Bangalore -- India's hyped Aviation Capital of India -- slept again this year (2010) on the occasion of the 107th Anniversary of the historic first flight of Wright Brothers. None of the so-called flag-bearers of India aviation bothered to organize any events or conduct talks to commemorate this historic day. However, Inspired Indian Foundation organized a token event, to mark the day, by conducting a paper-plane flying contest for schoolchildren. Armed with 20 flying platforms of 'different sizes, make and endurance', middle schoolchildren of New Thippasandhara area remembered the contribution of Wright Brothers by launching their light combat aircraft. The children were also reminded about the significance of the day. Photos: Bhaktar Babu
Remembering a great soul
Kiran Kumar Dodium was among the staunch supporters of Inspired Indian Foundation. Kiran, a senior employee with an MNC bank, was a man with a huge heart. He always wanted to help the needy. He had met Karnataka Governor H.R Bhardwaj at Raj Bhawan on July 10. Sadly, Kiran died in 2012 following a massive heart attack. We will miss you Kiran. May his soul Rest in Peace.
Athulyam released in Bangalore (July 9, 2010)
Karntaka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj asked the media to highlight stories of unsung heroes regularly to inspire youngsters in India. Delivering his brief speech during the launch of Athulyam, the Malayalam translation of A Different Spirit -- biography of wheelchair athlete Malathi K. Holla – on July 9, 2010, the governor expressed concern over excessive sensationalism being adopted by the media. “Murder theories, blood stains and corruption cases.., the list of negative stories are endless when you open a newspaper or switch-on a TV. Why can’t we hear more stories about people like Malathi, who showed alls us what grit and determination can achieve even in adversities. Let there be more positive stories on unsung heroes and that’s what will inspire youngsters in the country,” he said. Sreyams Kumar, MLA and Director (Marketing) Mathrubhumi, said that the Malathi’s story was different in many ways which prompted the group to translate the work into Malayalam. “We wanted to share her story to our wide readership base across the globe. A Different Spirit is an eye-opener book and we are confident Athulyam will too soon become a best-seller,” Sreyams said. K.P. Narayanan, general manager (Advertisements), Mathrubhumi, R. Jaideep, DGM (New Media), Mathrubhumi, Shankaranarayanan, CA, Inspired Indian Foundation, Sindhu A., National Coordinator, Inspired Indian Foundation, were present during Athulyam’s release at Raj Bhavan. A Different Spirit authored by senior defence journalist Anantha Krishnan M., is the first project of Bangalore-based Inspired Indian Foundation. Athulyam is being published by Mathrubumi Books and translated to Malayalam by noted cricket writer K.M. Sudheer Kakkat. Photos: A.R. Jose
A website for unsung heroes (Dec 9, 2009)
Karnataka Governor Shri H.R. Bhardwaj launches the website of Inspired Indian Foundation, dedicated to unsung heroes and to promote good writing at the Raj Bhawan library in Bangalore on December 9, 2009. The Governor, in his capacity as the Patron of the Foundation, also interacted with the members on various causes that the Foundation need to focus its attention on. Photo Courtesy: Antony Anjee
A Different Spirit launch (July 8, 2009)
A ward from Malathi's Mathru Foundation lights the lamp.
Pankaj speaks straight from the heart at the event.
Kirmani on why Malathi is a Champion of Champions.
Children from Mathru Foundation at the charity night.
A cross-section of audience at the charity night.
Shutterbugs call the shots at the press meet.
Malathi addresses the gathering.
Arun Kumar, an Inspired Indian trust member honours Kirmani.