Deepa Malik, turning adversity into success

Before her surgery, says Deepa, she was happy being a housewife. "I was very busy wearing branded clothes, decorating the house, getting into the typical rat race. Disability gave me focus. I am now on a mission called 'Ability beyond Disability'," she says matter-of-factly.

Deepa says she wants to change the outlook of patients and the society alike towards paraplegia. "The first thing paraplegics do is stay indoors. They must understand its all right to be paralysed. You are alive, so live your life to the fullest. I agree we have a bladder and bowel issue, but there are ways and means of managing it. The world is there for you, provided you are ready for the world," she says cheerfully. For a woman who featured in MTV Roadies, Deepa admits that she is "a true roadie in mind and soul."

Her elder daughter Devika, who was with her at Chandigarh, says the whole family is proud of Deepa. "People read books to get inspired, achieve something in life. I look up to my mother. Everywhere we go, people are in awe of her. It's an adventure being her daughter," she says.

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