Mrs. Subhashini Vasanth, renowned Bharatnatyam Dancer, founded Vasantha Ratna Foundation in the memory of her husband, Col Vasanth Venugopal, who was awarded the Ashok Chakra (Posthumous), India’s highest gallantry award for exemplary bravery in action in Jammu & Kashmir in 2007. He became the first recipient of the Ashoka Chakra from Karnataka State when the award was presented posthumously on Republic Day 26th Jan 2008 by the president of India.
What is special about this lady is her not giving in attitude . Battling the loss of her martyred husband she created a support system for the families of armed forces.
She did not let herself down in the midst of misery and came over the personal loss and started her sojourn of helping other women facing the same circumstances and feeling the same pain within. This new mission helped her to come above herself and see the new sky. Instead, of sitting back and thinking of her own self she chose the path of serving others and giving to others. This expansion of her limits and boundaries made her forget her own miseries.
Her words :
“When you get a really shocking blow in life you..you go to that point of just freeze and that’s where I feel you either discover your strength or you sink”
“In trying to reach out to these other women I actually healed. It is the process I can see I believe and so the whole paradigm shifts in our lives to “ What we can GIVE is more important than what we GET”. Now I really don’t think what I will get.”
- In the time of adversity we need to decide which path to choose – we need to let our boat sailing or we want it to sink.
- Expansion is LIFE and Contraction is DEATH.