Captain Naveen Anaberu

In May 1999, Indian Armed Forces were suddenly called to the Line of Control(LoC). The Indian Army had launched Operation Vijay. I was a part of 13 Battalion -Jammu and Kashmir Rifles team and was twenty five years old when I was inducted into the battle field. My team Charlie and another, Delta, were chosen to regain hillock Point 4785 which was

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 Mark Rego

I was born in 1993 into a house with one room and a kitchen, and no electricity. My dad used to work as a welder and my mother in the fields. Between them, they would get a little over Rs. 200 a day. My father was an alcoholic who would come home and beat his three kids and his wife.

As a child, I would walk thirteen kilometres to the school.

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When she was 55 years old, my mother survived breast cancer. I know I got my guts from her.

My own story started in 2002. A bad stomach and a lump on my back were the first signs, and my mother insisted I get it checked. Doctors said it was just extra tissue growing and asked me to drop by the next day to get it removed. It would be a half-hour

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 Rashmi Rao aka RJ Rapid Rashmi

Salma Shafeeq Ghori

I was 19, when I got married to Captain Shafeeq Ghori in 1991. It was difficult in the beginning to accept the fact that he was constantly on the move and had to leave me alone for long periods, but he sat me down and explained what it was like to be an army wife. There were no mobile phones back then. I used to spend hours by the phone unsure when

Rashmi Rao aka RJ Rapid Rashmi

I was only a year old, when my maternal family said to give me to an orphanage. My mother had married someone outside the community and had just gotten separated. She was 22 at the time and had her entire life in front of her. But she stood by me.

As a child, I used to love singing, stage and performances. At the age of six, I began training

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Meghna and Girish

As a child, Akshay’s confidence was inspiring. He was three years old, when he wanted to be a fighter pilot like his papa. In Class 6, when his teacher commented ‘how skirts were only becoming shorter’, he fearlessly got up and said such comments were inappropriate. After Class 10, post a trip to US, he told me ‘‘Ma,

I was born in Karkala near Mangalore in pre-independence India. My dad was a lawyer and he always told us six siblings that he’d give us enough education, but will not leave any property, which made us aware that we should find a profession for our earnings. I was a shy yet mischievous kid. When I was 17, I fell

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 Saalumarada Thimmakka

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When I was in class 5, I read a book “My Early Life” by Mahatma Gandhi and I was fascinated by it. I did not understand it then but much later understood its significance. ‘Harijaan,’ a weekly tabloid run by Mahatma Gandhiji carried news and his views which evoked the sense of freedom. I used to attend public gatherings

Saalumarada Thimmakka

Growing up in gubbi village, my childhood was a struggle. At the age of five, I started helping my mother in household chores and later juggled as a coolie, quarry labourer and a farmer. I was the second born of the six children and it used to be a everyday struggle to get a meal. I never went to school. At 20, I got married and moved to Hulikal.

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 Usha Rai

Usha Rai

Growing up in Udupi, my house was filled with pre-independence stories. I got married soon after my graduation. As per the Bunt tradition, my father had given dowry but then I convinced my husband to return it. I used to be very timid and shy but the bank job changed my life. I became self reliant, confident and independent. After 25 years of service,

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