Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta is a 90% differently abled guy but according to him that’s just a number that is relevant to fully able people; to him, he is 100% mentally able and that is what matters.
Sai suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Brittle Bone disease and had more than 50 fractures till date in 26 years of his life. Because of complications due to his condition, he was confined to a room for 6 years unable to move or do anything without help. “During those years of confinement, I used to feel alone, lost and upset when I couldn’t see the sun, moon or the beautiful creations of nature. I used to be in depression, there was darkness all around. I had to discontinue my studies, my singing and let go of all things I was passionate about. To come out of this depression I tried my hand at designing, it was very tough, learning from home, but I broke that barrier too. I started designing by operating the mouse with my left hand, that too with only one finger” says Sai. “I came out of my small room in the year 2015 after struggling for 6 years. When I saw myself in a new electric wheelchair, I was a completely different person. After that moment, I did not allow myself to be confined further into a corner of the room and beg for mercy because people don’t have time to deal with such personal issues. The only thing I could do was to accept my life the way it came. Sooner I did, better for myself. I thus believe that acceptance is huge than expectations, and that really made my life a miracle!”
Life is full of perceived suffering, and a human fails to grasp how the grass isn’t really as green as it lets on. It took deep insight, immense maturity and introspection for Kaustuv to decide on a conclusion and take action. He refused to see his disability as a limitation, he chose to treat this as a life’s surprise, something to be adapted to. He accepted his unique condition and decided to be a beacon of hope for the differently abled. With a comforting and a reassuring tone, he shared with the world how he conquered all odds to win the battle of perception. He chose gratitude over self defeating gloom, and believed how special he was. His purpose in life was clear to him then.
“All motivation comes from within.” Kaustuv shares how suffering and hardship is self inflicted by unhealthy thought processes. By comparing ‘us’ with ‘them’, we attempt to compete with ‘others’ all our lives. Hooked onto the habit of competing, we are constantly on the lookout of new competition. This leads to a vicious circle of disappointment. Our greed drives a self critical approach, that attaches our happiness with material comforts. We keep postponing our happiness till the time we have it all, only that it is an unending pursuit. “Compete with yourself. Makes yourself better every day. The world is as compassionate as you are. It is as competent as you are.” Kaustuv shares how we need to look ‘within’ and love ourselves for what we are.
Sai Kaustuv is the only disabled Happiness Coach in India. He chose this unique option as the art of his life because Happiness Coach itself is an identity, which describes the real essence of human life. People often ask him, how is it possible to be happy after going through so many sufferings and hurdles. They feel that disabled people are not here to celebrate their life. They have no right to think big and dream of touching the sky. But, if you start seeing what great things they can do, the whole world will get a surprise! Sai feels sorry for the people who complains. Sai feel bad for those who do not feel satisfied with what they have. They feel caged and start blaming Society, neighbours, relatives for their problems. If they are caged, then what about various people who are differently abled? He can undoubtedly tell people that he is caged or confined because Sai can’t move himself an inch on his own. He needs 24/7 assistance from his parents to move, to shift into bed or to do anything. If Kaustuv starts complaining about all these things, who will come forward to solve them? “If you cry, if you complain, if you criticize small things in your life, you will not have enough. So always be grateful for what you have. If you really want be successful, transform your adversities to opportunities. There are thousands of things to complain about but there are millions of things to be grateful for.” says Sai Kaustuv.
A happiness coach & motivational speaker, a graphic designer, a TEDx speaker, a singer and music composer, a writer, a Wheelchair warrior, Sai has multiple talents and interests and he doesn’t let the fact that he is bound to an electric wheelchair stop him. He has taught himself to write, play an instrument and operate a computer with just one working finger on his left hand; he is an international graphic designer; he has written a book titled ‘My Life, My Love, My Dear Swami’; he has a YouTube channel of his musical compositions; he gives motivational talks to thousands of people all across the globe through Skype; he is a champion for the cause of making public spaces more accessible for the disabled; and he does it all from his electric wheelchair.
Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta, broke new barriers and entered into 9 National & World Records for Fastest Virtual Typing Speed (28 words in 52 Seconds) with one finger of left hand through mouse and on-screen keyboard.
- Limca Book of Records 2018: National Record
- India Book of Records 2018: National Record
- Asia Book of Records 2018: Asian Record
- Miracle World Records 2018: World Record
- Indian Achiever Book of Records 2018: National Record
- Telugu Book Book of Records 2018: National Record
- World Records India 2018: World Record
- Vajra World Records 2018: World Record
- Assist World Records 2018: World Record
According to Sai Kaustuv:
“Miracles happen in the lives of people who choose to create that miracle, I chose this miracle and made it happen in my own life to inspire many more like me to choose the best in their lives.”
SAI KAUSTUV DASGUPTA
HAPPINESS COACH | TEDx SPEAKER | MOTIVATIONAL MENTOR
INTERNATIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGNER | SINGER & COMPOSER
Fourth Global Icon in Disable Leadership, We Awards 2017,
Limca Book of Records Holder 2018, India Book of Records Holder 2018,
Asia Book of Records Holder 2018, Winner of Wheelchair Wonderlust 2016,
Cavinkare Ability Mastery Award 2017, Dr. Batra’s People’s Choice Award 2017
DISABILITY TO SUPER ABILITY – Inspiring Life of Sai Kaustuv https://youtu.be/l0N3ZkeFtgo