Photograph by Sabina Panday
American International School, Chenna
Aakash Deshpande
Resident:Chennai, India

The face of bliss, innocence and purity, all captured in a split second. That’s a face liberated from the frantic times, superficial priorities and egocentric values of our society in the 21st century. Meet Aakash Deshpande, a ten year old with the heart of gold and mind of a saint. For the next 12 years, he will absorb the merits and teachings of Hinduism to become a priest. Away from home, parents and any sense familiarity, he doesn’t seem to be wishing for anything in life other than excitement and frivolity. Need I explain more about why he is a source of inspiration?