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Friday - - Letters -

The in­ter­view with Anu­radha Vi­jaykr­ish­nan, banker, wife and mother of two, who has just re­leased her first book was truly in­ter­est­ing (‘The re­luc­tant nov­el­ist’, Au­gust 1). I liked what she said about go­ing to the men­tal gym ev­ery night af­ter she was done with daily chores so that she could write.

I also be­lieve it is im­por­tant for women who lead busy lives to take time off for them­selves and do some­thing that they are pas­sion­ate about. The sense of achieve­ment that creative sat­is­fac­tion gives can­not be matched. Af­ter read­ing this ar­ti­cle, I’ve de­cided I’m go­ing to learn some­thing new ev­ery year.

RACHNA SHANKAR, VIA EMAIL

The ar­ti­cle about Anu­radha Vi­jaykr­ish­nan’s writ­ing jour­ney, and how beau­ti­fully she man­ages her ca­reer, hobby and house­hold chores with­out help, made for an in­spir­ing read.

I am a full-time mother and am try­ing my hand at writ­ing.

This ar­ti­cle mo­ti­vated me to write and I am all set to go to the men­tal gym now.

MEENU GOENKA, DUBAI Anu­radha proves that you can have it all if you are pre­pared to give your all. She stays up late once her chil­dren are in bed to write and has pub­lished what is set to be­come a best­seller. She has in­spired me to try harder! Karen, edi­tor

Iwas fas­ci­nated by the story on Nir­mala Topno, the 17-year-old ele­phant whis­perer, about the way she suc­cess­fully man­ages to calm these wild an­i­mals, (‘The ele­phant whis­perer’, Au­gust 1).

What im­pressed me even more was that she con­tin­ues to save the ele­phants even though her fa­ther was killed by one. Her courage is truly com­mend­able. I hope the lo­cal govern­ment pro­vides her with the nec­es­sary sup­port and she goes on to re­alise her dreams.

FARIDA AH­MAD, VIA EMAIL

While read­ing the ar­ti­cle ‘The ele­phant whis­perer’, I was amazed by Nir­mala’s abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with ele­phants. Even af­ter Nir­mala’s fa­ther died, she didn’t lose hope and her willpower to con­tinue to tame the wild beasts is re­ally in­cred­i­ble. Her courage and pa­tience makes her a real in­spi­ra­tion to youth. GOPIKA ANAND, GRADE 10, GEMS OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, DUBAI Nir­mala is an amaz­ing teenager with an in­cred­i­ble gift she in­her­ited from her fa­ther. We’ll bring you more sto­ries of her ele­phant whis­per­ings.

Iwas moved by the real-life story on Lau­ren Scruggs (‘Los­ing my arm and eye was the best thing that hap­pened to me’, Au­gust 1). Lau­ren has been very brave af­ter a trau­matic ac­ci­dent prov­ing that ‘true beauty comes from within’. I wish her a bright fu­ture ahead. SHRUTI SU­SAN , GRADE 9 STU­DENT , OUR OWN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL, SHAR­JAH

Anu­radha’s story en­cour­aged you to fol­low your dreams

Lau­ren Scruggs in­spired you

The ele­phant whis­perer got you talk­ing

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