Manasi Joshi was only six when she started playing badminton with her father. She continued to practice the sport as a hobby and also played at the district level in a few matches. In 2011, she met with an accident and lost her left leg. Today, Manasi is a national and international level para-badminton player. This is her inspiring journey.
When Manasi Joshi got hit by a truck in 2011, she lost her leg. But, didn’t lose her confidence. Her only fear was that she wouldn’t be able to play badminton. But, Joshi defied all odds to win several medals at the National level. This year, the 26-year-old won Silver in the Para-Badminton World Championship held in England. The Mumbai girl’s inspirational story was shared by Humans of Bombay. The story has gone viral with over 13,000 shares.
“I was on my way to work on a two-wheeler one day when a trucked rammed into me and completely crushed my leg. It wasn’t the driver’s fault – there was a pillar which hindered his vision. People around immediately took me to the hospital and even though it happened around 9:30 am I was only operated upon at 5:30 pm. The doctors tried to save my leg but after a few days it got infected and I had to be amputated. When the doctor told me, I asked him ‘why did you take so long? I knew for a while that this would happen.’ What got me through this whole ordeal is acceptance – that this is my fate, now I can either choose to cry about it or take it with a pinch of salt and push myself…I picked the latter. In fact when people used to come to visit me in the hospital and get emotional — I would tell them jokes to make them laugh! So I took the physiotherapy and began to learn how to walk all over again. My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to play badminton which has been my passion since childhood — but somehow even while I was facing difficulty in walking…I could play.
I began winning corporate badminton tournaments, and on the suggestion of one of my amputee friends decided to try out at a National Level. I went on to win several medals at the National level and, this year I won Silver in the Para-Badminton World Championship held in England. I’ve trained for 5 hours a day, whilst juggling my job as a software engineer, almost completed my training in Scuba Diving and traveled pretty much all over India. When people ask me, ‘how do you do so much?’ I just ask one question — ‘what’s stopping you?’”