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n p e op le C an one person make a difference in this crazy, confusing, complicated world? We all would like to think so. But the expression has become a cliche, an advertising slogan used to sell recycling, green products, a political candidate or to raise cash for a good cause. People like Narasim Katary give us hope. The city’s former long-range planner is trying to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people in Kandavara, an impoverished community in the southern Indian city of Chik Ballapur. “Canada was good to me, and good for me,” Katary says. “I have never forgotten how lucky I was.” Now he is lucky for the people of Kandavara. On this particular morning, while he drinks Indian coffee and talks about Project Kandwar, Katary is watching his computer screen for e-mail responses from doctors thousands of miles away in India. Kandavara has a hospital but no doctor. No sanitary sewer system. No solid waste disposal system. Many homes do not have piped water supply. There is no end to the work that needs to be done. Last year and the year before, Katary spent three months in India, and plans to return there this November for another three months. Thanks to the internet, he can do much of his work for Project Kandwar from his home office in Sudbury. Katary has solicited the help of many of his friends and associates in Canada. In India, he has forged an association with a group of professionals headed by Mr. Srikanth, an MBA with the multinational Oracle, called The XVIIII Horse Foundation. This is a non-profit organization committed to community development by promoting self-reliant business enterprises. At the local level he has formed an alliance with the elders and the youth of Kandavara who are determined to lead the developmental effort. Katary has appealed for assistance from politicians and bureaucrats, and convinced business people to invest in helping their country’s most downtrodden citizens, the poorest of the poor. “I’ve perfected begging,” Katary says. He jokes he has spent so much time begging in the last five years, his knees are made of stainless steel. But he becomes emotional when he speaks about Project Kandwar, and why he has dedicated his “golden years” to improve the lives of the people of Kandavara. “My father went to the primary school in Kandavara. He did not have three meals a day until he got a scholarship to go to the university in Bangalore when he was 15.” His father, an outstanding student, graduated with a bachelor of science degree at 19 and went to work in the civil service. He had a successful career and eventually became a state cabinet secretary. “It is a real Abe Lincoln rags-to-riches story,” says Katary, who enjoyed a privileged life growing up in India in the 1940s and 1950s. He studied civil engineering at the University of Mysore/Bangalore. Later he studied city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania, and regional economics and economic geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Katary’s name was often in the news in Sudbury in the 1980s when he worked for the city in long-range planning. He had his work cut out for him. Sudbury had been a one-industry town for 100 years. The city continued on page 14 Summer 2008 Sudbury Living 13

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Sudbury Living - Summer 2008
Contents
Cover Story
People
Decor
Gardening
On the Town
Food
Drink
Fashion
Health/Fitness
Recreation
Arts
Northern Adventures
Calendar
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Sudbury Living - Summer 2008 - Decor
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Sudbury Living - Summer 2008 - Recreation
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