Saturday, May 30, 2015

Wills on Wheels(W.O.W)

Where there is A Will, there is a Way and this stands out to be true, in every walk of lives. The only thing that comes in our way is Procrastination. We dont give it a try all due 'Fear of Failure'. There are times that this Fear goes so Strong in our mind that it paralyzes ourselves, that we start believing it as a  reality.There are Optimist, Pessimistic  and then there are realistic People.

Its all about how you train your Subconcious mindset, under what External Circumstances you are exposed to and what are your Inner Circumstances, What kind of thoughts you digest and what kind of people you have around you decides your nature. Its good to be Optimistic,  it helps you boost up with Confidence and mostly Over Confidence.

Even the things you dont know you might End up saying Confidently . The Problem with being Optimistic is like, You might desire or start imagining  to have a Big Mansion, a Big Car, become Rich., a beautiful Wife, Incase those desires or Imaginations are not fulfilled, you will be having your own conflict with your subconcious Mind. Your Mind might become your greatest enemy.

Being Pessimistic again is dangerous... wherever you go, you will not try at all  because of fear of failure.Once your mindset is set 'Not to try at all' , that becomes your current reality.I can only say that Suffering is the Universal Fact of Lives, all the spiritual books claim it, but to grow out from it is optional.

Being Realistic is something not everybody possess, it like seeing the Surroundings, the people around you without having any Filter  of Judgement and Expectations. When you see a small Child, he has no judgement, no expectations , but he has Intelligence. We might think that the Child cannot  understand , but we are wrong.He captures our Every single Speech and Movements. We all need to practice being a Realistic thinker like a small child and later on add little bit of Optimism within it and it becomes Realistic Positive Thinking.  I would say I am lucky enough, that I got an Opportunity to meet 'Realistic Positive Thinker', Priti Shetty who is the youngest Entrepreneur  for the Start-Up firm 'Wills on Wheels'.

It was just an Intuition , that i called her yesterday on Saturday Morning, if I  can meet her and interview her to know 'How life is like being in a wheel chair for 12-14 hours a day, what kind of, problems she  has faced, what inspires her, what she likes and what she does in her day to day activities.

The response from her side was just Awesome... when she started speaking she kept on speaking for hours and she was very much assertive in her speaking skills. In short she was much better then me.Whatever she spoke had clarity and the narration she made was like, I never had a dull movement. Since this was my first Interview I was taking, I was a bit Nervous, but her approached nature and friendly attitude took it away. With her Automated wheel Chair and a Laptop on her desk. She works as a Online Marketeer and using 'Wills On Wheels' as an Organization, she wants to Unite disabled people with a different Set of Mind Set.

What inspired you to come up with this NGO ?

Satyameva Jayate  Program which was aired in 2010 on Televsions Channels Inspired us to come up with this Idea. By the People For the People. We wanted People like us, who are disabled to get into a comman Platform, to build up their Confidence level. and once their Confidence level is built , they themselves can bring change in their lives. Whatever we are doing intially might not be that much interesting for them.But whatever we are doing I am confident, it will bring drastic change in their lives.We went through lots of brain Storming sessions initially to  understand, what will be the Mission and the Vision.It took 6 months just to come up with this, since we needed Clear Goals and Ideas for the same.We have already started with our Online Vibrant Community, who can register on our website as a Volunteer or a 'Person on a Wheel Chair'.

What Kind of Programs do you Conduct?

We conduct various Awareness Spreading Programs in Malls. We recently did it in RMALL. We conducted Outing for 40 Wheel Chair peoples, because they dont go out. I am  lucky , since we have got a better transportation mode, lovely family to take care of  us, Too be honest with you, I never felt  , I was disabled, I had a very Normal Life. I never felt any Kind of Hurdle, when we are doing something. Currently we can do whatever we can at Smaller levels, since we have our own Bodily Constraints.Sometimes we fall sick easily since we dont have strong immunity System. Also Transporataion is the main problem, since Wheel Chairs are not accessible everywhere.Whatever time we get we dedicate.
For instance in Mulund East, we had a survey to check where and all Ramps are installed to make wheel chairs accessible, which banks we can access easily, which banks we cant. We collated all the data for the same. Since we want to do some Constructive work and not like doing a Program and  leaving it later on. We also train people to  get Work from Home Opportunities. That is when we formed this company. We formed this as Section 25 Company and not like a charitable trust and want to only employ Wheel Chaired persons.Its not like we are baised, but these people might not get Opportunity elsewhere.

How was your Childhood like?

Childhood was awesome, just like any other child.We never cared for anything.So we do not bother about Society ki 'Log kya Kehenge'. We never considered ourselves to be different from anybody else, to be very frank.We went through Normal College, Normal School, teacher and everybody were like awesome.

But now when we have opened up this NGO, we have met so many people, who have gone through so many problems and when I hear it, I feel I am the luckiest. I always expected one thing from everybody that is to be Co-Operative and I got it through my teachers, Principles and friends.
'Theek hai Classes Niche Rakenge Uper Nahi, Theek hai tumara Project hum extend karnege' is the responses I used to get from my Teachers and Principles. The Co-Operation Level was very High.We have the tendancy to fall Ill quite often, so whenever we used to Fall Ill, they used to give extra time for Exams. But when I went for Interviews there I faced lots of Challenges..Even I got rejected by the HR on Telephonic rounds, just because I cannot walk.

Any additional activities that you perform?

We have a small Entertainment Team. We write stories, search locations for shooting etc thats my thing.I am a very creative  person, a Writer, a Singer. When I went for recordings, dubbing recordings, there also i struggled a lot.Accessiblity Constraints was the issue. People always say that I have a good level of Confidence.

What kind of Awareness you are spreading through this program?

  • Accessibility
  • Work From Home
  • Travelling

What is your views on Spirituality?

Something that drives us. Its the only thing that drives us. I was associated with ISKCON in Juhu long back and used to practise Chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra, to some extent it has tried to give me a peace of mind. I admire Srila Prabhupada Videos.

How do you handle your daily activities?

I wake up @10:30 AM. I have a habit of thinking a lot and I keep on writing.I sit for 11-12 hours in a wheel chair and doing our activities related to Online Earning and focus on it only.The pain is always there but we focus on our activities only.If we focus on Pain we wont be able to focus on our activites.

Are you able to perform any Kind of Excercies?

We have done Physioteraphy most of the times from Childhood. We took all kind  of Medicines. We are like the Guinea pigs and all kinds of experiements Humare uper oh chuke hai.So now we are not interested in any kind of treatments.Our time is so packed, that we dont get time to do any additional activities.We cant do any kind of Physical activity, even our Hands cannot move much.We cant balance our body also.We can sense when a Mosquito bites it. Our Sensory things are not disturbed.We have so many Physical Constraints , but mentally we are so strong that it doesnot makes any differnce.

We have seen people that before accident, they were perfectly alright and  leading a normal life,After accident they cant do anything, they are like completely Vegetable. They cant sense, they cant move , they cant do anything,and for them moving out is also a big issue. They say that people will look at us. For US WE DON'T CARE. So there are different scenarios and different Psychological things in and out.They are not ready to accept the fact.

Who Inspires you a lot?

My Mom. Her Dedication, Support and Patience has made us much stronger Human Beings. She has Epitome of Patience.

We all are trying to lead a Normal life. Thats it. we need  Accessible India. Once we get that, Person like me and Prasad will outburst and go where Every Normal person can go and Hang out.

                                                                                                                  -Priti Shetty

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