My Inspiration- By: Prisha Singhal

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God created humans and then he stopped because he had created his perfect creation, a “woman”. When I look at a woman, the quantity of qualities runs through my mind with a being who is so versatile that she seems to be omnipresent in all walks of life. Furthermore, her flexibility and consistent adaptability as she moves with ease from one title to the other.  It’s her ability to handle household matters, professional efficiency as well as her soft yet assertive demeanor is so inspiring. Her unconditional loves with all her heart, kind and nurturing behavior conveys her softer side as well. All this and more makes me proud to be born as part of this blessed community. No wonder, in Hindu mythology a woman is given the status of God as goddess Sarasvati, Durga and Laxmi. In my opinion, a woman is just like salt, her presence is never felt but her absence makes the food tasteless.

In my life, I have come across various strong feminine personalities who have inspired me to the core. One such distinct personality is my grandmother. From my early childhood as far as my memories go and as has been shared by my parents, I always shared a close relation with her, like that of a kangaroo and its joey.  Her big, pearly white smile that can brighten up even the darkest rooms is permanently etched on her pretty face. When she laughs, her eyes look like a pair of rainbows. Her optimistic personality keeps the fills the house with bliss and glee.  I was and I am still attached to my grandmother. She is my inspiration and I am the apple of her eye.

During my current growing years, my mother has now become my friend, philosopher and guide. Her never ending and tireless involvement in household matters as well as being socially active, interest and talent in art and yet being hands-on to mine and my brothers upbringing and studies makes me wonder about this bundle of energy. I aspire to follow in her footsteps and acquire most of her skills. Besides my mother and grandmother, Rachna aunty, our neighbor in Gurgaon has been extremely inspiring. I was not yet grown up to understand the meaning ofinspiration when I used to see her with the government dignitaries, toiling her days between her judiciary role and house management. Now, when I realize the kind of responsibility she carries in her professional role, my heart is felt with respect, reverence and aspiration. All these wonderful ladies has an ever lasting impression and they still contribute to who I am and what I eventually want to be.

While I have heard, read and been impressed about the immense contribution of Mother Teresa and Helen Keller, the biggest impact of a strong woman / girl and that too which I can relate too has been that of Malala Yousafzai. Malala Yousafzai born on 12th July 1997 is a Pakistani activist for girl’s education. She is known mainly for girl’s right of education in her place of birth northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had banned girls from attending school.

At the age when girls play with Barbie dolls and find solace in gadgets or reading some Harry Potter or Percy Jackson novels, she has achieved major accomplishments and ended up being the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Malala makes every girl immensely proud of herself. We always believe one needs to do earth shattering and big things to make a mark for our self.

However this 14 year old fought and won gloriously for a cause that we often take for granted—right to education of a girl child. Her humble background, finding a cause for her existence so early in her life makes truly a god’s gift to mankind. Despite going through the trauma of being shot in the head by Taliban, she bounced back. The resilience and simplicity is amazingly inspirational. Seeing her stand in front of the dignitaries with aplomb and confidence at the UN assembly gets me goose bumps. A girl of such background and age has so much conviction and belief.

It’s her famous quote “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world says and conveys a thousand words about her single minded and selfless dedication. While there may not be another “Malala” in the world, I would like to inculcate her qualities in whatever I pursue in my personal and professional life. I am sure, even if I can achieve a factor of what this “superwoman” has accomplished, I would make my friends and family proud of me.

Author: Prisha Singhal