about their fitness or whether they ate too much, yet they lived long and stayed healthy. We are a generation that worries about staying healthy, yet I hear of people coming down with serious, life-threatening diseases. God does not play dice with the universe, Einstein, the scientist-philosopher had written but with so many people in my own circle taking ill or passing on suddenly, I wonder, if indeed he does. Or, whether it’s our life now that is riddled with many complexities and stress (that ubiquitous word we use for everything) or is it because of the environment we have pillaged that is triggering these dreadful ailments. What sort of world are we leaving our children I wonder? The weather is no longer what it used to be, the snow-capped mountains and glaciers are melting at a faster rate than we can imagine, the rivers and water bodies are drying up, and forest covers are disappearing. There is a heavy usage of pesticides on the crops, so what we eat is laden with chemicals. We may think eating greens and carrots is going to keep us healthy, when, in fact, the chemicals entering the blood stream are doing more harm than good. There is no use blaming god for the randomness of our lives, when it seems we are digging our own graves. Literally. One friend, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, wrote to me that she is now living a healthier life than ever, drinking organic milk and eating organically grown vegetables, indulging in pranayama and meditation. Maybe, it has come too late for her.

Ratna Rao Shekar

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EDITOR Ratna Rao Shekar

SURVIVING CANCER Devieka Bhojwani believed she was guided by an angel during her ‹ŠĴ•Žȹ ’Â?Â‘ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›ÇŻČą Â?ČąÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜ČąÂ•ÂŽÂ?ȹ‘Ž›ȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?’œŒ˜Â&#x;Ž›ȹŠȹ‘’Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ™ÂžÂ›Â™Â˜ÂœÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ȹ‘Ž•™’—Â?Čą ž—Â?Ž›™›’Â&#x;’•ŽÂ?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›ČąÂ™ÂŠÂ?’Ž—Â?ÂœČą

CONTRIBUTORS Minal Khona Anil Mulchandani

MAKING A DIFFERENCE Â‘Â’ÂœČąÂ’ÂœČąÂ˘ÂŽÂ?ČąÂŠÂ—Â˜Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ’Â—ÂœÂ™Â’Â›Â’Â—Â?ČąÂœÂ?Â˜Â›Â˘ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂŠČąÂ–Â˜Â?‘Ž›ȯ Â˜ČąÂ‘Â˜Â™Â›ÂŠČąÂŒ Â˜Â ÂŠÂ—ČŻ Â Â‘Â˜ČąÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂžÂ™ČąÂŠČąÂŒÂŽÂ—Â?›Žȹ’—ȹŽ‘›ŠÂ?ž—ȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ•Â™ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ?ŠžÂ?‘Â?Ž›ȹŠ—Â?ČąÂ˜Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘Čą challenged children

PUBLISHED BY Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation

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HERITAGE ÂŽÂ ČąÂ›ÂŽÂŠÂ•Â’ÂœÂŽČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ČąÂ’Â—ČąŠ‘Š›Šœ‘Â?Â›ÂŠČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂ–ÂŠÂ—Â˘ČąÂ•Â’Ä´Â•ÂŽČŹÂ”Â—Â˜Â Â—ČąÂœÂ’Â?ÂŽÂœČą Â?‘ŠÂ?ȹŠ›ŽȹÂ?›Ž—Œ‘ŽÂ?ČąÂ’Â—ČąÂ‘Â’ÂœÂ?Â˜Â›Â˘ÇŻČą Â?ČąÂ˜Â—Â•Â˘ČąÂ–Â˜Â›ÂŽČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ČąÂ‹ÂŽČąÂ?Â˜Â—ÂŽČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂŠÄ´Â›ÂŠÂŒÂ?ČąÂ?˜ž›’œÂ?ÂœČą to this unsung city

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MY VIEW Â—ČąÂ‘Â’ÂœČąÂŒÂ˜Â•ÂžÂ–Â—Ç°Čą›ȹČąŠÂ?‘žȹŠ–ȹÂ?Â’ÂœÂŒÂžÂœÂœÂŽÂœČąÂŠČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â“ÂŽÂŒÂ?ČąÂŒÂ•Â˜ÂœÂŽČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ‘Â’ÂœČąÂ‘ÂŽÂŠÂ›Â?ČŻÂ?‘Žȹ ž™•’Â?Â?–Ž—Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ȹŠȹÂ&#x;’••ŠÂ?ÂŽČŻÂ‘Â’ÂœČąÂ?ÂŠÂ–Â’Â•Â˘ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂŠÂ?˜™Â?ÂŽÂ?ȹ’—ȹÂŽÂ?Š”ȹÂ?Â’ÂœÂ?›’ŒÂ?

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UBF DIARY ČąÂ›Â˜ÂžÂ—Â?ČąÂžÂ™ČąÂ˜Â?ȹŽÂ&#x;Ž—Â?ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ—ÂŽÂ ÂœČąÂ’Â—ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ Â˜Â›Â•Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ‹Â›ÂŽÂŠÂœÂ?ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ȹŠÂ?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation

DESIGN Malvika Mehra

PRINTED AT Kala Jyothi Process Pvt. Ltd. 1-1-60/5, RTC Cross Roads Musheerabad Hyderabad - 500 020 KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Minister Road Secunderabad - 500 003 Tel: 040-44885190 / 040-44885191 Website: www.ubf.org.in Â‘Ä´Â™ÂœÇąČŚČŚÂ Â Â ÇŻÂ?ÂŠÂŒÂŽÂ‹Â˜Â˜Â”ÇŻÂŒÂ˜Â–ČŚ ubfoundation


SURVIVING CANCER

“I believe in angels� Devieka Bhojwani When Devieka Bhojwani, a celebrity in Mumbai, was told she had breast cancer, she decided to view the cancer as a means to a higher purpose. And, after her recovery, went on to establish a non-profit organisation to support economically disadvantaged women suffering from cancer. Minal Khona catches up with this multi-faceted achiever

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Â˜Â–ÂŽČąÂ™ÂŽÂ˜Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂŠÂ›ÂŽČąÂ‹Â˜Â›Â—ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ•ÂŽÂŠÂ?Čą a charmed life. Till she was diagnosed with a virulent form of breast cancer, Devieka Bhojwani had it all. A loving husband whom she refers to as her soulmate, two kids, a career in theatre as an actress and a singer; and her own successful event –Š—ŠÂ?Ž–Ž—Â?ČąÂŒÂ˜Â–Â™ÂŠÂ—Â˘ÇŻČąÂŽÂ&#x;Â’ÂŽÂ”ÂŠČąÂ’ÂœČą the daughter of the late Usha Khanna, Â Â‘Â˜ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?ČąÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂžÂ™ČąÂ˜Â—ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂžÂ–Â‹ÂŠÂ’Č‚ÂœČą Â’ÂŒÂ˜Â—Â’ÂŒČąÂŒÂŠÂ?ÂˇÂœČŻŠ–˜Â&#x;Š›ȯat the

Ž‘Š—Â?’›ȹ›Â?Čą Š••Ž›¢ǯȹÂŽÂ&#x;Â’ÂŽÂ”ÂŠČ‚ÂœČąÂœÂ’ÂœÂ?Ž›ȹ

is the noted editor and columnist, Malavika Sanghvi. Shortly after celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary in May, ÂŽÂ&#x;Â’ÂŽÂ”ÂŠČ‚ÂœČąÂ•Â’Â?ÂŽČąÂŒÂ‘ÂŠÂ—Â?ÂŽÂ?ÇŻČą —ȹ ÂžÂ—ÂŽČąĹ˜Ĺ–Ĺ–Ĺ–Ç°Čą ÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂŠÂŒÂŒÂ˜Â–Â™ÂŠÂ—Â’ÂŽÂ?ȹ‘Ž›ȹÂ?ŠžÂ?‘Â?Ž›ȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ?‘Žȹ medical tests she had to do to study Š‹›˜ŠÂ?ÇŻČąČƒ ČąÂ?Â˜Â—Č‚Â?ČąÂ”Â—Â˜Â ČąÂ Â‘ÂŠÂ?ȹ–ŠÂ?ÂŽČą me get my tests done too,â€? recalls Devieka. She says, “I was healthy and had never been sick; but like most women leading a busy life, at 47, I had let myself go a bit, and had

gained some weight too. In the routine sonogram, the doctor found a dark ™ŠÂ?ÂŒÂ‘ČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂ˜Â—ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ–Â˘ČąÂ˜Â&#x;ÂŠÂ›Â’ÂŽÂœÇŻČą Â?ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂŠČą dermoid, a benign cyst that sometimes Â?ÂŽÂ&#x;ÂŽÂ•Â˜Â™ÂœČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ˜Â&#x;ÂŠÂ›Â’ÂŽÂœÇŻČąÂ?Â?Ž›ȹÂ?‘Žȹ blood test and the mammogram, I was asked to wait till the doctor checked Â?‘Žȹȏ›Š¢ȹ™•ŠÂ?ÂŽÂœÇŻČą‘Žȹ‘ŠÂ?ČąÂœÂ™Â˜Ä´ÂŽÂ?ȹŠȹÂ?Ž ȹ Â–Â’ÂŒÂ›Â˜ÂœÂŒÂ˜Â™Â’ÂŒČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ”ÂœČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂ?‘ŽȹČŹÂ›ÂŠÂ˘ČąÂ˜Â?Čą –¢ȹ›’Â?‘Â?ČąÂ‹Â›ÂŽÂŠÂœÂ?ȹŠ—Â?ȹ Š—Â?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ›ÂŽÂ™ÂŽÂŠÂ?Čą the mammogram. On the second mammogramÇ°ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ™Â’ÂŒÂ”ÂŽÂ?ČąÂžÂ™ČąÂŠČąÂ–Â’ÂŒÂ›Â˜ČŹ ŒŠ•Œ’ęŒŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂ–Â˘ČąÂ›Â’Â?‘Â?ČąÂ‹Â›ÂŽÂŠÂœÂ?Čą

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ÇťÂŠČąÂŒÂ•ÂžÂœÂ?ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?’—¢ȹ ‘’Â?ÂŽČąÂœÂ™Â˜Â?ÂœÇźÇŻČą‘Žȹ ÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ”ÂœČąÂ ÂŽÂ›ÂŽČąÂœÂŽÂŽÂ—ČąÂŒÂ•Â˜ÂœÂŽČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂŽÂŠÂŒÂ‘Čą ˜Â?‘Ž›ȹ‹žÂ?ČąÂŒÂ˜Â—Ä™Â—ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ’Â—ČąÂŠČąÂœÂ–ÂŠÂ•Â•Čą area. I was advised to have it investigated further.â€? By now, Devieka was nervous. She broke the news to her husband Suresh and called her gynaecologist. ‘Žȹ Ž—Â?ČąÂ?‘›˜žÂ?‘ȹÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ›ÂŽÂ™Â˜Â›Â?ÂœÇ°ČąÂŠÂ—Â?Čą suggested they consult an oncologist. ČƒÂŽČąÂŠÂŒÂ?ÂžÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘ČąÂŠÂœÂ”ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›Ç°ČąČ Â‘Â˜Č‚ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Čą ˜—Œ˜•˜Â?Â’ÂœÂ?ǾȂȹÂ‘ÂŽÂ—ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂœÂŠÂ’Â?Ç°ČąČ ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›Čą œ™ŽŒ’Š•’œÂ?Ç°Č‚ČąÂ˜ÂžÂ›ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂŠÂ›Â?ÂœČąÂœÂŠÂ—Â”ÇŻČąÂ˜Â›ČąÂ?‘Žȹ ꛜÂ?ČąÂ?Â’Â–ÂŽÇ°ČąÂœÂ˜Â–ÂŽÂ‹Â˜Â?¢ȹ‘ŠÂ?ČąÂžÂœÂŽÂ?Čą the dreaded C-word and we were stunned! I was healthy with no ÂœÂ˘Â–Â™Â?Â˜Â–ÂœÇŻČą ȹ‘ŠÂ?ČąÂ–Â˘ČąÂ‹ÂŠÂ‹Â’ÂŽÂœČąÂŠÂ?ČąÂŠČąÂ˘Â˜ÂžÂ—Â?Čą age, breastfed both for a year, so what was all this about cancer? Suddenly, ČąÂŒÂ˜ÂžÂ•Â?—ȂÂ?ȹ‹›ŽŠÂ?Â‘ÂŽÇ°Č„ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ›ÂŽÂŒÂŠÂ•Â•ÂœÇŻČą Her gynaecologist recommended ›ȹ›ŠÂ?ž•ȹÂŽÂœÂŠÂ’ÇŻČąČƒ ȹ™›Š¢ŽÂ?ȹ•’”Žȹ—ŽÂ&#x;Ž›ȹ before, gave myself Reiki, and went  ’Â?‘ȹŠȹÂ&#x;ÂŽÂ›Â˘ČąÂ™Â˜ÂœÂ’Â?Â’Â&#x;Žȹ–’—Â?ČŹÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜Čą meet the doctor. Though, we were trying hard to be brave, we were scared,â€? she remembers. Dr Desai examined her thoroughly, studied her mammograms, and told her that ÂŠČąÂ–Â’ÂŒÂ›Â˜ČŹÂŒÂŠÂ•ÂŒÂ’Ä™ÂŒÂŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ČąÂŒÂ˜ÂžÂ•Â?ȹ‹ŽȹÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÄ™Â›ÂœÂ?Čą stages of a tumour. He advised her to have it removed to ensure that it  ˜ž•Â?ČąÂ—Â˜Â?ČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂœÂ™Â›ÂŽÂŠÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?‘Žȹ surrounding areas.

results and it was quite harrowing. Â˘ČąÂ–Â˜Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂŠÂŒÂŒÂ˜Â–Â™ÂŠÂ—Â’ÂŽÂ?ȹ–ŽȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?‘Žȹ ‘˜œ™’Â?ÂŠÂ•ČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂŠÂ•Â•ČąÂ–Â˘ČąÂ&#x;’œ’Â?ÂœÇŻČą‘Žȹ‘ŠÂ?ȹŠȹ Â™Â›Â˜Â‹Â•ÂŽÂ–ČąÂ Â’Â?Â‘ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ”Â—ÂŽÂŽÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?Čą lean on me while walking into the hos™’Â?Š•ǯȹ ČąÂ Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?ČąÂ ÂŠÂ•Â”ČąÂ›ÂŠÂ–Â›Â˜Â?ČąÂœÂ?›Š’Â?‘Â?Čą  ’Â?‘ȹ–¢ȹ‹ŠÂ?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ›ÂŽÂ™Â˜Â›Â?ÂœÇ°ČąÂŠÂœČąÂ’Â?Čą ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČą ‘Ž•™’—Â?ȹ‘Ž›ǯȹÂ˜Ç°ČąÂŽÂ&#x;ÂŽÂ›Â˘Â˜Â—ÂŽČąÂ™Â›ÂŽÂœÂžÂ–ÂŽÂ?Čą I was bringing her to the doctor. It ‘Ž•™ŽÂ?ČąÂ‹ÂŽÂŒÂŠÂžÂœÂŽČą ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ“ÂžÂœÂ?ČąÂ—Â˜Â?ȹ›ŽŠÂ?¢ȹÂ?Â˜Čą face any questions.â€? A far cry from the ÂŽÂ&#x;Â’ÂŽÂ”ÂŠČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?˜Â?ÂŠÂ˘Ç°ČąÂ Â‘Â˜ČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŠÂ”ÂœČąÂŠÂ?ȹŽÂ?Čą Â?ÂŠÂ•Â”ÂœČąÂŠÂ‹Â˜ÂžÂ?ȹ‘Ž›ȹ‹ŠĴ•Žȹ ’Â?Â‘ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›ÇŻČą After a week, t‘Žȹ™ŠÂ?‘˜•˜Â?Â’ÂœÂ?ČąÂ?˜•Â?ȹ‘Ž›ȹ that the tests had shown a malignancy. She was devastated. Her mother was shaken too. She was detected with Interductal Carcinoma; the malignancy was at an early stage where it was ÂœÂ?Â’Â•Â•ČąÂŒÂ˜Â—Ä™Â—ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?žŒÂ?ÂŠÂ•ČąÂŠÂ›ÂŽÂŠÂœÇ°ČąÂ‹ÂžÂ?Čą Â’Â?ČąÂŒÂ˜ÂžÂ•Â?ȹ‘ŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂœÂ™Â›ÂŽÂŠÂ?ČąÂ?ŠœÂ?ÇŻČą Â?ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂŠČą high-grade cancer, which was luckily caught early and removed with great Â™Â›ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂœÂ’Â˜Â—ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ‘Â˜Â™ÂŽÂ?ÂžÂ•Â•Â˘Ç°ČąÂŒÂ˜Â–Â™Â•ÂŽÂ?Ž•¢ǯ

