Monday, May 26, 2014

Airborne to Chairborne - The story of my Role model

I am writing about #MyRoleModel as a part of the activity by Gillette India in association with BlogAdda.com.

Late Mr. Anil Kumar, my Role model
Life is a sum of all choices that we make. There are people who enter our life with some reasons. It's our job to decrypt these reasons. There are many who inspire us in some or the other way. The best thing that we could do is to learn from  others. Learn from them how they managed to make it large and big!  These small stories that we learn from others life only makes us stronger and lightens our inner will to do more.  Many people can inspire you. It depends on how you perceive things. It could be a beggar walking down the lane or  a struggling salesman trying to sell his product. It could be anything  and I am sure you all know the story of the Spider. We all know how King Bruce learned the greatest lesson of life through a spider. Try and Try till you succeed is what  the spider taught him and in turn he  inspired us through this age old adage!

Today I would be narrating you about someone who inspired me and whom I could proudly call as my role model. When I was young, I used to be a brat. I never listened to my parents. My mother would be vexed at me because I would never listen to her. My father  would be annoyed too. Those were the teen days! I was just 15! We had a lesson called - 'Airborne to Chairborne' in our class 10 English Curriculum.  I  seemed disinterested when our teacher started with the chapter. I just took it casually just like another boring lecture. But when I started paying attention to it, I realized that this man is a brave-heart! His life took a 180 degree turn in no time. I am talking about Air force Pilot Anil Kumar who had lots of dreams in his eyes and ambitions. A major road accident changed his life upside down. That gory road accident left him paralyzed below his neck. He was a great writer and a vivid reader. Because of that accident he couldn't use his hands and limbs anymore. Imagine living a life of a torso with good pairs of legs and hands. Indeed! God never showed mercy upon him.  Indian Air force was kind enough and sheltered him in the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Center in Khadki. 

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The road accident confined him to a wheel chair. Imagine yourself in such kind of a terrible situation. You would know the pain if you were to wear his shoes. Many time in our life we have everything and still we crib about many things. Mr. Anil Kumar made me cry through his essay when my teacher narrated his story. Tears rolled down my cheeks when I learned about his plight.  THOUGH disabled, he never gave up. He wrote books and ensured that he gave time for his passion. The Indian Air force was generous enough to gift him a computer which he operated by holding a pencil between his teeth and sometimes using a stylus. It was 11 years ago when I first read about him. He changed my life to some extent. I used to be a careless young boy of 15 but after reading his life story, I realized that life is too short. In this short span of life that we live, we need to accomplish many things. Some of these things matters us while some things don't! I told his story to my mother that same night. I seem to be disturbed. I wanted to do something. I accepted him as my teacher and moved ahead in life. He motivated me through his story. He taught me the most valuable lesson of my life - to lit up your dreams even if you  are in darkness. This lesson is one of the most precious  gift that I got by knowing him!  Many people get disheartened by small things. Losing your arms and legs in an accident is a sad thing. Having arms and legs that don't function at all is even more disheartening.

Anil 'Sir' taught me through his story that there may be many hindrances in life but we should not succumb to pressure and fall! Never give up! You may fall many times in this journey of life, but  do remember that you are special and have faith in your abilities. 10 years later I was posted to work at Pune location. I had an opportunity to meet him at the Paraplegic Center in Khadki. He was  a humble man. He had a smiling face and greeted me with a smile. I narrated him how he inspired me and told him that he was my role model. He smiled at me but some how I could see a silent invisible tear rolling down his cheeks. His positive outlook towards life struck me hard. Whenever I felt low and sad, I make sure I read an excerpt of his essay.

