The Unsung Heroes

Today we all live in a world where media is everything. Media can make someone a hero by appreciating about someone in one day or they can even make them zero by criticizing them on the other way. A political leader becomes a great person if he delivers a great speech and a Bollywood actor wins millions of hearts just by spreading his arms in a romantic movie. Well these are the facts we are living in today, a world where what is seen from our eyes is not the truth but the truth lies in things which are hidden from us.

Coming to ground reality there are some real heroes who did some great things but are still unsung and unrecognized. Heroes who did some thing which was never supposed to give them any profit, nor they thought of getting any fame. And they did not even cared about these things and did what they felt right for the name of humanity. Now its our role to pay tribute to the inspiring individuals for the good work they did and give them some respect with the #WillOfSteel Programme by JSW.

#WillOfSteel is an endeavour by JSW to honour the unsung heroes of India, people who have truly proven their mettle and have unbreakable determination. Be it in sports, health care, social service or even saving the environment. These are individuals whose willpower has changed the world.

I’m voting for Geeta Phogat, Sudheer Gautam, Vijayan, Gyanendra and Monika Purohit, Rufus D’souza, Suresh, Dr. Debal Deb, Narayan Ramakrishnan, Divyanshu Ganatra and Pamela and Anil Malhotra’s #WillOfSteel and blogging on BlogAdda to help him/her get felicitated and eventually enabled by JSW.

Here is something why they inspired me to vote them.

Geeta Phogat.

Her Story:

Geeta Phogat’s story is no less than that of an underdog movie. She pursued a male dominated sport like wrestling in a male dominated society like Haryana. Despite the lack of belief from her community, Geeta worked hard to become the best she could ever be. She proved that she was the best by winning a gold at the Commonwealth games. This medal did much more than bring her to the limelight. It transformed how women were looked at in her community. Geeta Phogat is an inspiration like no other. She personifies having a Will Of Steel.

My thoughts:

From a state like Haryana where the society is still following the Patriarchal rules, it is very difficult to for a girl to put her thoughts and do what she want to to do. I had been to Haryana and had some time with the local people out there, the things I observed there were very different from city like Mumbai where I stay. Girls there are not considered as humans, the thinking of people there is only that girls are born to serve their men for their entire life. And hats off to this woman who came from that society and made the country proud by winning a gold medal.

Sudheer Gautam.

His Story: 

The unofficial mascot for the Indian cricket team, who grew up in the Damodar village in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He is widely known for being one of the only few to have attended every single home match the Indian Team has played since 2003. With his body painted in the tri colours, he embodies the country’s love for their cricket stars.

My thoughts:

We all have seen many cricket fans including us. We do many things to cheer and support our favorite team whether it is Cricket or any other sport. We buy the team’s t-shirts, flags, draw banners, post on Facebook or Twitter and lots more. But there is something in does man which is very different from us, this man has almost spent his entire life to cheer for the National team. He was not like some model who tried to gain some fame by giving a statement to strip off her clothes in front of the cricketers if they win the world cup, he was a true fan of cricket and especially Sachin Tendulkar and he did all this to cheer for his team and not to get some fake respect in the society. Hats off to him.

Vijayan and his wife.

Their story:

This tea stall owner has probably seen more countries than most of us have. Vijayan and his wife have made it their life’s mission to visit as many countries as possible in one life. Considering that their small tea stall is their sole source of income, they take heavy loans from banks to fulfill their passion and put in twice the hours of work to gradually pay it all back. Without caring much for luxury, they chase the experience of travelling the world in whatever form. They’ve even sold tea in Zurich when they didn’t have enough money fly back to India. Vijayan and his wife are the ideal example of how driven and passionate a dream can keep you.

My thoughts:

The work that they did may not fall under the categories of any social cause. But I salute their passion for their dreams. Many of us plan many things for our lives which we call our dreams, but we give up when it comes to facing the obstacles that come in our way. They did not give up in their life which will inspire many youngsters like us to never give up in life.

Gyanendra Purohit and Monika Purohit.

Their story:

This inspirational couple dubs Bollywood movies into sign language so others can enjoy Bollywood movies just like the rest of the country. Their resilience is truly commendable.

My thoughts:

Like us they are also some ordinary people, but what they do is extra-ordinary. The film industry is progressing and developing as a part for entertainment day by day, movies are running in the races of earning huge profits and crossing the 300 and 400 crores mark. But is that even helpful if all people can’t enjoy it? I think no, but the work done by both of these needs a round of applauds who have thought for bringing smiles on the faces of physically challenged people.

Rufus D’souza.

His story:

A bachelor man, aged 84-years, highly committed in training young boys to become better footballers, living in Fort Kochi, Kerala. Destiny never favoured Rufus. He was sent a telegram in 1954 to return home while he was attending a selection trail for Mohammedan Sporting Club Calcutta. He was responsible for taking care of his ailing parents and his younger brother who had down -syndrome. For the past 42 years he has been training young kids at the parade ground, Fort Kochi. His motivation is what pushes these kids to get the best out of themselves on and even off the field. Stories of his methods have spread far and wide and his ways have helped many realize their true dreams.

My thoughts:

In the age of 80’s what would you really do?

