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Sitaron Se Aagey released in Kolhapur

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Kolhapur: The book Sitaron Se Aagey by Naseema Hurzuk and translated into Urdu by Dr Anees Ahmad Khan, was released here at the 52nd International Day of Disabilities programme on 4 December 2011. It is an annual programme about the achievements of physically disabled persons and the book too is about the struggle and triumph of such a person who not only overcame her disability but also worked tirelessly to make thousands others like her to lead a normal and useful life in society. The author, Naseema Hurzuk, was also present during this release.  The book is her autobiography and how she, with the help of many others created facilities where disabled people are taught, trained and rehabilitated. It is a very moving and motivating story which was first serialised in the Marathi newspaper Skal, later published as Chakachi Khurchi (Mahtab Publishing House, Pune) in Marathi. It has also been translated into Hindi as Pahiyonwali Kursi (Raj Kamal Prakashan, Delhi) and into English as Naseema-The Incredible Story (Viveka Foundation, Delhi).

  The book was released by eminent Marathi thinker, writer, poet and eminent speaker Pravin Davane. The function was also attended by  Shriniwas Patil (former Member of Parliament from Satara), Rahul Deshmukh (a blind young man who is Founder-President of National Association for the Welfare of Physically Challenged and Snehankit - Association for non-seeing friends, Pune), Dr. Mukund Pathak (social worker from Miraj near Kolhapur), Mohan Ghatge (Chairman of Ghatge group of Industries), Ms Naseema Hurzuk (the author and President, Helpers of the Handicapped, Kolhapur), Ms. Nilima Mishra (social worker who has won the Magsaysay Award for the year 2011), Pravin Davane, Udaydada Lad (Marathi film maker, writer and social worker and Founder-President of URL Foundation, Mumbai), Dr. Anis Khan (translator of the book) and many others. (Ayaz Sangrar and Dr. Anees Khan)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2011 on page no. 17

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