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Karma Paljor
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 17 : 57

India Positive: Finding ability in challenges


A 21-year-old from Allahabad, who lost her limbs in a horrific accident, is not letting that come in the way of her dreams of becoming a painter.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these visuals convey it all. 21-year-old Sarita Dwivedi is now a seasoned painter, and winner of many awards - despite what must certainly be a debilitating disability. Sarita was four when playing on the terrace did not turn out to be fun, but shattering. A 11000-volt power line came falling on her and she lost both her hands and half her right leg.

Recuperating from her ordeal was long and painful. But Sarita never gave up. With the support of family friends and a prosthetic leg, she started attending school where she found her passion in life.

She has even learned to do many chores by herself, even something as delicate as embroidery. For Sarita it's been a long journey - a journey she says would not have been possible without her mother: her best friend, support and confidante.

After receiving the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in 2008 and being feted by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, to name a few, Sarita looks forward to completing her studies as she keeps filling in blank canvases spreading her colors.


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Karma Paljor has been a journalist for over 11 years. Having started with The Times of India in Mumbai, he moved to CNBC TV18 in 2001. Apart from covering national and political stories for the channel, Paljor also anchored the breakfast show on CNBC TV18. He bagged the Chevening scholarship for Broadcast journalism in 2004. A keen aviation watcher, he loves flying his model aircraft when not reporting about trouble in the skies. Paljor also did a half-hour programme on the problems plaguing the aviation sector in India in 2006, following which the civil aviation ministry suggested several changes including, an overhaul of infrastructure at Air Traffic Controls across India. Paljor, who has anchored every possible show on CNN-IBN, is an avid aeromodeller when time permits.