‘ŽȹÂ?˜ŒÂ?Â˜Â›ÂœČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?ČąÂ™Â›ÂŽÂœÂŒÂ›Â’Â‹ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â Â˜Čą –˜—Â?Â‘ÂœČąÂ˜Â?ȹ›ŠÂ?’ŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÇŻČą’Ĵ’—Â?ȹŠÂ?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ ‘˜œ™’Â?Š•ȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ?Â Â˜ČąÂ Â‘Â˜Â•ÂŽČąÂ–Â˜Â—Â?Â‘ÂœÇ°Čą waiting for her turn at the radiation centre, gave her a chance to interact with children, men and women of all ŠÂ?ÂŽÂœČąÄ™Â?‘Â?’—Â?ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›ÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ’Â—ÂœÂ™Â’Â›ÂŽÂ?Čą by their courage. Devieka however continued with her regular routine. She says, “While Â?‘Žȹ›ŠÂ?’ŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ÂŠÂ™Â˘ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ˜Â—Ç°Čą ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČą still going out as usual. I also had ÂŠÂ—ČąÂ’Â–Â™Â˜Â›Â?Š—Â?ȹŽÂ&#x;Ž—Â?ȹ ‘Ž›ŽȹŠ‘Š›Š—’ȹ Gayatri Devi was going to be honoured.â€? But, the radiation took a Â?Â˜Â•Â•ČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂœÂ’Â?ÂŽČŹÂŽÄ›ÂŽÂŒÂ?ÂœČąÂ•ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜Čą memory loss and weight gain. She reminiscÂŽÂœÇ°ČąČƒ Č‚Â?ȹ–ŽŽÂ?ČąÂŒÂ•Â˜ÂœÂŽČąÂ?›’Ž—Â?ÂœČą Š—Â?ČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂŠČąÂ–Â’Â—ÂžÂ?ÂŽČąÂ˜Â›ČąÂœÂ˜Ç°Čą ČąÂ Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?—ȂÂ?Čą be able to recall who they were. Â˘ČąÂ‘ÂžÂœÂ‹ÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ”Â—ÂŽÂ ČąÂŠÂ‹Â˜ÂžÂ?ȹ’Â?ČąÂœÂ˜ČąÂ‘ÂŽČ‚Â?Čą ÂœÂŠÂ˘Ç°ČąČ ÂŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂ˘Â˜ÂžČąÂœÂŠÂ’Â?ȹ‘’ȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂœÂ˜ČŹÂŠÂ—Â?ČŹÂœÂ˜Č‚Čą naming them and I would get it and start talking.â€? Today, her memory is Š•–˜œÂ?ČąÂŒÂ˜Â–Â™Â•ÂŽÂ?ÂŽÂ•Â˘ČąÂ‹ÂŠÂŒÂ”ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?ŽĴ’—Â?Čą ‹ŽĴŽ›ǯȹÂœČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ?‘Žȹ Ž’Â?‘Â?ČąÂ?ÂŠÂ’Â—Ç°ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČą walks and exercises regularly but she reckons, “At 65, I am a few kilos overweight but I think it is okay.â€?

ČąÂ•ÂžÂ–Â™ÂŽÂŒÂ?Â˜Â–Â˘ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ™ÂŽÂ›Â?˜›–ŽÂ?ČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›Čą right breast, where only the cancerous area was removed. She reminisces, “I had to wait for a week for the

Devieka relied on alternative modes of ‘ŽŠ•’—Â?ČąÂŠÂ•Â˜Â—Â?ȹ ’Â?‘ȹ›ŠÂ?’ŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ČąÂ?‘Ž›Š™¢ȹ Š—Â?ČąÂ?›žÂ?ÂœČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?Š”ŽȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÄ™Â&#x;ÂŽČą Â˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ÂœÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜ČąÂ™Â›ÂŠÂŒÂ?’ŒŽÂ?ČąÂ&#x;’œžŠ•’œŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—Čą and meditation techniques she had •ŽŠ›—Â?ȹŠÂ?Čą›ȹŽŽ™ŠȹÂ‘Â˜Â™Â›ÂŠČ‚ÂœČąÂ Â˜Â›Â”ÂœÂ‘Â˜Â™Čą a decade ago. She says, “I know it is ‘Š›Â?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?ÂŽÂŽÂ•ČąÂ™Â˜ÂœÂ’Â?Â’Â&#x;ÂŽČąÂŠÂ‹Â˜ÂžÂ?ȹ ‘ŠÂ?ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—Čą ™˜Â?Ž—Â?’Š••¢ȹ‹ŽȹŠ—ȹŠÂ?Ž—Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?ŽŠÂ?‘ǰȹ‹žÂ?Čą it is this catalyst that takes you closer Â?Â˜ČąÂ?‘Žȹ™’›’Â?Ç°ČąÂ?ž’Â?ÂŽÂœČąÂ˘Â˜ÂžČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ›ÂŽÂŒÂ˜Â&#x;Ž›¢ȹ ÂŽÂ&#x;ÂŽÂ›Â˘ČąÂœÂ?ÂŽÂ™ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ Š¢ȹŠ—d I do feel very, very blessed.â€?

Actress Rekha with Devieka at a breast cancer awareness event

Devieka Bhojwani with Shabana Azmi, Dr Bhaskar Rao, MD & CEO, KIMS and other guests inaugurating Pink Ribbon Evening 2009 organised by Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation

Devieka genuinely believed at that Â?’–ŽȹÂ?‘ŠÂ?ČąÂŠČąČ Â‘Â’Â?‘Ž›ȹ‹Ž’—Â?Č‚ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ?Š”’—Â?Čą care of her and she would survive this ordeal. She says, “I began to believe ’—ȹŠ—Â?ÂŽÂ•ÂœÇ°ČąÂŠÂœČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ•Â™ČąÂ Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?ČąÂŒÂ˜Â–ÂŽČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â–Čą Â?Â›Â˜Â–ČąÂ?’쎛Ž—Â?ČąÂœÂ˜ÂžÂ›ÂŒÂŽÂœÇŻČą›ȹÂ‘Â˜Â™Â›ÂŠČą gave me some healing mantras to chant. A client asked me to organise ÂŠČąÂ™Â›ÂŽÂœÂœČąÂŒÂ˜Â—Â?ÂŽÂ›ÂŽÂ—ÂŒÂŽČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂŠČąÂ‘Â˜Â–Â˜ÂŽÂ˜Â™ÂŠÂ?‘ȹ

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Â Â‘Â˜ČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•Â’ÂœÂŽÂ?ȹ’—ȹ™›ŽÂ&#x;Ž—Â?’—Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ recurrence of cancer. My assistant Aruna guided me towards content online from where I got medicines to increase my immunity.â€? Anju Venkat, a nutritionist, gave her Â?ÂŽÂ?Â˜ÂĄČąÂ?Â’ÂŽÂ?ÂœČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ—ÂŽÂ?ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂœÂ’Â?ÂŽČŹÂŽÄ›ÂŽÂŒÂ?ÂœČą of radiation. Every morning, she would eat a kilo of fruit along with wheatgrass juice. Thrice a day, she had juice that was a combination of Œ˜›’Š—Â?Ž›ȹ•ŽŠÂ&#x;ÂŽÂœČąÂœÂ™Â’Â”ÂŽÂ?ȹ ’Â?Â‘ČąÂ•ÂŽÂ–Â˜Â—Čą and ginger. At noon, she had a big Â?Â•ÂŠÂœÂœČąÂ˜Â?ȹ›ŽÂ?ÂœČŻÂ?˜–ŠÂ?Â˜Ç°ČąÂ‹ÂŽÂŽÂ?›˜˜Â?ȹŠ—Â?Čą carrot juice. In the evening, it was Â“ÂžÂ’ÂŒÂŽČąÂ–ÂŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?Â›ÂŽÂŽÂ—ÂœČŻÂŒÂžÂŒÂžÂ–Â‹ÂŽÂ›Ç°Čą doodhi, amla and aloe vera etc., which –’—’–’œŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂœÂ’Â?ÂŽČŹÂŽÄ›ÂŽÂŒÂ?ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?ŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČą her a glowing skin. Devieka was worried however that Â—ÂŽÂ ÂœČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›ČąÂ Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?ČąÂœÂ™Â›ÂŽÂŠÂ?ÇŻČą‘Žȹ Â ÂŠÂœÂ—Č‚Â?ČąÂœÂžÂ›ÂŽČąÂ‘Â˜Â ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?ȹ‘Š—Â?•Žȹ all the cur’˜œ’Â?¢ȹŠ—Â?ȹŠĴŽ—Â?Â’Â˜Â—ÇŻČąžÂ?Ç°Čą Â?Žœ™’Â?ÂŽČąÂŠÂ•Â•ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂŽÄ›Â˜Â›Â?ÂœČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ‘Â’Â?ÂŽČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?ŠŒÂ?Čą Â?‘ŠÂ?ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?ČąÂ‹Â›ÂŽÂŠÂœÂ?ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›Ç°ČąÂ™ÂŽÂ˜Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂ?˜Â?Čą to know. She reveals, “Jaya Bachchan, who is a close friend, called me to ask if I was alright. Jaya and I have been Â?›’Ž—Â?ÂœČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąĹ˜Ĺ–ČąÂ˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ÂœÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ™Â›ÂŽÂœÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂ˜Â—Čą and asked me to tell her the truth. ‘ŠÂ?Č‚ÂœČąÂ Â‘ÂŽÂ—Čą ČąÂ›ÂŽÂŠÂ•Â’ÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂŠÂ•Â›ÂŽÂŠÂ?¢ȹ knew. She revealed that the designer Â?ÂžÂ˜Čą‹žȹ Š—’ȹŠ—Â?ČąŠ—Â?ŽŽ™ȹ Â‘Â˜ÂœÂ•ÂŠČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?Čą ÂœÂŽÂŽÂ—ČąÂ–ÂŽČąÂŠÂ?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ˜Â—ÂŒÂ˜Â•Â˜Â?Â’ÂœÂ?Č‚ÂœČąÂŒÂ•Â’Â—Â’ÂŒČąÂŠÂ—Â?Čą told her about it because they knew we were good friends. Strangely, it was a relief, to be able to talk about it with someone close.â€? Â‘ÂŽČąÂŠÂŒÂ?Â›ÂŽÂœÂœČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂ‹ÂŽÂŽÂ—ČąÂŠÂ—ČąÂ’Â—ÂœÂ™Â’Â›ÂŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—Čą to her. She says, “Jaya has handled every crisis in her life and not let Â?‘Žȹ‹ŠÂ?ČąÂ?Â’Â–ÂŽÂœČąÂŠÄ›ÂŽÂŒÂ?ȹ‘Ž›ǯȹÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂŠČą œž™™˜›Â?ČąÂœÂ˘ÂœÂ?Ž–ȹŠ—Â?Čą ČąÂ?Â˜Â—Č‚Â?ČąÂ?Â‘Â’Â—Â”ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČą Â”Â—Â˜Â ÂœČąÂ‘Â˜Â ČąÂ’Â–Â™Â˜Â›Â?Š—Â?ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ–Â˘Čą ›ŽŒ˜Â&#x;Ž›¢ǯȄȹÂŽÂ&#x;Â’ÂŽÂ”ÂŠČ‚ÂœČąÂœÂ’ÂœÂ?Ž›ȹŠ•ŠÂ&#x;’”Šȹ ÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ•Â™ÂŽÂ?ÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ?‘Ž›ŽȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›Čą ‹žÂ?ČąÂ?Â’Â?ČąÂ—Â˜Â?ČąÂœÂ‘Â˜Â ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ Â’Â?‘ȹ™’Â?¢ǯȹ Ž›ȹ Â’Â—ČŹÂ•ÂŠÂ ÂœČąÂ?Â˜Â˜ČąÂ?ŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂœÂ™ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?ŽŠ•ȹ with the disease in her own way. “But, my husband and kids were my Â?›ŽŠÂ?ÂŽÂœÂ?ČąÂœÂžÂ™Â™Â˜Â›Â?ČŻ ȹ—ŽÂ&#x;Ž›ȹÂ?Ž•Â?Čą ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÄ™Â?‘Â?’—Â?ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›ČąÂŠÂ•Â˜Â—ÂŽČąÂ‹ÂŽÂŒÂŠÂžÂœÂŽČą of them,â€? she says. Today, Devieka believes the cancer ‘ŠÂ?ȹ‘Š™™Ž—ŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂŠČąÂ‘Â’Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ™ÂžÂ›Â™Â˜ÂœÂŽÇŻČą ‘ŠÂ?ČąÂ™ÂžÂ›Â™Â˜ÂœÂŽČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ›ÂŽÂ&#x;ŽŠ•ŽÂ?ČąÂ Â‘ÂŽÂ—ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČą

Her support system: Devieka with her husband Suresh and kids, Karan and Ruchika œŽÂ?ȹž™ȹÂ?‘ŽȹÂ˜Â–ÂŽÂ—Č‚ÂœČąÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›Čą —’Â?’ŠÂ?Â’Â&#x;ÂŽČą  ’Â?‘ȹŠÂ?ŠȹÂŽÂ–Â˜Â›Â’ÂŠÂ•Čą ˜œ™’Â?Š•ǯȹ‘Žȹ ÂŽÂĄÂ™Â•ÂŠÂ’Â—ÂœÇ°ČąČƒ¢ȹ›ŠÂ?’˜•˜Â?Â’ÂœÂ?Ç°ČąÂ?‘Žȹ•ŠÂ?ÂŽČą Dr Ketayun Dinshaw suggested that when I got stronger, I should create awareness about breast cancer and Â?ÂŠÂ•Â”ČąÂŠÂ‹Â˜ÂžÂ?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ’Â–Â™Â˜Â›Â?ÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?ŽĴ’—Â?Čą mammograms done after 35.â€?

