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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

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