25 November, 2020

His hand-worked gear lever changed Musthafa's life and then some

His hand-worked gear lever changed Musthafa's life and then some
For 35-year-old T. Musthafa, Race Against Time is not just a song, it’s an anthem. Ask him about his physical disability and he’s quick to quote Albert Camus: "In the midst of winter, I finally learned there was in me, an invincible summer." And it is this indefatigable spirit of summer that’s helped this ex-taxi driver and now owner of a bakery chain from Kerala’s Malappuram district overcome his handicap. An accident involving a speeding jeep in 1994 left Musthafa with a severely damaged spinal cord. He had been a taxi driver for 14 years then, now he was left paralysed waist below and bed-ridden.

"Before that day, I could do 10,000 things. Now, six years down the line, there are probably 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I can’t, or focus on the 9,000 I can. I don’t think I miss my legs anymore," says Musthafa bravely. Today, he’s loving every moment of his new role—he moves around town in his specially designed Maruti 800 and loves it when people address him as an "automobile mechanic".

Unwilling to spend the rest of his life in bed, Musthafa,...



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