Shobhana Ranade or Shobhanatai as she's fondly called met mahatma Gandhi in Pune's Agakhan Palace in 1942 when she was 18. The Mahatma blessed her by saying "live fearlessly" and Shobhanatai has not looked back. Shobhana Ranade has devoted her life towards assisting destitute women and children, making them self-sufficient .In 1955 she moved to Assam and plunged into work at the Maitreyee Ashram in North lakhimpur apart from starting Shishu Niketan the first child welfare centre in an Assam village. Through her Adim jaati Seva sangh, Naga tribal woman were given training in weaving and spinning the charkha . she helped in starting the Gandhi National Memorial Society and a national training institute for women at the Aga khan Palace in pune in 1979 .In keeping with Gandhian principles the society launched the Kasturba Mahila Khadi Gramodyog Vidyalaya in 1998, a training centre where women are taught spinning and weaving. Shobhanatai was also instrumental in starting SOS children's village across Maharashtra. Today Bal gram Maharashtra is home to over 1600 orphans. The 86-year-old noted activist and Gandhian from pune was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2011. Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's teachings and life have been her inspiration.