Wheelchair for Manikandan

In an earlier post, I had written about Capt. S Seshadri and Aradhika Sharma, the authors of Astronaut Sunita Williams: Achiever Extraordinaire, published by Rupa and Co, New Delhi. Capt. Seshadri and his lovely wife, Akhila, an accomplished teacher in her own right, were in Chandigarh recently as guests of Aradhika and her mother, Asha Sharma.

The Seshadri’s were on way to Faridkot, where the regiment in which the Captain served is billeted these days, and then on to Amritsar, where the Golden Temple was their destination.
It was a pleasure to meet them and spend time celebrating the success of the book, which has been a runaway bestseller, and has been translated into many languages, including Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Telgu and Hindi.

Sesh recently presented a wheelchair to a 12-year-old boy named Manikandan, who lives in rural Tamil Nadu. Manikandan’s father, Guruswamy, received the wheelchair on his behalf.

Manikandan is the son of a farmer and is a Grade VII student. So far, his classmates have been taking turns carrying him from one classroom to another. Seshi also presented Manikandan a copy of the book. The royalty from the book, as well as other donations raised from friends, helped finance the wheelchair. I am told there is more to come.

Well done, Sesh.

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