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CTH Story of Rajni Garg
Cross the Hurdles brings you the inspiring story of Ms. Rajni Garg who has achieved success despite of all the odds that came in her way. Here are the excepts from our talk with Ms. Garg.
Rajni Garg was born in 1979 at Mansa in Punjab.Both her legs got affected by polio at the age of 1 year, which made her dependent on crutches for the movement. Life was full of challenges after that but she did not surrender to the situation. She completed her schooling from a school at Bathinda district.She did M.Com from one of the best business schools of North India i.e. University Business School, Panjab University. She used to drive a scooter (fitted with extra wheel alignments), as she did not want to be dependent on others in any manner. She braved to drive around 30 kms. daily to attend her college and then back home.In Nov. 2000 she was recruited as Manager in The Punjab State Coop Bank Ltd. She is also an Associate Member of the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, Mumbai which is a premier institute for bankers in India and also did CAIIB from there. She stood first in India in one of the subjects of this course. She has also completed Higher Diploma in Cooperative Management conducted by Regional Institute of Cooperative Management in India, Chandigarh. Now she is a Senior Manager in the Bank.
Yes, I found a few difficulties during my study days especially in school. Sometimes classes were held upstairs and that too just for no justifiable reason which made it difficult for me to attend the class. However it was on rare occasions only and most of the teachers were very empathetic.
2. How do you manage your day-to-day activities...a brief description...i.e. with somebody's help or you are able to cope up with routine activities yourself?
Well…. as far as the routine tasks are concerned things have been adjusted in such a way that I am able to manage it on my own whether at my work place or home. But of course at times somebody’s help is required
3. How do your parents feel about your disability?
Like any other parent, initially they used to be very much anxious about my future and used to worry that how will I put up the things in my life. As I grew older those anxieties faded away and rather they feel proud of me now. But still sometimes they feel insecure and anxious. I think being parents it is very normal on their part.
4. Do you feel excess love and protection are essential for those with physical challenges?
As child comes to this world he/she needs to be loved and protected and disabled ones are no exception. I don’t think they require excess love and protection rather they should be made to feel that they are in no way different from others. But yes…there is a need to instill lot of confidence in them so that they can gear up to face the hurdles, which may come their way.
5. What would you like to change in your life if you got one chance to change?
Nothing, as I am quite happy and satisfied the way my life is. I am in fact very much thankful to God for this beautiful life and all the wonderful people in my life.
6. Do you feel India is a disabled friendly country? What all needs to be done?
There is no doubt that lately in India many steps have been taken to make the things easier for the disabled but still a lot needs to be done. Our buildings are not disabled friendly. Despite the compulsory norms stated in the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, most government buildings yet do not have full-fledged barrier-free architecture for the physically disabled.
7. Have you ever felt any kind of emotional outbursts or complexes due to your physical status? If yes then how could you manage it??
Well…as a kid sometimes I used to cry or have emotional outburst because I wanted to indulge in physical games like other kids. But now I don’t feel such complexes.
8. What are your hobbies or leisure time activities?
Soft and slow music, astrology, spending time with my friends and going out are my favorite pass time activities.
9. How do you react when somebody pities you?
Although now it has become rare but occasionally I come across such people who show a feeling of pity. But it hardly matters to me because I realize that everybody have their perspective of looking at the things and I also feel that nobody can make you feel inferior without your own permission.
10. What message you would like to give to the persons suffering from some kind disabilities?
Being physically disable does not mean that you are less than others. It just means that in certain matters yours needs are different from the others. I personally feel that one should try to realize one’s potential in other spheres be it academics, any sort of game, music etc. not only to be financially independent but also to boost one’s self esteem.
11. Have you ever been discriminated because of your disability?
No…I don’t recall any such occasion.
14. Now that you are getting married, and how did both of you come together and is it an arranged or love marriage?
We came to know each other through a matrimonial site and soon we developed a feeling of liking for each other and we knew that we wanted to spend rest of our lives together.
15. How does your fiance take your physical status?
My fiancé is gem of a person. He understands my limitations and is very supportive in everything I do and whatever I am unable to do.