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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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Readers were moved by author Baby Halder’s story