Against the Odds

Inspite of suffering from multiple ailments, retired police officer Sardar Hari Har Singh continues to run in marathons and is a source of inspiration for people

Published: 02nd January 2014 09:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd January 2014 09:03 AM   |  A+A-


The story of Sardar Hari Har Singh is indeed an inspirational one. The saying ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ comes to mind when you listen to his story. Trouble started for him when he suffered a stroke and was afflicted with partial paralysis for three months in 2000. His ordeal didn’t end there as five years later, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer which led to removal of 80 per cent of his stomach, removal of stones from his stomach and heart bypass surgery. Where a lesser man would have given in, Hari Har chose a different path. With the help of physiotherapy and the support of his family, Hari Har was able to regain full function of his limbs.

The retired additional Superintendent of Police (SP) from Hyderabad is now a regular participant in marathons in the city.

To keep fit, the sexagenarian wakes up at 3.30 AM to jog for 10 kilometers everyday. “When I suffered from brain stroke, doctors said that I might not lead a normal life. But I started practising Pranayam from 2003. And in 2005 I started jogging and have not stopped till date” says Hari Har Singh who believes that all the ailments he has suffered from is a process of cleansing dirt from his body.

Although he didn’t workout prior to his illness, the retired office says that has changed now. Pranayam, yoga and jogging keeps him physically fit and he intends to continue this regimen till his last breath.

Having suffured from multiple health ailments, his spirit has never wavered and he always aspires to lead a normal life. “If a person suffers from illness, he should not be afraid and should exercise regularly,” he advises.

Apart from taking medication for diabetes, Hari Har Singh does not depend on any other medication to live and is free of health complications.

He has also become a source of inspiration for others, who like him have the will to live their life to the fullest.

They meet him to learn how he managed to cope with his maladies.

“A psychiatrist in second stage of cancer asked me how  I manage to stay healthy despite having suffered from cancer. I advised him to do some exercises and not to lose hope,” shares Hari Har Singh.


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