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Nazreen Ali, 21, adjusts her hijab at her residence in Meerut. Nazreen, the only Indian Muslim girl to represent the country at the Miss World Muslimah 2014 contest held in Indonesia, was crowned 1st Runner Up. This annual international beauty pageant awards young Muslim women who have shown dedication, reputation and concern for Islamic values and community development. Nazreen dreams of opening a special madrassa where Muslim children would get advanced education0

3 Dec 2014 | BY Raul Irani

Mistri Lall, 62, along with his 80-year-old mother Sukhvinder Kaur at Guru Vishram Vridh Ashram, run by Dr GP Bhagat, in Badarpur, Delhi. Lall and his mother were left by his elder brother at a gurdwara. Since then they have been living at this special old age home for senior citizens along with others who have been abandoned by their families. “I have no complaints, as I still have my mother with me,” Lall says0

26 Nov 2014 | BY Raul Irani

Eleven-year-old Tejasvi Tyagi of Meerut, studying in class 6, can write with both hands simultaneously. She has been doing this since she first learnt how to write, her father says. What she writes with two pens together is usually the same thing, but she can also draft a mirror image of her left hand’s writing with her right hand0

5 Nov 2014 | BY Raul Irani

An employee walks past an advertisement hoarding at the entrance of a garment factory on the outskirts of Delhi. This unit belongs to a company that exports apparel, a business sector in India that has been gaining a competitive edge in recent years over its counterparts in countries such as Bangladesh0

30 Sep 2014 | BY Raul Irani

Twenty-four-year-old Simmi stands in front of her salon in Faridabad, Haryana, which is probably the first beauty treatment centre run exclusively for transgenders in the National Capital Region. Pahal Foundation, an NGO which works with gay men as part of a community initiative to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS in Faridabad, funded the enterprise0

17 Sep 2014 | BY Raul Irani

Mohammed Aamir, photographed here offering prayers at his father’s grave, spent 14 years in jail for crimes he did not commit. In February 1998, at the age of 18, he was arrested from Old Delhi and charged with 17 counts of murder, terrorism and waging war against the nation. He was acquitted of all charges in 2012. He says that despite being alive and free, his family has been destroyed by the false charges. During his incarceration, his father, Hashim Khan, died of a heart attack, and his mother suffered a stroke that left her paralysed0

23 Jul 2014 | BY Raul Irani

It was a wrong number he dialled that hooked up Gaurav with Mohini for life.0

9 Jul 2014 | BY Raul Irani

A retired 76-year-old government officer, LD Chopra, breathes through an oxygen mask at his residence in New Delhi. For Chopra, an asthmatic patient, life depends on uninterrupted electricity supply. An unconscious Chopra was rushed to hospital on 31 May when thunderstorms disrupted power supply to his oxygen concentrator. Like Chopra’s residence in the east of the city, much of Delhi suffered long power outages after a spike in demand and damage to power lines caused by thunderstorms overwhelmed the grid.0

18 Jun 2014 | BY Raul Irani

When 90-year-old widower Mohammad Basheer met 80-year-old widow Rafiquan, it was love at first sight and he eventually married her. After his first wife passed away, Basheer had hoped that his seven sons would take care of him in his old age, but none was ready to take him to a doctor and buy medicines for him when he fell ill. They were only interested in his property, comprising a small house and a grocery shop in old Meerut and bank balance of Rs 50,000. “It was during this great crisis in my life that I met Rafiquan, who was in my town to attend a marriage ceremony.0

4 Jun 2014 | BY Raul Irani

Jahanvi, 8, with her mother Asha at their residence in the Loni area of Ghaziabad. Jahanvi’s father, Om Prakash Tiwari, 35, committed suicide a week ago and left behind a suicide note requesting Narendra Modi to take care of his daughter after his death. The note reads: ‘Dear Narendra Modi ji, you are going to become the Prime Minister of India. I am committing suicide due to financial problem. I request you to take care of my daughter after my death.’ He has also stated in his one-page note that nobody should be held responsible for his death0

7 May 2014 | BY Raul Irani
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