May 8, 2021

THINK AHEAD AND AIM HIGH

Kanchan Sagar similar to her name proves herself as a Gold. She is one of the well-known social activists of the Panipat District of Haryana and also a Founder and President of NGO “Nari Kalyan Samiti”.For her age is just a number. She is also a Zonal Club Coordinator of Distt 308 and Chartered President of Innerwheel Club Panipat Midtown. At this age also, she is super active and inspired others on how to live life. Along with social work, she also actively participates in cultural programs organized by different groups.

Her motto of life is:-

“Think Ahead and Aim High with flexibility, tolerance, enthusiasm, and a positive vision of the future.”

Her journey in itself inspires others that how one should not stop by worrying about trouble and should keep moving forward.

CHILDHOOD

Kanchan was born after one year of the sad demise of her parent’s eldest son. As soon as she born she got all love and affection from them. She was the eldest one among three sisters and two brothers. Her parents were not so educated but they tried to give the best education to all of them. Even her father did not know in which standard their kids were. He always supported them financially.

Despite a weak financial position, her parents nourished them with every possible way they could do. She completed her early schooling from English Medium School while the high school was from Government School.

Her father gave them financial independence but he was rigid too. He did not allow her and her younger sisters to wear anything else apart from a salwar suit. Being an elder one she used to do all house chores. Either it was buying groceries from the market or some other work. She used to go on a bicycle to school and to market also. She did everything that an elder boy of the family does.

At a very young age, she was taught how to take care of younger brothers and sisters. From childhood, she used to see in the house that whenever someone used to come to ask for something, the mother used to let him sit and feed him, then bid farewell with some charity. From this, she learned the virtues of social service. Her mother was also an expert in crochet work.

Being the elder sibling to four brothers and sisters, she learnt the responsibility of being a trusted leader at a very young age.

Her parents treated her as their son and everyone in the house and gave her full respect.

COLLEGE LIFE

She was proficient in household and other activities and always tried to help her mother in every way possible. When she was in college, during her free period, she used to come home with her friends to share her hands in her mother’s work. They all used to make jams, cook food, and even do sweeping also. Her mother too loved them a lot.

A buffalo was kept in their house, she and her younger sister used to compete who would make a “Gutawa” (a type of food for buffalo) for him. They never bothered their mother for anything.

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights and our comfort when we occasionally falter”

~Brad Henry

When she was in B.A Final year, someone from Bhopal came to their house to see her for marriage. At that time she was in college and her mother asked a boy from the neighborhood to bring some snacks and sweets from the market as her father did not have any conveyance and there was no one elder in the family. They departed after having lunch and tea. Her father asked about their opinion and they said “We will discuss with family and then let you know”. The very next day they refused for the relationship as she was not fair. 

“A strong woman accepts both compliments and criticism graciously, knowing that it takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow”

~Unknown

In 1971 she completed her graduation in Home Science from Arya College, Panipat. During her graduation she also completed three parts of certificate course of NCC Girls Division (Senior Wing). After graduation she got admission in B.Ed at Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat. At the time of admission, one of their neighbor accompanied her as a guardian.

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform”  

~Diane Mariechild

After some time her father’s aunt came to Panipat and asked her father to get her to marry but her father denied by saying that “Could not find a suitable match for her” then his aunt suggested that boy who brought snacks for guests but her father refused it by saying “They are from different caste”. But after convincing by his aunt her father agreed.

JOURNEY POST MARRIAGE

In the year 1973, she completed her B.Ed and in the year 1975, she got marry to that boy to whom her father rejected. She believed it was her good Karma that she married to a Gem like a person who is equally devoted, empathetic, and enthusiastic about social work.

 After one month of marriage, they shifted to Delhi as her husband was in a job there. His CA wasn’t completed at that time and he was working at some CA Firm in Lajpat Nagar, Delhi. At the time of marriage, her husband took some loans as an advance salary from his principle.

In Delhi her husband and his younger brother used to live in a rented apartment at a rent of Rs 350/- P.M. It became difficult to bear EMI of home, household expenses, and rent of the apartment. After 40 days of marriage, she took off her “Chura” herself and went for an interview in a school in Adarsh Nagar and got selected. Her husband used to drop her at school while going to the office.

The principal of the school was a very nice lady when she came to know that Kanchan is newly married and living far away from school then she insisted her to find someplace at nearby places. After 15 days they found a two-room apartment near to school at Rs 275/- P.M. She also encouraged her to start giving tuitions in the evening.

Her younger sister-in-law also came from Panipat to share her hands. They were able to stay there only for about nine months. It became difficult to meet expenses. Then they left that house and she left her job and moved to a rented apartment in Janakpuri at Rs. 130/- P.M.

