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Navin Gulia’s story of grit

Jamshedpur, Feb. 2: He is an adventurer, a writer, a social worker and a motivational speaker. He also holds the record for being the first person to drive non-stop for 55 hours to Marsimik La, which at 18,632 feet is the highest motorable mountain pass in the world. And yes, he is completely paralysed too with just little movements in his hands.

Meet Navin Gulia, a 24-year-old inspiration who turned disability into a life-affirming force, stretching beyond physical abilities and touring the country to hold motivational classes to inspire people of all ages.

Gulia — a 2007 National Role Model Award winner and recipient of the 2005 Limca Book People of the Year Award — today made his way to Army Camp at Sonari on invitation to hold an interactive session with the jawans and was surprised at the extraordinarily high number of suicides that the city had witnessed last year. The city had witnessed 208 suicides in 2012 and 19 in the first month of 2013 itself — a fact that Gulia thought could be attributed to the fear of failure.

Speaking to The Telegraph from the sidelines of the camp, Gulia said the problem today was that the youths were afraid of failure and rejections.

“I got to know that many residents of Jamshedpur, mostly young men and women, had chosen the noose over life in the city. The only message that I have for such people is to be proud of themselves and not be afraid of failures in life or relationships,” he said.

Gulia, who had designed a set of controls for steering the car that he drove to Marsimik La with limited hand movements, said one should not make much of poor academic performances and instead be proud of what they are and challenge themselves to achieve higher goals.

“Challenge yourself and stretch your limits. That is the only way you can be extra ordinary,” Gulia said underlining the need of strengthening resolve to accept failures till one emerged as a winner.

An epitome of focus and dedication, Gulia in 2012 penned In Quest of the Last Victory — a 129-page story about his perseverance, fighting spirit and persistent efforts — that quickly went on to become a hit in the literary circles receiving rave reviews.

“My current plan is to travel across different states of the country by May-June this year and encourage youths to never give up their positive outlook towards life in general and society as a whole,” Gulia, whose next offering Veer Usko Janiye is ready for release, said.

The young adventurer in 2007 also founded the Apni Duniya Apna Ashiyana Welfare Society, which works towards the interests of underprivileged children.

“I want to start working in Jharkhand for which I am looking for support from the corporate sector,” he signed off.