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‘Precious Souls’ promises to inspire generations to come

‘Precious Souls – a journey into the inspiring lives of special children and their families,’ the second book by best-selling author and aerospace journalist Dr Anantha Krishnan M. was launched at Hotel Royal Orchid in Bengaluru on May 14, 2016 (Saturday).

The book was launched by Dr Naseema Maraikayar (Founder-chairperson of Abdul Kalam International Foundation and niece of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam), Air Marshal S R K Nair (AOC-in-C, Training Command, IAF, Dr Muhammed Majeed (Managing Director, Sami Labs), Anita Nair (Author), Dr Malathi Holla (Para Athlete) and Anantha Krishnan M.

It chronicles the lives of 24 special children and their families from across India, who have dared to defy all odds by exploring their creative urges.

‘Precious Souls’ has a foreword from former Indian president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, who was moved by the inspiring stories of these children.

“I hope this great attempt by my journalist friend will create awareness among people about special children, their needs, and their gifts,” wrote the ex-President.

The event began with the unveiling of a painting of Kalam titled ‘Mission, Melody & Missiles,’ by an Army soldier Renjith C Thalavoor. The painting has an autograph of Kalam, who had gifted it to Inspired Indian Foundation on June 12, 2015, during his last visit to Bengaluru.

The Foundation now plans to auction the painting for undertaking the causes of unsung heroes. The 40x37 inch oil painting has a treated teak frame.

Will spread awareness on special children: Dr Naseema

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Naseema Maraikayar urged people to understand and appreciate the special children and work towards making the world a better place for them. She also announced the decision to appoint Anantha Krishnan as the Strategic Advisor to Abdul Kalam International Foundation.

“Precious Souls will inspire generations to come. It will spread awareness on special children and their families,” said Dr Naseema.

During the interaction with author Anita Nair, Anantha Krishnan said it was during his discussions with Malathi Holla for his first book, ‘A Different Spirit’ that he came across more closely with people with different abilities and was moved by their resilience.

Media role key for special people: Author

When asked what inspired him to write about special people an emotional Ananth said it was Abdul Kalam who said if you do anything do it perfectly, giving everything you have, who inspired him to look at the lives of special children and spread their stories.

He also urged his fellow journalists to work towards creating awareness about people with different abilities.

Speaking on the occasion, which was hailed as -- An evening dedicated to Mothers -- Dr Muhammed Majeed said the event will go a long way in helping the cause of the differently-abled.

The parents of the special children shared their experiences of bringing them and the joys and the many challenges they face. Five special children, Adithya Venkatesh (keyboard), Vaibhav Kutnikar (tabala), Anubhav (vocal), Samuel Ashish Marcus (guitar) and Syed Hyder Ali (vocal) mesmerised the audience with their enviable music skills.

  Three leather-bound copies of the book, one for Rs 12,000, a second for Rs 11,000 and the third for Rs 10,000 were auctioned on the occasion. The proceeds were handed over to the families of special children with economically-poor background.

Appreciable effort, says Manohar Parrikar

In his message to coincide with the launch of the book, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar complimented the author for undertaking such a challenging mission.

“I believe that every child is special and unique. Your efforts to capture and pen down few of the inspiring stories is highly appreciable. I am sure the book will inspire many more. My compliments to the entire team behind the mission,” Parrikar said.

The evening also witnessed the presentation of G Santha Teacher Memorial Journalism Award 2016 to Ms Rekha Satheesh, Deputy News Editor, The New Indian Express, Kochi and Youth Icon Award 2016 to Ms Devi Unnimaya, a 12th standard student of Placid Vidya Vihar Senior Secondary School, Kerala. The awards were instituted by Inspired Indian Foundation in association with Abdul Kalam International Foundation.

(For ordering Precious Souls in bulk or as a Corporate Gift, please write to anantha.ak@gmail.com. The book is available on all online networks as well. The part proceeds from the sale of the book are pledged towards undertaking various missions of Inspired Indian Foundation.)



Soft Launch THE LAUNCH: (Left to right) Air Marshal S R K Nair, Dr Muhammed Majeed, Dr Nazeema Maraikayar, Anita Nair, Dr Malathi K Holla (on wheelchair) and Dr Anantha Krishnan during the launch of Precious Souls in Bangalore on 14 May 2016.
Soft Launch MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Precious Souls author Dr Anantha Krishnan with novelist Anita Nair during a one-to-one sharing key phases of the book project.
Soft Launch HOUSE OF KALAM: Family members of Dr Kalam with Dr Kota Harinarayana (4th from left) during the launch of Precious Souls.
Soft Launch PRICELESS MOMENTS: Parents of special children and invited guests share their thoughts.
Soft Launch GURU DEVO BHAVA: NCC Air Wing cadets unveil the painting of Dr Kalam during the occasion.