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Look beyond your bank balance
Every week, I enjoy reading the Making a Difference articles as the section shines a spotlight on those unsung heroes who have not only invested money but also their time into causes that should ideally be looked into by the authorities.
This week the article on John Matthews, the financial director of a law firm who was leading a privileged life in Dubai before he chucked it all to set up schools in impoverished Nepal (‘A new lesson in change’, December 27), made me realise that at heart most of us are compassionate people but there are just a few of us who make that noble sentiment the very purpose of our life. John is one of those few and hopefully his life will be an example to all those who are not able to look beyond their own bank balance.
CATHERINE LEWIS, VIA EMAIL
It’s time to take action
The real-life story this week was truly interesting (‘I’ve been on diets since I was nine!’, December 27).
Considering it is the time of year when everybody is making new year resolutions and I’m sure losing weight must be the most popular one, this article was very timely.
After reading the feature, I too realised it’s about time I took some serious steps towards losing weight, especially since my excess weight is making me feel lethargic all the time. I had begun to avoid going out with friends as I feel guilty eating out; I avoid looking at myself in the mirror as I don’t like the way my clothes fit me and I feel I’m gradually losing confidence.
So, thank you Friday for giving me this wake-up call. I have already enrolled in a nearby gym and have started work on losing those extra kilos.
SHREYA KUMAR, VIA EMAIL Collette Campbell’s 20-odd-year battle with the bulge proves one thing – anything is possible if you put your heart into it. She felt that she needed to lose weight so that she was able to keep up with her baby boy – and she did.
Her beaming smile on the first page of the article proves that she might have lost the pounds for her son’s sake but it is she who has gained in confidence and happiness. Kudos to Collette for she has become an example to all those who are perennially looking for excuses for their sedentary lifestyle. Me included.
I am definitely going to bring about a change tomy life this new year.
ANANDITA GHOSH, VIA EMAIL
John quit his job in Dubai to help educate children in Nepal