And these stories tell us that it doesn’t matter that where from we came but where we are going is all that matters

And these stories tell us that it doesn’t matter that where from we came but where we are going is all that matters

They say ‘never give up’ is probably one of the most clichéd phrases you’ll hear, but there’s a strong reason why it’s such a huge truth and the stories of these 6 ‘real’ people prove that a dark past is only but a stepping stone to a brighter futureSome people are fortunate enough to be born to affluence, while others have to slog every day to battle the demons of their background. Fighting with your destiny is perhaps one of the most grueling tussles we have to undertake, but success comes only to those who can rise above their past, no matter how gritty or dark it might beIn our society, who the person is born at birth, is given more importance than what he becomesEven today, a person’s background is often given more importance than their ambitions, abilities, and accomplishmentsWhen in life we have no control over the cards that are thrown at us, how we play those cards is what decides if we will win the game of life or not. Not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

Jyoti Mondal

Jyoti Mondal
Jyoti Mondal

India’s population includes approximately five million transgender people according to the 2011 national census. While this mapping, conducted for the first time in the country for this community, was viewed as recognition of the third gender, LGBT activists assert that fear of harassment and stigma prevented many from revealing their gender identity, since they did not conform to the norms traditionally associated with the sex assigned to them at birth. For Mondal, too, the journey hasn’t been easy. Born biologically male to a traditional Hindu family in Kolkata, West Bengal, Joyita faced discrimination, opposition and even rejection when she decided she could no longer live her life as a man. She only recently began the sex reassignment surgery to become a woman in July 2017, eight years after she first came out. “I loved dressing like a girl and playing with dolls. But I was a boy and boys don’t do this, especially when they are 10-years-old. As I grew older, I would dress as a girl when I went outside the house and change before I returned,” Mondal revealedBut this secret life was not what she wanted. When one special school friend in the all-boys school she attended shifted out of Kolkata after grade 10, she decided to drop out of school in 2009. “I didn’t tell my family that I was unable to take the verbal bullying by other boys in my school. I just told my mother I had gotten a job in Dinajpur, a neighboring district in the state, and wanted to go there. I told her that I would come back in two months if things didn’t work out, and she consented,” she saidBut Mondal never went back. Here, she began dressing like a woman openly. Still, even while practicing her profession as a hijra (ennuch) and attending weddings or visiting the house of a newborn child offering services like singing and dancing to ward-off bad luck, she had started working for the welfare of the transgender community.


P.C. Mustafa

P.C. Mustafa
P.C. Mustafa

Though being an average student Mustafa was good at maths but after failing in class 6 he lost interest in going to school and  joined his father as a daily wage worker.His teacher didn’t like his decision of dropping out and spoke to his father who agreed to give him second chance.Back in school he had to sit with his juniors and this humiliation made him work hard and to his teacher’s surprise Mustafa topped in class 7th and later in class 10th. After class 10 his father had no money for his further education so he went to Farooq College in Kozhikode which provided free meal  for poor students.He was one among 15 students who were offered free stay and meal at the hostel because of which other students looked at him with disdain which upset him.Coming from a village Mustafa was weak in english. This was a huge problem for him since all the lectures in college were delivered in  english. A good friend of Mustafa came to his rescue as he would translate every lecture for him.After college Mustafa took  engineering entrance exam and was ranked No 63 in the state.He got admission at the Regional Engineering College,now the  National Institute of Technology Calicut and pursued degree in computer science.After graduation Mustafa worked for Manhattan  Associates,Motorola and citibank.After working for few years he developed interest in Business management and cracked CAT and  got admitted at IIM-Bangalore.

Patricia Narayan

Patricia Narayan
Patricia Narayan

A few decades ago often children in middle-class houses were told that if they do not study well they will be fit to be in the kitchen doing the cooking. But today being a chef in a star restaurant isn’t a joke. Giving your best at whatever you do will take you long way similarly there are certain flowers that bloom in adversity. This post from Kalam Fan Club introduces readers’ to PatriciaNarayan, women who fought the adversity of life with a skill called cooking,  interestingly it is the only skill sets she had in her possession as against many folks who have a colorful resume made of degrees, qualifications, and certifications. The story of a mother who got separated from a drug addict husband and brought up her two children singlehandedly without being symbiotic on anyone and in the process got recognized as FICCI women of the year for 2010 is really an inspiring one.

Arunima Sinha

Arunima Sinha
Arunima Sinha

My courage, determination and dedication played important role in achieving my goal. Leg is but obviously required to climb Mt. Everest, but what is needed most is a brave heart. I conquered Mt. Everest on 21st May, 2013 by dint of my firm determination and strong will power. That accident was a turning point of my life but I didn’t want to be dependent on others so I made up my mind and decided to do something that would set an example for others and especially who are going through the same phase. I chased my goal of conquering Mt. Everest with passion.I defied all the odds and have become an inspiration for millions of such people who are physically disabled or handicapped by achieving my goal which is unthinkable to many

Slumgods

Slumgods
Slumgods

See, one of Asia’s biggest slum and other uncommonly visited places in Mumbai with us. Slumgods Tours and Travel is a Mumbai based tour operator specialized on guided tour services such as Slum Tours, Sightseeing Tours, City Tours, Bus Tours, Shore or Cruise excursions in Mumbai founded and run by the local entrepreneurs. “We want to provide much deeper insight into Mumbai about the daily lives, cultures, contrasts and the people. Inspired by HIP HOP Culture, in the past years we arranged recreational B-boying (Break Dance) classes & other educational classes for the children on weekends. Now, we are planning to work on more such projects. Support our community by being a part of SlumGods and create social changes in the area with us.’

Rajib Roy

Rajib Roy
Rajib Roy

Rajib Roy, from Kolkata has been selected to train with the Manchester United U-21 squad for a couple of weeks as part of a special program. Having been born and raised up in poverty, he has earned a chance at redemption.His mother, a sex worker in the red light district of Kolkata has been overjoyed with the news of her son’s arrival at the grand stage. After all, it is not every day that your son is called up by Manchester United.The imprint of his birth condition may have bore upon him to have a better shot at life. The value that should currently be bestowed upon his head has grown manifolds from a few days earlier.

 

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