A Race Against The Tide

Imagine being billed as one of the most promising talents as early as at the age of 4, only to have met with an unbidden tragedy on the road a year later, which not only took away her father but also confined her physically for the rest of her life.

Recently turned 18, Sia Kashyap from Mangaldoi, Assam, has always wished for a career in dancing, believing that by way of dance she can express her true self. Back then, it was Sanjib Mallik, a dance teacher, who spotted the potential in Sia and motivated her to follow her dreams. Thereafter, she pursued dancing with all her heart and soul while depending on Youtube channels for the moves.

Sia’s mother, her lone parent who works around the clock to make a living for the two, said: “I am so proud of my daughter, with the way she has turned the tide ever since the accident. She can do whatever she feels like with her career, I am always there to support her through thick and thin. She is my lone reason to be alive.”

Since onset, Sia has been a lyrical dancer. With time she is trying to excel the waacking form too.

Finally, when we asked about her dream, she replied with a smile: “I want to inspire people through my dance. In life, we always face unforeseeable hurdles but the way we overcome such situations is what makes the person we are today. With all the struggle that my mother and I had to go through over the years, I am trying my best to bring back the smile back on my mom’s face.”

As She Hit The Mountains

One definition of genius is when a person decides to make a move that completely defies the logic of conventional wisdom, but yes, it turns out to work well. Ain’t that what following your passion is called, not bothering about social taboos?

It isn’t a trade secret that every alternate being is more into traveling now. However, Anangsha’s peculiar journey started back in the summer of ‘16 when she felt the desperate need to find a way out of her humdrum existence. She wanted to explore and learn more about cultures, expose herself to new places, new people, and develop a wider view of the world.

But nothing comes off in a snip! With parents not aligned with her new idea, Anangsha had to look for a source of income. After surfing through the market, she finally managed to grab one. Income? 1500 rupees only! It seemed difficult to fund a trip for that amount but Anangsha learned the art of ‘Budget Traveling’.

From her colossal travel vlog, she reflects on her trip to Spiti Valley in 2017 as one of her most special. Without comprising on any priorities, she managed to round up 21 days at the minimal expense of just 4200 grand. Hitch-hiking, spending the nights with local families, nipping traditional food, exploring remote villages (like KA), Spiti gave her more than just mere memories. Well, there has been no looking back since then with the national tennis player’s travel aspirations growing tenfold every passing year.

Eventually, Anangsha, who is also a trained artist and a photographer by passion, has become a popular face in the travel industry and beyond, courtesy of her mesmerizing sagas and her ability to create appealing content. Apart from collaborating with the renowned global travel community ‘Tripoto’, she has been a regular feature in various media publications.

It’s important to have a ‘purpose’ when you travel anywhere. You either go to a place to learn (explore) or refresh yourself. You don’t travel to pile up selfies. That’s Anangsha!

When asked about the effect that this coronavirus pandemic has had on her travel plans, Anangsha said: “I miss traveling a lot. But it’s fine. Nature needs time to heal itself. They need a break from people. Once all of these are over, I will see nature in a refreshed form. Meanwhile, I am giving more time to myself and my profession which is content creation and social media marketing (surprise!). After all, I also have to earn in order to keep ticking off items from my bucket list.”