For my ‘Friends: A Role Model’ series feature, I asked a person that I always respected, “Do you want to be featured?”
Her reply, “You have already raised the bar too high with the first post. I am surprised and flattened. What details to you need?”
Expecting a similar answer, I asked her to confirm education, profession, hometown and struggle.
She replied with her background, “I am a Dentist and run my own clinic. I had a fun childhood and was a good student. No struggle at all. There is nothing special about me. That is the reason I am still surprised.” Her modesty did not surprise me. I always viewed her as a very humble person.
Though I knew the answer, I still asked “Did you have to learn the local language and culture? How hard it was?”
She replied, “Now I am very fluent in local language. Most often people don't believe that I am not an Assamese. Learning the language took few months and I made an effort to learn the culture and tradition that I continue to learn. Family and friends say that I am a North Easterner by heart.”
If you are still wondering what makes Kavita Saharia a special person that rises above the standards, here are my reasons:
- It is an achievement by itself to become a dentist in India considering the cut-throat competition.
- Every Doctor and engineer I know, either wants to immigrate to the western world or settle in a big city. How many professionals believe in a small town of India?
- If some do believe, how many of them settle in a part of India that is considered totally remote?
- How many of those are willing to learn a new language and a new culture?
- How many of those have confidence & faith in themselves to be successful and earn a good living in a small town?
- How many of them are successful?
- Kavita is the only one I know.
For the overall growth of the country, it is important that medical and engineering professionals willingly settle and make living in small towns and small cities instead of metros. To promote growth, some governments provide tax credit to encourage industry in under developed areas. Nevertheless how much a government can do?
At the end, it is people like Kavita who make all the difference. Congratulations Kavita on all your achievements and I am sure you will continue to inspire younger generation.
Let us meet Kavita and her friends.