Tushar Rishi began his inspirational journey when he decided to overcome his cancer by channelling his experiences through a creative outlet into his book, The Patient Patient. During his chemotherapy sessions, he would return home from the hospital and write about everything he felt and saw on that day. Seven or eight months into his tumultuous life, as a young 17-year old boy, he decided to use his coping mechanism of writing down everything into creating a book that would motivate people.
Book that inspires
A heart touching book that brings out the intricacies of life, and a young cancer patients’ attempt to handle it all with courage, dignity and humour. The book engages the reader through many of its roller coasters, pushing them to bring out their calibre and determination.
Tushar also mentions that he wants his readers to learn to appreciate the little things in life and to learn as well as get motivated through each experience they undergo.
There are people who suffer, and then there are people who suffer but manage to use their hardships to bring out their creativity. Stephen Hawking, Yuvraj Singh and Lance Armstrong, happen to be the individuals who inspired Tushar as they never gave up and instead provided him the positive energy to stay strong.
Definitely apt with the saying, when the going gets tough, the tough get going!
Hurdles and hardships
Due to the treatment, Tushar had to drop out of school for a year and eventually when he returned, things didn’t get much better physically. Inclined towards a normal school environment, he didn’t take up the suggestions of open school education neither did he enrol in tuitions or coaching classes. Over time his family’s faith, his friends’ help and his faculty’s constant support proved to be key in his success.
Along with his academics and his book, he also started a blog called ‘Toosourrishi’ where he posts his poems. He is also a member of ‘Yoddhas’ – Indians Fighting against Cancer’ – an NGO and support group for cancer patients in India.
Having cancer is not something that is in our control but how we deal with it, is. It is okay to be upset and depressed about it, one owes that much to himself. These feelings however shouldn’t be a permanent condition.”
A message to break through
Having been through the kind of hardships that would generally drag a person down, Tushar sends a message to all the victims of cancer. He says, “Having cancer is not something that is in our control but how we deal with it, is. It is okay to be upset and depressed about it, one owes that much to himself. These feelings however shouldn’t be a permanent condition.” His encouragement changes the way a person looks at a hurdle, making it just another step on the way to success.