You’re right, Prakash – stars like Nawazuddin prove that tal­ent wins out over ev­ery­thing else if you work hard and be­lieve in your­self. Karen, Ed­i­tor


The ar­ti­cle on Nawazuddin Sid­diqui was heart­warm­ing and in­spir­ing (‘The re­luc­tant hero’, Au­gust 29). Nawazuddin’s climb to star­dom is a tes­ti­mony to chas­ing one’s dream. It en­cap­su­lates the ob­jec­tive of re­lent­lessly as­pir­ing to do what you love. But what I liked most was how he re­mains af­fec­tion­ate to­wards his hum­ble roots in spite of be­ing as­so­ci­ated with the who’s who of the film fra­ter­nity in In­dia and abroad.

His story gives hope to many who have the tal­ent but are dis­il­lu­sioned by their looks and see

The ar­ti­cle ‘School of skate’ (Au­gust 29) demon­strated that no dream is too big or too gen­der-spe­cific, and ex­plained how Afghan girls are ea­gerly join­ing Skateis­tan, a school that not only teaches them how to skate but builds their con­fi­dence by of­fer­ing them jobs as youth group lead­ers. The story serves as an eye-opener to all those who be­lieve women are not as com­pe­tent as men. I would like to wish Skateis­tan stu­dents all the best for the fu­ture. Surely, they don’t need it be­cause the fu­ture is be­ing cre­ated by – and not dic­tated to – them at Skateis­tan.

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