“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Kasargod resident K.T. Jayesh has proved this quote right. Six months after he was born, Jayesh’s legs got completely affected by polio. But he never gave up. He was determined to live a life as normal as others.
Jayesh’s father, Gangadharan served as the Head Warden and his mother, Sarojini is a homemaker. Their support for him gave him the confidence to move forward with his dreams. He completed his Diploma in Computer Science from the Government Polytechnic in Periye, Kasargod and later on became a career consultant. This thirty-four-year-old is married to Lecturer Aswathy of Kasargod Co-operative College.
It was a new dream of Jayesh to drive a car by himself just like others, travel to the countries he has read about. He wants to let people see him travel to different places in his car. He wanted to show that physical limitations will not limit dreams if you have determination.
Jayesh has been working to live this dream since when he was twenty-two years old. His first travels were in a Honda Activa with two additional tires. After six years of moving around in his Honda Activa, he brought a Maruti Alto K10 car.
He then met Mustafa from Malappuram who has got Automotive Research Association of India’s authorization to design and modify vehicles for handicapped users. Mustafa developed brakes and clutch in a lever that can be operated using hands. Jayesh also managed to get his driving license. His self-confidence acquired by driving Alto led him to buy Tata Nexon AMT last year.
Traveling became a passion for Jayesh. He traveled to places in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in his Tata Nexon. He tried to visit maximum places in his travel. He was at times accompanied by his wife or sometimes his friends.
Jayesh is now all set to travel to Bhutan. His journey is for 30 days starting today on October 2nd from Kasargod to Bangalore, then to Angola in Andra, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Siliguri, Bhutan bordering Jaywaga and finally in Bhutan. Jayesh plans to stay in Bhutan for ten days and then return back to Kasargod. Now that he has his own Youtube channel, his travel will be recorded completely. He is accompanied by his friends, Subhash and co-driver Kalesh. About three lakhs is the estimated expense of the travel. At present Jayesh have no sponsors.
He wanted to start his journey on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary as he is inspired by Gandhi’s saying, “My life is my message.” Jayesh also wishes to be an inspiration for people like him who are facing difficulties. Handicapped people face a lot of issues. They do not even have public toilets for their use. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have better facilities for handicapped than Kerala. This travel, Jayesh believes will draw the attention of the Kerala government in this issue.
Jayesh has given a very positive and inspiring message to everyone. He showed that even with limitations, they need not set limits. Life is how you make it. If you believe in something, you can achieve it. Jayesh is proving to be an encouragement to many in this world.