Real Heroes are ordinary people with extraordinary courage and strength. They are the ones who have the power of inspiring others to drive change in society.
And, a set of such real heroes is Kavita Baluni and her husband Himanshu Kaktwan.
In an era, when humans are losing touch with humanity, this couple shows the real meaning of humanity in the most inspiring and adorable way possible.
The Delhi-based couple adopted a baby girl with a genetic disorder, Down Syndrome, and became the first and only couple in India to do so.
Kavita shared their heart touching story in their Instagram post:
“I have always been fascinated with the thought of adoption ever since I was a teenager.
I could never understand the significance of having a biological child when there were so many kids already waiting for a family.
It was my husband with whom I shared this thought of first before we got married. Thankfully, he was of the same opinion when it came to adoption and so we decided to bring home a girl child whenever we decided we were ready to start our family.
But as they say, God has other plans!!
In 2016, I was in the US when I came across kids with Down Syndrome. Having no information about it, I started googling about #DownSyndrome . After going through articles and videos for months I couldn’t find a single reason why not to adopt one. I talked my husband into it and after multiple conversations convinced him to go along.
Everything was not as easy as we thought it would be, as we had to leave the USA in order to adopt.
We came back to India and started the adoption process in March 2017. After they conducted a home study we found our girl, a 15 months old baby in Bhopal. One look at her gorgeous eyes and beautiful smile, we considered her to be my child. Her name, Veda (meaning Knowledge) clicked like that as well and no other name would have fit her better. She came home in May 2017❤️.
It was a long but beautiful journey to finally arrive at acceptance and trusting me as a mother.
From the day we met her till today, we thank God every day for bringing her into our life. The charisma she has attracts every eye in the room and each day I feel she is born to make happy every life she touches✨.”
Though the little angel Veda has become a part of Kavita and Himanshu’s world, it has been a difficult yet transforming journey for them as a family and as individuals.
Sharing how Veda has changed their life for better, Kavita poured her heart out with iDIVA,
“Veda has changed my whole perspective on life.
She has filled our lives with immense love and has taught us how to enjoy every bit and piece of our existence. Life is a precious gift, and my daughter has taught me how the basics are much more important than the materialistic endeavours we tend to focus on.
She has slowed us down and taught us to stop and smell the flowers.
I have learned acceptance and unconditional love from her. She has made me much more empathetic. She has shown me how being different is perfectly fine.
It’s okay to be different, it’s okay to not fit into any box. Different is beautiful.”
She further added:
“It’s a blessing for me to be her mother, as every day there are new learnings. She awakened so much inner strength in me, which I never knew I had.
I may fail every now and then, but it’s the attitude I see in her, that helps me to rise again.
I love her for who she is, I accept and embrace her abilities, and we work together on her shortcomings. I celebrate her for all that she is, instead of thinking about what she could have been. Celebrating our differences is the beauty of being a mother to my Veda.”
What makes Kavita and Himanshu even more special is the fact that they neither want our sympathetic nods or applause for adopting Veda.
Because for the couple adopting Veda isn’t a noble deed or call to charity. For them, it is just about providing Veda that fair chance at life, which destiny took away from her!
We wish loads of happiness and love to this beautiful family and wish their story will inspire us to be a bit more empathetic and loving towards people who are different.
And, remember as quoted by Kavita –
“It’s okay to be different, it’s okay to not fit into any box.