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Himanshu Roy

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This 19 Y.O. Karate Champion, While Battling Epilepsy, Is Making The World A Better Place

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  •  October 26, 2016


There are times when you come across people who make you feel strangely inconsequential and also embarrassed about the fact that you are not doing enough to bring change in the world around you.

Ayesha Noor is definitely one of those people. Every day, this 19-year-old girl living in Kolkata has a lot on her checklist. She has to teach underprivileged women self-defense, help her mom in household chores and a truckload of other errands to run, all this while battling epilepsy.

The story of Ayesha is special, particularly because of her unwavering tenacity and courage to bring change in the society.

Ayesha has been learning karate since she was 6 and now she is a champion with two gold medals from national level competitions under her belt.

She has never let the fact that she has epileptic attacks twice a month come her way when she teaches karate to her students, mostly comprising women from the lower rung of the society.

Over the time, the number of students in her karate classes has increased, and Ayesha has become a figure of inspiration.

Ayesha says that she becomes a sherni (tigress) when she teaches karate and says that she wants her students to become Chandi, the female goddess who fights evil forces.

Back home, there’s no dearth of the struggle for Ayesha and her family ever since her father passed away when she was a child. Her mother now works as a tailor and has to earn the bread and butter for her family.

After her hectic karate classes, Ayesha heads back home to help her mother in the household chores and also study, as she is preparing for her 10th board exams that she will give through open school.

We salute the indomitable spirit of Ayesha and hope that much like her, more women break away from the age-old prejudices of gender inequality and climb the highest echelons of success.

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