Sparsh was born with an incurable disease called Osteogenesis
Imperfecta. This condition makes his bones extremely fragile and brittle – even
a hard handshake can break his bones. He cannot bear weight on his hands and
legs, so he cannot walk or run like other normal kids. He has had more than 125
fractures in the first 12 years of his life already and the doctors cannot
predict how many more are to come.
Sparsh is multi-talented. He performs at community events and
has appeared on local radio stations and television shows, besides hosting
shows as an MC. He has memorized 250 digits of Pi, can say the 12 longest words
in the English dictionary in less than 18 seconds, and can speak in four
different accents in English. He has written several poems, short stories,
motivational/funny speeches (“I am Disabled”), etc., and acted in the
developmental reading of a play called The Greatest Choice at
the Crossroads theatre in New Jersey. He wasable to spell a 45
letter word, “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis,” at the age of 6.
Despite all the challenges he has faced, Sparsh’s spirit
is unbreakable. He aspires to sing in front of a billion people one day.
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.