‘I am a firm believer of the power of words to bring change, especially in remote, backward areas like my village,’ says Noor, one of many social advocates who worked with enthusiasm and diligence to bring change in the lives of the remote villages they grew up in. Noor, then a 21-year-old training to be a religious teacher, attended Charkha’s Writing Workshops in Poonch in 2013. He watched with delight his published writings evoke a prompt response from government officials, leading to a road been constructed to his very remote village within weeks of the article featuring in a prominent local daily.