Real Heroes: Ordinary People Extraordinary Service is a book of heartwarming and inspiring stories of ordinary people who have taken the mighty task of accomplishing the extraordinary feat of changing the world around them, for the better. The book, published in 2011, is dedicated to the winners of Reliance Foundation’s Real Heroes initiative. This initiative recognises 24 selfless and extraordinary citizens from across the country and rewards them annually for their work. In this edition, readers are introduced to strong willed women like Binalakshmi Nepram from Manipur, who helps widowed women who have been affected by insurgency, and Chandralekha, who helps the girls from a small village in Uttar Pradesh escape prostitution. From crusaders like Gyanesh Pandey, who left America to work in Bihar, to environmental activists such as Anil Joshi working in drought-hit Madhya Pradesh; the book chronicles the lives of everyday people who dare to dream and dare to win. Started in 2008, Real Heroes is a social initiative undertaken by CNN-IBN and Network 18 in partnership with Reliance Foundation. Every year, the editorial team at CNN-IBN researches and brings to light the story of 24 deserving heroes from the hinterlands of the nation, who have contributed towards the betterment of their immediate society.