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Inspiring People and Their Inspiring Stories

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved reading inspiring stories. When I was a child, it was true stories from the Reader’s Digest that captured my attention. Then came all the Chicken Soup stories. When I discovered the internet and blogs, the ones with true, inspiring stories always got me hooked. Whether it was someone who saved someone else, or a group of people who face adversities and triumphed over them, or an individual who didn’t allow illness or disability to come in the way of their dreams, all of them drew me in.

A few months ago, my friend, Vidya Sury called for inspiring stories to feature on her blog. Vidya’s blog is all about spreading happiness and inspiration. You will find plenty of inspiring stories there.  The beauty of her stories are that they are about ordinary people who in their simplicity inspire us to shower kindness and do the best we can no matter what our circumstances.


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“The most beautiful people we have ever known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have pulled themselves out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


When I saw Vidya’s request for stories about inspiring people, I knew I had to share the story of Sanam Rabadi Karunakar, who is one of the most inspiring persons I know. Today, I invite you to read my post about Sanam on Vidya’s blog: Inspiring Stories. Against All Odds.

Thanks for the opportunity, Vidya!

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  1. […] zone and taken extraordinary steps to challenge systems, create solutions, or just be wonderfully inspiring souls for their families. Some of these individuals have founded non-profits, some have taken on issues […]

  2. Found In Folsom Found In Folsom May 19, 2014

    Okay…hopping there 🙂 I too love reading real life stories. Inspiring ones give you that positive energy 🙂
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  3. Kalpanaa Kalpanaa May 17, 2014

    Will do Corinne. I must mention here that you are an inspiration to me. You blog consistently, you blog about things that matter and you are always kind and encouraging about anything you write about. Three cheers for Corinne!!!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 18, 2014

      Glad you liked it, Naba. I hope you liked reading my post on Vidya’s blog too.
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  4. roshan r roshan r May 17, 2014

    Read it. Loved it.
    I have always felt that animals (partial to dogs obviously 😀 ) can bring out the best in mankind… they are the truest form of selfless love and can inspire you through your worst pain by just being there for you…
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  5. Claire 'Word by Word' Claire 'Word by Word' May 17, 2014

    Loved the story, very inspirational, I am always amazed by the power of animals to assist in the healing process.

    I finally gave in, despite living in a small apartment for my daughter to have a cat after her diagnoses with diabetes and was amazed at the transformation, all her fragility and tearfulness left from the moment that cat arrived. And from being set against it, I now even hear my husband talking to it like part f the family. Animals can change lives!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 18, 2014

      Yes, aren’t animals amazing, Claire? Thank you for sharing! So happy for your family. 🙂
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  6. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg May 17, 2014

    Sanam’s life story is truly inspiring! It clearly means that despite all odds, happiness and success can be ours. Thanks for sharing about her. And Loved the quote above too. ♥
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 18, 2014

      The Reader’s Digest was one of the books we fought over as children, Carol. Honestly, that I read that quote for the first time too as I was looking for one for this post!
      Thank you for your comment on Vidya’s blog too.
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  7. Kathy Kathy May 16, 2014

    I find it sad that people have to come through so much hell to be inspiring simply because they persevered and survived. Still, that is what brings the good out of bad situations…what has been learned and the strength and knowledge one has obtained in the process. ♥
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  8. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury May 16, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing my space today, Corinne. You know how much it means to me.

    What a beautiful quote by Elisabeth!

    By the way, I loved the true stories in the Reader’s Digest too. Then “word power” and “towards more picturesque speech”. I was so thrilled when a friend had a stack of the large print version!

    With love and gratitude
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