She Sees Stars Through Those Eyes…

Everybody has a story to tell. But sometimes, maybe someone has to do the story telling for them. This girl, a young 21 year old, walked into the NGO I work at and inspired me with her severe strength and ability to endure. But you know what got me thinking? It’s the way she never thought of herself as someone extra special, or strong. She considered herself to be just like you and me.

Too often in life we mark barriers and create our own obstacles, or rather, we let the world do that for us. But then again, there are always those few who can fight to make what matters most to them a reality. And this is what should be the true spirit of inspiration at the end of the day.


Mahenoor Ali, a young, talented, intelligent young woman is unlike any other student her age. You can see the difference in her as soon as you meet her. She has an aura of confidence and determination about her. These qualities are a must but not as easily found after all. The ease with which she walks, talks and uses her phone and computer to get work done, inspires me to no end and that’s primarily because she is visually impaired by birth, with just partial vision capabilities as of today.  She is currently pursuing her Bachelor in Science Degree (Honors) specializing in Mathematics.

Here is her story:

What inspires you to study and take your academic dreams further?

Well, Mathematics as a subject inspires me. The other subjects that inspire me are Physics and Chemistry, I believe they both provide the answers to so many things around us. And besides this, I want to be a professional mathematician or a researcher, or perhaps work in the capacity of an Assistant Professor at a prestigious university. It all depends on where life takes me.

I hope to go to a university like MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to pursue by education later on.

What do your general hobbies include?

I don’t have many hobbies besides reading and studying. I like my subjects and keep reading up on various authors and topics to improve myself. My eagerness to be a professional Mathematician engulfs me so much that I want to settle down at a place where the core topic is developing most -any good establishment like the IIT’s or prestigious academic Centers abroad.

Who do you look up to most in life?

I look up to my father. He has always taught me to focus on being number one. Nothing can limit you and this is what I believe only because of him. You set your own goals and similarly you set your own limits, without realizing it.

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Odd one out


Somehow, we got to the point where pollution levels have reached such a high that the Delhi government had to fix days for odd and even numbered license plates.What does that mean?

Well, the proposed rule specifies that w.e.f 1st January 2016, on odd dates, license plates ending with an odd number can ply the roads (from 8 am to 8 pm) and on even dates, license plates ending with an even number can ply the roads. This rule is presently on a trial basis, for the next few days, in Delhi.

The government has taken sufficient measures to try and provide citizens with adequate support by trying to increase the number of private buses on the roads during this period. If this trial period proves positive, chances are this might turn permanent.

A corporate lawyer from Mumbai feels that the rule is definitely a boon considering all the given factors however, if the state government can’t provide the additional (and required) infrastructure in terms of good public transport while incorporating policies such as this, then the rule is as good as bad governance.

If this is implemented in cities across the country though, what will happen? Will families now strive to have cars that sport one odd and one even number license plate?

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Here’s why you should pick up that book today


It’s often been said that a good reader makes a great leader. Have you ever wondered why “reading” has so commonly been linked to “leading”? It was Mark Twain afterall who said, “The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.”

Here is why you should pick up that book today and read to lead!

There is no end to knowledge

The best way to learn something new is through practical experience and reading. Reading extensively adds to your world of knowledge, knowing more about different areas of interest reflects on your professional growth. A good leader is more often than not also well-read. Reading experiences of successful people via their biographies can also help “lead by example”. As Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)told us, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.”

Reading opens your mind

When you read about new things, you tend to adopt a more open minded view of things. It helps broaden your perspective on life and this is important to be a leader.

Improves your ability to communicate

Communication is key in business and inter-personal relationships. The better your command over language and speech, the more productive it will help you be at the workplace. Reading improves your grasp on language.

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