Dr. Akkai Padmashali is a famed transgender rights activist from Karnataka and known for her bold and passionate voice in campaigning against Section 377, which criminalizes sexual minorities in India.

When Obama was recently in India, Akkai was present at the Obama Foundation Townhall to interact with the former President, where she raised a question about how the she should raise her voice against this criminalization. She also asked him how the LGBTQ community should go about their movement since all they wanted was love and acceptance.

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Obama, being the great leader he is, went on to answer this passionately put question without commenting on the legislature of the country. He did not refrain from telling her how to find her voice and to ensure that their voices are heard by the authorities. He stressed on the importance of sharing and spreading her experiences and her story. …


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We have rounded up 5 sports persons whose never-give-up attitude will change the way you look at struggles.

  1. Deepa Malik


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I recall reading a play in Class 12 titled “On The Face Of It” by Susan Hill. It revolved around a character named Mr Lamb, an army veteran who lost one leg in a war. The tragic mishap did not shake his unwavering courage and positivism. Instead of focusing on what he could not do, he shifted his attention to what he could do but never found the time to — reading and making jams. And that, by his admission, was one of his most fulfilling life experiences.

Devendra Jhajharia’s narrative bears some semblance to Mr Lamb’s. Born in Churu district in Rajasthan, Jhajharia was the victim of an unfortunate accident when he was merely eight years old. He lost his left arm after being electrocuted by a live wire of 11,000 volts while attempting to climb a tree. Ironically enough, his village then was among the 18,000 Indian villages that were electrified but had no electricity. The near-fatal injury forced the doctors to amputate his left hand right away. …


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As Abish Mathew’s short video on sexual health goes viral, we have rounded up 5 hysterical comedy artists who you should look forward to as a consolation for a long and weary day. These fun experts are guaranteed to make you laugh till your stomach hurts and say ‘that is so me’ every time.

  1. Papa CJ


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Why is history relevant? If we approach it from the vantage point of our need for survival, support and security than time, then history imparts a crucial lesson to every entrepreneur. This wise observation by historian and leadership development expert Pradeep Chakravarthy reveals the genius that he possesses.

Using traditional Indian philosophy, art and literature, Pradeep has significantly improved the revenues of McKinsey by a whopping ₹300 crores in two years. His key to understanding the present and future behaviour is by understanding the past.

Pradeep’s talk cannot be simply cast aside as that history lecture you couldn’t wait to escape back in school. Watch the video below as he reveals why every budding entrepreneur should take history lessons very seriously. …


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Gaurav’s transition into adulthood was marked by confusion and a general sense of lack of direction. He tried, and yet failed to become a doctor, engineer and a singer. Like Sulochana aka “Sulu,” Gaurav craved to be in the spotlight. Though his unusual antics didn’t help him secure a spot in a singing reality show, it was at this moment he realised that he had a personality which best suited a career in radio jockeying.

The similarities between RJ Gaurav and RJ Sulu do not end here. Both Gaurav and Sulu are obsessed with attention and drama. Their rich voices are a reservoir of immense possibilities. They came from humble backgrounds and weren’t afraid to dream big. Eventually, their can-do attitude helped them break into the radio-jockeying industry. …


How many times have you started something and then given up because it’s too hard? In the year 2015, Ratnesh Pandey almost made it to the peak of Mount Everest before a devastating earthquake in Nepal cut short his journey. But instead of letting failure bog him down, he decided to face it head on. Last year, he mustered up courage to take over the world’s highest mountain again. …


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On this list we look into the lives of 5 athletes you may or may not have heard of who we think are out of the world.

  1. Khushbir Kaur

When he realised his wife’s social work was in crisis because of sanitary waste disposal problems, Shyam Bedekar vowed to help her solve the problem of the pad. He created a machine named Ashudhdhinashak to help women get rid of their sanitary napkins easily. His innovation has given millions of girls across the nation access to hygiene.

Sanitation remains a serious issue in rural India. Compared to 96% of women in Europe, only 6% Indian women use sanitary napkins. Shyam realized that there was a need to develop a low-cost incinerator for sanitary disposal, especially for rural areas where there is no system of garbage collection like in cities. If the disposal aspect was taken care of, it would become easier to convince women to use sanitary napkins. …


Radhika Menon slogged at her well-paying corporate job for more than 20 years of her life. Until one day, her Facebook post of a picture of the cast iron skillet she used at home went viral. On a whim, she decided to quit her job and get into reviving traditional cookware full-time. This led to the birth of her startup- The Village Fair.

Menon’s goal is to re-discover the healthy lifestyle of our ancestors and to bring that back in our metropolitan lives. To get things into perspective, one out of every four Indian is likely to die of a lifestyle disease. Apart from flavour, traditionally seasoned cookware comes with many health benefits.

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