“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink”

~Gina Carey

After some time there was good news that she is pregnant but at the very next moment, she got upset as her family insisted her to come to Panipat for regular check-ups and delivery. She did not want to move to Panipat because there were great career opportunities in Delhi. But determined people do not care about the way to the destination. She was determined and with a heavy heart, she returned to Panipat. Her father-in-law used to take tuition in Panipat. He discussed the job for her husband to one of his student’s fathers, which was accepted with pleasure.

On 30 June 1976, they moved to Panipat with all their essentials and after that, they could not go back to Delhi. Their eldest son was born on 8 July 1976 and in the very same year in the month of July, her husband cleared CA. That was the happiest moment for her.

Their financial conditions were not improving, the expenditures were increasing. Her son was now two years old. She got herself enrolled in the employment office. Soon after she was called for an interview from Kendriya Vidyalaya. This was a temporary job of 6 months. She affirmed. After joining that job her mother in law and sometimes her mother took care of her son. She also did a temporary job in MASD Public School, Panipat

Their second son was born on 5 June 1980. She did a job on an Ad-hoc basis for six months five times as did not allow to do a permanent job as a family always said “There is no need”. She always got the full support of her Father-in-Law also. He used to help her in house chores even helped her to cut vegetables also. She believed “My house was built with his help”.

Gradually their financial position started improving. Her husband set up his own practice and she occupied her with social services.

ACHIEVEMENTS

She herself enrolled her husband for the membership of Rotary Club Panipat. They started going to the club and start attending meetings.

In the year 1987, she joined Inner wheel Club, Panipat.  On 10 January 1990, a medical camp was organized and she could not go home as she was managing that camp. Her younger son was also not well at that time. Then her mother came to see her, as soon as her mother reached the place, all senior citizens presented there, started appreciating her dedication in front of her mother. Her mother was feeling proud of her. After that nobody stopped her again for social service.

On 1 July 1990, she was elected as “President of the Inner wheel Club”. After that day, she did not look back.

In the year 1997, she established Inner Wheel Club Panipat Mid Town and also established her NGO by the name “Nari Kalyan Samiti” in August 1997.

She used to help parents of poor girls to get them to marry with the help of the other member of Samiti. Those moments used to fill her eyes with tears of happiness when parents of girls used to touch her feet by giving her status of “GOD”.

She made a separate identity of her in society. She ran “New Madhuban Public School” as Director and Principal for ten years. In that school, many children were given free education.

As Principal in Madhuban Public School

She organized Medical camps, provide vocational training to poor girls to empower them, provide school fees to needy students, wheelchairs to the disabled, donated goods in the blind school, fulfilling the needs of children in the orphanage. She did so much that was impossible at that time being a woman. The happiness she got from social service was not found by anything else.

The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.

~Gordon B. Hinckley

Now she became popular among local areas. The administration got a clue and she started being honored.

In the year 1991, she awarded by Ms. Minna Kapoor (President International Innerwheel ) for the “Maximum Projects done for Humanity”.

Honored by President International Innerwheel

During the mid of the ’90s, there was the local cable channel by the name of “Siti Cable”. She started taking interviews of doctors, professionals for that cable channel and also started a program of narrating knowledgeable stories to the children for that channel itself, by this people started calling her “Tabbsum of Panipat”. She also took the cooking classes.

In the year 1999, her elder son got married and in the year 2000 she blessed with granddaughter and in the year 2004 her younger son got married.

In the year 2003-2004, she released two books on Yoga and Naturothepy and for the same honored by Association President Roshan E Chindy and District Chairman Ms Saroj Kakkar

Honored for Books

She was happy in her own life. Blessed with grandchildren, loyal sons and daughters-in-law and supportive and caring husband. What else anyone needs for a happy life. But happiness never comes alone. 30 June 2005, was the black night in her life. Her husband’s heartbeat was increased and he was not feeling well. They took him to the nearby hospital. The next day was Sunday. On the same day, due to some unavoidable circumstances, a rented house was bought in a hurry. They shifted there with some essential clothes. The younger son and daughter-in-law were also together. They slept on the floor down there for some days.

The wheel of time turned. On the one hand in the year 2006, God blessed her with grandson and on the other hand, their two factories reached the verge of closure. The partner cheated on her husband and they came from hail to the floor. Then she opened up a boutique and also let her younger daughter in law go for B.Ed along with that help her to get a job in a private school.

They started again from a new beginning and started running life on the old track.

No Matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again

~Buddha

For her boutique, she used to bring readymade suits and unstitched clothes from the 2-3 shopkeepers of the city and they promised her to take back those materials which will not sell or remain with her. She had not much cash so used to buy all stock or material on credit also had one sewing machine and, borrowed one from her sister and hired Tailors. She knew everyone and also famous among society. So it helped her to set up her boutique.

For the first time, she was sitting there in the auto because goods had to be brought from the market. It used to be dark until she returned, so she used to talk to her brothers to drop her if someone is going home. Her mother asked her to learn cutting and tailoring from Tailor. She did everything like to put buttons on the chemise and to trump etc.

She also loved writing articles and started sending her articles to be published in various newspapers. To her surprise one day a cheque of Rs. 151/- arrived at her home by her name which brought tears in her eyes out of happiness. They were worth more than anything at that time. Gradually she started receiving Rs. 500/- per article.

On 26th January 2008, She honored by administration for her social services.

26th January 2008

They had already taken the plot with their savings a few times back. Now they borrowed from the bank and made two rooms and shifted to a new house to save rent. By the time her younger daughter in law completed her B.Ed and appointed as a teacher. Due to her husband being a chartered accountant, there was no chance of starving.

“Work harder than you think you did yesterday”

~Alex Elle

They had a bread manufacturing factory which also started going into losses that were beyond comprehension. Then one day, it also had to sell.

She and her husband were known to everyone in the city. Everyone knew the situation inside out and encouraged them. A friend of them had asked them to mortgage his plot to help them but they refused.

She believed that “The nine planets have great importance in everybody’s life. They keep moving. Sometimes sunshine, sometimes shades, sometimes happiness and sometimes sorrow. But that cycle completed every ten or twelve years”.

Gradually time passed and their financial conditions started improving and she also actively started participating in social works.

In the Year 2015, Dr. Kiran Bedi installed her as the Editor of Innerwheel Club Panipat Midtown

Dr. Kiran Bedi installed her Editor of Innerwheen Club Panipat Midtown

Her husband’s practice is going well and she becomes one of the renowned social activists. For her social activities, she honored with numerous awards.

In the year 2017, she won the title of “Mrs. Panipat” in the age group of above 60 organized by “Dainik Jagran” and also awarded by Ch. Virender Singh (Member of Parliament) at Nirmala Deshpande Pratibha Samriti Samaroh and in March 2019 she awarded by “Haryana Kala Parishad” for “Lala Lakshmi Chand Award” and also awarded for Cancer Awareness Program. On the eve of Women’s Day in the year 2019, she honored for her selfless dedication to social causes.

Mrs Panipat Award organised by Dainik Jagran

On 26th January 2019, she was honored by the administration for her social services.

26th January 2019

On 15th August 2019, she was honored by the administration as a President of “Nari Kalyan Samiti” for her contribution to society

15th August 2019

Under the Prime Minister’s public welfare scheme publicity campaign she was honored for the social work done during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Public welfare Scheme

She holds the following positions:-

Zonal Club Coordinatior of Distt 308

President of Nari Kalyan Samiti

Senior Member of Community Liaison Group- A SP Branch

Ex-Principal of New Madhuban Public School,Panipat

Ex-Secretary of Bhartiya Mahilla Kalyan Samiti

Ex-President of Haryana Kung Fu Association

Ex-President of Haryana Cricket Association

Life member of Heart to Heart Society,Chandigarh

Life member of Red Cross,Panipat

Core Member of Sabko Roshni Foundation

महिला विंग संयोजिका – सर्व सेवा संगठन

Her Fundaa of Life is:-

Vision without action is a dream, Action without vision is simply passing the time, Action with vision is making a positive difference.

Kanchan Sagar

 

62 thoughts on “THINK AHEAD AND AIM HIGH

  1. बहुत ही सुंदर
    आपसे हमेशा कुछ नया सीखने को मिलता है।।

  2. CA Mini Bhatia, ur name is Mini bt I think ur name must be Magnanimous or magnificent..
    Vry well depicted,beta,
    Feeling so much proud to be ur barri mummy.
    Tears r rolling in my eyes,I don’t know why?
    May Almighty be wid u every time!
    Love 💕

      1. Really u deserve a big pat on ur back n want to kiss n hug u tightly.
        May God be with u every time!
        Love 💕

  3. A living legend who is inspiration to society specially to we the working women . Always it is desired that every one of could contribute even 1% of your services to society… Stay Blessed always 🙏

  4. You are really a living legend who is inspiration to society specially to we the working women . Always it is desired that every one of us could contribute even 1% of your services to society… Stay Blessed always 🙏

  5. Kanchan ma’am

    You are an epitome of love and a complete saga of generosity and affection.