"Believe it or not, every dark cloud has a silver lining. To surmount even seemingly insuperable obstacles, one has to muster the remnant faculties and shun the thought of disability and then canalize one's dormant energies purposefully and whole‑heartedly. It isn't just physical ability and average intelligence but an insatiable appetite for success and an unflagging will power that would texture the warp and woof of the fabric called human destiny. Greater the difficulty, sweeter the victory."
- (Excerpts from his essay)

Never let yourself down even  when you are immersed in deep sorrow. Its just a phase of life, everything will be alright and fine. Its just a matter of time. Believe in yourself that you would do something big. Never let your weakness dominate you and break you into shards of pieces. If you do, then life would be full of disappointments. Learn from life for it is the greatest teacher. Destiny can change your life any instant just like it changed Mr. Anil Kumar's life upside down within a matter of time. Such is life! You can never predict it! My role model not just teaches me great lessons but also teaches me to conquer the world, overcome your difficulties and weaknesses with a smile. This smile is enough to suppress everything.  Smile when you are low, Smile when you are happy, Smile during your difficult times, Smile whenever possible, Service with a Smile



Sir typing with his stylus/pencil


Anil Kumar, through his life teaches us many valuable lessons. His essay is popular amongst many people especially students. It was a part of the Maharashtra board  10th Std syllabus for a considerable period of time. Many people used to get inspired from his life and would visit him periodically at his home in Khadki. Even I promised him that we would meet again.

But sadly, I received the greatest shock of  my life  when I learned that he passed away on 20th May, 2014. I cried badly when I got to know about his death. I just prayed that Almighty shield and guard this angel near him. It seems he was suffering from cancer and he finally succumbed to it. Lord God, he is one of the best person whom I met in my life. Through his life, he inspired many  like me. I thank him for all the inspiration that he had to offer through his story. You would always remain special in  my heart, Sir!

Everyone's life is full of pain,lets not lose to it. Overcome the pain and lets win over it. He was a fighter who fought through out his life against his disability to prove everyone wrong.Disability should not break your soul, in fact it should strengthen you into a stronger being. He lived his life with a smile and inspired many!

I can proudly call him my role model. :) 

The Solitary Writer is a blog which started as a hobby.Here you will find stories, poems, satirical posts, humour, photography and almost everything. This blog is the alter ego of a Technical guy who loves to be called as the Solitary Writer. Others call him Ste. He works as a Senior Quality Analyst in a leading Organisation and loves to break the codes and he likes to  do things differently. Did you like this post? Get The Solitary Writers updates via Facebook or Twitter, better yet, subscribe to it via RSS Feed. It’s easy, and free!Also you can discuss in the Forum. Comments are just another way to let me know how you feel.Don't forget to comment.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Role model!

I am writing about #MyRoleModel as a part of the activity by Gillette India in association with BlogAdda.com.


  Life is strange at times. We get inspired from others and treat them as our hero. We only know one side of theirs but still they tend to be our hero. We know many things, almost everything about us , why can't we be our own hero? If  you ask me who is my role model then I would say for others it would be  some famous Sportsperson, some politician or some actor and  so on. I wouldn't say its my mother who is my role model. Mothers love is pure. Some say its this unconditional love  of hers which differentiates her from other usual rolemodels. She is a rolemodel for many but not  for me. 

 My mother is more than a rolemodel to me. A rolemodel inspires you and you try to  emulate them and at the end of the day all you do is blindly follow them. During this course of time you gradually turn into a person whom you admire. This is the most inappropriate thing to do. Why can't we just be our self. In this case I am talking about others. Some would say their father is their role model. Many times you may come across people  saying - My daddy, strongest! and so on. Yes, people love their parents. Its an obvious  fact! We all have this common trait. Its our love for our loved ones. Coming back to the rolemodel question.  Yes, I am my own rolemodel.

I fall, I hurt myself, I struggle, I cry, I suffer but at the end I rise up. I do all this without anyone's help. Everyone in this life who surround you are like passing clouds.  They only stay there for a transient period of time. Even your own shadow leaves you when  the sun sets. By saying this I mean that people live their own life. Be it be an actor or a sportsperson. Aforementioned, if you try to get inspired from their life then its fine.But make sure that this inspiration lits up your dreams. That's how life goes on! There are many who come in your life, they give you nice advises and vanish away! Within the blink of a second, even their advises fade away.Be your own rolemodel! Set up your own goals,  strive hard to fulfill your dreams. Dream with open eyes. Dreaming with open eyes would not let you sleep. It will awaken the spirit in you until you make sure your dreams materializes. Like this you can inspire others who struggle in their life. You can be others rolemodel and in turn advice them to be their own rolemodel and this cycle would continue. Even when we were young, our mother would teach us everything from talking, walking and learning. We owe many things to her. But at the end of the day, its we who implement it. Its we who talk, we who walk and we who learn!  Its our own life and we complete our life.