I know it is hard to feel positive about what can potentially be an agent of death, but it is this catalyst that takes you closer to the Spirit, guides you to recovery every step of the way and I do feel very, very blessed ‘ŠÂ?ČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â–Â™Â?ed her to start the Â˜Â–ÂŽÂ—Č‚ÂœČąÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›Čą —’Â?’ŠÂ?Â’Â&#x;ÂŽČŻŠÂ?Šȹ ÂŽÂ–Â˜Â›Â’ÂŠÂ•Čą ˜œ™’Â?Š•ȹǝ•ȏ ǟǰȹ Â’Â—ČąĹ˜Ĺ–Ĺ–Ĺ™Ç°ČąÂŠÂœČąÂŠČąÂ™ÂŠÂ›Â?Â—ÂŽÂ›ÂœÂ‘Â’Â™ČąÂ‹ÂŽÂ? ŽŽ—ȹ Devieka and TMH. It is a not-for™›˜ęÂ?Čą ȹ•ŽÂ?ȹ‹¢ȹÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?’›ŽŒÂ?Â˜Â›Ç°ČąŠÂ?Šȹ Memorial Centre, Dr RA Badwe, ÂŽÂ&#x;’Ž”ŠȹÂ‘Â˜Â“Â ÂŠÂ—Â’ČąÂŠÂ—Â?Čą›ȹžÂ?ŽŽ™ȹ ž™Â?ÂŠČąÂŠÂ•Â˜Â—Â?ȹ ’Â?Â‘ČąÂ˜Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›Čą Â™Â‘Â˘ÂœÂ’ÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ—ÂœÇ°ČąÂœÂžÂ›Â?ÂŽÂ˜Â—ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ&#x;˜•ž—Â?ÂŽÂŽÂ›ÂœÇŻ ‘Žȹ ČŹ Č‚ÂœČąÂŒÂ˜Â›ÂŽČąÂŠÂŒÂ?Â’Â&#x;Â’Â?¢ȹ Â’ÂœČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â&#x;Â’Â?Žȹ–ŠÂ?Ž›’Š•ȹŠ—Â?Čą emotional su™™˜›Â?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂŽÂŒÂ˜Â—Â˜Â–Â’ÂŒÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘Čą

disadvantaged women diagnosed with breast and gynaecological cancers. Â&#x;ÂŽÂ›ČąĹ™Ç°Ĺ–Ĺ–Ĺ–ČąÂ Â˜Â–ÂŽÂ—ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂ›ÂŽÂŒÂŽÂ’Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?ȹ‘Ž•™ǯȹ ‘Žȹ ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂŠČąÂœÂ˘ÂœÂ?ÂŽÂ–ČąÂ’Â—ČąÂ™Â•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ Â‘ÂŽÂ›ÂŽČą social workers examine each case carefully and they decide on treatment ™›˜Â?Â˜ÂŒÂ˜Â•ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ Â‘Â˜ČąÂœÂ‘Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?ȹ‹ŽȹÂ?Â’Â&#x;Ž—ȹŠ’Â?Ç°Čą ÂœÂ’Â—ÂŒÂŽČąÂ–ÂŠÂ—Â˘ČąÂ™ÂŠÂ?’Ž—Â?ÂœČąÂŠÂ›ÂŽČąÂŠÂ‹ÂŠÂ—Â?˜—ŽÂ?ȹ‹¢ȹ their families due to lack of funds. She says, “Along with Elle magazine, we hold a carnival in three cities and  Žȹ‘ŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂ?Â’ÂŽČŹÂžÂ™ÂœČąÂ Â’Â?Â‘ČąÂ˜Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂŒÂ˜Â›Â™Â˜Â›ÂŠÂ?ÂŽÂœÇŻČą ÂŽÂ˜Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ&#x;Žȹ‹ŽŽ—ȹÂ&#x;Ž›¢ȹÂ?ÂŽÂ—ÂŽÂ›Â˜ÂžÂœÇŻČą We organise the Annual WCI-TMH Breast and Gynaecological Cancer ˜—Â?ÂŽÂ›ÂŽÂ—ÂŒÂŽČąÂ’Â—ČąÂŒÂ?Â˜Â‹ÂŽÂ›Ç°ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â–Â’Â—ÂŽÂ—Â?Čą oncologists from India and abroad deliberate on a focussed theme in each conference.â€? There is also a yearly œž›Â&#x;Â’Â&#x;Â˜Â›ČąÂ–ÂŽÂŽÂ?ȹŠĴŽ—Â?ÂŽÂ?ȹ‹¢ȹřŖȏŚŖȹ survivors from Mumbai. Devieka Â?Â’Â&#x;ÂŽÂœČąÂ?ÂŠÂ•Â”ÂœČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ’Â–Â™Â˜Â›Â?ÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽČąÂ˜Â?Čą frequent breast examinations from the ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąĹ˜Ĺ›ČąÂŠÂ?ČąÂŒÂ˜Â•Â•ÂŽÂ?ÂŽÂœÇ°ČąÂŒÂ˜Â›Â™Â˜Â›ÂŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ˜ÄœÂŒÂŽÂœÇ°Čą Â?Â’Â›Â•ÂœČ‚ČąÂ‘Â˜ÂœÂ?ÂŽÂ•ÂœČąÂŽÂ?ÂŒÇŻČą Finally, this cancer survivor says Š‹˜žÂ?ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂŽÂĄÂ™ÂŽÂ›Â’ÂŽÂ—ÂŒÂŽÇąČąČƒ Â?ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂ‹ÂŽÂŽÂ—ČąÂŠČą Â&#x;Ž›¢ȹ›Ž Š›Â?’—Â?ČąÂ“Â˜ÂžÂ›Â—ÂŽÂ˘ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ‹ÂŽČąÂ™ÂŠÂ›Â?ČąÂ˜Â?Čą ÂŠČąÂœÂžÂ™Â™Â˜Â›Â?ČąÂ?Â›Â˜ÂžÂ™ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ•Â™ČąÂ˜Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ Â˜Â–ÂŽÂ—Čą œžěŽ›’—Â?ČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â–ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ›Ç°ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ›ÂŠÂ’ÂœÂŽČąÂ?ž—Â?ÂœČą Â?Â˜ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ•Â™ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽÂ–ČąÄ™Â—ÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘ÇŻČ„ ÂŽÂ&#x;Â’ÂŽÂ”ÂŠČąÂ’ÂœČąÂŠČąÂ™ÂŽÂ›Â?ÂŽÂŒÂ?ČąÂŽÂĄÂŠÂ–Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?Čą Â‘Â˜Â ČąÂ™Â˜ÂœÂ’Â?Â’Â&#x;ÂŽČąÂ?‘’—”’—Â?ČąÂŒÂŠÂ—ČąÂ–ÂŠÂ”ÂŽČąÂŠČą Â?Â’Ä›ÂŽÂ›ÂŽÂ—ÂŒÂŽÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜ČąÂœÂ‘Â˜Â Â—ČąÂ‘Â˜Â ČąÂ?Â˜Čą Â?ÂžÂ›Â—ČąÂŠČąÂŒÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂ–Â’Â?¢ȹ’—Â?Â˜ČąÂŠÂ—ČąÂ˜Â™Â™Â˜Â›Â?ž—’Â?¢ȹÂ?Â˜Čą do good.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Jo Chopra McGowan: When a special child shows the way

Jo Chopra McGowan, an American midwife runs a well-known school and centre for the specially-abled in Dehradun. This centre was founded because of Uma Moy Moy, her adopted daughter. At the age of six, Moy Moy had cerebral palsy and by 16, she had quadriplegia that had left her wheelchair-bound.

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Here is an inspiring story of a mother, who set up a centre to help her daughter and other specially challenged children around the country. And, in turn, learnt an important life lesson from her daughter’s vulnerability—that life rests on “shared humanity�—we are all vulnerable and need each other. Nivedita Choudhuri writes a heart-warming story of an indefatigable mother who refused to give up Photographs: Latika Roy Foundation

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Â‘ÂŽÂ›ÂŽČ‚ÂœČą Šȹ Â?Â›ÂŠÄœÂŒČą “Š–ȹ ˜Â?Čą œ˜›Â?ÂœČą Â˜Â—Čą Â˜Čą Â‘Â˜Â™Â›ÂŠČą ÂŒ Â˜Â ÂŠÂ—Č‚ÂœČą Â?›’Â&#x;Ž Š¢ǯȹžÂ?Ç°ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ÂŽČąÂŠÂ›ÂŽČąÂ—Â˜ČąÂ‘Â’ČŹÂ?ÂŽÂŒÂ‘Ç°ČąÂœÂ—ÂŠÂŁÂŁÂ˘ČąÂœÂ™Â˜Â›Â?ÂœČąÂŒÂŠÂ›ÂœČą or luxury automobiles in sight. Instead, there are three humble wheelchairs that her daughter uses to get around. —Â?Ç°Čą Â?Â˜Â›Čą Â?‘Žȹ ĹœĹ–ČŹÂ˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ČŹÂ˜Â•Â?Čą Â˜ČŻÂ‘ÂŽÂ›Čą Â?ŠžÂ?‘Â?Ž›ȹ Â˜Â˘Čą Â˜Â˘Čą Â’ÂœČą Â?‘Žȹ centre of her universe.

Â˜Čą ÂŽÂĄÂ™Â•ÂŠÂ’Â—ÂœČą  ‘ŠÂ?Čą Â–ÂŠÂ”ÂŽÂœČą Ĺ˜ĹžČŹÂ˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ČŹÂ˜Â•Â?Čą Â˜Â˘Čą Â˜Â˘Čą Â?‘Žȹ ™’Â&#x;˜Â?Čą ˜Â?Čą Â?‘Žȹ Â?Š–’•¢ǯȹ Čƒ‘Žȹ Â ÂŠÂœÂ—Č‚Â?Čą –ŽŠ—Â?Čą Â?Â˜Čą ‹Žȹ Œ˜—ŒŽ’Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?Ç°Čą ‹žÂ?Čą ÂœÂ‘ÂŽČą Â ÂŠÂœÇŻČą ‘Žȹ Â ÂŠÂœÂ—Č‚Â?Čą –ŽŠ—Â?Čą Â?Â˜Čą ‹Žȹ Â‹Â˜Â›Â—Ç°Čą ‹žÂ?Čą ÂœÂ‘ÂŽČą Â ÂŠÂœÇŻČą ‘Žȹ Â ÂŠÂœÂ—Č‚Â?Čą –ŽŠ—Â?Čą Â?Â˜Čą œž›Â&#x;Â’Â&#x;ÂŽÇ°Čą ‹žÂ?Čą ÂœÂ‘ÂŽČą Â?Â’Â?ÇŻČą ‘Žȹ Â ÂŠÂœÂ—Č‚Â?Čą –ŽŠ—Â?Čą Â?Â˜Čą ‹Žȹ Â˜ÂžÂ›Čą daughter, but she is most certainly our daughter,â€? says the Dehradun legend. —Â?ǰȹ ‘Ž—ȹÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?Š–’•¢ȹ—ŽŽÂ?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂŠČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•ČąÂœÂŒÂ‘Â˜Â˜Â•ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ÂŽČąÂ ÂŠÂœČą Â—Â˜Â—ÂŽČąÂ’Â—ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽÂ’Â›ČąÂŒÂ’Â?¢ǰȹÂ?Â‘ÂŽÂ˘ČąÂœÂ’Â–Â™Â•Â˘ČąÂ?ŽŒ’Â?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂœÂ?Š›Â?ČąÂ˜Â—ÂŽÇŻČąČƒ Â?ȹ—ŽÂ&#x;Ž›ȹ ˜ŒŒž››ŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂŠÂ—Â˘ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂžÂœČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?ČąÂœÂ?Š›Â?’—Â?ČąÂ˜Â—ÂŽČąÂ Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?ČąÂ‹ÂŽČąÂŠČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â‹Â•ÂŽÂ–ÇŻČą Â˜Â Ç°ČąÂ–Â˜Â›ÂŽČąÂ?‘Š—ȹÂ?Â Â˜ČąÂ?ŽŒŠÂ?ÂŽÂœČąÂ•ÂŠÂ?Ž›ǰȹÂ˜Â˘ČąÂ˜Â˘Č‚ÂœČąÂœÂŒÂ‘Â˜Â˜Â•ČąÂœÂŽÂ›Â&#x;ÂŽÂœČą hundreds of children from all over the country. Nearly 100 Â™ÂŽÂ˜Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂ“Â˜Â‹ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂŠČąÂ™ÂžÂ›Â™Â˜ÂœÂŽČąÂ’Â—ČąÂ•Â’Â?ÂŽČąÂ‹ÂŽÂŒÂŠÂžÂœÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›Ç°Č„ČąÂ™Â˜Â’Â—Â?ÂœČą out Jo. —ȹ Â–ÂŽÂ›Â’ÂŒÂŠÂ—Čą ‹¢ȹ ‹’›Â?‘ǰȹ Š—Â?Čą –’Â? ’Â?ÂŽČą ‹¢ȹ ™›˜Â?ÂŽÂœÂœÂ’Â˜Â—Ç°Čą Â˜Čą Â‘ÂŠÂœČą •’Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?Čą ’—ȹ —Â?’Šȹ Â?Â˜Â›Čą —ŽŠ›•¢ȹ ŚŖȹ Â˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ÂœČą  ’Â?‘ȹ ‘Ž›ȹ —Â?’Š—ȹ ÂœÂ™Â˜ÂžÂœÂŽÇŻČą She is also the co-founder and director of the Latika Roy ˜ž—Â?ŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—Ç°ČąÂŠČąÂ&#x;˜•ž—Â?ÂŠÂ›Â˘ČąÂ˜Â›Â?Š—’œŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘ČŹÂŠÂ‹Â•ÂŽÂ?ȹ’—ȹ Ž‘›ŠÂ?ž—ǰȹĴŠ›Š”‘Š—Â?Ç°ČąÂ Â‘Â’ÂŒÂ‘ČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â&#x;Â’Â?ÂŽÂœČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•Â’ÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂœÂŽÂ›Â&#x;Â’ÂŒÂŽÂœČą Š—Â?Čą œž™™˜›Â?Čą Â?Â˜Čą Â?ÂŠÂ–Â’Â•Â’ÂŽÂœČą Š—Â?Čą Œ‘’•Â?›Ž—ȹ  ’Â?‘ȹ Â?’œŠ‹’•’Â?Â’ÂŽÂœÇŻČą Â‘Â’ÂœČą ˜›Â?Š—’œŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂœÂ?Š›Â?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ˜Â˘ČąÂ˜Â˘Ç°ČąÂ Â‘Â˜ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂŒÂŽÂ›ÂŽÂ‹Â›ÂŠÂ•ČąÂ™ÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˘Čą Š—Â?ȹšžŠÂ?›’™•ŽÂ?’Šǯ


A teacher and therapist with a child

Â˜Â ČąÂ?Â’Â?ȹ’Â?ȹŠ••ȹ‹ŽÂ?’—Ǿȹ Â˜ČąÂ–ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ‘ÂžÂœÂ‹ÂŠÂ—Â?ČąŠÂ&#x;Â’ČąÂ‘Â˜Â™Â›ÂŠČąÂ Â‘ÂŽÂ—Čą ‹˜Â?‘ȹ  Ž›Žȹ ŠŒÂ?Â’Â&#x;Â’ÂœÂ?ÂœČą ˜Â?Čą Â™ÂŽÂŠÂŒÂŽČą Š—Â?Čą ÂœÂ˜ÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•Čą “žœÂ?Â’ÂŒÂŽČą ’—ȹ Â?‘Žȹ Čą ’—ȹ 1976. She moved to India after her marriage to Ravi and they went on to have two children, Anand and Cathleen. Then, œ˜–ŽÂ?‘’—Â?ȹ‘Š™™Ž—ŽÂ?ČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?ČąÂ?›Š—œÂ?˜›–ŽÂ?ČąÂ?‘Ž’›ȹ•’Â&#x;ÂŽÂœČąÂ?˜›ŽÂ&#x;Ž›ǯȹ

ÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?ȹ–’•Â?ČąÂŒÂŽÂ›ÂŽÂ‹Â›ÂŠÂ•ČąÂ™ÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˘ÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂŒÂ˜ÂžÂ•Â?ȹŽŠÂ?Ç°ČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŠÂ”Čą ’—Â?’ȹŠ—Â?Čą —Â?Â•Â’ÂœÂ‘ČąÂŽÄ›Â˜Â›Â?Â•ÂŽÂœÂœÂ•Â˘ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?ÂŽÂ—ÂŽÂ›ÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąČƒÂŠČąÂ?Ž•’Â?‘Â?Â?ž•ȹÂ?’›•ȹÂ?ÂžÂ•Â•ČąÂ˜Â?Čą tricksâ€?, according to her mother. Everyone assumed her life would be a normal one.

