Determination might be just a word for some people, but for Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta, there is no end to will power or motivation. Being a man whose body is 90% disabled, he has not let that define him. A singer, graphic designer and motivational speaker, he has left no stone unturned to defy what one would label as impossible. Having suffered more than 50 fractures till date, due to a rare bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as ‘brittle bone disease’, he spent 6 years in a room (2009 – 2015) physically unable to do anything on his own but still managed to prove that the disability affected his body, not the mind.
Overcoming barriers and soaring high
On being asked about dejection, he replies saying, “From my childhood itself, my belief used to travel beyond all boundaries and that belief became my main strength to fight against all odds. Life taught me how to smile after confining into a room for 6 years!” Fighting depression, he made himself a Wheelchair Warrior who defeated all the obstacles and came out of the room to show the world the power of positivity. He even became a happiness coach to inspire other disabled people and help them beat the odds.
From my childhood itself, my belief used to travel beyond all boundaries and that belief became my main strength to fight against all odds. Life taught me how to smile after confining into a room for 6 years!”
Inspirations and support system
To Kaustuv, his parents and brother are his living angels and his biggest inspiration. Sacrificing everything for his wellbeing and happiness, they assisted him day and night, making sure he leaped through every hardship that stood in his way. He also considers Stephen Hawking to be one of his biggest inspirations due to his positive attitude and will power to beat his disability.
Other fortes and achievements
Sai Kaustuv also published a book in 2015 called ‘My Life, My Love, My Dear Swami’ where he reflects upon his life, struggles and his learning’s from it. The book was translated in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Hindi and Gujarati that was loved and appreciated by Narendra Modi. It was a great moment for him when CavinKare and Ability Foundation chose him for the Mastery Award 2017 for his accomplishments as a singer, music composer, graphic designer & motivational speaker. And, to top it off, he was also the winner of the ‘All India #WheelchairWandurlust Competition’ in 2016.
Advice to the dispirited
To all the individuals suffering from mental and physical disorders, he says, “Be positive, be inspirational and no matter who you are, what you are, how capable or incapable you think you are, just get up, throw away your pains and feelings of helplessness. Have faith and work towards something you are really good at.” He believes that if an individual has a disability it only means that he is even more capable in another field. By sketching designs with just two fingers of his left hand, Sai make us believe that barriers are there just to test our strength.
He might be in an electric wheelchair today, but has destroyed all the barriers and is soaring high on the wings of will power and determination.
Be positive, be inspirational and no matter who you are, what you are, how capable or incapable you think you are, just get up, throw away your pains and feelings of helplessness. Have faith and work towards something you are really good at.”