"I'm never looking for someone else to help me build my confidence. I am my own person!" - Unknown

I am my own hero! I am my own enemy! Every single day I fight with myself! I see myself as my own competition. I do not need to compete with the others who grow up seeing others as their rolemodel. Its not a big issue if you fall and fail. Failure is the first step to success. But until and unless you realize the importance of this failure, then only you will embark on a remarkable journey. This journey would be the most beautiful journey of your life. Unless and until you don't realize your importance and worth, then you would just be living an ordinary life. I am my own rolemodel because I am different. I was  born in this world with  a purpose. I strive hard to fulfill my dreams. Prove others who mock you and make them realize that even you are a superstar. Don't  strive to be perfect. Be imperfect and this imperfection will make you perfect someday and that day would be the best day of your life. I don't need anyone else to tell me to do better in life. I don't need to get inspired from others! I just want to inspire myself. I want to fulfill my aspirations and complete my goals. For I am my own idol, my own hero!

Just know the  basic rule of your life that you know yourself better  than anyone else in this world. No one else can judge you better than you! Bring out all the flaws in you and convert all the negatives in your life to positives. You are the actor in your life and others who enter your life just have a cameo role. Everyone  who enters our life only plays a cameo. It's you who direct your movie of life. If you have to make  it a big  hit, look it up to yourself. Make it large! 



Many times in my life I have failed - during sports, during interviews and  many such occasions. During my 3rd year of campus interview, the HR asked me - what would you do if we don't offer you a job? I paused for a while and thought. What could I do? I just had a simple answer to say. I would learn from failures. If I lost a game, then I won't need to worry as its not the last game of my life. If I fail in an interview, I won't worry as there may be many chances. If not this time, then surely the next time you would make it. If not the next time, then some day you would make it. Its just that we need to have the never say never attitude in you. I told the HR that I will improve myself and find out the mistakes I did in the interview and may be give my best shot in my next interview. She was impressed with me and I was offered a job to work with them.

At the end of the day, you would be happy when you rise to victory. You would still be happy  if you fail, in fact you should as you have another opportunity to prove  yourself. Don't get disheartened by failures. 





" The sky is not always blue. The sun will not necessarily shine at you. The birds will die one day. So its fine to fall, but we just need to keep ourselves motivated. It's OK if you cry but crying should be transient. Pour everything out. Let your heart mourn, until it can never get hurt. Extract the sorrows out of your life. Stand up, Rise and Shine.Dry up all the tears and live life once again. Then  it would mould you into a stronger you. Live life with a free spirit. You always have a chance to make someone proud. So life revolves around the circle. Throw a boomerang  and it will come back to you. That's how life is! Be your own superhero, Be your own actor, Be your own Sachin, Be You! For you, its you who matters and not others. Be your own rolemodel!"
(Excerpt from my blog) 




Your Rolemodel inspires you and  motivates you and who can inspire you and motivate you other than  you! Be your own rolemodel. I can proudly say that I don't need anyone else  to be my rolemodel. I am my rolemodel!
( All the Images have been taken from Google Image!)
The Solitary Writer is a blog which started as a hobby.Here you will find stories, poems, satirical posts, humour, photography and almost everything. This blog is the alter ego of a Technical guy who loves to be called as the Solitary Writer. Others call him Ste. He works as a Senior Quality Analyst in a leading Organisation and loves to break the codes and he likes to  do things differently. Did you like this post? Get The Solitary Writers updates via Facebook or Twitter, better yet, subscribe to it via RSS Feed. It’s easy, and free!Also you can discuss in the Forum. Comments are just another way to let me know how you feel.Don't forget to comment.