Adversity is like a crucible from which one emerges stronger and wiser or overwhelmed by the odds wilts and fades away. Some are lucky to find succour in hard times, but many have to make it alone for a while, if not go the distance.
It bespeaks their character and resilience-the exceptional stuff that they are made of. Life took a turn for the cruel for Shilpi Khan, when at the age of 13 she was orphaned, and then left to fend for herself with also her brother deserting her.
“My life was filled with darkness. Then one ray of light transformed my life,” says Shilpi, who is a member of the SOS Children’s Village in Faridabad. Here destitute children are provided with a house and family, and crucially, the emotional ties that last for life. Shilpi is grateful for the love as also the moorings that Sadhna Bhatnagar, her surrogate mother at SOS, provided her.
“From a child with no one to turn to, I suddenly had a family. I found it difficult to adjust to my new environment initially. I was shy and confused. It took me a while to accept my family, but now it is an inseparable part of my life.” It also gave her the confidence to shrug off her fear of failure and look forward to academic success.
She topped her class XI results and was third in class XII. After completing her graduation from DAV Management School, Faridabad, she now aspires to be an MBA. This has helped Shilpi take things in her stride, and give up her bleak view of life. “I am fortunate that I have been given an opportunity to grow and carve out my own identity. I am in control of my life and am capable of thinking beyond the ordinary,” she states with confidence.
Name: Shilpi Khan
Age: 21 years
Education: Shilpi is currently pursuing her PG Diploma in Public Relations and Event Management from Amity University on a full scholarship.
Shilpispeak: “I have been given an opportunity to grow and make my own identity. I am not alone anymore. I am in control of my own life and now am capable of dreaming big.” Advice: “Work with focus and do not be afraid of hard work. Then nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.”