People say nothing is impossible, and one such unsung hero of India is Laxman Rao, whose story is the biggest example of this very saying. Rao sells chai for a living and also happens to have a flair for writing. The 'chaiwala' has suffered various hardships in his life to make it as a writer and now even global websites sell his books.
As India celebrates the 70th Republic Day at Rajpath, Republic TV honored the unsung heroes in a special broadcast titled 'Proud to be Indian', and speaking to us Laxman Rao opened up about his struggles and hardships that have made him the successful writer that he is today.
Addressing how his first book came into being, he said 'After doing continuous research, I wrote a book, but when I went to the publisher, he refused claiming that I will be requiring a lot of money, but he also added that once a book is published, one has no idea what may or may not happen' (sic).
Rao went to Delhi hoping that he would one day become a popular writer and today he believes he has achieved that. Thanking his publisher who first lent him support and gave him the courage to achieve his dream, he said 'I respect that man, as I am what I am today because of him. Ever since my first book, I have started publishing each and every one of them'
Once word got out of the Rao's achievements and his exceptional inspirational story, various newspapers started celebrating him. Speaking about it, Rao said 'Various newspapers covered me, including the Times of India. I also met Indira Gandhi at her office, and wrote a play on her'.
Even now, Rao cycles to ITO every day with his tea supplements, as he wants to save more, in order to publish books. 'It has been a rollercoaster ride. Now, I am selling tea, but I was a mere laborer previously, where I was washing dirty utensils of a Dhaba, and selling pan and beedi. I am eternally grateful for his journey' he said.
You can catch the full story of Laxman Rao in the special broadcast of 'Proud to be Indian' on Republic TV on Saturday