Submitted by Subeditor on Fri, 2016-01-22 19:46 Udupi: Thirty-two-year-old Girish teaches arts at Sharada English Medium School in Basoor (Chikkamagalur). What sets him apart from others is that he reached this height in his profession despite losing the most precious tool of a painter: his fingers, that too in childhood. But then, perhaps the most precious tool of an artist is his passion. Girish's passion remained intact and it led him to pursue his dream and live it up, setting an example for others. Girish was drawn to painting right from childhood. He'd find losing himself in the world of sketches and brushes. Then the tragedy happened. He walked into a bomb trap hunters had set up for wild boars that strayed into their village. The explosion claimed his fingers. It seemed as if he'd never be able to hold a brush to paint again. "My hands did not recover from the accident and I had lost all hopes of earning my daily bread," he told Bfirst about what would transpire in his mind in the months following the mishap. He said it was his mother who continued egging him on and inspired him to pursue his dream nevertheless. Slowly but surely, his mother's persistent efforts started making an impression on the psyche of the little boy who always wanted to paint. At her insistence, he decided to give painting a try again. "I tried painting with a brush and bringing out my visions on paper. This has given me a life now. I always wanted to be a painter and now I am doing well in my career," he said, satisfaction and gratitude reflecting in his voice. After the accident, the lad from Byndoor developed a positive mindset and went on to doing a bachelors in business administration before landing a job in the field that has always been close to his heart. Son of humble rural dwellers, Ganesh and Seetha, he is happy with how his life has shaped up. However, his ambition has not subsided. Even as he is experimenting with different techniques of painting, he is eyeing a government job to move up the career ladder, waiting for vacancies to be declared. His story is an inspiration to those who get bogged down by life's challenges and give up on their dreams. If a little boy from a village who lost his fingers could go on to pursue painting professionally, who cannot overcome the odds in their life!