Unbroken Grit- A tale of perseverance


Blog by: Rohan Joshi

This is about Madhur. His journey and his recovery.

Madhur belongs to a family of Army personnels. His father is an ex serviceman and mother is a housewife. His elder brother is also an Army officer. Currently in his final year in the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and awaiting results for his final year in graduation, Madhur has overcome many pitfalls in his life. With the intentions to work for the betterment of the society and serve it further through a channelized form, he is preparing for his ultimate goal i.e. to join the defense forces. It was never a cakewalk for him as he faced many challenges. He underwent two operations. One was an open operation of appendix in 2011 post which his health detoriated as the stiches became infected and as a result 25 percent of the area was affected. It hasn’t healed yet. As he was recovering from it, he was diagnosed with gall bladder stone and his whole gall bladder was removed by laparoscopy. Again the same trauma which shook him earlier came haunting back but he never lost confidence and wasn’t much affected by it. He was dedicated to lose weight and regain his shape after a long span of depression. After the first day of workout post his operations, his sweat satisfied his soul as he actually took a little step again towards fitness.

He initially joined a gym and started training as it was essential for him to be fit for upcoming challenges and his goal to join the armed forces. He quit smoking and drinking and also stopped having fat rich foods and other roadside junk food. His motivation was his inner conscience and his two powerhouses- his brother and father. He participated in various NCC camps and excelled in them too. He even completed his rock climbing basic course in Rajgir, Bihar from Dibarkar Memorial Foundation (affiliated to the state government of West Bengal).

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His first run was in an Army Attachment Camp. A distance of 5 kms was covered by him in 19 minutes flat. Currently he practices yoga daily. According to him, nobody is so busy that she/he cannot take out one hour for herself/himself in 24 hours.

From weighing 100+ kgs to 78 kgs, he has come a long way.

“I have a long way to go. I would like to quote Robert Frost here- ‘and miles to go before I sleep…and miles to go before I sleep’,” says Madhur with a content smile on his face.

“There are no shortcuts in life. You have to earn everything and the only way is hard work and dedication in the right path. The harder you work the greater you achieve. Nation first. Character must. Jai Hind.” – Madhur

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