When life puts you in a checkmate like situation…
In 1995, a young woman dreamt of becoming a Miss World or a Miss Universe or at least a Miss India by taking part in different beauty pageants. When Sushmita Sen won the title of Miss Universe and when Aishwarya Rai won the title of Miss World, doors of the fantasy world had opened for them. They had become famous in India because of their success! Looking at this, a young woman from a middle-class family in Delhi decided to walk in the footsteps of these two beautiful actresses.
The young woman implemented her thought and began preparing to take part in the Miss India beauty pageant. In 1998, she reached the final round of the pageant but lost to competition. After that, she decided to become an air hostess and applied to an airline for a job but she was not selected by them. At the age of 17, she accepted the job as a sales girl for a company that sold beauty products. The company was owned by cricketer Manoj Prabhakar. She roamed the streets of Delhi and went door to door with a bag full of beauty products and requested people to buy the products from her. She had to face humiliation innumerable times in this job. Some housewives used to close the door rudely on her face saying, “Thank you, bye,” or some other women humiliated her by saying “Get lost!” or “Go away!” This happened often with her.
Fed up with these insults, she decided to join one of the outlets of McDonald’s as a waitress. She used to stand the entire day in the uniform to keep that job. Her ambition to become famous was making her restless so she left that job as well in a very short time. She started her struggle to become a successful model. She got jobs in petty ads as a model. Then, when she was signed as a model for a well-known company that sold sanitary napkins, she started getting famous. One day, a production house offered her a role in a television soap that focused on family drama. She was offered the role of a daughter-in-law in that soap. She immediately accepted the offer and due to the soap, she was known across India in a very short time. People began loving her because of the character she played.
She started earning one lakh rupees a day in contrast to the mere five to six thousand she earned monthly in Delhi from her job. This young woman is Smriti Irani – the Union Minister of Human Resource Development in the Government of India. The famous television soap that made her famous was named ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ wherein she played the character of ‘Tulsi’. She never accepted defeat even in check-mate like situation. She continued her struggle.
Many people feel helpless and hopeless when they face a difficult situation in life. Young girls and boys who have their whole life ahead of them sink into depression and many of them even commit suicide. Whenever the results of the HSC or SSC boards are declared, indefinitely such cases of suicide happen across India – where the students commit suicide simply because they got low marks in their exams. If it is not exams, then their reason to be depressed would be something else – a broken love affair, their job, their addictions and monetary issues etc. – but they do find some or the other reason to sink into depression or kill themselves instead of fighting it out.
A large number of people think of committing suicide when they have to face struggles and these thoughts actually lead them to kill themselves. These incidents from Smriti Malhotra Irani’s life is placed as an inspiration for such people. Just like her, every successful human being has indefinitely faced a phase of struggle in their lives and faced many insults and humiliation. But they have emerged victorious because they refused to give in; they refused to lose and kept believing firmly in their dreams even when life showed them a complete check-mate!
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