The Humans of Bombay
page, an imitation of the world famous “Humans of New York” page, recently posted the story of national badminton champion Manasi Joshi, who despite facing obstacles refused to give up on her dreams.
Her story was shared more than 15,000 times.
The tragedy stuck Manasi when she was on her way to work one day and a truck rammed into her two-wheeler and crushed one of her legs. Doctors operated very late and her leg developed an infection. Eventually, the leg had to be amputated.
In the post, Manasi Joshi didn’t blame the driver or anybody. She accepted it as her fate. “When the doctor told me, I asked him ‘why did you take so long? I knew for a while that this would happen’,” said Manasi.
She decided not to cry about it and took it with a pinch of salt.
“In fact, when people used to come to visit me in the hospital and get emotional — I would tell them jokes to make them laugh!”
After the tragic incident, she began physiotherapy and learned how to walk all over again. Even while she was facing difficulty in walking, she started playing badminton, which was her childhood passion.
She began winning corporate badminton tournaments and later tried out at a national level. She said:
“I went on to win several medals at the national level and, this year I won Silver in the Para Badminton World Championship held in England.”
To achieve her goal, she followed a strict schedule of 5 hours a day training, whilst also managing her job as a software engineer. She has also completed her training in scuba diving and has traveled pretty much all over India.
When asked how she was able to do so much, she answered by replying ‘what’s stopping you?’
Many people have expressed their support for her.
Overwhelmed by the response, she thanked everybody and said she feel more responsible now.