Beyond Disability: A Journey to Success
Acclaimed author, poet and blogger Lalit Kumar charmed and inspired the audience at Kalam Chandigarh. A polio survivor, Kumar is the founder of Kavita Kosh, Gadya Kosh and Techwalkin. He also founded WeCapable.com, a digital platform that spreads awareness on disability and motivates people with disabilities to lead a meaningful and productive life. The National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities was conferred on Kumar in 2018. The powerhouse of spirit and talent has postgraduate degrees in Bioinformatics and Information Technology. He spoke to Vijay Kapoor at the event. Afflicted with polio at the age of four, Kumar remained undaunted in his quest to make something of his life. His book Vitamin Zindagi describes how he strived to succeed despite physical and socio-economic challenges. At the event, the author spoke of the support of his family, which helped him to persevere. Kumar was constantly bullied in school for his disability and his teachers were often apathetic, ignoring 27 CHANDIGARH his academic and other talents. He narrated how his joy at being given a school award was marred when students insinuated that he had been chosen because of his handicap. Parents need to be educated on disability so that they pass on to children the right attitude towards the disabled, said Kumar. He hoped that his book and life story would inspire and motivate people with disability to lead a normal life and succeed in their chosen field. The audience was left in awe of Kumar’s spirit and zeal, their sympathy giving way to admiration. An Ehsaas Woman from Chandigarh, Shalu Goel, delivered the introductory note and Isha Sehgal of Hyatt Regency Chandigarh the welcome note at the event. Manisha Jain, Ehsaas Woman of Chandigarh, gave the vote of thanks and Parul Tara handed over a memento to Kumar.