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Fu­ture is safe in their hands

It is grat­i­fy­ing to read about young peo­ple who give up lu­cra­tive ca­reers to de­vote their lives to a cause. It makes you be­lieve that they are not a self-ab­sorbed gen­er­a­tion but are com­pas­sion­ate and care about the so­ci­ety they live in.

Your Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence fea­ture on Natasha Man­si­gani’s Big Hug Foun­da­tion (Novem­ber 1) that is pro­vid­ing a healthy and lov­ing en­vi­ron­ment to 30-odd or­phaned kids in In­dia was amaz­ing. By look­ing af­ter th­ese de­prived chil­dren and en­sur­ing they grow up to be re­spon­si­ble, skilled and ed­u­cated peo­ple, she has shown how one per­son with lim­ited re­sources can bring about a pos­i­tive change.

The happy faces of young kids in the pic­tures is tes­ta­ment to the fact that Natasha’s con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety is im­mense and defin­ing.

MAN­JUSHA NARAYAN, DUBAI

Ar­ti­cle was a con­fi­dence booster

I sim­ply love the self-help ar­ti­cles that you have in the mag­a­zine. I am a man­age­ment stu­dent who is try­ing to get to grips with what lit­tle I know of the harsh cor­po­rate world. Th­ese fea­tures give me some self-insight and some tips on how to im­prove my con­fi­dence lev­els and work on my in­ter­per­sonal skills.

This week’s ar­ti­cle (‘Four steps to ul­ti­mate con­fi­dence’, Novem­ber 1) was suc­cinct, easy to un­der­stand and not like nu­mer­ous self-help books avail­able on the mar­ket that rely on heavy busi­ness jar­gon.

I’m al­ready fol­low­ing the ad­vice and wanted to say thank you Fri­day for th­ese amaz­ing ar­ti­cles.

SUDEEP SHANKAR, DUBAI

Hats off to Heena!

I en­joyed read­ing the real-life story of a woman who lost a third of her body weight by stick­ing mostly bananas and pineap­ples (‘I lost 35kg in 11 months eat­ing fruit!’, Novem­ber 1). The be­fore and af­ter im­ages of Heena Jani are re­mark­able and show how be­ing healthy can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on our con­fi­dence lev­els.

It was nice to know that her fam­ily stood by her and helped her re­main fo­cused on her goal. Quite of­ten fam­ily and friends un­in­ten­tion­ally tempt the per­son by telling them that it’s OK to stray from the diet once in a while and be­fore you know it that once in a while be­comes a reg­u­lar g oc­cur­rence. So hats off to Heena for not giv­ing in to temp­ta­tion and stay­ing on track. She clearly shows that it’s all about mind over mat­ter.

You should fea­ture other sto­ries with peo­ple who have suc­cess­fully quit vices like smok­ing, as it will give a di­rec­tion to all those who find it dif­fi­cult to kick their bad habits.

FAUZIA AH­MAD, VIA EMAIL

‘Story moved me to tears’

I had tears in my eyes when I read the story, ‘I found my fam­ily af­ter 42 years’ (Novem­ber 1). The fea­ture poignantly de­scribes the plight of two chil­dren who were ne­glected by their par­ents and an eight-year-old sis­ter’s un­con­di­tional love for her lit­tle brother. The story also in­spires us to re­mem­ber all those peo­ple who have made any kind of an im­pact on our lives in the past and with whom we’ve lost touch.

Af­ter read­ing this story, I felt like search­ing for all those peo­ple through var­i­ous so­cial net­work­ing sites and re­con­nect­ing with them in some way.

I’ll let you know how I get on!

PADMA SMITHA, ABU DHABI

Natasha Man­si­gani wants us all to share

a Big Hug The mov­ing story of one man’s hunt for his fam­ily in­spired read­ers

BE­FORE

AF­TER Heena Jani sets a fine ex­am­ple

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