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Celebrating women: My akka, my inspiration
Sunil Chore

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March 15, 2007

On March 8, Women's Day, we invited readers to celebrate the woman who made a significant difference to their lives. We asked them to tell us why this woman was special and send us a photograph. This series features the best entries.

She is my Akka; my elder sister.

From my childhood she has been a great source of inspiration. Due to family constraints she could only complete her education till the seventh standard, but never compromised with my education.

Sometimes, she would beat me up and make me complete the school home work. At other times she would motivate me. This continued till the time I finished my engineering course.

Unfortunately, she lost her husband when she was 27. She was left with only her two sons and nothing more than that; not even a house. That was my SSC year. Four months after this painful incident, our results were to be declared.

She was really worried whether I would pass the exam. I think that day was the greatest gift I could ever give to my Akka and it was clearly evident from her tears of joy.

I stood first not only in school but the entire centre.

Despite several obstacles she never compromised with her characteristics of honesty, truth, hard work, dedication, friendliness and caring attitude towards all.

She is now one of the most successful business persons in my town, Belhe (Pune). I think for me she is the best example of a complete & an ideal person.

I am proud to be her younger & ladka (loving) brother. She calls me by my pet name, Sune

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