“I was just 8 when I lost my mom. I still remember how she used to wake me up at 4 for the morning prayer singing ’Utho Mohan Pyaare Utho Bansuri Wale Hua Hai Sawera!’ I still remember that sound of her beautiful voice. My dad was a police officer- a very calm person dedicated towards his job. After my mom’s death he got transferred to a different location and I had to shift to my Masi’s place. He used to work 24*7. I didn’t make many memories with him. Usually, I was asleep by the time he came home and he used to leave before I woke up.
Sometime later, my Dad got married. It was really hard for me to accept it. I fought with him and disagreed to shift with them. But somehow, they convinced me to move. Even though my step mother provided me with everything, I wasn’t ready to accept the fact that my father has gotten married again. I even ran away from home once. Eventually life was coming back on track when my sister came into this world and I was finally at peace.
But at the age of 14, my life again turned upside down again when I came to know that my parents died in a car accident. I was left with was my 2 year old sister and nobody by my side.. The worst phase of my life began from here. I was never good in studies, to make things worse I got into bad company. I started destroying my life. I ran away from home again and started living in my old home which was closed for almost 2 years.
Somehow I got into Engineering but I used to flunk every semester. All of this got me into severe depression and anxiety. My condition got so bad that I could not move from one room to another alone. I wasn’t able to sleep at all for a month. I decided to consult a doctor and fortunately, I got out of the terrible situation.
After that, I decided to plan everything to make my life worth living. I said to myself-’Manan, agar aaj apni zindagi nhi badli toh kabhi nhi badal paega!’
I had 12 backlogs and I cleared them all. I went on to do my PG in Cyber Security. I got placed into 3 companies. Although I was getting better, but still people used to hate me, for my behaviour, judge me for my decisions throughout this time. Today, I am Cyber security Consultant and my sister is in her 9th grade and she is doing just wonderful.
Logon ne sath nhi diya mushkil mein toh kya hua, maine apna khud sath diya!”