When we talk about battling all odds and
emerging a winner, Deepa Malik stands as a living testament. She proved that no
matter how strong the opposition, sheer courage and will power can make one a
true winner. Having been diagnosed with a spinal tumour, she was left paralysed
from chest down during a procedure to remove the same. Instead of letting it
come in her way for making a mark for herself, the unfortunate event only
contributed to spurring her on to do something that beats the prejudices the
society holds for women or the specially-abled.
She took to sports at the age of 36, a
point where most accomplished athletes seek retirement from their respective
disciplines and went on to set the benchmark across various sports in the paraplegic
arena. She was awarded the Arjuna award, the highest honour for a sportsperson
in the country in 2012 for her achievements. From braving three surgeries over
the past 14 years to being the first paraplegic Indian woman biker, swimmer,
rally driver, entrepreneur and a motivational speaker; this all-rounder has
proved her to be a winner in every right!
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.