    I have learner a lot under your guidance .

    You truly motivate me ..

    Wishing you tons of success in times to come.

    Due regards and love

  6. Really Mrs Kanchan Sagar is a gem of Panipat. She has done a lot for the needy persons. She is an active member of my team (CLG Panipat Police). I see her as a suitable replacement of my post CHAIRMAN. She can perform adequately even in this age. My all best wishes for her future doings.

    1. Thank u so much,Sir.
      I always appreciate ur words soaked in sugar syrup. It means a lot to me.
      Regards
      Kanchan Sagar

  7. You are a person who carries a golden heart. Unstoppable in all terms. Alot to learn from you always. Keep showering your blessings on us. I am sure you have touched many lives in your lifetime.
    And most importantly, thanks for giving me my name (snigdha). I love my name.

    1. 😍 Awww!
      So here u mentioned in different colours!
      Keep on encouraging me,beta..
      God bless u!
      Love 💓 u so much..

  8. What a life! What a funda of life!! Life is a long journey between a human being and being human! You have bridged the gap of two so beautifully! God bless!

  9. Mrs Kanchan , is a real Gem of person. She is women in action . InnerWheel gave her a platform
    to turn her dream to Serve into reality.
    She has dedicated & devoted her life to put a smile on faces of less fortunate people of the community.
    God bless her with long life to keep on serving & setting an example for others to follow her footsteps ..

    1. Thank you so much,my sweet di
      I don’t know what relation is in both of us.
      Your’s love n affection always motivate me to do so effectively.
      Aabhar ji

  10. Really Kanchan di is a gem of panipat. You truly motivate me.
    Stay blessed always 💕
    अभी बहुत कुछ सीखना है आपसे😊🙏🌺
    Due regards and love 💕

  11. rєαllч ítѕ grєαt tσ rєαd αll αвσut u dí…єvєrчthíng íѕ dєpíctєd ѕσ вєαutífullч…fєєlíng prσud tσ вє thє ѕíѕtєr σf α dєtєrmínєd pєrѕσn líkє u..mαч gσd gívє u mσrє n mσrє єnєrgч tσ cσntínuє чσur ѕєrvícєѕ fσr thє ѕσcíєtч… hαtѕ σff tσ mч ѕwєєthєαrt dí…luv u loads
    💞🌹🎉🌹🎉💞🌹🎉💞🌹🎉💞

  12. कंचन दी आप ने जीवन मे बहुत संघर्ष करते हुए अपने लक्ष्य तक पहुंचने में जो कामयाबी हासिल की वह हम सभी के लिए प्रेरणा स्त्रोत बनी है। हमने भी आपका संग पाकर बहुत कुछ आपसे सीखा और सीखते रहेंगे। आपके जीवन के अनुभव सदैव हमारा मार्गदर्शन करते रहेंगे। हम यही दुआ करते है आपका हमारा साथ सदैव बना रहे।

  13. You are really an inspiration to all of us, and I personally love to learn the thing from you.
    Keep smiling always.
    Love you.

  14. Mrs Kanchan Sagar is a ‘Diamond is Forever’. Ever smiling and eager to help. An epitome of love, honesty, hard work and sincerity. I came in contact with her during one of our meetings at Dainik Jagran and was instantly mesmerized by her charismatic personality. She introduced me to the lovely Innerwheel Midtown Panipat family. I’ve been a member of the Innerwheel Midtown Panipat since then. The amount of love and hard work he has inside her amazes me a lot. I wish I could be like her some day. I know it’s not easy for me but Kanchan di I assure you that even if I can be a little bit like you, I will feel that I’ve achieved a lot.

  15. Dear Kanchan,
    It’s a beautiful inspiring story of your life! You have spanned your journey of life from a human being to being human very beautifully! Always admired your courage and zest for helping others! Keep going!! God bless!!

  16. कंचन दी
    आप एक खूबसूरत शख्सियत हैं , जो एक खूबसूरत मकसद के साथ अपने रास्ते पर अग्रसर है । मैंने आपके अंदर एक जिद देखी है , एक जुनून देखा है और एक बच्चे सा भोलापन देखा है कि करना है तो करना है चाहे कुछ भी हो जाए । आपकी यही सोच आपको भीड़ से अलग करती है ।
    कंचन दीदी आप पानीपत की शान है।

    1. मेरा कोटिशः नमन,आप को, स्नेही अनीता दी..
      वास्तव में प्रिय मिनी भाटिया एक हीरा है. एक उभरती लेखिका है जिसका भविष्य उज्ज्वल है.
      शुभकामनाओं सहित..