So, it was a big blow to the family when Moy Moy started to regress from the age of six. She began to get convulsions, and would forget things. Eating became a daunting task and she had no control over her bladder or bowel movements. By 10, ÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂŒÂ˜ÂžÂ•Â?ČąÂ—Â˜ČąÂ•Â˜Â—Â?ÂŽÂ›ČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŠÂ”Ç°ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ‹Â˘ČąĹ—ĹœÇ°ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?ȹšžŠÂ?›’™•ŽÂ?’Šǯȹ She needed a wheelchair to get around and ate through a feeding tube surgically She wasn’t meant to be inserted in her stomach. Now 28 years, she is severely disabled. conceived, but she was.

Â˜ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?ČąÂŠÂ•Â ÂŠÂ˘ÂœČąÂ ÂŠÂ—Â?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂŠÂ?˜™Â?ČąÂŠČąÂŒÂ‘Â’Â•Â?ÇŻČą‘ŽȹÂ?Â’ÂŒÂŽČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ•Â˜ÂŠÂ?ÂŽÂ?Čą ŠÂ?Š’—œÂ?ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂœÂ’Â—ÂŒÂŽČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ?ČąÂ?Â Â˜ČąÂŒÂ‘Â’Â•Â?Â›ÂŽÂ—ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ˜Â Â—ÇŻČąÂ?˜™Â?Â’Â˜Â—Čą agencies in India, at that time, were unwilling to allow a ÂŒÂ˜ÂžÂ™Â•ÂŽČąÂ Â’Â?Â‘ČąÂŠČąÂ‹Â˜Â˘ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ȹŠȹÂ?’›•ǰȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂŠÂ?˜™Â?ȹŠȹÂ?‘’›Â?ČąÂŒÂ‘Â’Â•Â?ÇŻČą In 1989, Jo heard of a baby girl, who had Â‹ÂŽÂŽÂ—ČąÂ‹Â˜Â›Â—ČąĹ—Ĺ˜ČąÂ ÂŽÂŽÂ”ÂœČąÂ™Â›ÂŽÂ–ÂŠÂ?ž›ŽȹŠ—Â?ȹ Ž’Â?‘ŽÂ?Čą just a kilo. Born as the 13th child to the wife ˜Â?ȹŠȹÂ?Š›–Ž›ȹ’—ȹĴŠ›ȹ›ŠÂ?ÂŽÂœÂ‘Ç°ČąÂ?‘Žȹ‹Š‹¢ȹ‘ŠÂ?Čą ‹ŽŽ—ȹ Œ˜—ŒŽ’Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?Čą Â?Žœ™’Â?ÂŽČą ÂœÂ?Ž›’•’œŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÇŻČą ‘Žȹ –˜Â?‘Ž›ȹ‘ŠÂ?ȹ–ŠÂ?Žȹž™ȹ‘Ž›ȹ–’—Â?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂŠÂ‹Â˜Â›Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ child, but her doctor had advised her to ‘ŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂ?‘Žȹ‹Š‹¢ȹŠ—Â?ČąÂ?Â’Â&#x;Žȹ’Â?ȹž™ȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂŠÂ?˜™Â?Â’Â˜Â—ÇŻČą

She wasn’t meant to be born, but she was. She wasn’t meant to survive, but she did. She wasn’t meant to be our daughter, but she is most certainly our daughter

A few months later, on the way to a routine ™›Ž—ŠÂ?Š•ȹ Š™™˜’—Â?–Ž—Â?Ç°Čą Â?‘Žȹ –˜Â?‘Ž›ȹ  Ž—Â?Čą into labour on the bus and her baby was born on the roadside. She was taken to Šȹ ‘˜œ™’Â?Š•ȹ  ‘Ž›Žȹ Šȹ ÂŒÂ˜ÂžÂ™Â•ÂŽČą ˜Â?Čą Â–ÂŽÂ›Â’ÂŒÂŠÂ—Čą doctors were working as volunteers. As Â?‘Žȹ –˜Â?‘Ž›ȹ Â?Â’Â?Čą —˜Â?Čą  Š—Â?Čą Â?‘Žȹ ‹Š‹¢ǰȹ Â?‘Žȹ •’Ĵ•Žȹ Â˜Â—ÂŽČ‚ÂœČą Â?ŠÂ?ÂŽČą ‘ž—Â?Čą Â’Â—ČąÂ‹ÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽČąÂžÂ—Â?Â’Â•ČąÂ˜Â—ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ&#x;˜•ž—Â?ÂŽÂŽÂ›ÂœČąÂ™Â’Â™ÂŽÂ?ȹž™ȹŠ—Â?ČąÂœÂŠÂ’Â?ȹ‘Ž›ȹ œ’œÂ?ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ Â˜ÂžÂ•Â?ȹŠÂ?˜™Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ‹Š‹¢ǯȹÂ‘ÂŽČąÂœÂ’ÂœÂ?Ž›ȹ‘Š™™Ž—ŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ‹ÂŽČą Â˜ÇŻ

Â˜Â›ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÄ™Â›ÂœÂ?ČąÂ?ÂŽÂ ČąÂ˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ÂœČąÂ˜Â?ȹ‘Ž›ȹ•’Â?ÂŽÇ°Čą–ŠȹÂ˜Â˘ČąÂ˜Â˘ČąÇťÂ˜Â˘ČąÂ˜Â˘Čą Â–ÂŽÂŠÂ—ÂœČą Č Â•Â’Ä´Â•ÂŽČą œ’œÂ?Ž›Ȃȹ ’—ȹ Š—Â?Â˜Â—ÂŽÂœÂŽÇźČą œŽŽ–ŽÂ?Čą Â—Â˜Â›Â–ÂŠÂ•Čą Â?‘˜žÂ?‘ȹ

Â˜ČąÂœÂŠÂ˘ÂœČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ‘Â’Â?ȹ™Š›Â?Â’ÂŒÂžÂ•ÂŠÂ›Â•Â˘ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ›Â?ȹ ‘Ž—ȹ Â˜Â˘Čą Â˜Â˘Čą ÂœÂ?˜™™ŽÂ?Čą Â?Š•”’—Â?ÇŻČą Čƒ‘Žȹ žœŽÂ?Čą Â?Â˜Čą Â?ÂŽÂ•Â•ČąÂ“Â˜Â”ÂŽÂœÇ˛ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽČąÂŽÂ&#x;Ž—ȹ‘ŠÂ?ȯŠÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ÂžÂ›ČąÂ˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ÂœČŻÂŠČą ̊’›ȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?›Š–ŠÂ?Â’ÂŒÇŻČąÂ—ÂŒÂŽČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂŠČąž—Â?Š¢ǰȹ I asked her: ‘Moy Moy, are you ready to Â?Â˜ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂŒÂ‘ÂžÂ›ÂŒÂ‘ÇľČ‚ČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ›ÂŠÂ’ÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂ‹Â˜Â?Â‘ČąÂŠÂ›Â–ÂœČąÂ˜Â&#x;Ž›ȹ her head like a born-again zealot and œŠ’Â?ČąÂ?Ž›Â&#x;Ž—Â?Â•Â˘ÇąČąČ ÂŠÂ•Â•Â˜Â ÂŽÂ?ȹ‹Žȹ‘¢ȹŠ–ŽǡȂǰȄȹ she narrates.

ŠŒŽÂ?Čą  ’Â?‘ȹ Â?Â‘Â’ÂœČą ÂŒÂ›Â’ÂœÂ’ÂœÇ°Čą Â˜ČŻÂ˜Â—ÂŽČą ˜Â?Čą œŽÂ&#x;Ž—ȹ Œ‘’•Â?›Ž—ȹ ‘Ž›œŽ•Â?ČŻÂœÂ‘Â˜Â ÂŽÂ?Čą ™•Ž—Â?¢ȹ ˜Â?Čą Â?Â˜Â›ČŹ Â‹ÂŽÂŠÂ›ÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽÇŻČą —ȹ Â?ŠŒÂ?Ç°Čą ‘Ž›ȹ –˜Â?‘Ž›ȹ ‘ŠÂ?Čą ŠÂ?˜™Â?ÂŽÂ?Čą Â˜Â—ÂŽČą ˜Â?Čą Â?Â‘Â˜ÂœÂŽČą œŽÂ&#x;Ž—ǰȹ Šȹ Â?’›•ȹ Â Â‘Â˜Čą Â ÂŠÂœČą —Š–ŽÂ?Čą Â˜Â˘Čą Â˜Â˘ÇŻČą —ȹ Â?ŠŒÂ?Ç°Čą Â˜Č‚ÂœČą Â˜Â˘Čą Moy is named after her aunt. There were no good schools in Ž‘›ŠÂ?ž—ȹŠÂ?ČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?ČąÂ?’–ŽȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂŽÂ?žŒŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂŒÂ‘Â’Â•Â?›Ž—ȹ ’Â?Â‘ČąÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•ČąÂ—ÂŽÂŽÂ?ÂœÇŻČą —Â?Ç°Čą Â˜ČąÂ?ŽŒ’Â?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂžÂ™ČąÂŠČąÂœÂŒÂ‘Â˜Â˜Â•ČąÂ‘erself.

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Aid came in the form of a ` 2 lakh grant from the husband of the late Latika Roy, a Montessori teacher, who had been trained by the famous Maria Montessori herself. The Roys had Šȱ œ˜—ȱ ‘˜ȱ  Šœȱ ŠŸ’ȱ ‘˜™›ŠȂœȱ ›’Ž—ǯȱ Š’”ŠȂœȱ ŽŠ‘ȱ ’—ȱ ŗşşŚȱ ™›˜–™Žȱ‘Ž›ȱ‘žœ‹Š—ȱŠ—ȱœ˜—ȱ˜ȱ”ŽŽ™ȱ‘Ž›ȱ–Ž–˜›¢ȱŠ•’ŸŽȱ‹¢ȱ ™›˜Ÿ’’—ȱ‘’œȱ•Š›ŽœœŽȱ˜ȱ ˜ǯ ‘ŽȱŠ’”Šȱ˜¢ȱ˜ž—Š’˜—ȱǻǼȱ Šœȱ‹˜›—ȱŠ—ȱ‘Žȱ Š›ž—Šȱ ’‘Š›ȱ ™ŽŒ’Š•ȱ Œ‘˜˜•ȱ ˜›ȱ Œ‘’•›Ž—ȱ Š—ȱ Šž•œȱ ˜™Ž—Žȱ ’—ȱ ŗşşśǯȱ Žœ’Žœȱ ‘Žȱ œ™ŽŒ’Š•ȱ œŒ‘˜˜•ǰȱ ‘Ž›Žȱ ’œȱ Š—ȱ ŽŠ›•¢ȱ ’—Ž›Ȭ ŸŽ—’˜—ȱ ŒŽ—›Žǰȱ Šȱ Œ‘’•ȱ ŽŸŽ•˜™–Ž—ȱ ŒŽ—›Žȱ Š—ȱ Šȱ ŒŽ—›Žȱ ˜›ȱ vocational training. Currently, there are 300 children on the rolls at Karuna Vihar,  ‘Ž›Žȱ ‘Ž¢ȱ Š›Žȱ ›ŽŽȱ ˜ȱ Ž¡™•˜›Žȱ ˜¢œǰȱ ‹˜˜”œǰȱ Š—ŒŽǰȱ –žœ’Œǰȱ ™˜ĴŽ›¢ǰȱ›Š–Šǰȱœ™˜›œȱŠ—ȱ˜‘Ž›ȱŠŒ’Ÿ’’ŽœȱŠȱ‘Ž’›ȱ˜ —ȱ™ŠŒŽǯȱ The Foundation also does research on Acts and laws relating ˜ȱ™Ž›œ˜—œȱ ’‘ȱ’œŠ‹’•’’ŽœǰȱŽžŒŠŽœȱ‘Žȱ™ž‹•’Œǰȱ’—ŸŽœ’ŠŽœȱ Œ˜–™•Š’—œȱ Š—ȱ Œ˜—›’‹žŽœȱ ˜ȱ ‘Žȱ ›Š’—ȱ ˜ȱ —Ž ȱŒœȱ Š—ȱ ™˜•’Œ’Žœȱ˜—ȱ’œŠ‹’•’¢ǯȱ‘Šȱ–Š¢ȱ‘ŠŸŽȱœŠ›ŽȱŠœȱȃ“žœȱŠȱœŒ‘˜˜•ȱ for Moy Moy” has now evolved into a network of centres ‘Šȱ™›˜Ÿ’Žȱœ”’••ŽȱŽŠ›•¢ȱ’—Ž›ŸŽ—’˜—ȱ˜›ȱŠ–’•’ŽœǰȱŸ˜ŒŠ’˜—Š•ȱ ›Š’—’—ȱ ˜›ȱ Šž•œȱ  ’‘ȱ ’œŠ‹’•’’Žœǰȱ Š—ȱ œŠěȱ ›Š’—’—ǯȱ ȱ ǰȱ ‘Žȱ ŽŠ–ȱ ›Š’ŠŽȱ ‘Š™™’—Žœœǰȱ Ž—Ž›¢ȱ Š—ȱ ˜™’–’œ–ǰȱ ŠĴ›ŠŒ’—ȱ œ™ŽŒ’Š•’œœȱ Š—ȱ ’—Ž›—œȱ ›˜–ȱ Š••ȱ ˜ŸŽ›ȱ ‘Žȱ  ˜›•ȱ ˜ȱ work with them.

