Bimla Thakur, Social Activist
Despite facing several problems in her personal life, Bimla didn’t loose heart. Instead she looked at those people whose condition was worse than her and then she put all her energy and attention in helping them. she narrates an incidence when few years ago she came across a Muslim lady who married a Hindu man. She was suffering from utreus cancer and nobody was with her not even her husband. During her surgery and treatment, I took care of her. That was the beginning of my journey to helping the sick and lonely person’s in hospitals. I spent a month in the hospital with a woman who was suffering from urinary bladder cancer. Three years ago I took care of the treatment of a girl who had severe burn injuries. Recently, I arranged finances for the treatment of a young woman in PGI, with many more such cases.
What gave me peace was when I started helping destitute women, poor children to get education and other assistance. For this, I managed to collect funds for the rebuilding a pucca room for a poor woman whose husband was bed ridden.
I started motivating well off people to provide assistance to such poor and needy. Recently, I have formed an organization “The Society For Connecting Lives” to provide support to women and children who need help.
My own resources are very limited , my own life is very simple. I earn my living by working as an insurance agent, but I give all my time, energy and whatever I can spare to needy and the destitute. I have no personal time because I give all my day to serve people and I also function as a bridge between those who need help and those who are ready to help.
- How do you define yourself – A strong independent woman.
- Have you discovered yourself — Yes!
- How do you balance work and life — I have set priorities.
- A dare quotient (Anything you would dare to do or say!) — Paragliding.
- Life lessons learnt — Failure is a stepping stone toward success.
- Your driving force — My daughter.
- Success / failure (what it means to you?) — Success is when you can be the reason for someone’s happiness; only a person who has tried can fail, and it’s just a step towards success.
- Three things no one knows about me — I’m emotional; I love watching movies; I’m quite innocent.
- My most overused term — Whichever, I have recently learnt it from somewhere.
- New things I learnt from my kids — Think before you speak.
- I love to watch — Other people happy.
- Most recent book I finished reading — None.
- My first thought in the morning — To make at least one person happy.
- Fictional place I would love to be in — A peaceful place with a two storey house and a beautiful garden.
- Message to peers and my readers — Never ever let other people make you feel small or bad about the way you are.
- Feminism to you is — Diverse.
- Women empowerment to you means — No woman should feel less than a man in any sphere of life.