A drop of sweat trickled down his forehead, scars of tension & fear were all over his grim face. ‘I’ll be there as soon as possible’, said Mr. Manu, over a phone, a 70-year-old man, sitting on a shabby chair, in an alone platform of a little-known station, at the stroke of midnight. He had tears in his eyes, anxiety in his mind. He was worried as his little sister, Mou, was left stranded in a secluded railway station of Asansol, 200 kms away. Continue reading “Manu & Mou”
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‘Take baby steps, don’t look down, you can do it’, said Simran, standing right behind me.
Fear had completely grasped me then, it is not very often that you are inches away from a 1000 mt ditch. Standing motionless, glued to the rock, shivering with distress, moving a single step was a challenge. One foot wrong, slide, fall & gone. Yes !! that’s true. With freakishly steep rock at one side and ridiculously deep pit at the other, with no mountain climbing experience behind, I hung in balance between Life & Death. For some, standing on top of a hill, looking at the scenery, absorbing the natural beauty might be an awesome view, but for few, trekking dangerously close to the cliff is no less than a horror story. I belonged to the latter category. This trek was turning out to be a nightmare for me.
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‘Her condition is critical’, said the Doctor, ‘She is battling for her life’, Akash, holding his two-year-old son, broke. How could Shilpa take such a drastic step? Consuming sleeping pills, when life surrounds you with difficulties from all corners, seems to be the easiest option. At the age of 22, Shilpa was no different then. She did the same and attempted to suicide. Yet life had other plans for her. Continue reading “The Story of a Suicide Survivor: Shilpa Agarwal”
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A train journey can be very awkward sometimes. It can be overwhelmed with the feeling of happiness to meet someone or feeling of sorrow to leave our beloved one. Either dwelling in past incidents of our life or worrying about future happenings. The mind is full of thoughts with no head or tail attached to it. If coupled with sleepiness & hunger, train journeys can at times be even worse. Mine was no different until I met A Blind Old Man. Continue reading “A Blind Old Man”
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To be honest, it has been because of a failure. A failure of a dream, A failure of a try to do something different. A failure of an attempt, to challenge the world. I failed, yet I succeeded.
A burning desire to do something extraordinary started it all. Maybe the quest of earning money fueled this. I summoned all the courage to start a Clothing Merchandising Business, tried hard, really hard with petty resources, helped by few wonderful ladies around me and did a decent job, initially. But, decent job definitely not enough. The unknown territory I put myself into only bought troubles, hardships and agony. I pushed my limits, tried harder but my ability didn’t back me up & inexperience did little help. Ultimately, after the struggle of dozens of the week I fell, probably I accepted the hard reality. I accepted the failure.
I jumped into such a territory which really never meant for me. With little knowledge of supply chain and little time to devote, this end was inevitable.