STOR­IZEN IN­DULGE

Au­thor's Jour­ney

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - – by Siddharth Roy

Fad­ing vi­sion, loos­ing senses and hear­ing chaos in ICU, I lied on a hos­pi­tal bed hope­less and help­less be­cause ap­par­ently there was no cure to my ill­ness and hope was fad­ing away like my senses. This hap­pened just be­fore my 10th board ex­ams so doc­tors found a loop­hole and stated that it was exam fear, but still to­day I ask my­self, ‘If I fear ex­ams then why in life I never fell ill be­fore any other ex­ams, not even be­fore my 12th board ex­ams?’ Rel­a­tives and so­ci­ety, ex­pect my par­ents gave up on me. For ev­ery­one else I was a boy who has spoilt his life be­cause they thought, I wouldn’t be able to give me 10th board ex­ams. But like just all happy end­ing hindi cin­e­mas, I stood up from that wheel­chair and thought in mind, if to­day I don’t stand up, noth­ing will change but if I stand up maybe I will have a chance to change some­thing and change comes from within. I cleared my 10th stan­dard with high grades and got into bi­ol­ogy and started pre­par­ing for NEET for my 11th and 12th. By the way I just took bi­ol­ogy be­cause I wanted to es­cape from maths as I sucked in that sub­ject. But things changed af­ter I read ‘Faults in our stars’ by John

Green, I be­gan to imag­ine my each day of my life as it was the last day of my life so to at­tain that hap­pi­ness, I started prac­tis­ing self in­tro­spec­tion and re­alised few im­por­tant things about my­self. I won a poem writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion when I was in my 8th grade and was also was a very ac­tive bad­minton player but all of those things had stopped be­cause of so­ci­ety’s pres­sure and be­ing an idle stu­dent ac­cord­ing to ev­ery­one. I wrote my first novel en­tirely dur­ing my 11th and 12th. The Spe­cial Fish (Ti­tle of my first book) was pub­lished in Novem­ber 2016 and it cre­ated a havoc in my classes and col­lege, ev­ery­one was shocked by that achieve­ment of mine, I re­cently do­nated all the prof­its from that book to CM Relief fund and CM wrote a let­ter to me and ap­plauded my ef­forts as a re­sult na­tional me­dia started giv­ing me lots of at­ten­tion and slowly peo­ple started know­ing me. An­other great news that came along was, we even won sil­ver medal in state bad­minton cham­pi­onship in Bara­mati in 2016. It added an­other feather in my cap and in the life of ver­sa­til­ity. Ev­ery­one started con­grat­u­lat­ing me on these achieve­ments and

the same peo­ple who doubted me in past, ap­plauded me now. That is the prob­lem with our so­ci­ety, ev­ery­one will con­grat­u­late you for the re­sults but no one will for the ef­forts. (how I wrote my book, played bad­minton, stud­ied is whole dif­fer­ent topic to write on) I started writ­ing ar­ti­cles for news­pa­pers and other medi­ums, I in­volved me in all stuffs I could as a re­sult, I was ap­pointed as Cre­ative Head of Wal­nut Dis­cov­er­ies when I was 17 and re­ceived the world record for be­ing youngest cre­ative head. My par­ents were ex­tremely proud al­lowed me to study the sub­jects of my choice in grad­u­a­tion, so cur­rently I am study­ing BBA in Me­dia and Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion from

Whistling Woods

In­ter­na­tional. In Oc­to­ber

2017, I got an op­por­tu­nity to speak in worlds largest and most pres­ti­gious plat­form, ‘TEDx’ and share my jour­ney. Since that I have spo­ken at 4TEDx events, be­ing youngest to do so and speak­ing at other events, schools and col­leges. My aim is to pro­vide and guide youth to find their in­ner po­ten­tial and give them op­por­tu­ni­ties to por­tray their work. I have been also awarded hu­man­i­tar­ian award by Ro­tary club, Help Age In­dia, Global Can­cer Con­cern and Mad­hav Eye Bank. I am also work­ing as Chief Cu­ra­tor with The YOUth and Outreach

Co­or­di­na­tor with Youth for Hu­man Right In­ter­na­tional, UN to spread. I am a film­maker and love to spread val­ues from my work and art forms. My new book, ‘Rise In Love’ has won Manuscript of the year award at Lit O fest Mum­bai and is all set to re­lease. We are also se­lected to rep­re­sent In­dia in Mars Desert Re­search Sta­tion com­pe­ti­tion which is held in USA. But apart from all these things the one thing which I love to do is watch foot­ball and I am foot­ball an­a­lyst with Fan­zone, Lon­don which is tele­casted in Star Sports and all lead­ing chan­nels of the world. I am just a teenager with rag­ing hor­mones who be­lieves in giv­ing back to so­ci­ety, so I in­volve my­self with var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties which would help me to ex­plore my­self bet­ter and serve this so­ci­ety to make it a good place to live in. At the end of the day, I am just a cu­ri­ous stu­dent who is cu­ri­ous to learn new things ev­ery­day and try to live life as it would be the last day of life.

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