“Nobody figured for a long time as to what was wrong with me,” Kshatriya lamented. “Until one day after we went to a doctor and after observing me for three days, he figured that it was epilepsy.”
As a young teenager, epilepsy was just another illness, not unlike the common flu. He was put on anti-epileptic medication, which would help him control his seizures. It was a simple treatment. In fact, it was so simple that he didn’t give it much thought. His parents on the other hand, were terrified.
“Since I always knew what I wanted to do, it was more about figuring out how and from where can I go about achieving this,” he explained. And he did just that. Barely three years after his diagnosis, Kshatriya left home to pursue his passion.
“At that point everybody was scared but me,” Kshatriya said with a laugh. “They were worried if I would be able to manage all alone.” But his dream of working with planes, and to be independent steered his decision to move on for higher education out of the family home. He wasn’t willing to let epilepsy force him to give up on his dream.
Today, Kshatriya is 23 years old and pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, one of the top engineering colleges in India. “It’s important for everyone to dream,” Kshatriya mused. “It is the driving force behind every human being.”
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