Look at who we have here?? How wonderful!!! We have a talent like this in our office!!! Amazing!!
Couldn't we be more lucky than to have amongst us the young talented internationally acclaimed Anurag Rathi, who has made it to the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015, Los Angeles and bagged two Bronze medals in Roller Skating100x2 Relay and 500 Mtr. Race as well as a Silver and Bronze Medal which he won at the Special Olympic Asia Pacific Regional Games – 2013 for Bocce Single and Double Event held at New Castle, Australia.
He also has to his credit 33 other medals of which 6 are Gold, and the rest comprising of Silver and Bronze medals that he has been honored with at various National, State and School level competitions.
His smile is infectious and more so is his passion. His dedication is enthralling. There is always a twinkle in his eyes and an urge to do the best that he can.
His father Dharampal Rathi is an Army Serviceman who has always been supportive for Anurag. So also the rest of his family members. He always had the freedom to study and play as it pleased him. For them Anurag wasn't a burden but God's chosen child. There was never any discrimination between him and his other siblings and all were given the same love, affection and care. Till the age of ten years, Anurag could hardly speak, but thanks to the special care and medicines, the tide turned in his favour and he started speaking. The whole family dotes on him and for them his voice is like music to their ears.
His initial studies took place at the village school level till Class V. For the betterment of his studies, they took Anurag to the Amla Birla Kendra at Pilani where he studied for one month. Seeing a unique spark in him, they further guided him to go to DISHA which is a special school for Specially Able persons.
Anurag's journey to fame started from there. His teacher Ms. Kesar Ara has been instrumental in moulding futures of many a specially able child to walk on their own with heads held high. Anurag's interest in sports such as Racing, Soft Ball and Roller Skating have worked wonders for this young prodigy. His flair in roller skating boosted his future prospects and propelled him into the State, National and International arena of Specially Able sports persons. On a daily basis, Anurag would spend nearly 10 hours practicing on his roller skates. His painstaking efforts have not only made him and his family proud but also his country.
Neerja International had organized a workshop on Blue Pottery at Disha for these specially able children. Anurag was fascinated on seeing the beauty of the craft and after completing his studies at Disha, he joined Neerja Blue Pottery to work here as an artisan. It certainly feels proud to know of his achievements and it's indeed fortunate to have such a jewel in the company.
Though he is a specially able individual, he is truly deft in his handiwork. It is a wonder to see that he works much more faster and efficiently than the other artisans making Blue Pottery.
A child at heart – you can see him singing songs and dancing during his work break. He is genuinely pleased to come daily to work at Neerja Blue Pottery works and feels a bit perturbed when he isn't able to come on a Sunday which happens to be a weekly off.