“Our only limitations are the ones we set up in our own minds”. This great saying by Napoleon Hill is true to its very core. With perseverance and firm determination, one can surely conquer the world. Walking on the path of firm determination, Tinkesh Kaushik never surrenders because of the difficulties. A triple Amputee Fitness Trainer, Tinkesh Kaushik is a true warrior who overcomes all obstacles with his courageous nature.
Along with being a Fitness trainer, Tinkesh is recognised as the First Asian triple Amputee to perform bungee jumping at Canyon Swing in Nepal. He is also a blade runner, para-cyclist and a TEDx Speaker. Tinkesh also won the title of “Rubaru Mr India 2022”. Let’s hear the story of Tinkesh Kaushik in his own words.
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Tell us something about yourself and about your journey.
Belonging to the Jhajjar district, Haryana, I am a fitness trainer, model and motivational speaker. My life changed completely when I got an electric shock at the age of 9. On 29th December 2002, while playing on the rooftop I touched a high-tension electric wire of 11,000 volts. The shock was so severe that my legs and one hand burned severely in the incident due to which the doctors had to amputate my legs and hands.
With the support of my family and friends, I completed my graduation in 2015. The lack of physical activities over all these years resulted in weight gain and that is when I began my fitness journey in 2016.
A video of mine went viral on the internet when I participated in Marathon in Delhi. That video also gave me a donor who granted me prosthetic legs. After that, I worked with this organisation to help differently-abled people to make them independent. That’s how my journey started.
How has your definition of life changed from that incident?
My life changed drastically after that incident. I could not go outside and play like other children. My life was kind of limited in my room during those days. Everyone started thinking that I will always need the support of someone. But I was determined that I will become self-dependent. And I think because of that willpower, I become what I am today.
I strongly believe that life is how we make it. I am perseverant to conquer the world and nothing can stop me from reaching the heights.
What was the role of your parents and friends in your Journey?
My parents have been my biggest strength and support in my entire journey. When I was small, my mother was the one who used to take me to school and bring me back home every single day. Even my friends were very supportive and helped me during school time. They were always ready to help me whenever I needed anything. Without the support of my parents and friends, I might not have been able to achieve my dreams. I’ll always be grateful for having them in my life.
What are you currently working on? What are your future plans?
Every day I am looking forward to doing something new. Currently, I am planning to do a base camp at Everest which no triple amputee has attempted before. In addition to this, I am planning a cycling drive from Goa to Kanyakumari that no differently-abled people have attempted in India.
What message do you want to give to your readers?
I just want to say that everyone has their own problems and challenges, it depends on us how we handle them. It all depends on our mindset. If you have a strong mindset, you can make impossible things possible.