I'm from summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar. I was born with a facial haemangioma, non- cancerous tumor caused by abnormal growth of blood vessels.
The medical specialists could not take the risk to eliminate it; they said it’s way too dangerous.
While my life was already harsh enough, in 2010, I accidentally fell down from the roof of my house and got a spinal injury. Ever since then, I'm paralyzed and haven't been able to walk.
I was immobile and it was very hard for me to accept the reality that I'm now twin handicapped.
I didn’t do anything. I was completely bedridden. I was really depressed.
"Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming is what makes life meaningful".
My life turned upside down when i luckily went to Voluntary Medicare Society (A community which aids people with disabilities) in Srinagar for rehabilitation, where i was introduced to Wheelchair Basketball.
At first, it was very tough for me to play the game in a wheelchair but I told myself, I must keep going with my life. Basketball has played a huge role in changing my miserable life into a happy one.
In September 2015, Voluntary Medicare Society (VMS) selected seven boys to attend a workshop of Wheelchair Basketball which was organised by Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI). I was one of the seven persons who attended the camp. Here we were introduced to Sports Wheelchairs which were different from normal Wheelchairs. Apart from that we learnt many new skills and were able to understand the game in a better way.
I started it just as a game but gradually we started taking it forward and reached national levels.
Till now I have represented my State in five National Wheelchairs Basketball Championships.
Truely speaking, i believe that basketball has helped me fight off depression and has changed my life forever.