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Friday - - Letters -

Ican­not be­lieve that it’s al­ready 10 years since those hor­ren­dous killer waves claimed hun­dreds of thou­sands of lives across the world. It seems like yes­ter­day when we woke up to the dis­as­ter that de­stroyed ev­ery­thing in its wake.

While read­ing the ‘Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence’ fea­ture on how some women have taken to doll-mak­ing to not only over­come their grief but help oth­ers as well, I was over­come with sad­ness (‘Dolls of Hope’, De­cem­ber 19). May those colour­ful dolls help heal the bat­tered hearts of th­ese poor women and give them the strength to move on.

While read­ing the ar­ti­cle on the Forkan brothers, I was struck by their ef­fort to stay pos­i­tive in spite of all the pain and hard­ships that they had to un­dergo after los­ing their par­ents to the tsunami (‘Sole brothers’, De­cem­ber 19).

Loss like theirs could have eas­ily turned them into bit­ter and cyn­i­cal peo­ple look­ing for pub­lic sym­pa­thy to sur­vive. But th­ese boys are rare. They not only found a new and con­struc­tive rea­son to live, but took care of their younger sib­lings as well. And then they went on to set up a suc­cess­ful business of mak­ing flip-flops, which is go­ing to fi­nance a home for or­phans in Sri Lanka, the coun­try where they lost their par­ents. Here’s to wish­ing the brothers a world of hap­pi­ness... Much de­served.

The in­ter­view with Shubhreet Kaur Ghum­man, the one-legged dancer from Ludhiana in north In­dia (‘She’s got tal­ent!’ De­cem­ber 19) was a de­light­ful read. I re­mem­ber watch­ing her per­for­mance on the In­dia’s Got Tal­ent TV show and be­ing in awe of her ‘never-say-die’ spirit.

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