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Surprise dance on Finnair Flight to celebrate India’s Republic Day

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This what great PR is all about…

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January 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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Mrs Mathkar goes trekking

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When other women of her age are taking morning walks or participating in laughter sessions in parks, Mrs Mathkar is trekking to some difficult destination in Maharashtra with boys and girls half her age. Those who have been with her on treks talk of the Dombivali resident’s enthusiasm and her knowledge of nature. Not for this grandmother any paraphernalia associated with regular walkers. True, she wears walking shoes but is always dressed in a colourful saree. Her son Bhupendra is also a skilled trekker. But when his mom is trekking all eyes are on her as people exclaim: “Wow! If you have the zeal, then age knows no bar!”
Photos: Ajit Satam

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September 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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Run Neera run! (NOA Salutes – 4)

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The Sunfeast Run is a popular event organised by Procam International (the people behind the Mumbai Marathon as well as the Delhi Half Marathon). This year’s was the third edition of the race, held in Bangalore. There were two main categories – The World 10K for Elite runners and the Open 10K for Non Elite.
I am happy to report that my friend Neera Katwal won the 3rd place in the Open 10K (non elite) women’s category (age 15-39 years) with a time of 0:49:11 and received a Bronze medal and Certificate.
She had been training for the event for some time but not very seriously. “I feel I could have done better as my personal best is 0:48:20. There is still scope for improvement since I have started running long distance only in the past one year. I hope to improve with time.”
Neera, who has won some half marathons and one half ultra (25K), works out six days a week. Apart from running, she also does weight training thrice a week and some cross training like cycling, aerobics and swimming.
An M. Phil in Psychology from Madras University followed by a Ph.D in Organizational Behaviour from IIT Madras, Neera is in the process of becoming a fitness consultant. She plans to set up her own workout studio soon where she will train people in workouts that incorporate dance, aerobics and martial arts.
A black belt in karate, Neera concludes, “It feels good to have come in the top three among thousands of competitors. And it is motivating me to become a more serious runner and competitor.”

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June 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

NOA salutes – 3

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What is it about the recent UPSC exams that they are throwing up one inspirational story after the other?
Here’s one closer to home:
Rashmi Zagde, daughter of a Class IV employee in the Pune Municipal Corporation and a housewife, has cleared the UPSC exams – in her fifth attempt. A humble family background, the birth of a child and financial constraints didn’t deter her from attempting the prestigious exams.

Credit also goes to her husband Siddharth Zagde, who encouraged her at every step of the way and even sold his five acre farm and flat to fund her exam preparations.
Full story here in the Mumbai Mirror.
(Disclaimer: NOA has highlighted the above report based on information available in the public domain but is not responsible for the veracity of the same).

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May 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm

NOA salutes – 2

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His teacher father was killed by militants because he refused to give them shelter. His mother then shifted the family – two sons and a daughter – from a remote village in Kashmir’s Kupwara district to Srinagar. On 6 May 2010, Dr Faisal Shah became the first Kashmiri to top the IAS. He cleared it in his first attempt.
“I miss my father the most today,” said the achiever. “He used to dote on me and taught me English and Maths when I was in school.
”Faisal has made every Kashmiri proud with his hard work and dedication,” said his mother Mubeena Begum, also a teacher. “After my husband’s killing I was a broken woman but I never gave up. I fought against all odds to bring up my children.”
NOA salutes both mother and son
Reworked from: The Times of India
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May 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm

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NOA salutes – 1

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For the last 35 years, Marzban Patel has been regularly coaching Mumbai’s underprivileged children in hockey. Some of them have gone on to represent India India in the Olympics. He has been doing it quietly, away from media glare, without expecting anything in return.
Now the coach has finally got his due.
Employees of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co-operative Limited and the Pirojsha Godrej Foundation have come together to present him with two cheques of undisclosed amounts for his good work over the years.
We salute you, Marzban Patel.
Reworked from: Hindustan Times
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March 6, 2010 at 11:09 am