"If it's what you do and you can do it, then you do it."
Dr Shiv Mishra, a full-time lecturer at New Delhi's Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College is a part-time rockstar.
Being a patient of poliomyelitis, or polio, Mishra has never been low on enthusiasm. Despite having to walk with the support of a caliper (a device that enables people with motor disabilities to walk and remain mobile), the doc has chosen Zumba as his latest form of fitness and recreation.
Mishra is focussed to stay fit and says he wants to stay away from the evils of diabetes and obesity. To achieve this, he recently enrolled himself in South Extension's Fitness First gym and has already spread his infectious energy around.
Zumba instructor Aashmita Nayar admits that she was stunned to see Mishra's dedication.
"I must admit I was amazed when I saw Dr Mishra. Initially, I did not even realise that he was physically disabled. Much to my delight, he did not lag behind, or give up in any way. If there is a jump step or some running around to be done, I give him an alternate dance move, which doesn’t detract from the workout", Nayar tells News18.
A Bollywood lover, Mishra attempts every dance form with the same zeal, may it be reggaeton, merengue or salsa, and takes challenges as they come. He even devises his own moves if he cannot follow, thus keeping his workout in check.
"Other students may get overwhelmed at times with the difficulty of the step, or simply give up because they're tired. A few sometimes use their phones, which for me, is a bit annoying, because it cuts into my time with them. I throw him challenges, and he devours all of them. He just keeps at it, all guns blazing!" Nayar adds.
But what helps Mishra keep going despite the shortcomings the life has thrown at him? Mishra says he has had a passion for singing and dancing since childhood and credits his family for "treating him normally" since the early days.
"You need to have a passion in life. It helps you to do away the negativity around you. With the right spirit, you can achieve mental peace.
"By the grace of God, my family treated me normally. We need to tell parents of differently-abled kids to teach them to be self-dependent from the young age to face life," Dr Mishra tells News18.
He also stresses on the fact that the schools should function normally and not make the differently-abled kids feel excluded.
But does he feel odd dancing around 20 something kids? "No," he laughs. "The instructor and students have been very cooperative throughout so it hardly matters. I dance to my limitations and with overall enjoyment," he concludes.
He recently shared a video clip of him shaking a leg to Ranveer Singh's "Malhari" from Bajirao Mastani on a WhatsApp group with his Zumba instructor.
"Dear friends I am doctor but patient of poliomyelitis. I never felt myself disabled. Here is a small video clip of dance malharfi. I know I am not a perfect dancer but I really want to become a good dancer in my next birth. I love to dance. It gives me immense pleasure. Classes of Ashmita ma'am are really enthusiastic."
Watch the video here: