Pushpa, citizen next door

Pushpa is a widow, aged about 35, engaged in vegetable trade with a self-help group loan, in Natham village, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu When Pushpa lost her husband unexpectedly in an accident, she approached the Raja Rajeswari women self-help group in Natham village through IFDE field coordinator, D. Jayalakshmi for advice and help. Out of... Continue Reading →

Sandhya Swamy (IPS), citizen next door

A young and dynamic IPS Officer, freshly inducted into the Indian Police Service, Sandhya has shone through her tireless endeavours directed towards getting into the bureaucracy to serve the society. During her struggling years, she not only set exemplary standards of hard work and enrichment of self but also showed empathy and compassion for the... Continue Reading →

Rinku Mecheri, citizen next door

Rinku Mecheri is the founder of Chennai Volunteers, a social initiative that fosters civic engagement and ensure that volunteers can engage with non-profits in a sustainable and meaningful way .  A dynamic web portal, CV partners with over 140 NGOs and institutions across our city today and work towards making our civic society more inclusive.  An alumnus... Continue Reading →

Ritika Arora, citizen next door

A young software developer, who exudes compassion for the society and is doing her own bit towards community building by taking up the responsibility of educating her maid’s daughter. She not only teaches the child for free but also participates whole-heartedly in helping the little one excel in extra-curricular activities. She deserves recognition and remembrance... Continue Reading →

J. Mallika, citizen next door

J. Mallika of Manajcheri village, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, aged about 40, who started selling saris 10 years ago, has developed her trade, also rendering voluntary guidance and counselling services to people. Mallika received a loan of Rs.10,000 from Indira Gandhi Self Help Group, Amman Koil Street, Manajcheri village, which was functioning for 12 years.... Continue Reading →

Jayanthi Buruda, citizen next door

"Jayanthi Buruda is the youngest tribal scribe from Odisha who is the first woman Koya journalist to report from conflict areas of Malkangiri. She owes her interest in helping the needy and social work to her farmer parents who inspired her despite their meagre resources. She said she chose journalism as it would help her... Continue Reading →

Vimla Kaul, citizen next door

Guldasta lets children bloom so that their future blossoms Established in 1995, Guldasta owes its existence to the sheer tenacity of Vimla Kaul and her husband late Prof Hari Mohan Kaul. An engineering graduate from BITS, Pilani, Prof Kaul served as Chief Engineer in the Government-run Central Ground Water Board but took voluntary retirement and... Continue Reading →

Dr. Indumathi Venkatesh of the Freedom Generation

"I was in Trivandum, studying intermediate in the Maharaja’s College for Women. Actually Mountbatten was supposed to come to our college. They had asked me to garland him. But he never turned up. We hoisted the flag, and we were all excited and happy it was independence day. I had also participated in the Quit... Continue Reading →

Anjalai Amma of the Freedom Generation

  "My grandmother, Anjalai Amma was in jail for more than four and half years.She gave birth to her last son in the jail itself . My grand father Murugappa and my maternal aunt Leelavathy and her husband Jamadhagni were also freedom fighters.Her biography is included in viii std Tamil text book[second semester book]." Courtesy:... Continue Reading →

Leela Diraviam of the Freedom Generation

Leela Diraviam participated as a freedom fighter in underground work; passing messages and attending meetings shrouded in secrecy. She describes herself as a Gandhian. She said, “On that day, there was no TV. We heard the speech in parliament, that India awakes to life and freedom (sic). As soon as he (Nehru) said that India... Continue Reading →

Malathi Jaikumar (nee Sundaram), B.A. English Literature, Loretto College, Calcutta, 1963

"My name is Malathi Jaikumar nee Sundaram. I graduated in English Literature - BA Hons from Loretto College, Calcutta in the year 1963. I was the first woman graduate on my mother's as well as my father's side of the family. Writing has always been my passion and I have been writing as far back... Continue Reading →

Malati Manohar Harshey, L.L.B. Jabalpur University, 1966

"My mother, Malati Manohar Harshey (1920-2003) The first woman graduate in our family, she was also graceful, wise and widely beloved. A self-made lady who stood out in her time and set an example for all the women in the family. Mummy was a firstborn child raised to an intellectual but submissive youth in the small town... Continue Reading →

Dr. Gudipati Lalitha, B.Sc, Andhra University, 1961

 Dr. Lalitha on her graduation day (1961)      Receiving the Best Teacher Award  (being presented by the then CM of Andhra Pradesh N. Janardhan Reddy), 1988. Her social activities: contribution for a water storage tank at a village in 2003 Singing at a concert (her passion), Tirupathi, 2004"Dr. Gudipati Lalitha is the First Graduate (woman) in our family earning... Continue Reading →

Vasantha Kumary, M.A, Economics, Fathima Matha College, Kollam, Kerala, 1973

"My name is M.Vasantha Kumary. I am the 6th member of my family which consists of 5 brothers and 3 sisters. I am the first women in my family to get a degree. I got my degree in the year 1971 for Economics. I studied in Govt. Women's college, Vazhuthacaud Trivandrum, Kerala during 1968-71. I... Continue Reading →

Sofia Cordeiro Monteiro, B.A. St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, 1941

  (Photo taken in 1940) "The First Woman Graduate in My Family My mother, Sofia Cordeiro Monteiro, was the first woman graduate in her family. Born in 1919, she lived in Goa (then a colony of Portugal), where there were no facilities for University education. She was a brilliant student, finishing her SSC with distinction... Continue Reading →

S. Subhalakshmi, M.A. Presidency College, Chennai, 1951

"The first woman graduate in the extended family is my maternal aunt, Subhalakshmi, 84 years old, living in Chennai, who holds a Masters degree in Economics. She passed out of Presidency College, Madras in the year 1951 and was ranked second in the University of Madras. She is currently a writer who writes in English... Continue Reading →

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