If there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s that life never goes as planned…ever. When we want things one way, we always get another. And sometimes that other way is the biggest challenge we could ever face. That’s exactly what came upon Sathi Mondal eight years ago.
In 2009, the India native was wrongly diagnosed and then given poor treatment following an intestinal infection. She was forced to travel between the hospital and her home multiple times a week to make sure her health was progressing. But the time in between didn’t feel as hard; her own words eased the pain.
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“When I write poetry, or see my poems getting published in print, I forget all my problems. I feel I can live a hundred years,” Sathi tells IANS in Hindustan Times. After a test went wrong and her alimentary canal burst, her dreams of pursuing a career in sports seemed to slip away; her diet became all liquid as she had to live from a tube in her stomach. “I try to bear my pain by writing poetry. I have nothing else in my life now, except poetry,” the 23 year-old resident of Ghoshpara in Nadia district explains.
Now, she has written over 500 Bengali poems with over a hundred published in known magazines such as Collarge, Udvas, and Chhayaman. She’s been invited to more than 25 different literary conferences throughout Kolkata and other districts. Even a local scholar requested she read her poetry with them, her proudest achievement.
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Although her work’s tone varies from dark to hopeful, it still spans various topics. “Yes, some of them are pessimistic, may be because of the state of my health. But nature is also a recurring theme.” Sathi has faced additional hardships, like losing her father, having to drop out of university, and her mother’s struggles to pay for her medical treatment. However, there is a light somewhere. Two university hospitals near her are offering a surgery that may end all special treatments. Although she must wait for her opportunity due to the other patients awaiting surgery before her, she is sure of her life’s track.
“I will write a novel on what all I endured, the various experiences I have gone through,” Sathi says. Her journey is one words can’t easily describe. I have never met her and I’m not sure I ever will, but I will say that she has inspired me to keep moving, to push for the future, and to never let anything take your hope away.