I was 21 when I lost my right leg to a road accident; my dreams of being an army officer crashed in front of my eyes and shook my world completely.
While been taken to the hospital, I kept telling my mother ‘Kuch bhi ho jaaey, mera pair mat katne dena’. I asked them to put a rod so I can join the army but I had to go through multiple operations as it was unavoidable, resulting in amputation of my right leg.
I couldn’t tell anyone what I was feeling, I felt like a burden and many times thoughts of suicide did occur to me. When my father had to pick me up and carry me, ‘ Aisa lagta tha mein jee hi kyun raha hoon’.
But families don’t have that option but to be with you, so I had to fight for them.
I never gave up on my passion for sports. A year after my accident I participated in 5 kms marathon more like a walkathon for me. I also did many activities like single rope walk which many people couldn’t believe I could do it.
In 2019 I did the kheerganga trek in Himachal, I remember thoughts of giving up occurred to me when my leg started bleeding but I gathered the courage and finished it.
Then in 2020, I went for Tunganath Shiv Mandir trek in Uttarakhand which is more than 11000 feet.
The same year I participated for the Para-games held in Jodhpur and trained myself by watching whatever I could find on you tube. Ultimately I won a silver in shotput and Bronze in Javelin Discus Throw and Powerlifting.
In October 2020, I made a decision to summit the Yunam peak (Lahaul). It was a team of ten people including an everester. Regardless I left no stone unturned and magnificently summited the peak and became Rajasthan’s first para-mountaineer.
Giving up is not my thing, I am a swimmer, biker and love to play cricket, badminton and all sports except football and squats.
I hope to get support from the government and corporates to achieve my ambition and make India proud!
I feel if you are truly passionate about what you want to do in life there’s nothing you can’t achieve, fuel your passion. ‘Jeena hai toh khul ke jeeyo’.
Push yourself harder every time you face a new challenge…
(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)