A photograph can be a life changer

The Hindu today, carried a story on how a photograph clicked by a news reporter ultimately changed the boy’s life:-

A news photograph, a life changer How a candid shot changed a ten-year old’s life forever – A photo published in The Hindu changed the life of a boy in Assam and fetched director Jayaraj global acclaim.
Author: P.K. Ajith Kumar

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Little Ashadul Islam was surprised. He had no idea why these two strangers had come to meet him at his village of Kuchani in Morigaon district of Assam on this Friday morning.
But the 10-year-old was in for a bigger surprise.
One of the men presented him a gift and told him that he was going to sponsor his entire education. For ace Malayalam movie director Jayaraj, it was a meeting he was pining to have, for over a year.
It was Ashadul’s picture that The Hindu carried on August 22, 2014, that inspired him to make the critically acclaimed film Ottal. The frame had the famished little boy rowing to safety his family’s salvaged possessions, a few goats, on a small plantain-trunk canoe that he steered with a tree branch through the swirling waters, in an almost surreal setting. The movie bagged a string of awards, and also swept most of the major honours at the recently concluded International Film Festival of Kerala.
“I want to find that boy,” Jayaraj had told this correspondent sometime back. “I would like to help him in whatever way I could. Please help me find him.”
The image, clicked by The Hindu’s Guwahati-based Special News Photographer Ritu Raj Konwar, had made a deep impression on him and Ottal was woven around its stark poignance. Jayaraj had even replicated that particular frame in his movie, which won the National and the Kerala State awards.
“Meeting the boy today is going to remain a special moment of my life forever,” Jayaraj told The Hindu over phone from Assam. “I am going to take care of all his financial needs. Besides, the charitable foundation of which I am a part will look after the health of the entire population of this boy’s village.”
Ashadul, indeed could do with whatever help he receives. He comes from a very underprivileged background; both his parents are daily-labourers in a brick factory.
It was the photographer who took that picture who took the director to the boy. “Ritu had taken a print of the photograph with him,” said Jayaraj, winner of six National film awards. “We showed it to the villagers, and they led us to the boy’s father.”
Sometimes a picture is worth not just a thousand words. It could be a life changer as well.


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Stipend hiked for Medical Postgraduate residents in Kerala

Kerala government has hiked the stipend to postgraduate medical residents.  According to G.O.(Ms).No. 262/2015/H&FWD dated TVPM, 18-11-2015, the monthly stipend of PG residents with effect from 01-09-2015 shall be:

Junior Residents:

1st yr- 43,000

2nd yr-44,000

3rd yr-45,000

Senior Residents:

1st yr- 47,000

2nd yr-48,000

3rd yr-49,000


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Settling in

So I’ve slowly settled in at my new place of work. The workplace is a nice environment. For a change, it doesn’t have the corporate aura that ceremented the previous medical college that I worked in. I guess the difference lies in the way management runs things. The latter was an institution that seems to have […]

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Income tax return

Just a small tip regarding filing IT return: In the Total salary calculation, deduction under section 10 for HRA is to be calculated, and the subtracted amount is to be entered as salary. Professional taxes if any paid are also to be deducted before salary is entered. The total deductions under Section 80C can only […]

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Jothydev’s 3rd Annual Diabetes Conference

I attended the Jothydev’s 3rd annual diabetes conference at Taj Vivanta on 8-9 August 2015. It was a very exciting conference, being attended by the stalwarts in the Diabetes world. There were lectures, orations, workshops and discussions about various aspects of the Diabetes mellitus. A talk by Dr V.Mohan from Mohan’s Diabetic hospital was most […]

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Star Health insurance policy fail

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Medical insurance by private companies is a farce. Take the example of Star Health’s Star Wedding Gift and Star Comprehensive Insurance which specifically covers pregnancy related hospitalisation expenses. The terms under this policy are hilarious. 1. You can take the policy for a pregnant woman, but the delivery will be covered only after 3 years. […]

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Updating encashment details in Spark

You have to update Encashment details of previous month before Spark allows you to process Salary for this month. Menu option: Salary->SDO Salary->”Update Encashment Details” Bill Number: Enter as YYYY-MM (Eg: 2013-08) Date of encashment: Date on which treasury credited it to your account, or you received it as cash. Cash/TSB Amount: This is the […]

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Myntra.com digs its own grave

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On 15th May, Myntra.com one of India’s forerunners in the online shopping scenario began to painfully dig its own grave. I was one of the earliest adopters of Myntra.com, swayed at the time by their lip smacking offers, like “Get Rs 1000 off when you shop for Rs 2000” or something similiar. I forget exactly […]

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Hotel Altius Nest, Kodaikanal, a haven for honeymooners and families

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Altius Nest, though a relatively new entrant, is a pearl among the various hotels dotting the landscape of Kodaikanal. I chose Altius as our honeymoon destination, going by the various positive reviews on Tripadvisor, and I’m really glad I did so.   Booking Wanting to save some bucks, I was searching for a honeymoon destination […]

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IMA’s Medical Millenium event

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Yesterday I attended IMA’s Medical Millenium conference at Kovalam. It was a much hyped event conducted at Hotel Udayasamudra and Hotel Samudra, two reputed resorts at Kovalam from 7-9 November 2014. After participating in the KENTCON 2014 conference at Perinthalmanna, what struck me immediately was the lack of hospitality on the part of the organizers. […]

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