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An un­e­d­u­cated maid who goes on to be­come a best­selling au­thor – now that is what you call an inspiring story (‘Maid in Kolkata’, March 6)!

Baby Halder’s wis­dom and poise are im­pres­sive. For a per­son who has seen so much ex­ploita­tion, abuse and ad­ver­sity, she doesn’t carry any bag­gage and is now bring­ing up her kids sur­rounded by pos­i­tiv­ity.

Hats off to her – and to her em­ployer who has en­cour­aged her through all her en­deav­ours. SAN­CHITA G, DUBAI

Baby Hal­dar’s jour­ney from rags to riches and anonymity to fame is very in­ter­est­ing. Born into an im­pov­er­ished fam­ily she had an ag­o­nis­ing child­hood, was mar­ried off at the age of 12, be­came a mother very young and was faced with con­stant abuse and ex­ploita­tion all through her life. But the coura­geous woman that she is, she de­cided to leave that life and make her own des­tiny.

Her thirst for read­ing and writ­ing and the en­cour­age­ment from her men­tor has made her an au­thor now.

Although she has ac­quired fame and recog­ni­tion, her ex­tra­or­di­nary ‘or­di­nar­i­ness’ makes her so unique yet hum­ble. Well done Baby! JAYASHREE KULKA­RNI, ABU DHABI

The story of Baby Halder is ab­so­lutely ex­tra­or­di­nary. It high­lights how a per­son can use their dis­ad­van­tage to cre­ate some­thing that is so inspiring and beau­ti­ful.

I would also like to ex­press my ap­pre­ci­a­tion to­wards her em­ployer who men­tored her through her jour­ney. What struck me most about Baby is her sim­plic­ity and her abil­ity to for­give all those peo­ple who have wronged her.

What an inspiring ar­ti­cle. We all have some­thing to learn from it. LYNE VIE­GAS, VIA EMAIL

Ilove Fri­day for the way it high­lights or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things. While read­ing Baby Halder’s story, I re­alised that she is very spe­cial and in­spi­ra­tional, con­sid­er­ing all the ad­ver­si­ties that women in In­dia are faced with. SANGEETHA MANOJ, VIA EMAIL aby Hal­dar’s story is over­whelm­ing. Her mind­set is sim­ply ethe­real! God bless her em­ployer as well. It shows where there is a will, an an­gel to foster it and a paved high­way, any­thing is pos­si­ble... PANJAMI ANAND, VIA FACE­BOOK hile read­ing the ar­ti­cle ‘Maid in Kolkata’, I was struck by the fact that ir­re­spec­tive of our eco­nomic back­grounds, each one of us has un­bound po­ten­tial, which we are not able to re­alise or ac­knowl­edge be­cause we are con­strained by our stereo­typ­i­cal mind­set.

In re­al­ity, we should all be cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity and as­sist­ing each other to re­alise our tal­ents.

I would like to com­mend Fri­day for pub­lish­ing sto­ries that in­spire us. POOJA VINOD, DUBAI-BASED STU­DENT

Such a co­in­ci­dence, to read about Baby Hal­dar just when I had par­tic­i­pated in a writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Baby is an in­spi­ra­tion. One day I hope my book, too, will get pub­lished. VIJI RAJU, VIA FACEBOOKL

Baby Halder proves that ad­ver­si­ties can be turned into op­por­tu­ni­ties. All it takes is a never-say-die at­ti­tude. Karen, edi­tor

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