Profiles of the
Young Achievers for 2010
PAVITRA Y. S.
Pavithra, a 26-year old Bangalore girl runs Vindhya E-Infomedia, which provides IT and IT-enabled services with a difference—95 per cent of her employees are 'differently abled'. And yes, the company makes profits.
Ideas know no limitations; they are free, floating and omnipresent. Hidden in question, answers and even silent spaces. Pavithra found her revolutionary idea in a simple answer. It all began one day, when Pavithra noticed a young cripple pacing up and down her street, anxious and worried. She couldn't help but ask why he was so worried. He said, that despite a degree no one was willing to hire him, his reply changed Pavithra's life. She decided to start a BPO which would employ people with disabilities. With Pavithra's undying determination and strong vision, Vindhya E-Infomedia has reached great heights and continues its skyward journey.
Her achievements are a true testament to her indestructible belief that a profitable business can be altruistic in nature. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed; she has received the Helen Keller Award, the Canara Bank Outstanding Person and the TATA-Tie Stree Shakthi Award, to name a few. Her biggest award being the undeterred growth of Vindhya.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
It is Pavithra's vision and strength that has brought her this far.
It is an honour to award Pavithra Y. S. as one of the joint winners of the Brigade Group and Rotary Bangalore Midtown Young Achiever Award 2010.
"I believe that pity is a law like justice, and that kindness is a duty like uprightness.
That which is weak has a right to the kindness and pity of that which is strong."
Achala Paani is an animal activist and dog's best friend. What sets her apart is that she converts her pity for animals into kindness, by way of positive action. She is the Founder and Managing Trustee of Lets' Live Together, Bangalore. Achala has been an animal welfare activist for the last ten years, her tremendous strength, love and compassion for animals help her breathe life into the organization, Let's Live Together.
Let's Live Together is a registered Animal Protection Organisation for the welfare of homeless animals in Bangalore. The organisation's 'Life on the Street' project promotes the concept of people adopting homeless puppies instead of buying dogs. Through 'Life on the Street' project, Achala led a team of motivated individuals who spread awareness about the harsh reality that Indian homeless animals face. She has thus changed the attitude of many a person.
Achala is a professional Graduate of Graphic Design from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat. She has put her professional education in design to good use—by designing and producing calendars based on the Let's Live together theme, and thus conveying the most important commandments in animal welfare.
Achala's project has been responsible for adoption of more than a 1000 homeless puppies so far. Let's Live Together continues to strive to make sure that as many little pups as possible get a warm shelter and a loving family.
We feel extremely honoured to present Achala Paani with the Brigade Group and Rotary Bangalore Midtown Young Achiever Award 2010.
Rakesh Manpat, a 19-year-old Bangalore based professional shooter has achieved a great deal at an early stage in life. Rakesh got hooked to shooting six summers ago, and proved his mettle in Suhl, Germany, when he bagged his maiden international bronze medal at the Super Cup event of the International Junior Competition.
Rakesh is the first Karnataka shooter to win an international medal for India. Rakesh jump-started his career, winning a silver in the 50M Rifle 3 Position at the G.V. Mavlankar All India Shooting Competition, four years ago in Bengal. His major achievements include silver medals at the National Junior Championship in 2008 and five gold medals at the State Junior Meet in 2006. He has been ranked as Asia's 21st and 24th shooter in two events. To sum up, he has won a total of 17 medals; a bronze and a silver at the international level, a gold, two silver and four bronze nationally, and five gold and three bronze at the state level.
Rakesh holds his older brother responsible for his achievements. He says, "without my brother I could have never become a shooter, he was my coach when I took up shooting and even now he helps me a lot."
Young, passionate and extremely ambitious, Rakesh aims at winning an Olympic gold medal for India. We hope his persistence and hard work help him materialize all his goals.
It is a true honour to award Rakesh Manpat as one of the joint winners of the Brigade Group and Rotary Bangalore Midtown Young Achiever Award 2010.
