Singing in the life boat

Like Voltaire, she believes a shipwreck gives us an opportunity to sing in the life boats. Little Aisha Chaudhary teaches us a big lesson even as she is battling a life-threatening medical condition. All of 15, Aisha has taught herself to paint, take pictures, run with her dog and dance at her cousin's wedding, not just once but twice. Aisha learned art at the American Embassy School. "You live every moment twice, once in your mind and once when you actually live it," she said to a standing ovation.

Recorded at INK2011, Jaipur, India


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Aisha Chaudhary

Inspirational Artist

Seventeen year-old Aisha Chaudhary was born with an immune deficiency disorder and overcame a predicted life expectancy of only one year to have become an accomplished artist today. Despite a serious lung disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis, her persistent optimism, extraordinary maturity in the face of impossible odds, and calm perspective on life’s challenges have been an inspiration to many.

UPDATE: Aisha Chaudhary sadly passed away on the morning of January 24th, 2015 after battling an immune deficiency disorder and Pulmonary Fiborosis throughout her life. 

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Pree Ta

Life teaches tough lessons. Blessed are those who learn it. Sooner the better......most go through life without having the opportunity or learning from the difficulties. Aisha; you are blessed and a blessing!

Raman Sharma

Hi Aisha,

This is Raman Uncle.

I loved your speech !

Your courage and confidence is so inspiring !

I'm sure your words will be heard by many on the internet and will alter many lives and peoples' way of thinking.

I'm sooooooooooo proud of you !

Lots of love.


Aditi Chaudhary

ooops I flagged this comment by mistake! You and your family have contributed so greatly to our struggle to keep Aisha well...God Bless you with happiness and health always

Manoj Sabharwal

Hi Aisha,
I heard your speech and of course it brought tears to my eyes. But that is not what is important - what is, is the fact that in 5 minutes once could learn from a brave young girl, what many would go through an entire lifetime and miss altogether. You are the epitome of courage, confidence and self belief - you do not have to win Aisha, you already have.
Keep going - Manoj Sabharwal

Aditi Chaudhary

Aisha - many people have said that God has sent us many troubles over the years but I have always believed that we have been blessed to have you despite the pain and sadness at times...YES we have seen life in MANY shades and colours due to our journey and YOU have added many rainbows to my soul!

Along the way I have had the honour to meet many angels who have helped, the American Embassy school, the doctors and nurses in Seattle, Gt. Ormond Street Hospital and countless individuals, friends and family who brought medicines, carried our bags, housed us et al...

I know how much courage it took for you to get up and talk on stage - you take up every challenge that life throws at you and then some...

I am so grateful to INK and all the people to have made this possible and especially to Lakshmi who came up with the idea that you should tell your own story and how brilliantly you have told it!

I also want to thank all those who showered love and affection and presents on Aisha during the conference, you have given us gifts beyond measure.

Priya Mishra

HI Aisha, salute to your self belief and confidence. Have big dreams and run with them as far as they'll take you. you are the winner !

tariq sait

Dear Aisha,

Its such an inspiring and motivational speak, leaves one empowered and makes one feel that life is a Gift of God which we all need to love and enjoy, and you have taken the lead in teaching us. This is truly ABR stuff and im just running short of words.Have never seen such will power in any person earlier. wish you all the very best in Life .... and from today i also do BELIEVE IN MIRACLES.....!!!!!

tariq sait

Its such an inspiring and motivational speak, leaves one empowered and makes one feel that life is a Gift of God which we all need to love and enjoy, and you have taken the lead in teaching us. This is truly ABR stuff and im just running short of words.Have never seen such will power in any person earlier. wish you all the very best in Life .... and from today i also do BELIEVE IN MIRACLES.....!!!!!

Best regards,

Tariq Sait

Bharati Shetti

Hi Aisha, we are very inspired by your talk, confidence and self belief...you are a brave and courageous girl. May god give you the strength to fulfill all your dreams.
We do believe in miracles! God bless
lots of Love

Aisha, you have made a spl place for yourself in everyone's heart :) You are an angel

Percy Batlivala

Dear Dear Aisha,
Seldom does one find a person with your courage and positive attitude. I remember the ever so soft spoken & shy Aisha who shared her paintings and sketches with me. I admired you then. I idolize you now.
God bless & tons of love.
Percy uncle

Rajiv Malkani

Aisha,

You were brilliant....an inspiration to all. So positive and always smiling all during the conference. Am sure most of us got to learn a lot from you.

God bless.

