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MY FIGHT WITH LIFE AND GOD

A MEMOIR - STRAIGHT FROM MY HEART

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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SIDDHARTH JAYAKUMAR

Siddharth is a banker by profession Siddharth is a person with Cerebral Palsy. After passing out from a special school to regular school, he completed his graduation in commerce and went on to do his Masters in Economics.

Professionally, he is India’s first and world no 2 Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (from Institute of Financial Services, UK) with CP and also holds many certifications in trade finance and related areas of banking domain.

Being a National Award winner, Siddharth is an inspirational speaker. He loves to speak on motivation, management, and leadership, and has been invited by top corporates and management institutes.. His audience coverage is over 25,000 people and his global viewership is above six million and still counting.

On the personal front, he lives in Chennai with his parents, wife and his son.

He can be reached on mail – sidhugj@yahoo.com

Website – www.siddharthjayakumar.com

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UMASREE RAGHUNATH

Umasree Raghunath, born in Eluru (Andhra Pradesh) is a versatile person — writer, poet, reviewer, blogger, social activist and IT professional. Above all, she wants to be called a good human being.

With her focus on women empowerment, social activism for the less privileged and community service and also in strategic IT management experience, she was instrumental in many successful projects both in the IT industry and social service. She bagged the EWIT Excellence award in 2008 and also in receipt of various awards and recognitions in her fields of interest. Her passion is to network with people and travel.

She has co-authored the book After the Floods written by Chennai Bloggers Club and her blogs at www.umasreeraghunath.blogspot.com. Contact: Umasree.r@gmail.com

ABOUT THE BOOK

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SIMPLY BEING SIDDS!

MY FIGHT WITH LIFE AND GOD

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An intelligent mind in a disobedient body. This could probably be the best way to describe the condition of Cerebral Palsy. What can make a difference in your life when you have this condition as your normal state of being; how do you deal with it, making life happy despite its odds? This book is a reflection of Siddharth Jayakumar’s journey so far and his dreams to weave in further… Read on!

“Be yourself and then the magic starts to love life!” “My concept of patience is remembering how my mom had to wait nine years to see me go to school, and another ten years to see me become a little independent and then ten more to become fully independent!”- — Siddharth


“My Respects for this fighter who is the bravest man I have ever met. His story is a must read for everyone to be truly inspired”

Dr Kiran Bedi,
India’s First Woman IPS Officer.

“As we look to instant answers to everything from love to parenting, here is a book that tells us of love, perseverance & dedication. These are universal feelings all can empathise. Special children are special because they show you a life made of humane abilities. A must read for anyone who wants to be inspired by a person & his whole support system of family and friends that overcame & not overwhelmed at some of life's tough questions. As parents we set expectations at every milestone. Here is a parent who left no stone unturned to ensure Sid go that extra mile. Sid's mom Komala has truly shown what strong belief and hope can do in a child’s life My deepest appreciation”

Viswanathan Anand
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What can make a difference in your life when you have this condition as your normal state of being; how do you deal with it, making life happy despite its odds? This book is a reflection of Siddharth Jayakumar’s journey so far and his dreams to weave in further… Read on!

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An intelligent mind in a disobedient body. This could probably be the best way to describe the condition of Cerebral Palsy. What can make a difference in your life when you have this condition as your normal state of being; how do you deal with it, making life happy despite its odds? This book is a reflection of Siddharth Jayakumar’s journey so far and his dreams to weave in further… Read on!

