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Everyday Heroes

The Peacock Doctor

NARANBHAI KARANGIA, a, 43-year old farmer from Jamnagar, Gujarat is a devoted guardian of our national bird. If he learns that a peacock within 200 kilometres of his village is ill or injured, he rushes to friend the bird on his motorcycle with vitamin drops, medications and bandages. And if. after he has treated it, the bird can’t be left in the wild, Karangia brings it home. Karangla and

What do you think Karangia does after bringing the peacocks home?

Every year, after the harvest, when food for wild peacocks is scarce, Karangia sets up centers in villages where the birds are looked after and fed. And during a flood, a few years ago, Karangia spent two days looking for peacocks marooned on treetops. He saved a dozen. “I love peacocks,” says Karangia, “I want to help as many as I can.”

The Noteworthy Singer

Abhijeet Bhattacharya a Hindi playback singer was returning home in suburban Mumbai late one evening when he saw people gathered around a man lying in a pool of blood. Asking his driver to stop, Abhijeet found the injured man unconscious and bleeding heavily.

A young, well-dressed couple in the crowd told Abhijeet that their car had hit the man. “They were upset and didn’t know what to do,” recalls Abhijeet. Taking charge, he told his chauffeur to drive the couple to the nearest hospital. Then, with the help of bystanders, he carefully placed the injured man in the couple’s car and drove to the same hospital. Although required by law to treat accident victims immediately, doctors at the hospital were reluctant to admit the injured man. It took 10 minutes of wrangling for Abhijeet to get them to agree.

Only after making sure that the man was being attended to and that his relatives had been contacted did Abhijeet leave for home at around 1 a.m. “Don’t hesitate to help road accident victims.” Abhijeet says. “You can save a life!”

The Kind Heart

VASANT KALBAG, a 79-year old retired businessman, encourages people to be kind. Doing small selfless acts, he believes, not only helps others-it boosts our health and longevity.

Kalbag realized this after he came across two websites globalideas-bank.org and actsofki ndness.org, both of which promoted the message that if only people were kind to one another, the world would be a much better place. Inspired by this simple but powerful idea, Kalbag started his own organization Kindness Unlimited (KU) and built the kindness unlimited.tripod.com website. Through it, Kalbag has built a net-work of KU members who keep in touch with him via e-mail and phone. And Kalbag e-mails all of them his bimonthly newsletter. recounting the kind deeds of the members.

Why does Vasanta Kalbag write about the kind deeds of people?

Kalbag also lectures school and college students on the importance of kindness. Swapna Hawaldar, a young software engineer says, “Thanks to Vasant Uncle. I no longer think twice about helping strangers.” “There’s nothing as truly fulfilling as kindness,” says Kalbag

The Tidiness Expert

Rajkumar Sharma a Mumbai businessman always bemoaned the squalid condition of the lane he lived in. The garbage bins overflowed; streetlights never worked; the lane was full of potholes. One day Sharma learnt of a Mumbai municipality beautification programme called Advanced Locality Management, which required all the residents of a street or colony to separate their wet and dry garbage. While the wet garbage was turned into compost to grow plants, ragpickers were hired to take away the dry variety. In return, the municipality gave priority to the street’s problems. Sharma implemented the programme in his street with 600 odd residents. Today, his green and lovely lane is a model project that attracts urban experts from around the world. Sharma has also helped residents of many other areas in the city to start similar programmes.

Who is the tidiness expert in your family?

The Life Saver

AMALA MARY, a 48-year old Tamil Nadu beedi worker, was at home cooking when she heard a deafening sound. She ran out to find that a part of the embankment on which her hut was built on, had collapsed, covering the rail tracks below with a huge mound of mud and debris. Just then she heard a train’s whistle. That meant a passenger train had left the station, two kilometres away. In a few minutes it would smash into the landslide.

What happened next? Guess.

Amala started running on the embankment towards the train. Then, scrambling down a muddy pathway onto the tracks, she continued to run. Luckily, she was wearing a red sari. She lifted its pallu and began waving it as she ran. When the engine driver saw Amala waving a red cloth, he slowed down. As the train neared her, Amala shouted, “Land-slide!” The driver applied the emergency brakes and stopped the train.

“There was a curve ahead,” says driver B. Prabhakar, “so the landslide wasn’t visible. Had it not been for Amala’s warning, many people would have died.”

“I’m happy I was able to prevent a tragedy,” says Amala, who was given the Kalpana Chawla Award for Courage and Daring Enterprise.

Answer the following questions;

1. Why is Naranbhai Karangia called the “Peacock Doctor”?


2. What is the Advanced Locality Management Programme?


3. How did the singer ‘Abhijeet’ help the couple and the accident victim?


4. How has Sharma helped clean up his street?


5. What message do you get from the story “The Noteworthy Singer”?


6. Why does Vasant Kalbag promote ‘kindness’ among people?


7. How was Amala Mary able to prevent the rail tragedy?


8. What is the Kalpana Chawla award given for?


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