Jo and Moy Moy with the family worthiness diminished with age and to buy a new one was an Ž¡™Ž—œ’ŸŽȱ™›˜™˜œ’’˜—ǯȱ

‘Ž—ȱ ˜—Žȱ Š¢ǰȱ ˜žȱ ˜ȱ ‘Žȱ ‹•žŽǰȱ ˜ȱ ›ŽŒŽ’ŸŽȱ Šȱ •ŽĴŽ›ȱ ›˜–ȱ Šȱ •Š¢ǰȱ ‘˜ȱ Š—Žȱ˜ȱ‹ž¢ȱŠȱœ’–’•Š›ȱœ›˜••Ž›ȱ˜›ȱ‘Ž›ȱœ™ŽŒ’Š••¢Ȭ Š‹•Žȱœ˜—ǯȱ‘›ŽŽȱ¢ŽŠ›œȱ•ŠŽ›ǰȱœ‘Žȱ›ŽŒŽ’ŸŽȱŠ—˜‘Ž›ȱ•ŽĴŽ›ȱ›˜–ȱ the same lady informing her that she had bought a stroller, but it was too large to I believe that Moy Moy œ˜›Žȱ ’—ȱ ‘Ž›ȱ ̊ǯȱ ˜ž•ȱ ˜¢ȱ ˜¢ȱ •’”Žȱ ˜ȱ holds the secret to the žœŽȱ ’ǵȱ ‘Žȱ  ˜ž•ȱ ‹Žȱ ‘Š™™¢ȱ ”—˜ ’—ȱ ‘Šȱ world’s salvation someone like her son was using it.

Š—Š’—ȱ Š—ȱ ˜›Š—’œŠ’˜—ȱ ˜›ȱ œ™ŽŒ’Š•ȱ ™Ž˜™•ŽȱŒŠ—ȱ‹Žȱ˜ŸŽ› ‘Ž•–’—ǰȱ‹žȱ ˜ȱœ’••ȱ ꗍœȱ’–Žȱ˜ȱž— ’—ȱ ’‘ȱ‘Ž›ȱŠž‘Ž›ǯȱ ˜¢ȱ ˜¢ǰȱ œ‘Žȱ œŠ¢œǰȱ Ž—“˜¢œȱ ̒™™’—ȱ ‘›˜ž‘ȱ ˜•ȱ ™‘˜˜›Š™‘œǰȱ ›Ž–Ž–‹Ž›’—ȱ the old days and laughing about how œ‘Žȱ Š—ȱ ‘Ž›ȱ œ’‹•’—œȱ •˜˜”Žȱ  ‘Ž—ȱ ‘Ž¢ȱ  Ž›Žȱ •’Ĵ•Žȱ Œ‘’•›Ž—ǯȱ ‘ŽȱŠ•œ˜ȱ›ŽŠœȱ‘Ž›ȱŠŸ˜ž›’Žȱ™˜Ž–œȱ˜ȱ‘Ž›ȱŠž‘Ž›ǯȱȃŽȱŠ›Žȱ doing a lot of Seamus Heaney and Mary Oliver these days… and their thoughtful, incisive ways of looking at things now ™Ž›–ŽŠŽœȱ–¢ȱŠ¢œȱ–˜›Žȱ‘˜›˜ž‘•¢ȱ‘Š—ȱ ‘Ž—ȱ ȱ Šœȱ›ŽŠ’—ȱ ‘Ž–ȱœ’•Ž—•¢Ȅǰȱœ‘Žȱ ›’Žœȱ’—ȱ‘Ž›ȱ ˜Ȃœȱ‹•˜ǯ

˜ȱ•˜ŸŽœȱ˜ȱ˜ȱ˜—ȱ•˜—ȱ Š•”œȱŠ”’—ȱ˜¢ȱ˜¢ȱ’—ȱ‘Ž›ȱœ™ŽŒ’Š•ȱ stroller. She says she walks seven miles on an average every day. The stroller was a gift from her sister in America and it ŠŸŽȱ‘Žȱž˜ȱ‘Žȱ–˜‹’•’¢ȱŠ—ȱ›ŽŽ˜–ȱ˜ȱŸ’œ’ȱ›’Ž—œȂȱ‘˜–Žœȱ ˜›ȱ ŽŠǰȱ ˜ȱ ˜ȱ ™Š›’Žœǰȱ  Š•”ȱ ’—ȱ ‘Žȱ —Ž’‘‹˜ž›‘˜˜ǰȱ Š—ȱ Ÿ’œ’ȱ ‘Žȱ •˜ŒŠ•ȱ –Š›”Žȱ Š—ȱ Œ‘Ž–’œǯȱ ˜ ŽŸŽ›ǰȱ ‘Žȱ œ›˜••Ž›Ȃœȱ ›˜ŠȬ

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A young girl at Karuna Vihar Centre for Vocational Training

žŒ‘ȱ ’—Œ’Ž—œȱ ‘ŠŸŽȱ ›Ž’—˜›ŒŽȱ ˜Ȃœȱ Š’‘ȱ ’—ȱ ™Ž˜™•Žǯȱ ‘Žȱ œŠ¢œȱ œ‘Žȱ ‘Šœȱ Œ˜–Žȱ ŠŒ›˜œœȱ ™•Ž—¢ȱ ˜ȱ Š–Š£’—ȱ ™Ž˜™•Žȱ˜—ȱ‘Ž›ȱ“˜ž›—Ž¢ǯȱ’”Žȱ‘Žȱ’–Žȱ ‘Ž—ȱŠȱœŠ•Žœ ˜–Š—ȱ˜˜”ȱ Š—ȱ˜›Ž›ȱ˜›ȱ˜¢ȱ˜¢ȂœȱŽŽ’—ȱž‹Žȱ˜ŸŽ›ȱ‘Žȱ™‘˜—ŽǯȱŽ˜›Žȱ ending the conversation, the woman told her: “We wish you ’—Ȃȱ‘ŠŸŽȱ˜ȱŒŠ••ȱžœǯȱŽȱ™›Š¢ȱ‘Šȱ˜¢ȱ˜¢ȱŽœȱ‹ŽĴŽ›ȱœ˜˜—ȱ Š—ȱ˜Žœ—Ȃȱ—ŽŽȱ‘Žȱž‹ŽȱŠ—¢–˜›ŽȄǯȱ “Moy Moy has enlarged my world in many ways. Her •’–’Š’˜—œȱ ‘ŠŸŽȱ Š••˜ Žȱ –Žȱ ˜ȱ ›ŽŠŒ‘ȱ ˜žȱ ˜ȱ ™Ž˜™•Žȱ  ‘˜ȱ ›Žœ™˜—ȱ ˜ȱ ‘Ž›ȱ —ŽŽœȱ  ’‘ȱ •˜ŸŽȱ Š—ȱ Œ˜–™Šœœ’˜—ǰȱ  ‘˜ȱ ›Ž–Ž–‹Ž›ȱ ‘Ž›ȱ —Š–Žȱ Š—ȱ ‘Žȱ œ’£Žȱ ˜ȱ ‘Ž›ȱ ž‹Žȱ Š—ȱ  ‘˜ȱ ™›Š¢ȱ for her well-being and who want her to be well”, writes Jo in ‘Ž›ȱ‹•˜ǯȱ‘’œȱ’—œ™’›’—ȱ ˜–Š—ȱ’—œ’œœȱ˜—ȱ‹Ž’—ȱ‘˜™Žž•ȱŠ—ȱ ™˜œ’’ŸŽǯȱ‘Žȱ’—œ’œœȱ˜—ȱ—ŽŸŽ›ȱ’Ÿ’—ȱž™ǰȱŠ—ȱ‹Ž•’ŽŸ’—ȱ’—ȱ‘Žȱ ™˜ Ž›ȱ˜ȱ‘ŽȱŒ˜––ž—’¢ǯ

˜Ȃœȱœ˜›¢ȱ’œȱ˜—Žȱ˜ȱ›’ž–™‘ȱ˜ȱ•˜ŸŽȱŠ—ȱ‘˜™Žȱ˜ŸŽ›ȱŠŸŽ›œ’¢ȱ Š—ȱ Žœ™Š’›ǯȱ ˜¢ȱ ˜¢Ȃœȱ ‹’›‘Š¢ȱ ’œȱ ‘Žȱ –˜œȱ Ž–˜’˜—Š•ȱ day of the year for her. As her daughter rounds yet another ’–™˜œœ’‹•ŽȱŒ˜›—Ž›ǰȱœ‘ŽȱœŠ¢œȱ’—ȱ‘Ž›ȱ‹•˜ǰȱȃ ȱŽŽ•ȱŠ—ȱ’–™˜œœ’‹•Žȱ –’¡ž›Žȱ˜ȱ™›’Žǰȱ‘˜™ŽȱŠ—ȱ›ŽŠdzȱ ȱ‹Ž•’ŽŸŽȱ‘Šȱ˜¢ȱ˜¢ȱ ‘˜•œȱ ‘Žȱ œŽŒ›Žȱ ˜ȱ ‘Žȱ ˜›•Ȃœȱ œŠ•ŸŠ’˜—ǯȱ Ž›ȱ Ÿž•—Ž›Š‹’•’¢ǰȱ ‘Ž›ȱ ŒŠ••’—ȱ ˜žȱ ˜ȱ žœǰȱ ‘Ž›ȱ œ’–™•Žǰȱ ž—Œ˜–™•’ŒŠŽȱ —ŽŽȱ ˜›ȱ ‘Ž•™ȱǻ˜ȱŒžȱ‘Ž›ȱ‹’›‘Š¢ȱŒŠ”Žǰȱ˜ȱŽȱ›ŽœœŽǰȱ˜ȱŽŠǰȱ˜ȱœ•ŽŽ™ǰȱ ˜ȱ–˜ŸŽȱŠŒ›˜œœȱŠȱ›˜˜–Ǽȱ’œȱ ‘Šȱ ŽȱŠ••ȱ—ŽŽȱ˜ȱ›Ž–’—ȱžœȱ˜ȱ our shared humanity: we are all vulnerable, we all need each other”. Now, that is as true as it gets.


of Maharashtra

HERITAGE

Kolhapur, the Hidden Gem Kolhapur, situated on the banks of the river Panchganga, is renowned for its temples—the Mahalaxmi Temple—and for being an important commercial and trade centre and for its iconic Kolhapuri chappal. However, the city is also dotted with many little-known sites richly imbued with a lot of history. Few know that Kolhapur dates back to the 10th century, and had a progressive Maharaja, who ruled from 1894 to 1922, and boasts of many notable historic structures like the New Palace of Kolhapur, Bhavani Mantap, a wrestling stadium and a very old cinema theatre. Drawn by the stories he had read about the city, Anil Mulchandani visits the place and comes away awed by the splendid history and the architecture and wishes that more can be done to attract tourists to this treasure trove Photographs by Dinesh Shukla

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Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂŠČąÂ?ŠœŒ’—ŠÂ?’—Â?Čą history. It was one of the •Š›Â?ÂŽÂœÂ?ȹŠ—Â?ČąÂ–Â˜ÂœÂ?ȹŠÄ?žŽ—Â?Čą Â™Â›Â’Â—ÂŒÂŽÂ•Â˘ČąÂœÂ?ŠÂ?ÂŽÂœČąÂ’Â—ČąÂ ÂŽÂœÂ?Ž›—ȹ —Â?’Šǯȹ—Â?Ç°Čą Â’Â?ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ˜Â—ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ–Â˜ÂœÂ?ČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â?›Žœœ’Â&#x;ÂŽČą ÂœÂ?ŠÂ?ÂŽÂœČąÂžÂ—Â?Ž›ȹÂ?‘Žȹ›Ž’Â?Â—ČąÂ˜Â?Čą‘‘ŠÂ?›Š™ŠÂ?Â’Čą Shahu Maharaj from 1894 till his death ’—ȹŗĹ&#x;Ĺ˜Ĺ˜ÇŻČą‘Žȹ”’—Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Čą ”’—Â?Â?Â˜Â–Ç°Čą‘‘ŠÂ?›Š™ŠÂ?Â’Čą‘Š‘žȹŠ‘Š›Š“ǰȹ introduced wide-ranging social reforms, built the industrial base of the Œ’Â?¢ǰȹŠ—Â?ȹ™ŠÂ?›˜—’œŽÂ?ȹŠ›Â?ȹŠ—Â?ČąÂŒÂžÂ•Â?ž›Žǯȹ Having read much about the heritage ˜Â?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Ç°Čą ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂœÂžÂ›Â™Â›Â’ÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?Čą not many know about the city being an invaluable gem in the history of Š‘Š›Šœ‘Â?›Šǯȹ˜Â?ČąÂ–ÂŠÂ—Â˘ČąÂŽÂĄÂ™Â•Â˜Â›ÂŽČąÂ?‘Žȹ ‘’œÂ?Â˜Â›Â’ÂŒÂŠÂ•ČąÂœÂ’Â?ÂŽÂœČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?Â‘Â’ÂœČąÂŒÂ’Â?Â˘ČąÂŽÂĄÂŒÂŽÂ™Â?ČąÂ?Â˜Â›Čą Â?‘Žȹ‘Š”Â?Â’ČąÂ?ÂŽÂ&#x;˜Â?ÂŽÂŽÂœÇ°ČąÂ Â‘Â˜ČąÄšÂ˜ÂŒÂ”ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?‘Žȹ Â?ÂŠÂ–Â˜ÂžÂœČąŠ‘Š•Š¥–’ȹŽ–™•Žȹ ’—ȹ Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ÇŻČą

The Mahalaxmi temple is truly the sacred center of Kolhapur attracting religious tourists in large numbers. The temple is said to date back to the 7th century

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All this made me want to visit this Œ’Â?¢ǯȹž›Â?‘Ž›ǰȹ ȹ›ŽŠÂ?ČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Čą was known even back in the 10th century under the Yadava dynasty, and most of the heritage buildings of the city date back to the time of the Bhonsle dynasty, who ruled from 1710 to 1949. Interestingly, Rajaram 11, who ruled from 1866 to 1870 AD, ‹ŽÂ?Š—ȹÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ–Â˜Â?Ž›—’œŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ČąÂ˜Â?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Čą but died when he was just 20 in Florence, Italy. And, he was cremated on the banks of the River Arno, after ÂœÂ™ÂŽÂŒÂ’ÂŠÂ•ČąÂ™ÂŽÂ›Â–Â’ÂœÂœÂ’Â˜Â—ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ?›Š—Â?ÂŽÂ?ȹ‹¢ȹ the Italian Council of Ministers. He Â ÂŠÂœČąÂœÂžÂŒÂŒÂŽÂŽÂ?ÂŽÂ?ȹ‹›’ŽĚ¢ȹ‹¢ȹ‘’Â&#x;Š“’ȹ Ç°Čą Š—Â?ČąÂ?‘Ž—ȹ’Â?ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČą‘‘ŠÂ?›Š™ŠÂ?Â’Čą‘Š‘žȹ Š‘Š›Š“ǰȹŠȹ™‘’•Š—Â?‘›˜™’œÂ?ȹŠ—Â?ȹŠȹ ›ŽÂ?Â˜Â›Â–ÂŽÂ›Ç°ČąÂ Â‘Â˜ČąÂ?Â˜Â˜Â”ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ™Â›Â’Â—ÂŒÂŽÂ•Â˘Čą state to its zenith. Â‘ÂŠÂ‘ÂžČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ’Â—ÄšÂžÂŽÂ—ÂŒÂŽÂ?ȹ‹¢ȹ Â˘Â˜Â?’‹Šȹ Phule, the social reformer, who fought for the eradication of untouchability Š—Â?ČąÂŒÂ‘ÂŠÂ–Â™Â’Â˜Â—ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ Â˜Â–ÂŽÂ—Č‚ÂœČą Ž–Š—Œ’™ŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ČąÂŠnd girl child education

