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Thursday , June 13, 2013

Acid attack victim Preeti Rathi's last words


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These are the last few notes that 23-year-old Preeti scribbled while she battled for life in a Mumbai hospital after a brutal acid attack on 2nd May, 2013. Preeti was in the hospital for nearly a month but despite all her pain and suffering she was worried about her family and future. She knew that her dream to become a nurse was shattered. After the sudden acid attack on her, Preeti feared for the security of her cousins. In a note to her aunt she said that she never wanted them to meet a similar fate. Being a nurse she knew that her treatment wouldn't be cheap. She wanted to know who was bearing the expenses of the hospital and how long would it take for her to....


Monday , May 20, 2013

The endless wait


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"Don't call it a story! For you it may be just another story but for me it's my life," These sharp words left a lasting impact on me. This was one of my first interactions with Damyanti Tambay, wife of Flight Lieutenant Vijay Vasant Tambay who went missing in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. He is amongst the 54 defense personnel still believed to be in Pakistani jails. Left me thinking, mostly guilty of using the words I had used. It took me days to persuade her to give me an on-camera interview. Every time I called her she would say the same thing, "what is the point of this whole exercise when no one really cares about our prisoners of war ( PoW's)." Her wait for her husband has been endless. She last saw him 44 years ago before he left for the India Pakistan war in 1971. Since....


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Whistleblower special: Behind the camera (Part 2)


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The first time I met Citizen Journalist Gendalal it was hard to imagine that a man like him could be so courageous and upfront. A tailor by profession, Gendalal used RTI to expose corruption in many government schemes in his village. He and his family were attacked and now are being threatened but this has not dampened his spirits. He has continued to fight against corruption amidst all odds, because he has decided to raise his voice against wrongdoings in the society. He feels that the benefits of steps taken by him may be reaped by the poor in his village - sooner or later. Gendalal spoke about his fight with much passion and earnestness. He has now taken upon himself the responsibility to ensure that the benefits of the govt schemes meant for the poor reach them and....


Thursday , November 15, 2012

Think before you drink!


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The story of Vijay Simha and his long drawn battle with addiction and substance abuse is not only true but hard to believe. He says that nothing from his earlier days as an addict affects him now not even alcohol or drugs. He has learnt to make peace with his past and this is the only way to forward.

Quite contrary to what I thought while walking up the stairs to his apartment. It wasn't possible for anyone to transform completely but the fact that he did was quite surprising. I was eager to meet him wondering how could anyone loose control of his life to such an extent and then put it all back together bit by bit.

This was the first time I was going to meet Vijay Simha. As the door opened he welcomed me into his brightly coloured....


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