Josh Foundation

Josh Foundation

Manasi Gokhale, Akshay Deshmukh & Jesal Shah

Manasi Gokhale, was born with severe-to-profound hearing loss in both ears. Through the support of her family, teachers, audiologists, therapists, and her own hard work, Manasi has become a college-educated, independent, social, young woman, who is employed at AXA Business Services as a Graphic Designer.

Akshay Deshmukh, was 2-years old when he was diagnosed with bilateral severe which led to profound deafness. His parents taught him English at home to prepare him to get admission in a normal school. This brilliant boy went on to become an Electronic Engineer and was enrolled at Rochester Institute of Technology in US. In 2012, he decided to come back to India. Now he works at Bank of Maharashtra’s IT department as network and security engineer.

Jesal Shah, has partial hearing and speech problems, but is a qualified interior designer and has excelled through hard work and talent. Today she is the Creative Director at a Private firm in Mumbai. She had designed the interiors of some of Mumbai’s finest Hotels.


Other Winners

Adil Ansari – National level champion in Para Archery

Bandenawaz Nadaf – An accomplished foot-painter & sportsman

Dr Tariq Khan – An inspirational young doctor

Eric Paul – Paraplegic who made his way to The Limca Book of Records

Kalpesh Chaudhary – Journey from Polio to a Diamond Merchant

Manoj Bhingare – Creativity in every stroke of this foot artist’s work

Mayur Dumasia – When life threw curved balls he grabbed his bat & hit

Nadeem Shaikh – An internationally acclaimed foot-painting artist

Prerna Sahane – Role model for the hearing impaired

Rafique Siddique – An educational leader for children of Malwani

Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta – Osteogenesis Imperfecta to Happiness Coach

Swarnalatha J – Meet the woman who beat multiple sclerosis

Tinkesh Kaushik – A triple amputee’s journey to India’s Paralympics

Varun Khullar – India’s first differently-abled DJ

Virali Modi – Tricked death & came back more confident