’—ȹ —Â?’Šǯȹ Â?ČąÂ˘Â˜ÂžČąÂ&#x;’œ’Â?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Ç°ČąÂ˘Â˜ÂžČą ÂšÂžÂ’ÂŒÂ”Â•Â˘ČąÂ•ÂŽÂŠÂ›Â—ČąÂŠÂ‹Â˜ÂžÂ?Čą‘Š‘žȹÂŠÂ‘ÂŠÂ›ÂŠÂ“Č‚ÂœČą ™’˜—ŽŽ›’—Â?ȹ’—’Â?’ŠÂ?Â’Â&#x;ÂŽÂœČąÂ’Â—ČąÂŒÂ˜Â—ÂœÂ?›žŒÂ?’—Â?Čą Â?’쎛Ž—Â?ȹŽÂ?žŒŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÂŠÂ•ČąÂ’Â—ÂœÂ?Â’Â?žÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÂœÇ°Čą which included a boarding school for socially challenged students and Vedic ÂœÂŒÂ‘Â˜Â˜Â•ÂœÇŻČąÂŠÂŒÂ”ČąÂ?‘Ž—ǰȹ‘Žȹ–ŠÂ?Žȹ™›’–Š›¢ȹ ÂŽÂ?žŒŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ČąÂ?›ŽŽȹŠ—Â?ČąÂŒÂ˜Â–Â™ÂžÂ•ÂœÂ˜Â›Â˘ČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂŠÂ•Â•Čą in his state and started schools to train village administrators. ™™˜œŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂŒÂŠÂœÂ?ÂŽČąÂœÂ˘ÂœÂ?Ž–ǰȹ‘Žȹ ›Ž–˜Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ›ÂŠÂ‘Â–Â’Â—ÂœČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â–ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽÂ’Â›ČąÂ™Â˜ÂœÂ?ÂœČą of Royal Religious advisors, when Â?‘Ž¢ȹ›ŽÂ?žœŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ™ÂŽÂ›Â?Â˜Â›Â–ČąÂ›ÂŽÂ•Â’Â?Â’Â˜ÂžÂœČą rites for non-Brahmins. He ensured the untouchables equal access to Â™ÂžÂ‹Â•Â’ÂŒČąÂžÂ?’•’Â?Â’ÂŽÂœÇ°ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?’œŒ˜—Â?’—žŽÂ?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ hereditary transfer of titles and tenures ˜Â?ȹ›ŽÂ&#x;ÂŽÂ—ÂžÂŽČąÂŒÂ˜Â•Â•ÂŽÂŒÂ?Â˜Â›ÂœÇ°ČąÂ Â‘Â˜ČąÂŽÂĄÂ™Â•Â˜Â’Â?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ˜Â›Čą Ž—œ•ŠÂ&#x;ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ™ÂŽÂ˜Â™Â•ÂŽÇŻČą He also initiated the economic ™›˜Â?Â›ÂŽÂœÂœČąÂ˜Â?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ČąÂ‹Â˘ČąÂ‹ÂžÂ’Â•Â?’—Â?Čą Â?‘Žȹ‘Š‘žȹ‘‘ŠÂ?›Š™ŠÂ?Â’Čą™’——’—Â?ȹŠ—Â?Čą Weaving Mill in 1906, established ‹Š—”’—Â?ČąÂ?ŠŒ’•’Â?Â’ÂŽÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂŒÂ˜ČŹÂ˜Â™ÂŽÂ›ÂŠÂ?Â’Â&#x;ÂŽČą societies for farmers, and laid the foundations of the Radhanagari Dam. The Marathi Film Industry also ̘ž›’œ‘ŽÂ?ȹ’—ȹ Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â–ČąĹ—Ĺ&#x;Ĺ—Ĺ?ÇŻČą It was because of his grand vision, and his numerous initiatives in social reform, he was given the title of Rajarshi Shahu. Â’Â—ÂŽÂœÂ‘ČąÂŠÂ—Â?Čą ȹŠ››’Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?ȹ’—ȹ Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ČąÂ’Â—Čą Â?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ–Â˜Â›Â—Â’Â—Â?ȹ ’Â?‘ȹŠȹÂ&#x;’Ž ȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂŽÂĄÂ™Â•Â˜Â›ÂŽČąÂ?‘Žȹ city. In the old town quarter, we came ÂŠÂŒÂ›Â˜ÂœÂœČą ž—ŠȹŠ“ ŠÂ?ŠǰȹÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ˜Â•Â?ČąÂ™ÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ˜Â?Čą Â?‘Žȹ Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ČąÂ›ÂžÂ•ÂŽÂ›ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ‘ŠÂ&#x;Š—’ȹ Š—Â?Š™DzȹÂ?‘ŽȹŠ‘Š•Š¥–’ȹÂ?Ž–™•ŽȹŠ—Â?Čą

structures related to the former rulers like Faras Khana and Hujur Paga. The relatively new side of the city ̊ž—Â?ÂœČąÂœÂ?›žŒÂ?ÂžÂ›ÂŽÂœČąÂ‹ÂžÂ’Â•Â?ȹ’—ȹÂ?‘Žȹ•ŠÂ?ÂŽČŹ 19th and early-20th century like the New Palace, the Khasbag Maidan, Keshavrao Bhosale Natyagruha, Rankala Lake, Shalini Palace, Town

Š••ǰȹŽ–‹•Š’ȹÂ?Ž–™•ŽǰȹŠ—Â?ČąÂ’Â—ÂœÂ?Â’Â?žÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÂœČą like the Shivaji University and ˜•Â?ČąÂ‘Â˜ÂœÂ™Â’Â?ÂŠÂ•ÂœÇŻČą Major Charles Mant was a British architect commissioned in the 19th ŒŽ—Â?ž›¢ȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂŒÂ˜Â—ÂœÂ?›žŒÂ?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Č‚ÂœČą buildings. He favoured the IndoSaracenic Revival (also known as Indo ˜Â?Â‘Â’ÂŒÇźČąÂœÂ?Â˘Â•ÂŽÇ°ČąÂ Â‘Â’ÂŒÂ‘ČąÂ’Â—Â&#x;˜•Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?žœ’—Â?Čą stylistic and decorative elements from native Indo-Islamic architecture Š—Â?Čą ’—Â?žȹÂ?ÂŽÂ–Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂŠÂ›ÂŒÂ‘Â’Â?ÂŽÂŒÂ?ž›Žȹ maintaining the layout and structure of the Gothic revival and Neo-Classical buildings. The buildings are therefore Â?˜–’—Š—Â?•¢ȹÂžÂ›Â˜Â™ÂŽÂŠÂ—ČąÂ’Â—ČąÂœÂ?¢•Žȹ‹žÂ?ČąÂ›Â’ÂŒÂ‘Čą in Indian features and decoration. Â‘ÂŽČąÄ™Â—ÂŽÂœÂ?ČąÂŽÂĄÂŠÂ–Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?Â‘Â’ÂœČąÂŽÂŒÂ•ÂŽÂŒÂ?Â’ÂŒČąÂœÂ?¢•Žȹ Â’ÂœČąÂ?‘ŽȹŽ ȹÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ˜Â?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Ç°ČąÂ Â‘Â’ÂŒÂ‘Čą was constructed between 1877 and ŗŞŞŚǯȹȹ™Š›Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?Â‘Â’ÂœČąÂ™ÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ‘Â˜ÂžÂœÂŽÂœČąÂ?‘Žȹ ‘Š‘Š“’ȹ‘‘ŠÂ?›Š™ŠÂ?Â’ČąÂžÂœÂŽÂžÂ–Ç°ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ ›ŽœÂ?ČąÂ’ÂœČąÂŠČąÂ™Â›Â’Â&#x;ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ›ÂŽÂœÂ’Â?ÂŽÂ—ÂŒÂŽÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂ™ÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČą Â’ÂœČąÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂ’Â—ČąÂŠČąÂ™ÂŠÂ›Â”ČŹÂ•Â’Â”ÂŽČąÂœÂžÂ›Â›Â˜ÂžÂ—Â?’—Â?ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?Čą ÂŒÂŠÂ—ČąÂ‹ÂŽČąÂŠÂŒÂŒÂŽÂœÂœÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?‘›˜žÂ?Â‘ČąÂŠČąÂ™ÂžÂ‹Â•Â’ÂŒČąÂ™ÂŠÂ›Â”Ç°Čą which has a lake and small zoo. The Â?˜›ŽŒ˜ž›Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ’Â–Â™Â›ÂŽÂœÂœÂ’Â&#x;ÂŽČąÂ™ÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ’ÂœČą ‹ž’•Â?ČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â–ČąÂ™Â˜Â•Â’ÂœÂ‘ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ‹Â•ÂŠÂŒÂ”ČąÂœÂ?Â˜Â—ÂŽÇŻČą‘Žȹ building is dominated by huge domes, turrets and a Victorian-style clock tower.

The New Palace of Kolhapur, built in the 1880s and ‘90s, is dominantly Victorian in style with Indo-Islamic architecture


Mata shr’—Žǯȹȹ‘žÂ?ÂŽČąÂ™Â˜Â›Â?Â’ÂŒÂ˜ČąÂ Â’Â?‘ȹ carved arches marks the entrance, and a short distance away is the Š‘Š•Š¥–’ȹŽ–™•Žǯȹ ‘ŽȹŠ‘Š•Š¥–’ȹÂ?ÂŽÂ–Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂ’ÂœČąÂ?›ž•¢ȹÂ?‘Žȹ œŠŒ›ŽÂ?ČąÂŒÂŽÂ—Â?ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ˜Â?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ČąÂŠÄ´Â›ÂŠÂŒÂ?’—Â?Čą religious tourists in large numbers. ‘ŽȹÂ?ÂŽÂ–Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂ’ÂœČąÂœÂŠÂ’Â?ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ‹ÂŠÂŒÂ”ČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ?‘Žȹ 7th century and has been rebuilt after an earthquake in the 8th century.

˜ ŽÂ&#x;ÂŽÂ›Ç°ČąÂ–Â˜ÂœÂ?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ™Â›ÂŽÂœÂŽÂ—Â?ČąÂœÂ?›žŒÂ?ž›Žȹ was built in the 18th century. The ÂŒÂ›ÂŽÂŠÂ–ČŹÂŒÂ˜Â•Â˜ÂžÂ›ÂŽÂ?ČąÂœÂ™Â’Â›ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜Â ÂŽÂ›ÂœČąÂ˜Â&#x;Ž›ȹÂ?‘Žȹ sanctuary are its most admired feature. The architectural style and layout is ÂœÂ’Â–Â’Â•ÂŠÂ›ČąÂ?Â˜Čą‘Š•ž”¢Š—ȹÂ?ÂŽÂ–Â™Â•ÂŽÂœÇ°ČąÂ Â’Â?‘ȹŠȹ Â™Â˜Â›ÂŒÂ‘ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂŠÂ—ČąÂŠÂœÂœÂŽÂ–Â‹Â•Â˘ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ•Â•ČąÂ•ÂŽÂŠÂ?’—Â?ČąÂ?Â˜Čą the sanctum sanctorum. ›˜ž—Â?ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?ÂŽÂ–Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂ’ÂœČąÂŠČąÂ‹ÂžÂœÂ?•’—Â?Čą –Š›”ŽÂ?ČąÂœÂŽÂ•Â•Â’Â—Â?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Č‚ÂœČąÂ?ÂŠÂ–Â˜ÂžÂœČą jewellery, textiles and footwear like Â?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ’ÂŒÂ˜Â—Â’ÂŒČą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Â’ČąÂŒÂ‘ÂŠÂ™Â™ÂŠÂ•ÂœÇŻČą

Top: The impressive portico of the old palace, called Rajwada and Bhavani Mandap Below: Another view of the New Palace of Kolhapur Â‘ÂŽČąÂ™ÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ–ÂžÂœÂŽÂžÂ–ČąÂ˜Ä›ÂŽÂ›ÂœČąÂŠÂ—ČąÂ’Â—ÂœÂ’Â?‘Â?Čą ’—Â?Â˜ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÄšÂŠÂ–Â‹Â˜Â˘ÂŠÂ—Â?ȹ•’Â?ÂŽÂœÂ?Â˘Â•ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ Â™Â›Â’Â—ÂŒÂŽÂœÇŻČą‘ŽȹŽ¥‘’‹’Â?ÂœČąÂ’Â—ÂŒÂ•ÂžÂ?ÂŽČąÂœÂ’Â•Â&#x;Ž›ȹ Ž•Ž™‘Š—Â?ČąÂ‘Â˜Â Â?ÂŠÂ‘ÂœÇ°ČąÂœÂ˜Â–ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘Ž–ȹ œ‘Š™ŽÂ?ČąÂ•Â’Â”ÂŽČąÂ™ÂŽÂŠÂŒÂ˜ÂŒÂ”ÂœÇ°ČąÂ˜Â›Â—ÂŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂœÂ Â’Â—Â?ÂœÇ°Čą Š—Â?’šžŽȹÂ?ž›—’Â?ž›Žǰȹ™Š’—Â?’—Â?ÂœÇ°ČąÂŠČąÂ‘ÂžÂ?ÂŽČą ÂŠÂ›Â–Â˜ÂžÂ›Â˘ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂœÂ Â˜Â›Â?ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?˜•Â?ȏ™•ŠÂ?ÂŽÂ?Čą Â ÂŽÂŠÂ™Â˜Â—ÂœÇ°ČąÂ›Â˜Â‹ÂŽÂœÇ°ČąÂŒÂ›ÂŽÂœÂ?ÂœÇ°ČąÂ“ÂŽÂ ÂŽÂ•Â•ÂŽÂ›Â˘Čą Š—Â?ČąÂœÂ?žěŽÂ?ČąÂŠÂ—Â’Â–ÂŠÂ•ÂœÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ˘ČąÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČą  Š•”’—Â?ČąÂœÂ?Â’ÂŒÂ”ÂœČąÂ–ÂŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â–ČąÂ•ÂŽÂ˜Â™ÂŠÂ›Â?Čą and tiger vertebrae, ashtrays fashioned out of tiger skulls and rhino Â?ÂŽÂŽÂ?ÇŻČą‘˜Â?˜Â?Â›ÂŠÂ™Â‘ÂœČąÂ?Ž™’ŒÂ?ČąÂŠČąÂŒÂ‘ÂŽÂŽÂ?Š‘ȹ being trained to hunt down ÂŠČąÂ‹Â•ÂŠÂŒÂ”Â‹ÂžÂŒÂ”ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ÂŽÂ•Â˜Â™ÂŽÇŻČą Â—ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?Â’ÂœÂ™Â•ÂŠÂ˘ÂœČąÂœÂ‘Â˜Â ÂœČąÂŠÂ—ČąÂŽÂ•ÂŽÂ™Â‘ÂŠÂ—Â?Čą ›ŽŠÂ?Â’ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂŠČąÂŒÂŽÂ›ÂŽÂ–Â˜Â—Â’ÂŠÂ•ČąÂ™Â›Â˜ÂŒÂŽÂœÂœÂ’Â˜Â—Čą with decorated tusks and elaborate œŠÂ?Â?Â•ÂŽÂœÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂŒÂŽÂ—Â?Â›ÂŽÂ™Â’ÂŽÂŒÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ Â™ÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ’ÂœČąÂ?‘ŽȹŠ›‹Š›ȹ Š••ȹ ’Â?‘ȹ‘žÂ?ÂŽČą chandeliers and carved galleries. From here, we drove to see the Town Hall built by the architect Major Â‘ÂŠÂ›Â•ÂŽÂœČąŠ—Â?ȹž—Â?Ž›ȹÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂŠÂžÂœÂ™Â’ÂŒÂŽÂœČą of the Maharajas. This stately neo-

