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I am one of many who has spent most of my growing-up years in Dubai, ensconced in the comforts of urban life, but still complaining at times about things that don’t have. Not any more.
After reading about the harsh lives some children in Uganda lead where they have no access to necessities such as a hot meal, clean drinking water and basic education, I have begun to count my blessings. (‘Pedal power’, February 14).
The article beautifully articulated how something as simple as a bicycle can bring about a social change to the lives of people who were until now struggling to reach schools, hospitals or even get by in their daily lives.
Kudos to Dubai-based Dr Ahmed Samerai and his 10-year-old daughter Fay who have not just given bicycles to these underprivileged people but have also given them hope for a better life. These charitable people prove that all you need is a generous heart and a passion to bring about a change, not loads of money.
Thank you Friday for keeping us grounded and in touch with our conscience.
Sushila Kumar, via email
Iwould like to thank the entire Friday team for giving us a glimpse into the lives of unfortunate children in Uganda. The article ‘Pedal power’ reallyll is a motivation forf students d like me who would like to make a difference.
Subhashree Choudhary, Dubai
Lots of you were touched by the simple story of how a bike becomes an ambulance, water carrier and school bus for those in need. It proves that small changes can make a huge difference. Karen, Editor.
Murthy- Murugan’s journey ‘From child labourer to medical student’ (February 14) gives an inspiring message – that you can conquer anything and everything and climb the ladder of success if you have the three Ds – dedication, devotion and determination.
Born into an impoverished family and abandoned by his father at a tender age, Murthy had to leave school and toil as a labourer to support his family. But though he quit school, he kept his burning ambition of becoming a doctor and serving society intact and alive.
With the timely assistance of NCLP officials and his strong will, drive to surge ahead and an amazing ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, his cherished dream of becoming a doctor will come to fruition soon. Indeed, his story tells us that the word ‘impossible’ means ‘I am possible’ and you will certainly see the light at the end of the tunnel if you pursue your dream relentlessly.
Thank you Friday, for publishing such thought-provoking articles.
Jayashree Kulkarni, Abu Dhabi
We love stories of triumph over adversity and will keep bringing you the most inspiring.
Ihave been reading Suresh Menon’s column regularly for many weeks. Each time I read it, I laugh out loud. I thank Suresh and Friday for putting a smile on my face, week after week.
Rickson Philip, via email Suresh’s sharp wit puts a smile on my face too each week.
The pedal really can be powderful