  17. While going through life journey of Kanchan ji lady with a golden heart and everlasting smile I remember in 1986 when after doing my MD from PGI Rohtak I got in touch with her during a medical camp in civil hospital Panipat .since she was from Malhotra family I saw my sister in her which acted as confidence and moral booster to me .After first meeting with her I was so much convinced about her ability in organizing skills .Then there was no looking back and we participated in number of medical social, public awareness lectures, camps for the benefit of society and needy under various orgnisations in which she was office bearer in different capacities. I saw her achieving her all goals in family and society in very meticulous manner after taking all with her .I wish her best of health, happiness and pray to God to fulfill her all dreams .I saw in her real Gem living legend for society and specially PANIPAT.

  18. Really a great personality…..Bhishm Pitamah of Innerwheel club…..Hats off to you for your sacrifies ..nd dedication to society….

  19. Waooo really proud of you auntiji. Love you so much auntiji you are really true inspiration for us. Great mom, intelligent teacher, polite social worker with good gold heart. Perfect women god bless you 😍♥️🙏😍

  20. Wow. Amazing. Real inspiration for everyone. Great Achievements. Congratulations Aunty Ji 🥰❤️ Lots of love ❤️ 😘😊🥰

  21. Wonderful.
    Madam although we are together since childhood but I never knew all these facts.
    Much impressed with your story.This will give inspiration to new generation.
    God bless you for coming years and serve society with your ability and enthusiasm.
    Proud of you.

  22. Dear Kanchan bhabi नाम के मुताबिक आप सोना नहीं बल्कि तप कर कुंदन बन कर निकली है भगवान से प्रार्थना है आप सदा ऐसे ही मस्त रहें स्वस्थ रहें व्यस्त रहें और सदा मुस्कुराती रहे

  23. समझ नही आ आपके व्यक्तित्व की प्रशंसा करू या लेखिका की। फिर सोचने पर विवश होगया, आपका और आपके कार्य करने की प्रणाली का ढंग पता है इसलिये समझ आ गया कि लेखिका मिनी भाटिया ने बिलकुल सच और सही ढंग से प्रस्तुत किया इसलिए वो भी प्रशंसा की पात्र है।
    आपके संघर्ष के बारे मे इतना ज्ञान मुझे नही था अब लगता है कि उससे ही आपके अदंर कार्य करने का जोश प्रेरणा और बल मिला जिसका आपने सदुपयोग करके आपने व्यक्तित्व को निखारा तथा सबके लिये उदाहरण प्रस्तुत किया है।
    ईश्वर आपका मनोबल और भी बढाये और आप समाजिक क्षेत्र मे इतनी उन्नति करे कि भारत सरकार को श्री पुरस्कार की घोषणा करनी पड़े, जिसकी मुझे प्रतीक्षा है।

  24. You are an inspiration kanchan Bhua…There is so much to learn from you..You are a bright star…Loads of love and best wishes to you always !!

  25. Wow bhua ji amazing, you are always a big inspiration for me . Your willingness to do things is really amazing… love you sooo much bhua ji

  26. Kanchan auntie,
    You are sent to me as a gift of god, literally! It was a year after I’d lost my mom when I met you as I traveled to India for mother’s Barsi.
    That 14 hour flight was sure to be the inspirational “mother” figure that I had lost…
    Thank you auntie for being my daily inspiration to do more than just breathe eat but also love and spread love!
    Archana

  27. My dearest kanchan di
    Wow. Amazing. Real inspiration for everyone. Great Achievements. Congratulations didi 🥰❤️speechless ur dedication,love ,ur sooo sweet di..
    Lots of love ❤️ 😘😊

  28. Dear Kanchan I will love to say that you are a lady with strong will power firm determination,clear vision and ready to face every eventuality to be a successful warrior in the journey of your life. Also God is kind enough to shower His blessings in the shape of achievements during your journey. We wish all the success in the future too.
    May God bless MINI BHATIA too who is an upcoming writer and writing such inspirational stories of eminent persons of society.
    A BIG SALUTE to you beta& to your writing

    1. मेरा कोटिशः नमन,आप को, स्नेही अनीता दी..
      वास्तव में प्रिय मिनी भाटिया एक हीरा है. एक उभरती लेखिका है जिसका भविष्य उज्ज्वल है.
      शुभकामनाओं सहित..

  29. Really very encouraging Kanchan Sagar ji you gone through a lot but succeeded with your and your family’s determination. Salute to you and your family. We have known each other for long time many many years. It is real pleasure to have you as my friend. All the best and lots of love.
    Ruby Madan
    PP president Innerwheel club of Shimla

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