One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are. Do you remember the Vicks ad! Mother, daughter, hostel. No problem, if you don’t, I will help you.

Today I am sharing with you Gauri’s story. Gauri adopted a girl named Gayatri in 2008 when she was just 5 years old after Gayatri’s mother died of AIDS. Gauri Sawant born Ganesh Sawant adopted her daughter even though it is illegal for transgender people to adopt children. Yes, You read it right, she is transgender. She is beyond your rules, my rules, society’s rule, except LOVE.

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The Gauri Sawant

Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist from Mumbai. She is the director of Sakshi Char Chowghi that helps transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS. She also plans to start an old age home for transgender people called Nani ka Ghar, meaning Grandmother’s Home, where old transgender people will take care of the children of sex-workers.

Sawant, left her family at an early age to come to Bombay. While working at an NGO, Gauri came across her daughter, Gayatri. Gayatri had been orphaned in 2001, when her mother died.

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The child’s grandmother was going to sell her into slavery when Gauri met her. She decided to adopt her, and since then the two have shared a very close mother-daughter bond. According to her, “There’s no gender in being a mother”. Gayatri is now studying to be a doctor and lives in a hostel. Gauri’s inspiring story came to the forefront when Vicks portrayed her journey with Gayatri in an ad that has since its release been watched more than 9 million times. She was featured in an Ad by Vicks too.

Gauri is full of life, confident, and above all very loving. Her house is full of colleagues who adore her, and whom she has made feel safe.

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It is not easy to be a Gauri Sawant. I mean, bringing such a broad mind, modern thoughts, simplistic approach towards life is tough. We can only talk about it and claim to have all these. But that’s what the society needs more, that’s what Gayatris need more. May she inspire and make more humans like her.

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