Kiran’s always been a fighter. From a class full of young men she was one of a handful of girls to come out armed with an engineering degree. After that she never looked back and went on to land a job with a multinational software giant. She was working towards a successful career in IT when tragedy struck. A thief tried to snatch her backpack while she was travelling on a train. Kiran, who tried holding on to her bag, was thrown on to the tracks. She lost her leg. She was just about getting back on feet and adjusting to life with prosthetics, when a doctor mocked her saying, “It’s not like you are ever going to run again.” A born fighter, she took it as a personal challenge and with help of a better doctor and support from her parents and friends, she took baby steps with a carbon blade for a whole year before running her first half marathon and, en route, becoming India’s first female blade runner.
THE KEY MOMENT WHERE YOUR JOURNEY STARTED?
During the recovery phase, I fell down in the bathroom due to unbearable pain in leg. I went to the doctor for consultation and he found that staples used to seal my skin during the operation had not been removed. He said, it was no big deal as it wasn’t like I was going to run. I was stunned and angry. That day I made up my mind. Today, I am India’s first female blade runner.
ANY INSPIRING ROUTINES WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
Running has made me much more stronger than before... even when I had both my legs. Before the accident, I didn’t imagine I could run even 10 km. Now, with just one leg, I can run marathons.
mantra to live by?
I will keep running, I will keep fighting.
WHAT TIP WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS?
Losses and setbacks are temporary. Don’t let them break your spirit. Believe in yourself, fight a good fight and you will achieve your dreams