Against All Odds

I knocked on all corners of my brains to remember any other inspiring story. But the truth is this, that no matter how hard I try, I will never be inspired more than when I was after knowing this story. I am a first hand witness to this story, but owing to the intensely personal nature of the protagonist, I will not reveal that person’s name or go into details.

I will call this person K for ease of narrative.


When I first met K, this incredibly talented individual was bubbly and intense, but somewhere lost in translation. K did not know how life was going to turn out or whether passions should be followed or not.

But following a life-changing decision, K came to the big city after having realised that every other attempt at safe jobs had been futile. K either left the job prematurely or got fired.

K came to Mumbai to follow a lifelong dream. Nothing was certain.  When K had exhausted all the savings in rent and food, doing odd jobs like driving a rickshaw paid off the rent and kept starvation at bay for a few days. When K’s parents took away K’s ATM card in an attempt to coax K back home, K lived on vada pav on alternate days, and starving on alternate days.

When there was no sign of a job from the chosen field, K killed time writing “Ants do not come anywhere near my stuff!” and things such with a Laxman Rekha chalk to keep the ants at bay.

Finally after eight long months, K found a job. It didn’t pay much, but enough to cover the rent and have some left over for food. K worked hard, often staying back for days in office.

Being a dentist, I offered K a toothbrush. So atleast the dental hygiene wasn’t completely ignored.

K has since become the best in the chosen profession, and is aiming even higher. The days of starvation and hopelessness are not completely forgotten though. Even the mere thought of those days brings a visible shudder.

I have been friends with K for years now, and hope to be friends for many many more years.

You are the best, K. You know who you are and you know you inspire me everyday.

This post has been written for Write Tribe’s Festival if words Day 5.




25 thoughts on “Against All Odds

      • That’s the least help K would accept, and it wasn’t because he couldn’t afford a toothbrush. It was only because K was neglecting even basic stuff in the quest to perfection.

      • “That’s the least help K would accept, and it wasn’t because he couldn’t afford a toothbrush. It was only because K was neglecting even basic stuff in the quest to perfection.”

        Least help or the most help that he accepted? 🙂
        And whats the point of this whole article? Getting brownie points by showing how I pitied someone in his misery?

  1. His never-say-die spirit has finally earned him a position in his chosen field with potential for further growth.Many give up at the first sign of failure.

  2. Kudos to K for making it big in life. They say that success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. And the key is ‘Never give up”!!

  3. Heights of determination for having stay put when he could have easily led a comfortable life. A very inspiring story.

  4. This post deserves respect for speaking bout K who is an inspiration. It holds true that no matter how bad things are, we will ultimately be rewarded for our hard work and belief:)

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