Quadruple Amputee Blade Runner l Motivational speaker
Who Am I
Shalini Saraswathi had just returned from vacation
in Cambodia when she suddenly fell ill. What started off as a fever
quickly developed into something far more serious and Shalini, who was also
pregnant at the time, was suddenly the on the brink of death and dealing
with multiple organ failures.
Months later she would lose both her arms and legs to a rare
form of bacterial infection.
However, Shalini is the kind of woman who doesn’t
accept defeat in the face of extreme adversity. Today, she is an avid runner (a
blade runner) who has run in races including the prestigious TCS 10k race in
Shalini has opened up about the frustration and anger she
felt noting, “I raged. I was angry and hurt and upset. Why did this happen to
me? What had I done wrong? I thought it was karma, but I couldn’t think of
anything I had done *this* wrong. But finally, I decided it was time to move
Ultimately she says that she is defiant in leading a
happy and fulfilling life, saying, “I can look back at Destiny and swear at how
wrong it was about me. It didn’t win.I still get to call the shots. My life, my
decisions, my dreams; limbs or no limbs.
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.