TBO India, an initiative of The Big O World Company based in Jaipur, working in the field of press and media has selected some great personalities of India on the basis of their merits and their presence in society for their annual award. Dr. Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta from Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh got selected for their annual prestigious 50 Influential Leaders Award 2021 for his achievements and contribution towards the development of the inclusive nation, accessible society, and as a role model for the upcoming generation in the category of “Best Inclusion and Diversity Champion”.
An unfortunate situation doesn’t always need to lead to an unfortunate life, and nobody embodies this better than Dr. Sai Kaustuv. He suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta or rare Brittle Bone disease. This has led to more than 50 fractures and critical complications of his condition confined him to a room for 6 years. But his disease could not hinder the pace of his success story and despite a 90% disabled body, he did not let his career be fragile.
By profession, Dr. Dasgupta is an International Graphic Designer, Global Motivational (TEDx) Speaker, and India’s first differently-abled Certified Happiness Coach. He has successfully put his endeavors in spreading motivation and happiness with his mentoring sessions in various institutes like Microsoft, Accenture, Marriott Hotels, Medicover, Rotary International, Jain University, and many more across the country and seas apart in nations like US Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal to name a few.
Dr. Sai Kaustuv also got selected in the D-30 Disability Impact List 2021 which honors the most impactful community members and by representing India, he has become a catalyst for continuing to advance disability inclusion, leadership, and diverse representation at the global level. He received the opportunity to contribute his ideas to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward by the United Nations along with other Global Disability Leaders. He has overcome many barriers and crossed a lot of hurdles to teach us what is life and how one can remain happy amidst all odds.
Every single day and moment has been challenging in his life. He has been confined to a wheelchair now, and all that functions in one hand and one finger. To put an end to the depression, he struggled his way to become an international graphic designer using just one finger of his left hand. He is also a passionate Singer, Composer, Entrepreneur, Author, Inclusion & Diversity Champion, Global & Goodwill Ambassador for Family Peace, and runs a virtual platform called Happiness Unlimited. He has his name in the Limca, India, Asia Book, and 15+ World Records. He is an esteemed figure for the whole disabled community and is titled as the 4th Global Icon with leadership traits after Hellen Keller, Stephen Hawking, and Srikanth Bola. He even holds a book in his authorship which has been translated into 10 Indian languages.
Many people feel that disabled people cannot celebrate their life; they have no right to dream big. But Dr. Sai Kaustuv is class apart. He says, “If you have determination, then the sky is the limit. When my parents came to know about my disease, instead of breaking down, they supported me. My father Dr. Kaushik and mother Dr. Shila Dasgupta have both played an important role in my life. They never made me feel as if they are disappointed in me. They have always been supportive. My younger brother Dr. Kushal also constantly inspires me to achieve new things. I am grateful for all their sacrifices.”
Dr. Sai has researched accessibility and proposes to make the nation a wheelchair-friendly one. His Virtual Community Happiness Unlimited strives to bring back the purity of heart and genuine happiness in society.
TBO India, acknowledged his hard work, recognizing all his contributions and celebrating the triumph of his unbreakable spirit, awarded him with the 50 Influential Leaders Award 2021. Being selected with other legendary personalities of India, this award salutes his determination to drive the new definition of life presented all the motivation you need. Dr. Dasgupta shows us how there could be a million reasons to lament upon but choosing to accept them as a part of your life is the actual key to happiness and peace. Enduring difficulties and choosing positivity over all the negative aspects is what makes a person like him iconic.