“PLACE YOUR LITTLE BOY on this table, please,” the doctor requested of my mother. He had spotted something. Having confirmed his suspicions, he was not ready to break the news to my twenty-year-old mother who, for the first time, had come to the hospital without my father.
“Your son’s right leg is a few inches shorter than the left one. He has polio in that leg, and there is no cure for that,” the doctor dropped the bombshell on my anxious father.
My illness started a new chapter in my parents’ lives. A chapter that would soon be filled with a never-ending list of activities I could not perform.
Life from then on would pose innumerable challenges for my parents, and even more for me in years to come.
This book is about how I managed to face and overcome many of those challenges and how I turned most of those challenges to my advantage.
“Arun’s life is a reminder that unexpected situations hold millions of possibilities,if only one is ready to pay attention”
Winner of British Citizen Awards, Redbridge Community Award. Also acknowledged by the then president of India, the late Dr.Abdul Kalam
Whenever difficult situations arise, we can exercise a choice: to become wounded or wise. May Arun's story inspire you to become wise and wonderful.
Triumph of opportunity over sympathy! This is a story of one man’s resilience, of never taking no for an answer, of demonstrating that where there is a will there's a way – even for a physically-handicapped individual.
his page turner is a story of grit, a deep desire to succeed and what became a Herculean effort to serve others. Arun changes the tide on whether a disability is actually an ability to overcome life’s most significant challenges. A true depiction on how if you can ‘dream it, you can do it’. Arun’s story is one that needs to make it into our classrooms - just imagine mastering your biggest obstacles, Arun’s story is clear evidence that we can.
In future, if you see someone in need of help , just stop and do something about it.” – so is the message passed on to Arun on a deserted road in Zambia as he borrows fuel from an African “Mzee”. Arun’s book does what many self help books are unable to do, which is to remind us of a bigger purpose in one’s struggle to overcome challenges which life throws at all of us. “Out of My Way, POLIO” is a book written with warmth and humility and is a great read for all. Anyone having that existential moment, wondering what they are doing in life, this is a must read.