Shivaji Patil, a 70-year-old grocery shop owner from Belgaum, Karnataka, has become an inspiration to many with his unwavering spirit and dedication. The former Indian Army serviceman lost his fingers during the Kargil War, but he didn’t let that hold him back from pursuing his dreams.
Nithin Kamath, the co-founder of Zerodha, recently shared a picture of his father-in-law on his LinkedIn page and praised his resilience. Despite his disability, Patil regularly goes to the local market on his decades-old scooter to buy groceries for his shop, with his only help being his wife, who manages the house and the shop alongside him.
In his post, Kamath recounted how Patil never complains, even after the loss of his fingers, and emphasized that a good life can be achieved by remaining active both physically and mentally. “Money can’t buy this, and he is the best example,” Kamath added.
Interestingly, Kamath also revealed that Patil had tried to convince him to get a government job when he sought permission to marry his daughter back in 2007, despite Kamath struggling at the time.
Patil’s perseverance and work ethic have inspired many, and his story serves as a reminder that one can overcome any obstacle with the right attitude and determination.