Nikhil Chaudhary

Hi Aisha,
I was proud to see you giving the talk so confidently. It has been a pleasure watching you and I wish I was there too to share your special moment.
God bless you with the BEST

Audumbar Jadhav

Hey Aisha,
Your speech was really inspiring. Everybody have their own problems, but not everyone has the right kind of attitude to face them. You have proved that attitude matters alot.

God Bless You!!

Aparna Chopra

My dear Aisha,

So proud of you my friend! And I still have the potrait you sketched for me....its beautifully framed in my room. You are a true star, and we are all very proud of you.

Your speech is amazing, and you cannot imagine how many people can get inspired by this....and from you! Keep up the fight.

Lots of love and a big hug!
Aparna

Chandresh Thakore

Aisha; All kudos to you! Notwithstanding your age, you can be a source of strength to so many people of all ages. Best of luck with all your endeavors.

Vivek Dorle

hi Aisha .....
its truely inspiring , motivational ....

its doesn't matter if you have 5 min or
15 years ... how to LIVE a LIFE you taught
us .. thank u dear

God Bless you ...

Zarreen Khan

Aisha, this was an absolutely fantastic and inspiring speech. God has truly gifted you with the abiliity to understand life.....and has given you the ability to share it with people. I loved every one of your lessons....and just this speech will impact the lives of many! I'm glad you shared this with the audience....and I'm glad we got a chance to see it on the Internet. It came straight from the heart.....and that's what made it so powerful! God bless.

Parin Patel

Wow.

Aisha, you truly are an inspiration to each and every one of us, and I was so moved by your remarkable story that I shared it on my blog today (http://www.thegreatnessmind.com).

In fact, you're more than an inspiration - you're a role model to everyone of all ages. I loved the passion, energy and hope you spoke with, and represent, in your talk - it truly moved me.

I wholeheartedly believe that "GREATness is a state of MIND" and you are living that mantra.

Thank you for inspiring me.
And more importantly, Thank You for being You.

Have a fantastic holiday season and wishing you your BEST year yet in 2012!

Parin

anushukar rathour

Aisha... thank you for sharing your experiences and life lessons. God Bless you .. there are more miracles in waiting to happen in your life. I believe that :)

God Bless.

Shahid Wani

Dear Aisha,
i would like thank you for giving million people hope to live life, as what they are....I pray for my Almighty GOD for your better health... GOD Bless you :)

omshidhar reddy

Dear Aisha,

I had tears in my eyes on hearing you talk.
Dear Child,

I pray to God to see you grow up into a beautiful young lady, fall in love, have smile always on your face....and your life should be like a fairytale ending...."Aisha married and lived happily everafter"

You are a winner dear child. You have lived to prove to the world "Where there is a will, there is a way"....

God exists and your will power is a reason for God to smile.

MD Ramesh

Aisha, Truly wonderful. Such profound advice from a sweet little girl. Keep believing and keep dreaming! Wish you a great New Year and many, many more wonderful years.

hardik solanki

hay aishaa u dont deserve a bow...but a life and crores of claps wid thousands bow....amazing gal...u r really awesome and inspiring.....

Rahul Roy

Aisha, I have met you only once while visiting your parents and your joy in life was palpable, even for a brief evening. Watching you speak so eloquently and with so much meaning makes me appreciate everything this world has to offer. May we all live with the spirit that you bring to every minute of your day. Take care, and here's to your life that I KNOW will be filled with happiness and light for years and years to come. -rahul roy.

Meera Subramaniam

Aisha
Thank you for sharing your story and the beautiful way in which you have gone through the whole journey. Being a pulmonologist I have seen many kids who are going through what you are going through but never have I seen so much thoughtfullness, introspection, beauty, courage in working through everything. I am so inspired myself and will share it with friends and patients. Keep your chin up!

Rayana Rebello

Aisha, Very touching and very inspiring ! You have grown so beautiful-looking and your speech brought out your true inner beauty as well. I am going to share this with my young boys for whom, I am sure, you will be a great inspiration and lesson in living with hope and determination.

May God continue to shower his blessings and miracles on you and your wonderful family.

Bianca Mahadevia

Hey Aisha : )

I dont think you remember me, I'm Ria Sharma's friend, Raman uncle's daughter ? We met a really long time ago at one of Ria's family gathering thingies very briefly and i remember seeing you then, so small and fragile like little thumbelina ! And today, thanks to Ree, after i watched your video, I was really overwhelmed with happiness . .

I am so happy to see you healthy and walking around, so proud to see a young girl like you with such a strong mind and so grateful to you for making me BELIEVE more than I already do .

You are truly an inspiration to everybody out there .