Emulating his father was Suraj Narredu's dream. The 25-year old became the youngest Indian jockey to create a record of winning 1000 races in the shortest span of time. He got his racing licence when he was just 17. A product of Bangalore Amateur Riders Institute, Suraj is a favourite with the punters and they expect him to win on every horse that he rides.
He is the youngest and the fastest Indian jockey. He has won 1011 races from approximately 3200 rides all over India and abroad. He has also won 42 Graded Stakes races that include 20 Classic races. He was a Champion Apprentice Jockey in 2002-03 and a Champion Jockey 17 times, most recently in Bangalore Winter Meet 2009-10. He has been a Champion Jockey 7 times in Mysore, 3 times in Bangalore and 7 times in Hyderabad. He has also won 156 races during the 2006-07 season, 142 races during the 2007-08 season, 143 races during the 2009-10 season and 56 races in the current 2010-11 season.
Suraj ranks among the top 3 jockeys in India. He represented India in the International Jockey Challenge held at Mauritius in November 2009, and won the Champion Jockey Award (Rising Star). He has been awarded the 1st runner-up of the Champion Jockey Award by the Turf Authorities of India for the year 2009-10. His achievements are a true testament to his tremendous passion for professional horse racing.
We feel extremely honoured to award Suraj Narredu as one of the joint winners of the Brigade Group and Rotary Bangalore Midtown Young Achiever Award 2010.
RAMYA K. AITHAL
16 years ago, Ramya's life was altered completely. She underwent an operation for Hemangioma, and due to medical negligence she entered a coma for 21 days, after which she lost everything but her memory and her ability to hear.
"All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming."-Helen Keller.
The above quote describes in totality the life of Ramya K. Aithal. This 28-year old Mangalore girl has come a long way since then. She now holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in English and is a successful lecturer at a Government P.U. College near Mangalore. She is a self-sufficient woman, nurturing young minds. Her journey hasn't been an easy one. Ramya's undying persistence and the unwavering support of her family, has helped her overcome all obstacles. Residual paralysis of the right upper and lower limb has severely hampered her balance. She still hasn't recovered vision to be able to read on her own, this forces her to depend on audio books and scribes. Despite all these obstacles, she wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in English in the near future. She is the epitome of courage and a source of inspiration for many.
It is an honour to award Ramya K. Aithal with the Brigade Group and Rotary Bangalore Midtown Special Mention Award 2010.
SHARATH M. GAYAKWAD
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent."
Persistence alone has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race. Sharath Gayakwad discovered the power of persistence early in life and used it to overcome every obstacle that came his way.
The 19-year old swimmer established himself as a young achiever very early in life. Born with immense talent, undying persistence and a deformed left arm, Sharath has always strived for excellence. A strict 8-hour training schedule under the watchful eye of coach, John Christopher, and unconditional support from his parents, Sharath has managed to achieve both national and international glory.
In 2003, Sharath made his first appearance in the National Swimming Championship for the disabled, and won 30 gold medals. The same year at the International FESPIC Youth Games in Hong Kong, he won a silver and four bronze medals. He was a finalist at the 9th FESPIC Games 2006 held in Malaysia. At the 2007 IWAS Games held in Taiwan, he won two gold medals, two silver and one bronze. And at the 2009 IWAS Games held in Bangalore, Sharath proved his mettle again when he bagged two gold, four silver and one bronze for India. He was a finalist at the 22nd German Open International Championship 2008 in Berlin. Sharath is an extremely talented swimmer but it is his persistence alone that has brought him this far.
Sharath has won several awards; the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement for the year 2003-2004 and, recently, he won the Ekalavya Award, this award was bestowed upon him by the Government of Karnataka. Sharath Gayakwad's achievements are a true testament to his indestructible determination. He is a source of inspiration for many.
It is an honour to award Sharath M. Gayakwad with the Brigade Group and Rotary Bangalore Midtown Special Mention Award 2010.