Arani Chakraborty

Never gonna give up!

Mental inabilities, physical disabilities, and a will that was non-existent. But an awakening just turned it all around and made her into the success story she is today.

Birth to 2007.

A happy girl!
Full of life!
She couldn't stop smiling and laughing!
Everyone loved her and she loved them back!
Life loved her and she loved it back!

2007 to 2015.

She lived over 8 years of her life inside a room.
Abused Mentally, Emotionally and Verbally, Sshe developed Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD), Depression and Panic Attacks.
Fear crippled her.
She couldn't eat or sleep.
Even being able to visit the washroom, became a luxury.
She had to count backwards from 100-1, sing nursery rhymes loudly...try anything, just to be able to distract herself to stay in the washroom for just a few minutes!
Nothing worked.
Anxiety wouldn't let her sit still for a single moment.
Panic attacks wouldn't let her live a single second without the fear of dying.
Depression wouldn't let her feel good ever.
Her anxiety wouldn't let her rest for a moment and her depression wouldn't let her get up!
She hated speaking to anyone, let alone meet them.
Every day, she had to wipe away her tears, add a smile to her voice and speak to her parents on the phone.
No, she shared nothing with them or with anyone else.
Her happy facade was in place!
Those who knew , (her abusers) didn't bother.
And those who bothered, were not told.
She decided…
This was her battle!
And only she had to fight it!!
She was losing control of her body.
Her mind had stopped listening to her.
She was no longer herself!
Her days were limited primarily to 3 things...
Sleeping, Crying and Wishing for Death!
So, one day, she finally decided...
Enough is Enough!
Today, she would take a call!!
A Final Call.
She asked herself just one question.

"Do you wish to Live or Die?"
Fully prepared to hear a death sentence,
she was Amazed, when a faint yet Determined voice from within, answered...

This was the point from which she embarked on her Journey to 'Bounce Forward'!
No, there was no going back.
There was no question of bouncing back!
She was passionate for more!
Much much More!
She did not wish to be the same happy person she was over 8 years ago.
She was determined to be happier!
She was determined to be the best she could be!
Nothing and nobody could stop her now!

She took herself to a Psychiatrist and started on her medication.
Along with this, she started positive self-talk on a daily basis.
Her head and her body refused to listen!
They were adamant on giving up!
However, she was adamant on not giving up!
She coaxed and cajoled herself, fought with herself, slapped herself, cried, screamed.
She did Everything.
Except Give Up!

Gradually, she mustered enough courage and started to take few steps inside the room.
After several months of practice,
one day she decided to step out on the streets.
Her feet trembled, her heart paced, she could hardly breathe, she nearly fainted because of extreme fear.
She barely managed to get back to the confines of her room.
She was on the brink of going back to square one.
She was terrified.
Was it time for her to finally accept that her world would only be filled with fear, anxiety, depression and tears?
She decided!

"I have come this far, not just to come this far!"
She went back the next day and day after day and month after month to take short walks, until she was more confident.
She carried her medicines wherever she went...
She was prepared for the worst.
Yet, deep down, she knew...
This was her chance and she wasn't giving it up!
She must win her battle with her own demons.

Finally came the day when she started walking without fear.
She started talking to people.
She started to smile.
To laugh.
To Live Again!

Not satiated with her degrees from Miranda House and Delhi School of Economics.
Not satiated with her long-lost career as a Corporate Trainer, she decided to further her education.
She had no money of her own.
She did not wish to ask her parents, though they are her strongest support system till date.
She decided to quietly exchange a gold bangle.
She joined and completed a Diploma in Psychological Counselling.
She did a Business Practioner Course in NLP.
She got personally trained by Ms. Sabeera Merchant on Corporate Etiquette and Grooming.
She worked in theatre and acted in a web series.


Today, she feels Humbled and Blessed to be able to combine all her skills as a Trainer, Counsellor, NLP Practioner, Actor and above all as a 'HumanE' Being, to facilitate people in their professional and personal journeys towards leading Happier, Healthier, Peaceful, Motivated and Inspired lives!
She believes that her legacy is every life that she touches with love.

Yes, she continues to 'Bounce Forward' and takes others along.
Everyone Communicates.
She 'Connects' with people!
Her Dream is to enable people globally to Bounce Forward in their lives!

This she is Me!

The Me, whose Mission in life, in Ms. Maya Angelou's words is "not just to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, compassion, some humour and some style!".

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