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#Will of Steel is an endeavour by JSW to honour the unsung heroes of India, people who have truly proven their mettle and have unbreakable determination. Be it in sports, health care, social service or even saving the environment. These are individuals whose willpower has changed the world.

I’m voting for Laxman Rao for  #WillOfSteel and blogging on BlogAdda to help him/her get felicitated and eventually enabled by JSW.


Here’s a brief of his story that will help all my dear friends reading this article understand why I am nominating him for the JSW #Will of Steel initiative.

Laxman Rao is one of the rare personalities we would come across. A tea seller by day and a student and author by night, Rao came a long tough way. Roa, a 8th class dropout left home at the age of 18 in search of work. He worked hard to pursue his dreams and today he has written and published 24 books in Hindi. He is also a graduate in B.A. and currently pursuing M.A. in Hindi literature with his son doing M.Com in the same institution.

This 63 year old who has been selling tea in ITO in New Delhi is truely an inspiration and motivation to many. His will power and dedication to take forward his work and dreams on parallel grounds is not something many would find determination to do. In 1979, he published his first book, ‘New stories for a new world’ later which Times of India carried an article on his life titled, ‘Rolling paans and writing books’.

He was also invited by the late Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi after he started occupying headlines in newspapers. Former President of India, Pratibha Patil, by his man that she invited him over to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.His book, Ramdas, which has also been adapted into a play, has sold over 3,000 copies.

However, Even after authoring 24 books, Rao still sells tea by roadside daily to support his family as the income from the books does not help in meeting the two ends.

Watch the video below to see the amazing life story of Laxman Rao-the tea seller and author!


I was truly inspired by his dedication and love for writing. At this stage of being an amateur in this field, being able to feel his passion was really an amazing experience for me. Unknowingly, he has created that spirit, ignited the flame of positivity and inspired me to write more, learn more and be a better person everyday than I was the day before. And, when I think that in a similar way, he must have inspired many such youngsters like me, I feel blessed having come across his story. Indeed, he has that #Will of Steel, without which accomplishing such great honour and still being intact to roots is really unthinkable and unimaginable in today’s world. Undoubtedly, he has that #Will of Steel.

You too can log on to the Will of Steel website and vote for the nominess who inspire you the most. There are stories of grit and determination, of undying passion towards different causes, stories of bravery, of triumph & of human spirit – read the stories, get inspired and express your respect and admiration through your votes.

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#Will of Steel is an endeavour by JSW to honour the unsung heroes of India, people who have truly proven their mettle and have unbreakable determination. Be it in sports, health care, social service or even saving the environment. These are individuals whose willpower has changed the world.

“I’m voting for Sanjay Bhavsar and Tula Patel’s name for #WillOfSteel and blogging on BlogAdda to help him/her get felicitated and eventually enabled by JSW.


A brief of their story –

When Sanjay and Tula met in Ahmedabad, Sanjay was pursuing BTech while Tula was studying commerce. They fell in love, got married and moved to the US. However, the desire to do something uncommon pushed them off the beaten track and brought them back to Ahmedabad. In 1993, they founded Vishwagram, an NGO, which aimed to serve the needy. In 2006, they took up the cause of the orphaned children and with the help of NGO Childline they built the orphanage at Basna.

Tula and Sanjay have adopted 18 orphaned kids wandering on the state’s railway stations, and are offering them upbringing, education and identity. They have given these kids the surname Bharatiya and celebrate a common birthday on December 25.

Previously these kids begged on streets and stations, and had to work as carriers for drugs; they had witnessed gory crimes and suf-fered harshest of thrashings and brutal exploitation. Their traumatic stories of life at stations, addiction and sexual exploitation, are too grisly even for Bollywood. But the couple turned these children’s lives upside down, literally.

These young kids had been running away from criminals who wanted to use them for their illegal activities. Their travail came to end only after they met Tula and Sanjay. The latter took them home and officially adopted them to give them shelter, food, education and family.

Today, at their home Vishwagram, these kids learn to live with creative discipline in an unconventional set-up specially designed to bring back positive emotions of childhood, including naiveté, curiosity, trust and smile that the cruel system prevailing in outside world had once snatched away from them.

The children begin their day at 6 am with a ‘nature walk’. In natural surroundings, they learn to identify bird species and also learn botany. Their routine starts with lessons in self-hygiene, and at breakfast they learn about healthy food habits. They learn to read and write and cook and clean. After lunch, these kids spin yarn and make about 75 metres of khadi cloth every year. During early evenings, the kids spend a few hours learning various arts. Activities like designing a newspaper pamphlet, making pots, lamps for sale etc.that help to re-generate the sensitivities of these young hearts which were hurt and had withdrawn are undertaken under their supervision.

“Being able to restore a gleam of hope and a smile within those tiny frightened eyes is the reward which keeps us going,” says Sanjay.


I am truly inspired by their story. It isn’t easy to provide home and shelter to the kids acting as parents in truest senses.If one has the courage to change the lives of those on whose shoulders lies the future of this country, they are truly doing a commendable job and for this one surely require a ‘Will of Steel’.

You too can log on to the Will of Steel website and vote for the nominess who inspire you the most. There are stories of grit and determination, of undying passion towards different causes, stories of bravery, of triumph of human spirit – read the stories, get inspired and express your reapect and admiration through your votes.

P.S. Information Courtesy – Google. In order to know more about the couple and how they work, I approached Google and always, it helped.