gothic structure built in 1872-1876 is Ž–‹Ž••’œ‘ŽÂ?ȹ ’Â?‘ȹÂ?Â Â˜ČąÂœÂ™Â’Â›ÂŽÂœÇ°ČąÂŠČąÂœÂ?ŽŽ™ȹ ›˜˜Â?ȹŠ—Â?ČąÂŠÂ—ČąÂ’Â–Â™Â˜ÂœÂ’Â—Â?ČąÂ?Š³ŠÂ?Žȹ ’Â?‘ȹŠȹ Ä™Â—ÂŽČąÂ™Â˜Â›ÂŒÂ‘ČąÂŠÂ?ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?›˜—Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ‹ž’•Â?’—Â?ÇŻČą Â‘ÂŽČąÂ™Â˜Â›ÂŒÂ‘ČąÂ•ÂŽÂŠÂ?ÂœČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂŠČąÂ•ÂŠÂ›Â?ÂŽČąÂŒÂŽÂ—Â?›Š•ȹ‘Š••ȹ and gallery inside, with two rooms on either side joined to the main hall by a ÂœÂ™ÂŠÂŒÂ’Â˜ÂžÂœČąÂ&#x;Ž›Š—Â?Š‘ȹ’—ȹÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?›˜—Â?ÇŻČą

The Khasbag Maidan, a wrestling stadium built around 1912 has a seating capacity of about 30,000 people

In the evening, we drove to Bhavani Š—Â?ÂŠÂ™Ç°ČąÂ•Â˜ÂŒÂŠÂ?ÂŽÂ?ȹ’—ȹÂ?‘Žȹ‘ŽŠ›Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ Œ’Â?Â˘ČąÂ˜Â?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ÇŻČą Â?ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂŠČąÂ™ÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂŒÂŠÂ•Â•ÂŽÂ?Čą

ž—ŠȹŠ“ ŠÂ?ŠȹŠ—Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ‘ŠÂ&#x;Š—’ȹÂ?Ž–™•Žǯȹ ‘˜žÂ?‘ǰȹ’Â?ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂŠČąÂ™ÂŠÂ•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ˜Â—ÂŒÂŽÇ°ČąÂ’Â?ČąÂ’ÂœČąÂ—Â˜Â Čą –˜œÂ?•¢ȹ™ŠÂ?›˜—’œŽd for the Bhavani

ČąÂœÂ‘Â˜Â›Â?ČąÂ?Â’ÂœÂ?ÂŠÂ—ÂŒÂŽČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â–ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?Ž–™•Žȹ Â˘Â˜ÂžČąÂ Â’Â•Â•ČąÄ™Â—Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ ‘Šœ‹ŠÂ?ČąŠ’Â?Š—ǰȹ a wrestling stadium built around Ĺ—Ĺ&#x;Ĺ—Ĺ˜Ç°ČąÂ Â‘Â’ÂŒÂ‘ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂŠČąÂœÂŽÂŠÂ?’—Â?ČąÂŒÂŠÂ™ÂŠÂŒÂ’Â?Â˘ČąÂ˜Â?Čą Š›˜ž—Â?ČąĹ™Ĺ–Ç°Ĺ–Ĺ–Ĺ–ČąÂ™ÂŽÂ˜Â™Â•ÂŽÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąĹšĹœÂ?‘ȹ ’—Â?Čą ÂŽÂœÂŠÂ›Â’ČąÂ Â›ÂŽÂœÂ?•’—Â?ČąÂŒÂ‘ÂŠÂ–Â™Â’Â˜Â—ÂœÂ‘Â’Â™ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČą held here to mark its centenary. You ÂŒÂŠÂ—ČąÂ ÂŠÂ?ÂŒÂ‘ČąÂ Â›ÂŽÂœÂ?Â•ÂŽÂ›ÂœČąÂœÂ™ÂŠÂ›Â›Â’Â—Â?ČąÂ‘ÂŽÂ›ÂŽČąÂ˜Â›Čą at the Motibagh Talim Kendra. The Â™ÂŽÂ˜Â™Â•ÂŽČąÂ ÂŽČąÂ–ÂŽÂ?ČąÂŠÂ›Â˜ÂžÂ—Â?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ Â›ÂŽÂœÂ?•’—Â?Čą ÂŠÂ›ÂŽÂ—ÂŠÂœČąÂ?˜•Â?ČąÂžÂœČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?Čą‘‘ŠÂ?›Š™ŠÂ?Â’Čą ‘Š‘žȹÂŠÂ‘ÂŠÂ›ÂŠÂ“ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂŠČąÂ?›ŽŠÂ?ȹ™ŠÂ?Â›Â˜Â—ČąÂ˜Â?Čą  ›ŽœÂ?•’—Â?ȹ‹žÂ?ČąÂ‘ÂŽČąÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜ČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â–Â˜Â?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ˜Â?‘Ž›ȹ œ™˜›Â?ÂœÇ°ČąÂ?‘ŽȹŠ›Â?ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąŠ›ŠÂ?Â‘Â’ČąÂŒÂžÂ•Â?ž›Žǯȹ For dinner, we headed to the Padma Guest House, which houses one of Â?Â‘ÂŽČąÂŒÂ’Â?Â˘Č‚ÂœČąÂ˜Â•Â?ÂŽÂœÂ?ČąÂ›ÂŽÂœÂ?Šž›Š—Â?ÂœÇŻČą‘Žȹ owners Gauri and Ruturaj Ingle told us that this restaurant was inaugurated on August 15, 1947. This restaurant is still functioning and it has old fans, furniture, screens and ÂœÂŽÂ™Â’ÂŠČŹÂ?’—Â?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ™Â‘Â˜Â?˜Â?Â›ÂŠÂ™Â‘ÂœÇŻČą ‘Žȹ•ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ˜Â•ČąÂŠÂ—ÂŠÂœÂŠÂ‘ÂŽÂ‹ČąÂŠÂŠÄ´ÂŠÂ“Â’Â›ÂŠÂ˜Čą Ingle, a military secretary to the ÂŠÂ‘ÂŠÂ›ÂŠÂ“ČąÂ˜Â?Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ČąÂ‹ÂžÂ’Â•Â?ČąÂŠČąÂŒÂ’Â—ÂŽÂ–ÂŠČą hall here and called it New Talkies. —œ™’›ŽÂ?ȹ‹¢ȹÂ?‘ŽȹŗĹ&#x;Ĺ™Ĺ–ÂœČąÂŠÂ›Â?ČąÂ?ÂŽÂŒÂ˜ČąÂœÂ?Â˘Â•ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?Čą ÂžÂ–Â‹ÂŠÂ’Č‚ÂœČąÂŽÂ?Â›Â˜ČąÂ’Â—ÂŽÂ–ÂŠČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ˜Â–Â‹ÂŠÂ˘Ç°Čą the theatre was inaugurated by Lt Col P Gaisford, British Resident of Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›ČąÂ’Â—ČąĹ—Ĺ&#x;ŚŗȹŠ—Â?ȹ›Ž—Š–ŽÂ?ČąŠÂ?–Šȹ Talkies after Princess Padmaraje, in 1942, with the consent of the royal

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family. “This resÂ?Šž›Š—Â?ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ˜Â™ÂŽÂ—ÂŽÂ?Čą by him in 1947 and also named ŠÂ?Â?Ž›ȹÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ™Â›Â’Â—ÂŒÂŽÂœÂœÇ°Č„ČąÂŽÂĄÂ™Â•ÂŠÂ’Â—ÂœČąžÂ?ž›Š“ȹ ™›˜žÂ?Â•Â˘ÇŻČąČƒÂ&#x;Ž›ȹÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ˘ÂŽÂŠÂ›ÂœÇ°ČąÂ?‘ŽȹŠÂ?–Šȹ ›ŽœÂ?Šž›Š—Â?ČąÂŒÂžÂ›ÂŠÂ?ÂŽÂ?ȹŠȹ Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Â’ČąÂ–ÂŽÂ—ÂžČą and launched a thali. The famous Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Â’ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŠÂ•Â’ČąÂ’ÂœČąÂ’Â—ÂœÂ™Â’Â›ÂŽÂ?ȹ‹¢ȹÂ?Â‘Â’ÂœČą menu,â€? he adds. After dinner, they invited us to the Padma Talkies, which has been screening movies from 1941. Giving us some historical trivia, Ruturaj Ingle says, “The theatre used to screen —Â?Â•Â’ÂœÂ‘ČąÄ™Â•Â–ÂœČąÂŠÂ—d housed a bar. In

those days, a cam™ȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ˜Â•Â’ÂœÂ‘Čą ÂŽÂ ÂœČąÂ ÂŠÂœČą created in Valivade on the outskirts of the city. And, the Jews used to frequent the theatre to watch English classics. The matinee 10 am show slot Â ÂŠÂœČąÄ™ÂĄÂŽÂ?ČąÂŽÂĄÂŒÂ•ÂžÂœÂ’Â&#x;Ž•¢ȹÂ?Â˜Â›ČąŠž›Ž•ȹŠ—Â?Čą Hardy movies. The Padma Talkies also catered to the local audiences by screening Marathi and Hindi –˜Â&#x;Â’ÂŽÂœÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽČąĹ™ČąÂ™Â–ČąÂœÂ‘Â˜Â ČąÂ ÂŠÂœČąÂ›ÂŽÂœÂŽÂ›Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?Čą Â?Â˜Â›ČąÂ Â˜Â–ÂŽÂ—ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ?‘ŽŠÂ?Â›ÂŽČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â&#x;Â’Â?ÂŽÂ?Čą œŽ™Š›ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂœÂŽÂŠÂ?’—Â?ȹŠ››Š—Â?Ž–Ž—Â?ÂœČąÂ?Â˜Â›Čą women for all the other shows!â€? While digital technologies are used

in theatres today, he has created a Â?ŠœŒ’—ŠÂ?’—Â?ČąÂ–ÂžÂœÂŽÂžÂ–ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â“ÂŽÂŒÂ?Â˜Â›ÂœČąÂŠÂ—Â?Čą ˜Â?Â‘ÂŽÂ›ČąÂ˜Â•Â?ȹŽšž’™–Ž—Â?ǰȹŠ—Â?ČąÂœÂ˜Â–ÂŽČąÂŒÂ’Â—ÂŽÂ–ÂŠČą memorabilia from the theatre, for interested visitors. Â‘Â’Â•ÂŽČąÂ ÂŽČąÂ ÂŽÂ›ÂŽČąÂ’Â–Â™Â›ÂŽÂœÂœÂŽÂ?ȹ‹¢ȹÂ?‘Žȹ quantity and quality of heritage ‹ž’•Â?’—Â?ÂœČąÂ’Â—Čą Â˜Â•Â‘ÂŠÂ™ÂžÂ›Ç°ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ȹ’Â?ÂœČą ’—Â?Š—Â?Â’Â‹Â•ÂŽČąÂ‘Â’ÂœÂ?Â˜Â›Â˘ČąÂ˜Â?ȹŽ—Â?ÂŽÂ›Â™Â›Â’ÂœÂŽÇ°ČąÂŒÂžÂ•Â?ž›Žȹ and cuisine, we feel that a heritage –Š—ŠÂ?Ž–Ž—Â?ȹ™•Š—ȹ—ŽŽÂ?ÂœČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ‹ÂŽČąÂ?›Š —ȹ ž™ȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂŒÂ˜Â—ÂœÂŽÂ›Â&#x;ŽȹŠ—Â?ČąÂŒÂŽÂ•ÂŽÂ‹Â›ÂŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂŒÂ’Â?Â˘Č‚ÂœČą ‘Ž›’Â?ŠÂ?ÂŽÇŻČą—Â?ǰȹ’—ȹÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ™Â›Â˜ÂŒÂŽÂœÂœÇ°ČąÂŠÄ´Â›ÂŠÂŒÂ?Čą more visitors to this city.


