It is not a story or an excerpt of someone’s popular interview, it is an account of something amazing we all could get a chance to witness, a living, walking and euphoric example of what everyone would agree with “I-M-Possible”, a peek into the life of Ashutosh (Motu)…
When most of us are busy complaining about the things we don’t have in our lives, Motu came to this world with challenges of not able to hear and speak, but wait! Motu is not only the most popular figure on campus but also someone who never given any importance to these facts of being challenged in any way, instead made them his strengths, proof? He is the only guy, and it can be claimed with 100% confidence, who has all the 1100 PGP friends, almost all doctoral students as buddies and nearly every staff and professor as a regular conversation partner!
What is so special about this guy, I wondered sometimes and after witnessing him closer than ever for these two years when I got a chance to be the person sitting next to him in classes, I figured out some untouched and secret ingredients (apart from what we all know) of his not so easy but a very challenging yet most colorful life on campus…
A man of immense ethics: At times under tremendous pressure, we submit ourselves to the problems at hand and get ready to compromise on our dear values to get things done, be it giving money for a document or a big little lie to get placed, witnessing this guy during the two years including, arguably the most stressful time of placements, I never found this guy even 1% ready to be allowed to tell anything that is not him, a very special and rare quality in the world we live in today…
Behind the smile: He has the title of being a person who is always smiling, and everyone gets inspired by this attitude. Looking closer into this smile gives a broader meaning to life. He fights many a battle inside, including dealing with his fears, dealing with his stresses and every other battle that we deal with, only difference, he fights them all alone to be the same ever smiling inspiration to all. He is as if living this Charlie Chaplin’s famous quote
“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!”
A man who loves unconditionally: When nothing comes without **conditions apply, I’ve tried and tested this guy over two years at numerous situations and witnessed the same result no matter what the situation was, finding a person who loves his people unconditionally! At times when people hurt, we all tend to react, I always heard from this guy “God bless him/her”, He is definitely a living example of Brain Tracy’s quote
“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”
In a nutshell, my biggest life lessons from the PGP program at IIM Lucknow comes from this guy in three sentences,
“Be a man of words”
“Smile while dealing with your challenges, because nothing is permanent”
“Love unconditionally with no strings attached”
In this life, practising these three would definitely make this society a better place to live…
An unedited quote from Ashutosh’s favourite collection:
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose but learn from it.
If you can dream it you can do it.
Nothing is impossible
So Never give up easily in life”. 🙂
PS: (In an era when even after being able to listen and speak, we find it hard to study and face things, Motu has seen the whole PGP classes movie without subtitles, and sound, and I feel goosebumps how he has managed to score decently higher grades throughout his graduation at Hansraj DU, and at much demanding IIM Lucknow. A 5.6 scorer he is in the latest term simply says I-M-Possible…)