Just four years ago, Anugrah M M couldn't walk, write or even eat on his own. Afflicted with cerebral palsy since birth, the 12-year-old can now read and write quite fluently and more or less take care of himself thanks to Fathima Bismi, his classmate and best friend.
Both of them are seventh grade students of MAM upper primary school at Parambilkkadavu near Kunnamangalam in Kozhikode.
When Anugrah joined MAM school as a first standard student, his mother Sudha would wait all day at the school premises to attend to him. Later, when Sudha got pregnant, she couldn't accompany Anugrah to school. That's when Fathima stepped in.
We have heard of "a friend in need is a friend indeed" - what better example. Read more of this story of friendship in a report by M K Sunil Kumar published in the Times of India....