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“I want to share you an incident which took place yesterday. Yesterday, I was in Chennai and then I went there to see the flood and heavy rain. It was pouring. Then, I met one person. I met Shri. Siddharth Jayakumar at the airport with his mother, at Chennai Airport, who was born in Chikmagalur in Karnataka in the year 1980. He gave me…I have given total details about him because a few of you will get inspired by that, I would be very happy. He gave me a presentation using a laptop. He came with a laptop. His father’s name is Shri. Jayakumar and his mother’s name is Komala.
When he was born, the doctors did not know what he was suffering from. Later on, they said he is mentally retarded. After a detailed examination, it was found that he was suffering from cerebral palsy. As a result of the disease, he has difficulty in coordination between his mind and body. You know what the type of problem.
He studied in Vidyasagar at Chennai. Though he studied very well, he has to dictate the answers to another student while writing the examination. Fortunately, our system allows that. In spite of this process, in the 10th class examination, he had scored 80%. He says he could not score more just because he was not allowed to do the practical and could not draw the diagrams.
In the Plus Two examinations, he had secured an overall 90% and scored 100% in Computer Science. It is pertinent to note that he is the only boy to score 100% in this subject.
Later, he studied B.Com and scored 75%. He wanted to study Master in Social Work whereas he was given M.A. Economics in Loyola College. He has scored 78% in his final examination.
Shri. Siddharth after completing his M.A. worked as a teacher in Vidyasagar itself. Later, he attended a Disability Job Fair…this Disability Job Fair, I suggest to our Honorable Minister, this should be done in every small towns and cities in our country. Later, he attended a Disability Job Fair organized by Ability Foundation, an NGO working for the welfare of the disabled.
In the job fair, he was selected by ABN-AMRO looking at his academic track record. ABN-AMRO is the bank, has designated him as an Officer for verifying the Export and Import documents of the clients.
To enable him to perform this job, ABN-AMRO bank has trained him to learn the banking and import and export procedures of countries like Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia. He is the first student to be employed with cerebral palsy outside Vidyasagar.
He loves Mathematics. He has a mission of carrying…I asked him what your mission is? He has a mission of carrying out social work, particularly for uplifting the life of special people with multiple disabilities. What a beautiful thought!
The experience of Shri. Siddharth clearly brings out the special strengths available with certain people with some disabilities. Our social system and the educational institutions must recognize the strengths of the individual and provide the opportunity for these flowers to blossom.
The same thing happened, for example, in the case of Einstein. He is…of course, everything was okay in his system, but in Germany, he was not given admission in the 9th class because he could not score…he could not pass all the subjects except Physics and Mathematics whereas when he went to Switzerland and the principal saw his expertise in Physics and Mathematics, he directly admitted him in Polytechnic.
So that one single action of a teacher recognizing the best of the mind, we got the…the world got the Relativity Theory, the world got the famous equation, E = mc2.
The same thing happened with Ramanujam, the Mathematics genius. Nobody recognized him. Only Professor Hardy from Cambridge recognized his Mathematics and today, Number Theory is brought out.
At that time, there was one Poondi Namasivaya Mudaliar. With anguish he says, “It is the destiny of our nation that an Indian brain requires an acknowledgement from a foreigner. Why our people are hesitant to appreciate such a personality?”
I am sure all of you recognize this situation. There may be hundreds of Siddharths will be there in our society…hundreds of Siddharths.
It is why I’m telling this case so that you all can be a locator like Hardy or the Principal in Switzerland, so that you can grow the talents in the people with special abilities.”

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Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Former President of India

“As we look to instant answers to everything from love to parenting, here is a book that tells us of love, perseverance & dedication. These are universal feelings all can empathise. Special children are special because they show you a life made of humane abilities. A must read for anyone who wants to be inspired by a person & his whole support system of family and friends that overcame & not overwhelmed at some of life's tough questions. As parents we set expectations at every milestone. Here is a parent who left no stone unturned to ensure Sid go that extra mile. Sid's mom Komala has truly shown what strong belief and hope can do in a child’s life My deepest appreciation”

Anand

Viswanathan Anand

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“My Respects for this fighter who is the bravest man I have ever met. His story is a must read for everyone to be truly inspired”

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Dr Kiran Bedi

India’s First Woman IPS Officer

“Be yourself and then the magic starts to love life!” “My concept of patience is remembering how my mom had to wait nine years to see me go to school, and another ten years to see me become a little independent and then ten more to become fully independent!”

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Siddharth

“As we look to instant answers to everything from love to parenting, here is a book that tells us of love, perseverance & dedication. These are universal feelings all can empathise. Special children are special because they show you a life made of humane abilities. A must read for anyone who wants to be inspired by a person & his whole support system of family and friends that overcame & not overwhelmed at some of life's tough questions. As parents we set expectations at every milestone. Here is a parent who left no stone unturned to ensure Sid go that extra mile. Sid's mom Komala has truly shown what strong belief and hope can do in a child’s life My deepest appreciation”
Shri. Siddharth after completing his M.A. worked as a teacher in Vidyasagar itself. Later, he attended a Disability Job Fair…this Disability Job Fair, I suggest to our Honorable Minister, this should be done in every small towns and cities in our country. Later, he attended a Disability Job Fair organized by Ability Foundation, an NGO working for the welfare of the disabled.
In the job fair, he was selected by ABN-AMRO looking at his academic track record. ABN-AMRO is the bank, has designated him as an Officer for verifying the Export and Import documents of the clients.
To enable him to perform this job, ABN-AMRO bank has trained him to learn the banking and import and export procedures of countries like Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia. He is the first student to be employed with cerebral palsy outside Vidyasagar.
He loves Mathematics. He has a mission of carrying…I asked him what your mission is? He has a mission of carrying out social work, particularly for uplifting the life of special people with multiple disabilities. What a beautiful thought!
The experience of Shri. Siddharth clearly brings out the special strengths available with certain people with some disabilities. Our social system and the educational institutions must recognize the strengths of the individual and provide the opportunity for these flowers to blossom.
The same thing happened, for example, in the case of Einstein. He is…of course, everything was okay in his system, but in Germany, he was not given admission in the 9th class because he could not score…he could not pass all the subjects except Physics and Mathematics whereas when he went to Switzerland and the principal saw his expertise in Physics and Mathematics, he directly admitted him in Polytechnic.

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