Sai Kaustuv Dasgupta has suffered more than 50 fractures.
A rare bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as ‘brittle bone disease’, afflicts him – a disease that affects one in every 20,000 people, mainly owing to a lack of collagen. In 2001, Dasgupta fell down in his bathroom. Both his knee bones were fractured. The doctors, who were in a hurry, plastered his legs while the joints were still bent. After cutting the plaster, Dasgupta found that both his knee joints were now fixed in that position. He got confined in an electric wheelchair after that horrible incident. At present all his joints are completely fixed and he cannot move an inch on his own. But he has proved that the disability has affected only his body and not his mind. Dasgupta used to dance when he was a child. But one day the doctors suggested that dance is not for him. That was when he realised that he was not like other children – that he was different. Once he realised that his bones were brittle as glass, he thought of doing something that would require him to stay in a room. Inspired by his mother Shila Dasgupta who used to sing, perform and teach music, he took up singing to express himself. Though only two fingers functioned on his left hand, Dasgupta further trained himself to become a graphic designer. After completing his intermediate, he was not able to sit for his BA exam. Somehow he managed to complete a diploma course in computers. “It was so difficult to learn to design from home,” he says. “I made up my mind and thought I’ll overcome this challenge as well. I decided to be a self-taught designer. I had to learn every tool of designing by reading books or going through tutorials online.” In 2012, he joined a non-profit organisation as a designer. Gradually, he started working with other digital media graphics and people started giving him work.
Today, Dasgupta loves to inspire students who want to discover the purpose of their lives. Looking back, Dasgupta feels that his birth itself was unique. Being a 90% differently-abled guy, he is proud to have turned his disability into his “speciality” to help more people smile. He is truly an inspiration for all and he continues to help make cities more accessible to disabled persons.
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