If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
“Have I lived in vain?” one would introspect. How can you tell whether your life has been in vain?
The answer lies in an insightful memoir Wings To Fly by Deepak Sharma.
Published by Notion Press, Wings To Fly is a book that pushes you to pause – Think about yourself for a moment and find the drive to change society.
The book tells the story of author Deepak Sharma, who comes from a modest family in Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, and whose inspiration for life continues to come from his late father.
After completing Electrical Engineering from Zakir Hussain College of Engineering, Aligarh, Deepak Sharma’s professional career took its maiden corporate flight with NTPC.
He was all set for a life full of comfort and luxury when a visit to Mission of Charity Kolkata steered his life in a completely new direction forever.
Moved by his experience, he decided to contribute to the upliftment of the disadvantaged sections of society.
He eventually left his corporate career to volunteer for Udayan Care, an NGO that works to empower vulnerable women, children and youth.
Wings to Fly is a gift from its author to the society. The apt use of choicest and simple vocabulary ensures its smooth readability to audience of all kinds.
Divided into three segments and 11 chapters, this book is guiding light for those who want to be agents of change.
The book also incorporates a collection of pictures relevant to each of the chapters which further immerses the reader into the author’s life.
One of the most commendable features of the book is that it is written from multiple points of view – As a reader, you experience a multi-faceted representation of Deepak Sharma’s life through the anecdotes incorporated within the chapters. At the end of the book, you know him as a son, a husband, a father, a friend, a mentor father and a social worker.
Wings To Fly is a beautifully written book and reflects the simplicity of its author
In the Prologue, Deepak Sharma says, “Life throws surprises that are often beyond the realm of understanding. The essence is to surge with the flow and not be too complacent or critical.”
As we unfold the pages of his life with the pages of his book, it becomes clear that he lives by this thought.
No matter what surprises life has thrown at him, Deepak Sharma has emerged stronger. He made it a mission to empower girls through education and financial independence.
The efforts he put in for each one of his children from Udayan Care, are unparalleled. It will be the right tribute to say that Deepak Sharma’s Wings To Fly is an ode to his children.