Common answers may be retire and sit at home, visit pilgrimages, go for a world tour if your are financially good or just live a simple life. But this man spends his time training young kids, he doesn’t do this to earn money but instead he has a dream of manufacturing best football players who would make the country feel proud at international levels and he does it to fulfill does dreams. That is his spirit to do something for his country and I really salute this man in the way he contributed to this country.

Vava Suresh.

His story:

Suresh popularly known as Vava Suresh (born 1974), is an Indian wildlife conservationist and a snake expert. He is known for his missions for saving snakes straying into human inhabited areas in Kerala, India.He is believed to have captured and rescued more than 30,000 straying snakes. He has been bitten 266 times by venomous snakes and still continues to be their saviour.

My thoughts:

Almost everyone of us is afraid of snakes, for us living in cities it is a rare occasion to see a snake but in villages people find many snakes. What would you do if you find a snake in front of you? You would probably kill him to save your life. But what this man does is something very brave. Not only he saves people from snakes but also he saves the life of the snake. His score of being bitten by snakes is 266 so far, but still he risks his life to save the lives of the snakes. A salute this brave man.

Dr. Debal Deb.

His story:

Dr Debal Deb is a pioneering ecologist committed to working with traditional farmers in eastern India to conserve indigenous seed diversity. Over almost two decades, Debal has managed to save 920 varieties of rice, all of which he stores in community based seed banks in West Bengal and Odisha for farmers.He trains farmers and battles what he calls “developmentality”, a mental “virus” of the modern world which he says has produced a collective mindlessness in India’s elite and led to the crisis.

My thoughts:

Today we all are running behind computers, mobile phones and televisions. Almost every second guy wants to build his career in this line. But the fact is that we are not running out of engineers to invent new computers and televisions, instead we are running out of food and the number of farmers who practice agricultural activities are reducing day by day. And in such circumstances for someone to use his knowledge to help other farmers in their agricultural practices is indeed a great job.

Narayan Ramakrishnan.

His story:

When Narayan Ramakrishnan (RK as he is popularly called) was taken to a Paediatrician at the age of six months, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. For several months the foot-painter lived in a rehabilitation centre, but his conditions showed little improvement. Ramakrishnan didn’t give up hope. He took this misfortune as an opportunity and trained himself to find a way to do what he always wished he could; paint. Only he learned how to do it with his foot. Today he is one of the few and one of the best foot painters in the country. Even though he is dependent on others for everything else including being fed, this is one skill that no one else can manage as well as him. If you ask him how he manages this, he would say the words, “hard work”. Because this is more than a case of tremendous skill. This is a story of unbreakable willpower. Of not giving up no matter how hard it gets. He has been a member of the MFPA since 1990 and is an inspiration to the entire art fraternity and even society as a whole. He is the perfect example that greatness is part skill and part will power. In his case, the will of steel.

My thoughts:

Looking by the efforts that he has made in his life makes us feel wonder who is really physically challenged. This person inspires me to never ever give up in life. He does things in much better way which even normal people can’t do, that is really great part about him. I would really pray to God that the almighty always keeps him feel like normal people and he always keeps excelling more and more in his life and inspires us to not to give up at any challenge in our life.

Divyanshu Ganatra.

His story:

On April 2014 Divyanshu Ganatra became India’s first blind solo pilot by flying a paraglider. A clinical psychologist and corporate trainer by profession, Divyanshu like many others dreamt of flying for years. Losing his vision at the age of 19 did not stop him from pursuing higher education, learning computer skills and starting his own company Yellow Brick Road, and would certainly not stop him from pursuing flying. Today he also runs Adventures Beyond Barriers, a non-profit initiative, that aims to promote adventure sports for Persons with Disabilities and able bodied people together, shattering stereotypes and bringing about social transformation.

My thoughts:

Just imagine yourself by closing your eyes and forget that you ever saw anything in your life ever, there is all darkness in front of you and you start to panic. You tried it only for a few seconds but think of someone who was with it for his entire life. People like us love the adventures like paragliding a lot but when it comes to reality, we all are afraid of the height. But this man did something which even normal people fail to do. Salute to his efforts.

Pamela and Anil Malhotra.

Their story:

This couple did the impossible. They transformed 55 Acres Of Barren Land Into A 300 Acre Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to them the ecological condition of the area and rapidly improved over the last decade.

My thoughts:

Today in the fast developing world, we humans have become very selfish with the nature. We are just cleaning forests in the name of Urbanization and Industrialization. We don’t even care of how it is going to effect the nature and the organisms surviving in it. We do speak, write and share a lot about conserving the environment but end up contributing very less to the nature. Hats off the thoughts of these two people who took a step for the nature. Even I would like to suggest everyone that why not we start planting a tree on our birthdays and anniversaries instead of cutting big cakes. A birthday celebrated with by spending a lot of money will be there with us in our minds as memories till the next birthday but a tree planted by us will last for ages. So lets get inspired from these people and make our planet the best place to live.

  • Have these stories inspired you?
  • Do you think to take a step for these unsung heroes and help them to get recognized for their great works which will inspire millions of us?

Just do a simple thing by voting for these #WillOfSteel by following simple steps:

1. Visit

2. Login with your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts.

3. Read about them and vote them if you find them inspiring.

Note: You can even nominate other inspiring individuals from your society whom you feel to get recognized.

Thanks for reading and Have a good day.

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