Madhavi Hadker

I was born and brought up in a wonderful, cultured joint family. Everything was going on smoothly till the age of six, when I suffered from a viral infection called Encephalitis- which led to a high fever and paralyzed my right side. Due to this high fever, I had lost my memory, speech and neither was I able to recognize anyone. Whatever I had learnt from birth to age six was completely wiped out from my memory. This was because my left side of the brain had been affected by Cerebral Infarct which paralyzed my right side completely. I could not use my right hand or my right leg. I was in Bombay hospitalfor forty days.

After I recovered slowly, our family doctor suggested a good physiotherapistas I was not strong enough to attend school. So, once again, my painful physiotherapy sessions started at home and the biggest challenge: learning to do everything with my left hand! But I realized then that God had blessed me with a very strong will & with persistence and tenacity-I started going to school after a year…and learning everything from scratch.
Over the years, I studied to become a teacher–and succeeded only because of the tremendous love and support I received from my parents, sisters, teachers, friends and well-wishers. By God’s grace, I completed my Post graduation Diploma in Education Management, bagged a Degree in the fascinating subject Psychology & completed my Diploma course in Education (D.Ed) along with a Montessori course. Later in life, I also completed a Diploma course in Counselling.
Today, I am a confident, independent and a cheerful person – a teacher and a Counsellor by profession. I love writing short stories/articles and novels as a creative hobby. I am also very fond of sketching in black & white,reading, and travelling all over the world.Listening to music is my biggest stress buster…
So remember my dear friends- whatever challenges you may face in life…Never give up!

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Sun Sign

Scorpio

Three things people don’t know about you?

1. During my school years, I learnt Bharat-natyam for 2 years. 2. I was able to ride a horse during our trip to beautiful Kashmir… 3. Along with my elder sister, I went River rafting in the icy waters of the Athabasca River in Beautiful Banff–in the Canadian Rockies. (Although I don’t know how to swim!)

What is your greatest achievement?

I felt a sense of achievement when I successfully reached Hemkund Sahib -a fabulous destination in the Himalayas. The gurudwara has a glacial lake surrounded by 7 mountains. It is 4,632 meters and can be approached on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

High point of your life?

My first job away from home, in Panchgani gave me many challenges and the opportunity to over-come them. When I got a special certificate of honour for completing my Post graduate Diploma in Education Management. ( In-spite of the set-back due to my Rheumatoid Arthritis).

Low point of your life

In life, I have faced many different challenges – whether it was professional or health related. But each time I realized that God has bestowed me with a strong will -so that I can overcome any difficulty. With meditation, I have been able to accept a defeat or a set-back gracefully.

Which living person do you most admire?

My 1st grade class teacher Mrs Joan D’Souza. She too had suffered from Encephalitis when she was 25 years old. But Joan Miss encouraged me so much that it was because of her guidance that I grew to become so confident, so independent. Her philosophy was & is “My girl, never give up!”

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

 Jughead Jones from Archie comics. He is very cool and a down to earth fellow. He is so intelligent & totally laid back.  Harry Clifton from the Jeffrey Archer book –“ Only Time WillTell” AND “The Sins of the Father.”He has a wonderful personality -with an keen & an intelligent mind.

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

 Ravan  ‘Fangs’ from Oliver Twist

Who are your favorite authors?

 Enid Blyton (all time/age favourite) The Twins at St. Clare’s& all Famous 5/ Five findouters & the dog series.  Ruskin Bond in The Children’s Companion  Sydney Sheldon  Jeffery Archer

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

1. Thornbirds by Colleen Mccullogh 2. The Room on the Roof/ Time stops still at Shamli by Ruskin Bond 3. The Monk who sold his Ferrari- by Robin Sharma 4. The Hound of Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle 5. Love you forever -by Robert Munsch

Is there a book you love to reread?

 The Room on the Roof – Ruskin Bond  Nothing lasts forever – Sydney Sheldon

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Sound of Music, While you were sleeping, Black, Arth & Masum are my favourite 5 movies.

One Superpower you wish you had?

The super-power I would love to have is to immediately be there for other people’s needs. That is, I should have some intuition where I know that they are in distress and need my assistance: physically, mentally, spiritually or emotionally- and help them solve their problems…

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

I would love to learn how to play the piano & the guitar.

When and where do you write ?

I usually write in the solitude of my room or in my lovely little farm-house in Nagaon.

Silence or music?

Music – it can just lift my spirits up! ( any time/any-where)

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

“One of the great pleasures of life is doing the things that others say you cannot do!”Is a phrase I use often.

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

 Just write or pen down all your thoughts in a special book called ‘your diary.’ When you write, let your thoughts just flow...  Wherever you travel, keep that diary with you as you don’t know when a thought will come to your mind or you will feel inspired to write.  Read as much as you can -so that you will know what genre you are good at: ghost stories, funny stories, travel writing, short stories, romance or scary stories. Once you know what your style is- GO FOR IT!  Also don’t just read but study how your favourite authors write– their style, how they create characters… & then go with the flow…

Madhavi Hadker was born in 1970 in Mumbai. At the tender age of six, Madhavi faced the challenge of fighting with a life threatening attack of a viral fever which caused Encephalitis. However, her determination to survive and her passion for living helped Madhavi overcome this setback successfully. Today, after a long struggle, Madhavi has a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, a Degree in Psychology and a career as a school teacher. She lives with her parents in Mumbai.

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