7th November 1996 it was, when my parents held me in their hands. To everybody’s amusement, it seemed like an alien had popped out of a human woman’s womb. They said that the child had congenital finger and toe deformities. With just 7 fingers and 6 toes, how would the child survive in such a competitive world where your race starts as soon as you get out of your cozy beds. Some people had already started their bullshit predictions whether the moon was misaligned (Oh man, NASA should really hire these ingenious fools) during my birth or whether my mother had done some bad karma before I was born. It’s always the woman who is targeted, right? But, in all of these dramatic scenes, my parents went from shedding tears to building a TEAM. My Mom and Dad looked into my glittery eyes and said that no matter how the suspicious world would look at me, they would be by my side and give me the confidence to represent myself as a ‘normal’ human rather than begging for sympathy. And I tell you, it takes a lot of guts as a parent to talk something like this.
Questions began to rise such as would I ever be able to walk, would I ever be able to write, would I get admitted to a normal school and many other things. Maybe, I took this too seriously and began to kick footballs prior to walking!! My mom tried her best to give a pencil in my right hand, but I began scribbling with my left hand. We lefties are the best!! 20 days after my birth, I met the people whom I respect the most in this world, my orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Ashok Johari and Dr. Aditya Kaushik. Until now, I have been operated about 8 times under them. They have been my sculptor and designer and I owe a lot to them. Surgeries such as bone lengthening and other related operation stuff began when I was just an year old. The latest surgery of mine was the bone lengthening which took place during my 8th grade. I had splinters on my finger and I literally looked into the mirror assuming myself as the Wolverine.
Also, I used to go to school with plaster and splinters all over my hands and legs. Regarding school, I believe that I am very lucky to be a part of Dr. Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya. My special thanks to Tanvi Ma’am, Manisha Ma’am, Sulekha Ma’am, Sonali Ma’am and other prestigious teachers. Right from nursery to 10th grade, they have always been very supportive and the thing I like about that school is the culture and ethics that they inculcate in children which is missing in most of the kids I see nowadays. I was good in academics with a special interest in English, Science and Mathematics. My mother being an expert in teaching English grammar, I used to always top that subject. During vacations, I never used to sit at home, rather, my parents had me enrolled in various extra-curricular and creative activities such as painting courses, theatre workshops, dance classes (You wouldn’t believe now looking at my size, but I am a pretty good dancer), computer technology learning and many more.
I have also written a lot of poems during my schooling days and I hope to resume it someday. They got me an electronic basic keyboard when I was in 5th grade and there started my musical journey. And for promotions, please subscribe to my YouTube Music channel. I had two years of basic Hindustani Classical music lectures taught by Mr. Bhavesh Jani. He really found out a way how I could play a full piano inspite of lacking 3 fingers. Scoring a 90% in the SSC exams (10th grade) was a huge deal during that time and I scored a mere 82% which isn’t bad right, considering the average engineering marks nowadays!! Due to external pressure and academic atmosphere, me and parents were a little sad but it gradually faded away. My mom always used to think that me being good in English literature, I would take Arts as a career. But me being me, I thought how about pursuing Science and also combining my love for literature. Hence, I took Science and made it to a decent engineering college.
During this whole course, I was inclined towards the magical world of spirituality and entered The Art of Living founded by my Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. ‘The real secret of our life is nothing but our own breath’, this was brilliantly explained by my teacher, Mr. Virat Chirania. This really helped me during my tough academic years as a student and is also helping me now as I’m about to finish my graduation. Right now, I’m an average student but I can proudly admit that I’m an all-rounder. From the experience of all my life events, I’ve acquired the courage to do something different in life and I will always continue to use the combination of technology, arts and spirituality as all of them go hand in hand. People have always underestimated my mother as she’s a homemaker. But, I’m everything because of her. I close my eyes and can say that she and my father are always there for me. They have sacrificed a lot in life, but, when challenges arise, we face it together.
This is my first serious blog post and I thought of introducing myself first and then begin a series of blogs. I hope that you all get inspired by my life. Nonsense!! I have had this attitude of always admiring great people, but not following their footsteps. We all should draft our life the way we want and not by getting emotional or inspired by idols, c’mon, this is not a movie like The Pursuit Of Happyness!! The decision of career and marriage has to be taken only by us and not even our parents, forget outsiders. But, suggestions should always be appreciated. Just like a computer, settings have been made by default that one should complete his career by 23, get married by 28, have kids by 30 and that whole damn reboot process starts whole over again. I’m talking in context of men, but it’s even worst for women. Don’t you wanna break this trend? Enjoy your lives, learn knowledge to the infinity, make good money and maintain all your relations, that’s it!! I see people dropping their dreams in the trash and leading the same robotic life. This doesn’t give you any positive chances. But if you take some risk, at least there’ll be 2 chances : either a ‘successful’ one or ‘try it again’ one. See, the score is 1-2 !!
Hope my blogs can instill some amount of education in one’s mind. Writing gives me the power to talk even about the darkest untouched places. Normally, I hesitate to give suggestions or to even correct one’s mistake. That’s not the right thing. Being frank about opinions is the need of the hour. Do checkout my upcoming blogs. They will be purely holistic covering all topics such as technology, movies, food, culture, India etc.
Thank you for reading!!