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Cliff Hanger

For lack of facilities around and the inability to have an attendant with him all the time, Ashraf discontinued his studies. One day, a mountaineering coach discovered and trained him and that gave this...

Daring Challenges, Creating Hope

A physiotherapist who sidelined his career to work for the physically challenged, Sami Wani, in collaboration with a international NGO has given new life to a number of people with disabilities. Shahnawaz Khan reports.  ...

Barkat’s School

Started by a mother of seven to impart free education to underprivileged, Buchwara’s Lowood School is now a splendid piece of history. To rediscover its history, Bilal Handoo visits the school where once elite...

Words of pain

Taja was mesmerized by poetry since childhood, but it were tragedies at a ripe age that brought out the poetess in her. Shazia Yousuf interacts with the poetess grandmother. Surrounded by her children and...

Carving a future

This month as Farook Tass, an NIT student landed a handsome job in an on-campus placement interview, it was a culmination of a long, arduous journey he began years ago. Ibrahim Wani traces the...

Ability Amplified

At first glance, Javed Tak would seem like a man with a disability, a man who has resigned himself to a life of pity and regrets. Arshid Dar reports on how this man refused...

Exceptional Writer

A man who has picked up the art of calligraphy from his ancestors, decided to transfer the art to children for free, after retirement. Saqib Mir meets the uncommon artist who pays for what...

A Dream Painter

A Kashmiri family adopted an abandoned minor girl in Bangalore and brought her up for two decades. Now, restricted to a hospital bed for two years, the 35 years old destitute is painting her...

A Brave Battle

While putting up a brave fight against a life-threatening disease and even losing his wife to discord, a young man ensured that he completes his PhD in time, reports Khalid Bashir Gura “Life is what happens...

Their Own Beacons

From the darkrooms of SKIMS six visually impaired technicians have made numerous patients happy and doctors proud. Nazir Ganaie reports. Beeline of patients, waiting for their turns outside the main X-ray department of valley’s premiere...

Against All Odds

Despite losing his right arm at 10, Sayer Abdullah, 23, now drives an SUV and goes on off-road trips, reports Khalid Bashir Gura On the morning of September 17, 2007, a school bus carried students wearing neatly ironed...

The Family Gold

A Jammu jewellers’ family owns some of the rarest pieces of Islamic calligraphy and it includes two specimens of the Quran which require a magnifying glasses and are extremely rare, reports Masood Hussain These drawings...

Taking An Initiative

In Kashmir where marriage ceremonies have become extravagant and finding matches increasingly worrisome, Humsafar has made the process simple and easier. Haroon Mirani meets the man behind the initiative, Fayaz Ahmad Zaroo. In 2005 Fayaz...

Making of a scholar

After a school-going student was tortured to fetch information about a wanted militant, he got severe retina injury that led him to lose his eye-sight. But mere passion helped him fight the isolation and...

The Jungle Lover

When the boys of his age were playing with toys, Nazir Malik was observing the behaviour of birds that were fed by his mother at their Srinagar house. Now 50, Malik, an internationally recognized...

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