I really hope all your dreams and wishes come true and if i could i'd send you a kazillion trucks full of my blessings :)

Shine brightER always . .

lots of love and strength
Bianca Mahadevia


Shilpa Dube

Dear Aisha,

You are amazing person with self-belief and confidence...keep rocking..Good luck for your future..B Inspirational and make people inspirational...

Keep up the good spirit,
Shil

SHASHI SINGH

Dear Aisha,

You bring inspiration and courage to take any challenge in life. I am sure many people like me has been able to undergo our own human revolution and bring ourself closer to our dreams after listenng to your speech.

I have shared this with many and will continue doig this as it touches everyone in some way or other. Many thanks and God Bless

Eleanor Nesbitt

Aisha, I keep listening to your beautiful message, and now your words are inspiring my friends as well. It was such a privilege to get to know your family in the 1970s, and now it is truly amazing to see your courage, and talent and power to make the world a better and place. With much love and with all best wishes for increasing strength,
Eleanor auntie

Shannon McLaughlin

Aisha! So, inspirational! I am not teaching now. (Remember me? your 6th grade science teacher?) I am working as a counselor in a HIV clinic in New York City. I am going to show your talk to my clients to share your hope filled perspective. I will proudly tell them you are a former student!!! My middle-aged clients can learn much from a 15 year old with such a wise message. So glad to see you in this video. So happy to see your grit and determination continue! Stay strong!

Aisha Chaudhary

Ms. McLaughlin!! Thank you so much for your message on here it really means a lot. It's so good to hear from you! Of course I remember :) I think of you and Ms Apel very often.. how are you doing? How are you liking working as a counselor? It must be such a different experience as opposed to being a teacher! Hope you are doing well!

Swati Sarin Bukshi

Hi Aisha-you dont know us but we are friends of your parents. We just want to say that you spoke beautifully and very wisely. We are very proud of your courage and inner strength to face the challenges that you are facing and we know that somebody with your positive attitude will prevail and become fully well again. We wish you all the very best.
Swati & Varun Bukshi

chandrakanth madavali

All things happens twice - Once in your minds and once in reality.
Aisha, i can never forget these lines of yours.
You have a long life to live. God Bless.

Lilly Kerawalla

God Bless You Aisha. I have been a Dreamer all my life and have helped many to Dream. somewhere in the midst of it all I'd forgotten to believe in my Dreams.

Watching you on this Video gave me back my belief in my own Drams.

Thank You

Thank You

Thank You Aisha Chaudhary

Namaste

Lilly

manoj kumar

aisha we really love u , it was very touching ,u are really inspiring lot of people plz continue the same . we will pray for u . keep smiling .thank u aisha , lots of love . best wishes to ur family.

manoj

Madhavi Kuckreja

U speak beautifully and i was truly inspired by your courage, determination and belief in yourself. u are one of the most amazing people i have listened to . Thank u sweetheart for your inspiration. it filled me with a strenght to do a lot in life ...if u can do it so can the whole world. YOU ROCK

Manikanth Armanikanth

Dear Aisha,
Greetings.
Iam a Journalist from BANGALORE. Working in a famous kannada daily named KANNADA PRABHA. I read about you in the book GIFTED. Wish to write some very very good words on you in our paper. We carry Inspirational stories from Two years. Recently we wrote about MALAVIKA IYER. Will be very happy if you give some more info on your life journey.
We plan to publish your mail id along with the write up. is it Ok for You? If Yes, kindly provide the mail id.
Wishing you a great success always.
please give a reply as soon as possible. my mail id is- armanikanth@gmail.com


Thanks in advance.
Manikanth A R
Chief copy editor
KANNADA PRABHA, Bangalore

Manikanth Armanikanth

Dear Aisha,
Greetings.
Iam a Journalist from BANGALORE. Working in a famous kannada daily named KANNADA PRABHA. I read about you in the book GIFTED. Wish to write some very very good words on you in our paper. We carry Inspirational stories from Two years. Recently we wrote about MALAVIKA IYER. Will be very happy if you give some more info on your life journey.
We plan to publish your mail id along with the write up. is it Ok for You? If Yes, kindly provide the mail id.
Wishing you a great success always.
please give a reply as soon as possible. my mail id is- armanikanth@gmail.com


Thanks in advance.
Manikanth A R
Chief copy editor
KANNADA PRABHA, Bangalore

Peter Paros Surbakti

She was 15 when this video was recorded which means she's 20 years old now. I'm 20 years old too. She's just so amazing. She reminds me of being grateful for anything we have in life, good or bad. Thanks so much. You're so inspiring.



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