‘Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls.’ – Khalil Gibran
On 23 June 1985, Dr Chandrasekhar Sankurathri’s world was torn apart—his wife, son and daughter were all on the ill-fated Air India Kanishka flight AI 182, which exploded en route, killing all 329 people on board.
What can a man do in the face of unimaginable tragedy? How does one find the will to live again? Dr Chandra Sankurathri’s life is a testament to the human spirit. The power of the mind, the depth of the heart.
Channelling his grief into social endeavours, Dr Chandra returned to Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh and started a school, and then an eye hospital, for rural people.
A Ray of Hope is the inspiring journey of one man’s decision to dedicate his life to a higher purpose. To rise above his anger, pain and sorrow, to bring joy and hope to all who cross his path.
About the Author
After losing his wife and children in the bombing of Air India Flight 182 on 23 June 1985, Dr Chandrasekhar Sankurathri gave up his comfortable life and job in Canada, and returned to India to dedicate his life to serve the poor and needy in rural areas of Andhra Pradesh. Since then, he has established several charitable institutes, including a school and an eye hospital, in his relentless pursuit of bringing about the changes he wants in society.
His work has been covered widely in the media and in documentaries, and he has won several awards in India, Canada and the US for his humanitarian work.