Yesterday I had privilege to meet a wonderful person. A lady who is not so educated ,who works in social service firm , who is separated and who had two children. She is like every common person of India. She is concerned about her children eduction , food inflation and how to move ahead in life.
But ordinary chetna is some what different than many of us. Different in kinds of challenges which she has been facing. Challenges of separated woman , challenges of being less educated , challenges of being mother of mentally challenged kid and challenges of her own health.
If one listens to her story from third person , one would feel sorry for her but as soon as one meets her , one feels proud of her as human being. Yesterday I had that privileged to witness the winning attitude, the courage , the quest to move forward in life and being a fighter against all odds of life , when I met her.
Chetna was born in lower middle class family in a community which considers girl child to be more of a burden than a matter of pride. She was always discouraged to study since her parents believed that girl must learn how to cook and not how to read.
She still managed to study till 8th std but she was forced to leave her studies by her parents. As soon as she was 16 , she got married to a man who believed that wife is more a tool to take care of his needs than plain human being.
As soon as she gave birth to girl child , she started getting more problems from her husband and in laws. She was pressurized to conceive at earliest (as if it is in her hand). One year later she gave birth to male child.
Chetna was not happy with environment of her sasural. She was worried about her girl child’s future. Her husband was non cooperative and habitual drinker. She was soon getting fed up with the situation. Amidst all these she developed health issue ,which was considered to be too expensive by her in laws.
After years of struggling to take decision , she finally walked out of her marriage. Life was still tough , since she had not so happy parents (because of her decision) , she had 2 kids to nurture and she lacked skills to earn her livilehood. She started applying for job and manage to get job in NGO.
Right now chetna is doing reasonably well supporting NGO activities and impacting of society at large. She is providing right enivornment for her kids and is pretty optimistic about their future. Her health challenge still remains but she is looking forward to move ahead in life. She gave 10th exam an year back and want to become graduate in future. She also learnt english and is now learning computer.
What did appeal to me in chetna is her attitude towards life and her courage to face all odds and not give up. What I was inspired by meeting her was her determination and commitment for her children for better life.
It is ordinary people like chetna who keep India going .It is aam aadmi and their courage which makes India move ahead. It is these real stories which makes India. I salute chetna and wish her well in life.