of Ibrahimpur

MY VIEW

Changing the landscape Three years ago, Dr P Raghu Ram and his family adopted a remote village in Medak district. The family has spent more than â‚š50 lakh and Dr Raghu Ram the philanthropist, has pledged to undertake more initiatives in the village. Meanwhile, Harish Rao, the cabinet minister in the government of Telangana, inaugurated all the projects that have been completed until now, on the auspicious anniversary of Telangana Formation Day—June 4. In his quarterly column, Dr Raghu Ram details the work the family has done in the village of Ibrahimpur  ’Â?Â‘ČąÂœÂ˜Â•ÂŠÂ›ČąÂŽÂ•ÂŽÂŒÂ?›’ęŒŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÇŻČąÂ‘ÂŽÂœÂŽČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽÂ?ÂœČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ&#x;Žȹ‹ŽŽ—ȹ‹ž’•Â?ČąÂ˜Â—ČąÂ?‘Žȹ In adopting Ibrahimpur, the remotest village in Medak district, Â&#x;’••ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ˜ÂžÂ?œ”’›Â?ÂœČŻÂ˜Â—ČąÂŠČąÂœÂ™ÂŠÂŒÂŽČŻÂœÂ™Â›ÂŽÂŠÂ?ČąÂ˜Â&#x;Ž›ȹÂ?Â‘Â›ÂŽÂŽČąÂŠÂŒÂ›ÂŽÂœČąÂ˜Â?ȹ•Š—Â?ÇŻČą the Lord showed me the path to the joy of working for the welfare of ‘Žȹ Â’Â?ŽŠȹ Â ÂŠÂœČą Â?Â˜Čą Â‘Â˜ÂžÂœÂŽČą Â?‘Žȹ ÂœÂ‘ÂŽÂŽÂ™Čą Š Š¢ȹ Â?Â›Â˜Â–Čą Â?‘Žȹ Â&#x;’••ŠÂ?ÂŽČą Â?Â˜Čą people who I had never known prior to 2015. To see the happiness ™›ŽÂ&#x;Ž—Â?ČąÂŠÂ—Â’Â–ÂŠÂ•ČŹÂ‹Â˜Â›Â—ÂŽČąÂ?Â’ÂœÂŽÂŠÂœÂŽÂœČąÂ?Â›Â˜Â–ČąÂœÂ™Â›ÂŽÂŠÂ?’—Â?ȹ’—ȹÂ?‘ŽȹÂ&#x;’••ŠÂ?ÂŽČą on their faces today is satisfying. All the projects conceived in the Œ˜––ž—’Â?¢ǯȹÂ‘Â’ÂœČąÂ’ÂœČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÄ™Â›ÂœÂ?ČŹÂ˜Â?ČŹÂ’Â?ÂœČŹÂ”Â’Â—Â?ȹ’—’Â?’ŠÂ?Â’Â&#x;Žȹž—Â?Ž›Â?Š”Ž—ȹ village by me over the past three years have been completed. I am in Telangana and AP. very happy that my younger son chose to accompany me, to see for himself the landmark initiatives that were undertaken in the village, —Â?’•ȹ Â—Â˜Â Ç°Čą śŖȎŗŖŖȹ ÂœÂ‘ÂŽÂŽÂ™Čą  Ž›Žȹ Œ›Š––ŽÂ?Čą ’—œ’Â?ÂŽČą Â?‘Žȹ ÂœÂ–ÂŠÂ•Â•Čą which have been recognised with local, regional and homes of the 46 residents of the village. They national awards. I am very happy that •’Â&#x;ÂŽÂ?Čą ’—ȹ ÂŒÂ•Â˜ÂœÂŽČą Â™Â›Â˜ÂĄÂ’Â–Â’Â?¢ȹ  ’Â?‘ȹ Â?Â‘ÂŽÂœÂŽČą ÂŠÂ—Â’Â–ÂŠÂ•ÂœÇ°Čą which was unhygienic and led to air-borne ÂŽÂ?Čą –Žȹ ÂœÂ?Š›Â?Čą  ’Â?‘ȹ Č Š’”ž—Â?ŠÂ?‘Š–Š–Ȃǰȹ Šȹ my younger son chose Š—Â?Čą  ŠÂ?ÂŽÂ›ČŹÂ‹Â˜Â›Â—ÂŽČą ’—Â?ÂŽÂŒÂ?Â’Â˜Â—ÂœČą Â?Â˜Čą œ™›ŽŠÂ?Čą ’—ȹ ‹˜Â?‘ȹ –˜Â?Ž›—ȹ Œ›Ž–ŠÂ?Â˜Â›Â’ÂžÂ–Čą ‹ž’•Â?Čą Â˜Â—Čą Šȹ Â˜Â—ÂŽČą ÂŠÂŒÂ›ÂŽČą ™•˜Â?Čą to accompany me, to Â?Â‘ÂŽČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽÂŽÂ™ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂ?Â‘ÂŽČąÂ›ÂŽÂœÂ’Â?Ž—Â?ÂœÇŻČą in the village. Catering to many villages around ‹›Š‘’–™ž›ǰȹ Â?Â‘Â’ÂœČą ™›˜“ŽŒÂ?Čą ™›˜Â&#x;Â’Â?ÂŽÂœČą Â?‘Žȹ Â–ÂžÂŒÂ‘ČŹ see for himself the Green energy is the future, and we installed needed relief to residents in the area during the landmark initiatives home solar systems for 26 houses that is a –˜œÂ?ČąÂ?’ĜŒž•Â?ČąÂ?’–Žȹ’—ȹÂ?‘Ž’›ȹ•’Â&#x;ÂŽÂœÇŻČąČąÂ•Â˜Â?ČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂŒÂŠÂ›ÂŽČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČą Â›ÂŽÂ•Â’ÂŠÂ‹Â•ÂŽČąÂœÂ˜ÂžÂ›ÂŒÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąĹ—Ĺ–Ĺ–ČąÂ™ÂŽÂ›ČąÂŒÂŽÂ—Â?ČąÂ?Â›ÂŽÂŽČąÂŽÂ•ÂŽÂŒÂ?›’Œ’Â?¢ǯȹ that were undertaken ‹ŽŽ—ȹÂ?Š”Ž—ȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂŽÂ—ÂœÂžÂ›ÂŽČąÂ?‘ŠÂ?ČąÂ?Â‘Â’ÂœČąÂ™Â•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ•Â˜Â˜Â”ÂœČąÂ•Â’Â”ÂŽČąÂŠČą Â‘Â’ÂœČą Â?ŠŒ’•’Â?¢ȹ Â‘ÂŠÂœČą ‹ŽŽ—ȹ ™›˜Â&#x;Â’Â?ÂŽÂ?Čą Â?Â˜Čą Â?‘Žȹ ÂœÂ™ÂŠÂŒÂ’Â˜ÂžÂœČą Â‘Â˜Â–ÂŽČą  ’Â?‘ȹ Â?ŠŒ’•’Â?Â’ÂŽÂœČą Š—Â?Čą Â˜Â™ÂŽÂ—Čą ÂœÂ™ÂŠÂŒÂŽÂœČą in the village, which ™˜˜›ŽœÂ?Čą ˜Â?Čą Â?‘Žȹ Â™Â˜Â˜Â›Čą ’—ȹ Â?‘Žȹ Â&#x;’••ŠÂ?ÂŽÂœČą Â?Â˜Čą ÂŽÂ—ÂœÂžÂ›ÂŽČą  ’Â?‘ȹÂ?›ŽŽ—Ž›¢ȹÂ?Â˜ČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â&#x;Â’Â?ÂŽČąÂœÂ˜Â•ÂŠÂŒÂŽÇŻ have been recognised zero electricity bills for a lifetime, and at Žȹ‘ŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜ČąÂŽÂ›ÂŽÂŒÂ?ÂŽÂ?ČąĹšĹœČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽÂŽÂ™ČąÂœÂ‘ÂŽÂ?ÂœČąÇťÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂŠÂ•Â•ČąÂ?‘Žȹ with local, regional and Â?Â‘ÂŽČąÂœÂŠÂ–ÂŽČąÂ?’–ŽȹÂ?Â‘Â’ÂœČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â“ÂŽÂŒÂ?ČąÂ’ÂœČąÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜ČąÂŒÂ›ÂŽÂŠÂ?’—Â?ČąÂŽÂŒÂ˜ČŹ friendly homes and a cleaner environment. ĹšĹœČąÂ?ÂŠÂ–Â’Â•Â’ÂŽÂœČąÂ’Â—ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ&#x;’••ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂ Â‘Â˜ČąÂ˜Â Â—ČąÂŒÂŠÄ´Â•ÂŽÇźÇ°ČąÂŠÂ•Â˜Â—Â?Čą

national awards

ŽŠÂ?’—Â?ČąÂ˜Â™ÂŽÂ—s minds and doors for even the ™˜˜›ŽœÂ?Čą ˜Â?Čą Â?‘Žȹ Â™Â˜Â˜Â›ÇŻČą Â˜Ç°Čą  Žȹ •Š’Â?Čą Â?‘Žȹ Â?˜ž—Â?ŠÂ?Â’Â˜Â—Čą ÂœÂ?Â˜Â—ÂŽČą Â?Â˜Â›Čą Šȹ Œ˜––ž—’Â?Â˘ČąÂ•Â’Â‹Â›ÂŠÂ›Â˘Ç°ČąÂ Â‘Â’ÂŒÂ‘ČąÂ Â’Â•Â•ČąÂ™Â›Â˜Â&#x;Â’Â?ÂŽČąÂŠÂŒÂŒÂŽÂœÂœČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂ—ÂŽÂ ÂœÂ™ÂŠÂ™ÂŽÂ›ÂœÇ°Čą magazines, and books. In addition, there will be an Internet ŒŠÂ?ÂŽČą Â?Â˜Â›Čą ›Žœ’Â?Ž—Â?ÂœČą Â?Â˜Čą ’–™›˜Â&#x;ÂŽČą Â?‘Žȹ šžŠ•’Â?¢ȹ ˜Â?Čą Â?‘Ž’›ȹ •’Â&#x;ÂŽÂœÇŻČą Â‘Â’ÂœČą Â™Â•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČą  ˜ž•Â?Čą ÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜Čą ‹Žȹ žœŽÂ?Čą Â?Â˜Čą Œ˜—Â?žŒÂ?Čą Â?Š›Â?ÂŽÂ?ÂŽÂ?Čą ÂŠÂ ÂŠÂ›ÂŽÂ—ÂŽÂœÂœČą sessions by community healthcare workers, using the available audio visual facilities in the library. Â˜Â–ÂŽČąÂ˜Â?ČąÂ?‘Žȹ’—’Â?’ŠÂ?Â’Â&#x;ÂŽÂœČąÂ ÂŽČąÂ?Â˜Â˜Â”ČąÂžÂ™ČąÂŠÂ—Â?ČąÂŒÂ˜Â–Â™Â•ÂŽÂ?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ’Â—ČąĹ˜Ĺ–Ĺ—Ĺ?ȹŠ—Â?Čą are currently functional are listed below: ČŁČą ČąÂ?’—’—Â?ČąÂ›Â˜Â˜Â–ČąÂ’Â—ČąÂ?‘ŽȹÂ&#x;’••ŠÂ?ÂŽČąÂœÂŒÂ‘Â˜Â˜Â•ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂœČąÂ‹ÂŽÂŽÂ—ČąÂ‹ÂžÂ’Â•Â?ȹŠ—Â?ČąÂ’ÂœČą used by the students, who were earlier eating their lunch in ÂŠÂ—ČąÂ˜Â™ÂŽÂ—ČąÂŒÂ˜Â–Â™Â˜ÂžÂ—Â?ÇŻČąÂ?žÂ?Ž—Â?ÂœČąÂ—Â˜Â ČąÂ‘ÂŠÂ&#x;ÂŽČąÂŠÂŒÂŒÂŽÂœÂœČąÂ?Â˜ČąÂŠČąÂŒÂ•Â˜ÂœÂŽÂ?Ç°Čą Œ˜—Â&#x;Ž—’Ž—Â?ȹŠ—Â?ČąÂŠÂŽÂœÂ?‘ŽÂ?Â’ÂŒÂŠÂ•Â•Â˘ČąÂŒÂ˜Â—ÂœÂ?›žŒÂ?ÂŽÂ?ČąÂ™Â•ÂŠÂŒÂŽČąÂ?Â˜Â›ČąÂ?’—’—Â?Ç°Čą which also ensures hygiene.

Central minister, T Harish Rao with Krishna Sai, Dr Raghu Ram’s son

ČŁČą ÂŽČą ÂŠÂ•ÂœÂ˜Čą Œ˜—œÂ?›žŒÂ?ÂŽÂ?Čą Šȹ Â?Â’Â?Â’Â?Š•ȹ ÂœÂ?žÂ?¢ȹ Â›Â˜Â˜Â–Čą ’—ȹ Â?‘Žȹ Â&#x;’••ŠÂ?ÂŽČą school. Students now have access to state-of-the-art audio Â&#x;Â’ÂœÂžÂŠÂ•Čą Â?ŠŒ’•’Â?Â’ÂŽÂœÇ°Čą Â Â‘Â’ÂŒÂ‘Čą ™›˜Â&#x;Â’Â?ÂŽÂœČą Šȹ ÂœÂŽÂ›ÂŽÂ—ÂŽČą Ž—Â&#x;’›˜—–Ž—Â?Čą to study during school breaks and school holidays.

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ROUND UP

UBF

Diary

April 2018

The Secret of Success April 7, Bhopal: Dr Raghu Ram was the chief guest at the graduation ceremony of the 2012 graduation batch held at the Gandhi Medical College (GMC), Bhopal. Established in 1955, GMC is one of the oldest and prestigious medical schools in MP. In his speech, the doctor highlighted the relevance of an important component of the Hippocratic Oath ‘to keep the good of the patient as the highest priority’, and emphasised the importance of communication skills in medicine. He also shared the core principles that have shaped his life so far and what he would define as “success”. The budding doctors were advised to never forget their parents and teachers, and equally, to work hard, to think out-of-the-box, serve the needy and above all, to remain grounded at all times.

Look After Your Mom! April 21, Hyderabad: Dr Raghu Ram was invited to participate along with Pinkie Roshan, the mother of Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, and other prominent people from all walks of life, in a panel discussion at the launch of the Million Moms community, to discuss what motivates moms to take care of their health and fitness. Dr Raghu Ram shared his story with the audience—the turning point in his life when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and his decision to relocate to India to look after his mother. His poignant message: ‘Look after your mom, treasure her and value her. In turn, you will be blessed’.

A Round for Cancer Conquerors at Mrs India Telangana

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April 22, Hyderabad: Dr Raghu Ram was the chief guest at the Mrs India Telangana Pageant 2018. The winner will represent Telangana at the Mrs India National Pageant 2018 later this year. The event was organised by Mamata Trivedi (Mrs India 2017, Mrs Asia International 2018 and the regional director for Mrs India Telangana Pageant 2018). With one million new cases diagnosed every year, India accounts for the third highest number of cancer cases among women after China and the USA. Due to lack of awareness and absence of a screening programme, more than 70 per cent are diagnosed in advanced stages. As part of a strategy to increase awareness about cancer in women, Dr Raghu Ram suggested to the organisers to include a round for cancer ‘conquerors’ in the Pageant.


June 2018

Guest speaker at the National Judicial Academy

June 6, Bhopal: Dr Raghu Ram was the guest speaker at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal. The Academy imparts training to judges from all over India. In his speech, the doctor empowered the staff on different breast health issues and spread the message about the importance of early detection.

July 2018

Celebrating 70 years of NHS July 6, Hyderabad: One third of the doctors, employed at the National Health Service in the UK, are of Indian origin. They are the backbone of the world’s largest integrated health system. The British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad & KIMS Hospitals hosted a quintessential British evening reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The NHS is the world’s largest integrated health system, which provides universal healthcare, free to all qualifying UK residents. It treats over one million patients every 36 hours and performs over six million procedures per year. In his address, Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad, said: “As we celebrate the NHS’ 70th anniversary, this is a chance to reflect on the extraordinary contribution of Indian medical professionals to the NHS over seven decades and the close links that exist between our two healthcare systems. It is also an opportunity to celebrate future collaboration. The UK has developed some of the most innovative healthcare services and systems in the world. We want to work with close partners such as India in order to combine our respective expertise, jointly deal with new challenges and changing healthcare needs and embrace opportunities presented by the development of new technology.” There are many, personal examples of the close links that exist between the UK and Indian healthcare systems, including in Hyderabad itself. One example is Padma Shri awardee Dr P Raghu Ram, recipient of the Dr B C Roy national award. Having obtained higher specialist training at some of the world-renowned centres of excellence in the UK, Dr P Raghu Ram and his wife Dr Vyjayanthi, relocated to India in 2007. He has since established south Asia’s first stand-alone breast healthcare centre at KIMS Hospital. Dr Vyjayanthi heads the KIMS Fertility Centre— the largest fertility centre in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Dr P Raghu Ram, director, KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases, who organised the event said: “Vyjayanthi and I are very fortunate to have been able to train in the NHS, and equally, grateful to the Board of Directors at KIMS Hospitals for giving us an opportunity to incorporate and exemplify the best of British practices into our sphere of work over the past decade. On this very happy occasion, celebrating 70 glorious years of the NHS, we extend our heartfelt best wishes to the thousands of dedicated staff working in one of the most trusted and renowned public health services in the world.”

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