Chinchwad: When Rajmohan Parmar was 16, he lost his right hand in an accident in Morena in Madhya Pradesh, while working on a machine at his residence in 1996. He was in class 10 and wanted to become an Army officer.
Losing his right hand changed his life. He was not able to write with his left hand, so he left studies and moved to Pune with his younger brother.
He has turned the tables of the destiny and is now self-sufficient as an ice-cream maker and seller in Chinchwad.
His success story is one which will inspire many to not give up in spite of difficulties and odds that one faces in life.
Recollecting his tragic days, Parmar said, “I was working alone at the mustard oil machine and as I was not trained to work on it, my right hand accidentally went into the machine and got stuck and broke. After the accident, I left hope because I lost my working hand. I had to leave my education as well.”
“After a year, I shifted to Pune with my younger brother to find a job, but all industries rejected me because as I have only one hand. We then decided to sell ice creams that we purchased from the famous ice cream seller, Sharma Ice Cream, at Bhel Chowk in Nigdi. During the daytime, we use to sell ice cream outside schools, colleges, railway stations, bus stops and so on,” he said.
He got married in 2000, but the little money he earned from selling ice cream was not enough to support his family. That’s when he started preparing ice cream at his home in Chinchwad with his left hand.
“It was not easy for me to earn money by only selling ice creams to support my poor family. After marriage, the responsibilities increased, so I decided to come back here and start my own ice cream parlour.”
“I now make rabdi, kulfi and faluda all by myself in two hours and sell it in the evening. This is in addition to the ice cream bricks from Sharma Ice Cream that I used to sell. The profit is around Rs 500-600 per day. This is how I now support my parents, wife and two daughters,” he said.