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GOOD SPORTS: Man of Vision

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
March 2013
GOOD SPORTS: Man of Vision

Rakesh Agarwal came to America in 1985 as a production manager of a rug company in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Today, almost three decades later, he owns Rug and Home, a store with three locations in the Carolinas. He hasn’t forgotten his roots in India and is helping people in the region around Varanasi through a nonprofit he started called Vision Express. It offers free cataract surgeries, helping restore the eyesight of many people.

Fundraisers and donations help pay for the surgeries. (Each cataract surgery costs $25 and donations can be made online at

Agarwal came to America with as little as $20 in his pockets, struggled through a near-bankruptcy for his company, and feels blessed to be able to help the less fortunate.

“Doing this was very emotional,” he told his local newspaper, the Times-News. “I never thought I’d be in a position to do it.”


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