“It was 7th December 2013. I started my day to office riding on my two-wheeler and suddenly, a lorry came in the wrong way and rammed onto my left leg, at Nizampet area. After being there for a few minutes, my business partner and friend came to my rescue and I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. By then, I knew that there’s something wrong happening and due to multiple fractures in my foot and knee, my leg was amputated, and I became a below the leg amputee.
During recovery, my business partner was one of the most supportive people. Every time someone told me that my life has no purpose, he told me that this isn’t the end. In a month, I got back to work. I needed to be busy to escape the negative thoughts. After six months, I went to a rehabilitation centre in Panjagutta for my artificial leg. At that centre, I witnessed many differently able people, who were being treated there. They all involved in various sporting activities without being demotivated about their disabilities. It certainly inspired me to move ahead in life and that’s when I began to learn about cycling professionally. I certainly feel that was the best decision I had made to date.
Since then, I’ve participated in more than 75 events, rode my way from Bengaluru to Hyderabad in three days and won many awards. I had also done a cycling awareness campaign in North Telangana to spread awareness among people on issues like organ donation and road safety.Till date, I have cycled more than 7500 km in cycling. Recognising my efforts, I was conferred with the Karmaveer Chakra Award 2019 in November by the United Nations. Apart from cycling, I have also actively involved in various social welfare activities.
In life, I always believe that there’s a second chance and often tell people how I have two lives – one before my accident and one after. I can never undo what happened that afternoon, but I can make sure I make the best of what I have today through cycling and social service. I am also working in a private organization to provide for my family.
I am currently looking forward to changing my prosthetic leg to increase my efficiency and I need public support for it. My dream is to participate in Para Olympics and I will achieve it one day!”
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