In 2007, Ankit Rai was kidnapped from a playground near his home. After a frantic search was launched for the missing boy, Ankit’s kidnappers dumped him in the middle of two railway tracks, thinking he was dead.
A speeding train ran over the six and a half-year-old Ankit’s arm, but he escaped from there …
After gaining consciousness, Ankit lifted his amputated arm and somehow found his way home. This act redefined his life — he did not let the perpetrators decide his fate.
He later helped the police in nabbing the culprits who had demanded a ransom of Rs 7 lakh. They turned out to be tenants in the family’s house. Ankit’s courage earned him the National Bravery Award in January 2008.
Nine years later, photographer Sanjeev Verma went back to find the ‘boy who lived’ — now a cheerful teenager with an endearing smile. Ankit, who will turn the age of 16 in November, lives with his father and mother, Lallan and Pushpa, in Faridabad.live — but not without paying the price of losing an arm.
He enjoys biking and dancing. He is currently enrolled in a local dancing academy, where he aspires to be a professional dancer like his idol and Bollywood star, Tiger Shroff.
When he’s not busy pulling off Shroff’s dance moves, Ankit likes to explore his gadgets.
Despite a gruesome past, Ankit strives to overcome his disability. He lives life by the mantra of being positive and seeing the brighter side of life.
”Remember, without a goal, your stamina is useless no matter how you get trained. You may defend your integrity and attack your obstacles, but when you have no target in focus, you will score many zero number of goals.There is no such a thing as missing the train of your life! Life is very rich and very generous; it always offers you new opportunities! Already-missed will soon be substituted by the not-missed-yet!”No proper person fusses about death; that’s a train which we are all sure to catch.”
There is someone out there who needs just a line or a sentence of your life testimony to believe he or she can also make it. Keeping your testimony away from them is more of suspending their accomplishments till further notice! Come on! Let’s learn from you.
Stop blaming people for not helping you to solve your problems. The question is simple “are they the ones in the problem with you”? People may teach you, people may advise you, people may inspire you, but it takes YOU to go the extra mile and make an indelible impact!”
Be like a train; go in the rain, go in the sun, go in the storm, go in the dark tunnels! Be like a train; concentrate on your road and go with no hesitation!