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Reality Checks

My family loved to travel and my cousins loved trekking. I was lucky to go for a trek as early as 2nd grade, to Bhimashankar. Throughout the school years, sports were encouraged, but adventure sports were off-limits till 12th grade when I decided to register “Xtreme Trekkers”. The name seemed apt for the fire in my belly. Till then, most…



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Like father, like daughter…and more!

We love to write about these children and their dreams which have no ceiling! A peek into 11-year-old Suchithra’s journey inspires us once again to cheer them on their goals and help shape into a reality by following their passions! Suchithra was just 3 years old when she suffered a pneumonia type of infection. As a path to recovery, her…



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The Universal Language of Flowers!

To listen to a flower’s language a little more closely - snippets from #Seattle and #Gurugram.  “In the 3rd phase of Unlock but it still seems a long haul ahead. What has kept me going? The flowers all around: lending positivity and hope; helping us take the best from the worst. For the times we couldn’t step out I looked…



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Team Footnote

Bengaluru and Seattle—two very different places, 8,100 miles apart, separated by oceans, languages and cultures. Yet, orchids like these can be found in both.  In Seattle, Rupa, half of the footnote.world team found a Calypso Orchid in a forest recovering from a fire. Back in Bengaluru, Sanjana, the other half, found Orchids blooming on a tree in a forest and…



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Speaking of Birds – Galapagos Islands

Say hello to these 'Blue-Footed Boobies' and more from Galapagos Islands - one of the few places on our planet where birds and animals have no fear of humans! We requested Nicole to tell us a bit from her visit and we share it here with a sense of wonder about both the strength and the vulnerability of our natural…



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Outdoors In the Syllabus

Outdoors In the  Syllabus  Using sport as a tool of communication to create an environment of inclusion, SWAM (Sports with a mission), a recently formed organization, is well on its path to community impact through purposeful play and education outside the classroom.  Their prime focus is on UN Sustainable Development Goals # 4,3,5 namely Quality Education, Good Health and Well-Being…



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Gamechangers!

Gamechangers...  How long before a National Champion emerges out of START? Perhaps 5 years. How long before these students lead the way to coexist? It’s happening now.  Ritwik Bhattacharya became the first Indian to break into the Top 50 of the PSA World Rankings in 2006 and ranked World No. 38 in 2008. He stopped playing competitive Squash in 2010…



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The undying appeal of sports

Ryan Minithon Participant

The undying appeal of a sport is that on game day anyone can win!⁣ Parikrma Runners Club continues to be in the top 2 for the 3rd consecutive year in Ryan Minithon (Bengaluru leg) - a popular road race series for school students in the country.⁣ ⁣ Runners-Up in 2018 -> Winners in 2019 -> Runners-Up in 2020. Harshitha (5K),…



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Ultras and barefoot running

Runner’s World

My first run had an ambitious agenda - I wanted a photograph with my childhood hero and celebrity, Milind Soman!  With hope, I participated in a promotional event for Pinkathon - India’s largest program under his guidance that enables women community running as a tool to bring positive changes in their physical, mental & emotional wellbeing.  All the participants got…



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My first steps, as an adult!

Ironman 70.3 finisher

Do you remember your first steps? I do - It’s the most excited I've been as an adult!  An accident severely injured my spine and I suddenly aged to the 90s in my 30’s. From being an avid outdoors person - biking, running & trekking, life came to a standstill forcing me to lay in a neutral position, bedridden for…

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