A selfless soul


Mahantesh certainly has the respect of his teachers and peers! Describing the young boy, Shankar Gangannavar the Head Master of the Government Kannada Higher Primary School at Saraswatipura in Dharwad says, “He is the Prime Minister of our school. A good organiser, an orator and he also sets an example to many of our students.” This is high praise indeed.

But Mahantesh has proved that he is worthy of being held in such high esteem. At just 12 years of age he has a reputation of being selfless with his peers. He is a hardworking young boy who has a dream to become a scientist one day. He nurtures his love for studies, and even knows what he wants to do in the future. “I love science and I want to take it up when I go to college. My parents are very supportive of me. Even my teachers are. I feel happy to come here to school especially to learn,” he says.
Aside from being devoted to his studies Mahantesh also loves to draw and sketch, and he loves music too. As a beneficiary of the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme Mahantesh gets a filling, healthy meal on every school day that helps him concentrate on his studies and his hobbies as well. “I love the Akshaya Patra meals. The food is filled with vegetables which are healthy, tasty and nutritious. I thank Akshaya Patra for giving us meals every afternoon,” he says.
Mahantesh is currently preparing to take part in a state level essay writing competition that will happen in October, 2014 in Bangalore. He has already won the first place for the same competition in Dharwad last year.
His father works at a Kirana store and his mother is a housewife. They have definitely instilled all the right values into this charming young boy, values that we hope will take him far and see him succeed in the future. We wish him all the best!

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Her first pick is Pickle!

Jyotiramayee sarangi Akshaya patra Beneficiary

Once in a while we come across people who leave an impression on us. And one such person is Jyotiramayee Sarangi, but not for the usual reasons! This 13 year old girl benefitting from the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme, studying in the Rakama UPME School in Nayagarh district of Odisha claims that her favourite food is pickle!

Looking smart in her neatly pressed school uniform Jyotiramayee wants to be a teacher someday. Her father works as a mechanic while her mother is a housewife. She particularly enjoys studying English and MIL (Literature). When asked why she aspires to be a teacher, she attributes it to the fact that her teachers have always been very supportive of her progress in school and she wants take up the same profession as them.

As we spoke to her we drifted into her opinions on the food served as part of the Akshaya Patra mid-day meal programme. It was at this time when we asked her what food she enjoys the most as part of the daily menu she astounded us with her prompt, confident answer of “Pickle!”
As we burst into laughter at this information she shared a shy smile with us, perhaps realising how unusual this response was. Unfortunately that day pickle was not part of the mid-day meal, else we would have had a grand time watching Jyotiramayee relishing it. Nevertheless we did enjoy a few laughs with her, poking fun at her playfully for her interesting tastes in food while we clicked pictures of her school and her classmates.

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