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This week’s real-life fea­ture was heart-wrench­ing and in­spir­ing (‘I was healed by love’, July 25). The pic­ture of ex­ten­sively scarred Turia Pitt with Michael Hoskin, the man who loves her un­con­di­tion­ally in spite of her in­juries, should be shown to all those who strug­gle to be happy with what they see in the mir­ror and have an in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex about their phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance.

A bush fire might have robbed Turia of her good looks but it clearly could not dam­age her spirit.

By get­ting back on her feet and over­com­ing the hard­ships that she has faced over the years, Turia proves that when the go­ing gets tough, the tough get go­ing. Armed with the love of a man who loves her for the person she is and not for how she looks, Turia will go on to be an ex­am­ple for all those who say, ‘Can’t do’.

May the two of them live hap­pily ever af­ter, for their love story def­i­nitely de­serves a fairy­tale end­ing.

NISHTHA SRI­VAS­TAVA, VIA EMAIL

When I read the ar­ti­cle ‘I was healed by love’, I was moved to tears. I be­lieve that Turia is a very in­spir­ing person, for in spite of the hard­ships that she has faced in her life, she has a strong willpower to carry on. It is truly mar­vel­lous how she did not let her burns hold her back and de­stroy her hap­pi­ness.

Her story proves just how un­pre­dictable life can be.

GAY­ATHRI MENON, GRADE 10 STU­DENT

So in­spir­ing... that’s what I was feel­ing when I read the ar­ti­cle ‘I was healed by love’. Be­ing a doc­tor my­self, I deal with pa­tients day in and out who are ready to give up so eas­ily.

Turia’s story is what I would like to share with them to in­spire them to live life to the fullest no mat­ter what fate has in store for you.

I ap­plaud Michael, who loves Turia be­yond her phys­i­cal beauty and con­tin­ues to be her strength. I wish them a bright and a blessed fu­ture.

DR SO­NIA GUPTE, DUBAI

This story just proves that beauty comes from within and that true love has noth­ing to do with looks. Turia is a brave and amaz­ing woman who has in­spired us all. Karen, edi­tor

For me, the Mak­ing A Dif­fer­ence ar­ti­cle ‘By force of habit’ (July 25) was an eye opener. It showed how in a pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety, a woman re­quires a lot of courage to stand up to an op­pres­sive hus­band and force him to stop drink­ing. This ar­ti­cle showed how a team of women worked with liquor stores and fam­i­lies to force their hus­bands to re­form.

SYEDA AMENA, GRADE 11, OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, DUBAI

Tough love is needed some­times – and in this case it works!

This is my Fri­day rou­tine: Go to church, catch up with friends, have an early sump­tu­ous lunch, read Suresh Menon’s col­umn, then have a great si­esta. His sub­tle hu­mour does not make you laugh out loud, driv­ing sleep away, but it stays with you, mak­ing you smile even in your sleep.

DR JANCY MATHEW

Suresh makes us all smile ev­ery Fri­day. Glad he makes your day.

Sis­ters are do­ing it for them­selves – with tough love

Michael and Turia – an ex­am­ple to us all

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