A plan to bike from Bangalore to Ladakh. It’s a challenging task but not uncommon. What’s different this time? The rider.
Meet Shubhajit Bhattacharya, adventurous, confident young man, tall, pleasant, soft-spoken, unfailingly courteous, optimistic, extremely determined, and missing both hands.
- In Shubhajit words; before we talk about the biking, I would like to share about an incident that shattered my life. I was 12-year old from Parganas North in West Bengal, I came to visit my sister in Bangalore in 1999, One afternoon while playing on the terrace, I accidentally fell on a naked high-tension wire that was negligently running through the residential area.
- After hovering between life and death for 72 hours I got my senses, to find both arms had been amputated, one below the elbow and the other above, to save the life. I also suffered severe burns that have left permanent scars on my body. In a flash, I went from being a playful little boy to a disabled youngster, racked with pain, my future in shreds and my family facing astronomical medical bills as I was hospitalized for 11 months.
Now coming to my biking adventure, in 2017 with a help of a local automotive designer I built my first two-wheeler, I have also built a by-cycle in 2013. This has given me not just independence but increased by my self-confidence, I have also joined a group of experienced riders consisting about 10 members to improve my driving skills, We as group have now decided to travel to Ladakh, while the objective of my peer bikers will be adventure but for me is to remove the stigma and backward mindset of few people who set limitations and decide what people with disability can or cannot do!
For this cause, I need your support to do this achievement for disabled people.
- Since there is no previous history of a person with double arm amputee.
- (in 1981 there were about 1.5 Lakhs people with amputee for every 10 crores, based on this logic there are easily about 15 lakhs people with amputee today in India, as per another report approximately 23,000 people are amputee every year (Source: digital Source Foundation).