Not losing his fate after being blind since he was 19 years old with glaucoma, Divyanshu Ganatra in the western Indian city of Punehas not only pursued his passion for sports but also helped other disabled people do it like him.
“I am not ready for a life based on people’s sympathy. It took me a while to regain my mental strength and physical health. I understand that I belong to the outside and gradually start participating in cycling again with other activities such as mountain climbing” – he said.
As a young man passionate about sports activities such as cycling, mountain climbing, after the illness, all this joy disappeared and Divyanshu Ganatra understood his life had completely changed. The passionate mutual friends no longer came to ask him to go out, because they believed that when he could no longer see the road he would not be able to participate in sports activities like before.
Divyanshu himself also began his journey to conquer the Himalayas by bike from sorrow and exhaustion after being ill. He went to rehabilitation centers in the hope of being equipped with more knowledge and life skills, but then could not stay there long because people only advised him to pursue the right two jobs as a switch board operator. or workers making chalk.
Divyanshu believes that only sports can connect the two worlds of healers and people with disabilities, only sports erase the inherent misconceptions when people do not believe in the ability of people with disabilities.
As the organizer of Divyanshu Ganatra not only cycling, he was also worried about all logistics and other preparations for everyone. “It is a completely new thing. I don’t care about cycling. The hardest part is the gathering of support staff, medicines and bicycles. There are a lot of things to consider and luckily. Luckily everything is fine”, he said.
Last year, taking part in his journey to conquer the Himalayas included Manasvi, 15, who was visually impaired. She was the youngest member of the last year team. I joined my father in a special challenge on a double bike with great excitement.
The newspaper Hindustantimes recorded Manasvi’s comments at the time: “Dad and I listened to many different types of music while cycling and both father and son sang”. For many people, blindness isa barrier. But Divyanshu Ganatra, now 40 years old, doesn’t think so. At the age of 40, he was filled with joy and excitement with his friends and plans with ABBF.
Although often referred to as an example of energy and inspiration to live with others, Divyanshu himself does not like that. He shares with Youstory site: Nothing is called inspiring about what I have done.