C.Pallavi Rao Narvekar: She believed she could, and she did!


"To Tell Yourself Aloud, That All Will Be Well-THAT Is Courage"

The same way as we cannot fathom a soldier without a weapon, similarly we cannot imagine a RJ without her voice. Three times survivor, Radio Mirchi’s RJ Pallavi lost her voice. Post her Thymectomy surgery, one of her vocal cords got paralyzed. The doctor sealed her career and passion for the medium by telling her that it was irreversible, and that she could never go back on air again. However, this proved the doctor wrong and claimed her place behind the microphone in the studios again!

Everyone has problems in their lives. Some surrender too soon. While others like Pallavi, challenge the situation and create an example for the whole world.

Meet C. Pallavi Rao Narvekar. A person who refuses to lose courage. Struck with a rare auto-immune disorder called Myasthenia Gravis that was accompanied by Thymoma, she survived its attack three times, ‘Pallo’ as she was popularly known by her fans, is living a life that is of inspiration to others.

Anything written about her does not do justice to her persona. Apart from being a famous RJ of Delhi, she is also an accomplished Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, a former NCC cadet, a painter, blogger and now an author. It is hard to believe that a person can actually write a book on love stories while being admitted in the ICU. But Pallavi surely did it.

She Fell In Love With Radio When She Was 11 Years old

Pallavi hails from a family of journalists. While her father was the sports editorwith The Hindustan Times and a freelancer with AIR, her mother was a film journalist with the reputed film magazine, ‘Screen’. Her love for radio began at a young age watching her father listen to the radio each day. She wanted to be that ‘voice’ which came out of the small transistor, which captivated the attention of millions at a time. Her love soon became her passion. As she says, she learned radio from radio. And when opportunity eventually came, she did her best. Rest as they say was history.

When Cancer Struck

Everything was going fine in Pallavi's life. The Thymectomy surgery was successful but her voice was not revived. Added to that the routine biopsy showed Thymoma. She would have been completely devastated, she says had it not been for her husband Rahul Narvekar. When she told the not so good news to her husband, he responded positively and said, 'all will be fine'. Upon hearing this, half of Pallavi's disease disappeared.

Amitabh Bachchan Too Suffered From Myasthenia Gravis

Pallavi was diagnosed with 'Myasthenia Gravis'. A neurological disorder, so rare that even doctors take time to recollect where they had read about it! Only one in 10,000 people are struck with Myasthenia Gravis, which leads to extreme muscle weakness. In India, if people have heard of it, it is because actor Amitabh Bachchan suffered from it post the Colie accident. Myasthenia Gravis or MG leads to weakness of facial muscles, ocular bulbar, and double vision, difficulty in eating, chewing and swallowing. Though each patient has his or her own type of symptom, because of which it is also referred to as the ‘Snowflake disease; Pallavi had a pronounced slur that made it impossible for her to speak clearly.

An ICU Overflowing With Love

‘ICU Love Stories’ is Pallavi Rao Narvekar’s maiden book, which she wrote in the ICU itself, in October 2015. She was then admitted for ‘Myasthenia Crisis.’It also happens to be the first book written on a mobile phone from the hospital bed of an ICU. Lying there with a ventilator on, she noticed the beds beside her. Each had a beautiful story to tell, which she jotted down on her phone. Her husband Rahul Narvekar encouraged her no end. She continued to find new stories on each bed and before they knew they had a book of love stories ready. These are stories of patients, their families and the pure love that bound them.

The ICU Love Stories Book Launch-What An Irony!

Pallavi and her husband wanted the book to be launched on her birthday -October 17, 2016. But life had planned something else. A week before her birthday, she had to be admitted again in the ICU. This time for a Type 2 Lung failure. Interestingly, Rahul had in the passing jocularly mentioned that the book should ideally be launched in the Apollo ICU where it was penned. Lo and Behold. She was admitted in the same ICU and the same bed where she had written her first story. What was supposed to be a joke, turned out to be true! Who says that the example of Mohabbat is just the iconic Taj Mahal? I see more romance than the stories of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz in common life. While a person is unable to cope with a cancer once, Pallavi handled and survived it thrice!Not only did she not lose courage, she fought like a true soldier, overcoming her problems and lives to inspire millions of people.

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