Be it a common man or a celebrity, depression hasn’t spared anyone. One such celebrity who battled depression is a man with a mesmerizing voice, Kailash Kher.His melodious voice has brought him success and fame but Kailash Kher discloses how he tried to commit suicide during the depression in a recent interview with Hindustan Times.

I had lost a lot of money, and my world had come to a standstill. I was in depression for a year, and when I couldn’t find any solution, I decided to take my life. In fact, I jumped into the river, but my friend saved me.” And this is how the story unfolds.

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Before becoming a singer, Kailash had an export business in Delhi. His adolescent years were rough; he had run away from his Meerut home at the age of 14. He reached adulthood doing odd jobs in Delhi and then started this business. During this time, the young Kailash faced a series of problems but faced them with a positive attitude.

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Talking about the moment which broke him and his spirit, forcing him to take such a drastic step. He revealed all about the time he faced the most difficult phase of his life. He told Hindustan Times, ” I had bought a plot of land, thinking I’d get a lot of money from that business deal. My parents lived in a rented house, and after I bought the plot, I was very proud of myself. I thought to myself that I’ve bought my parents their home. But then the deal fell through, and I lost Rs 22 lakh in that deal.”
All his financial deals were wiped out with this.

After multiple fails and tries in his business, Kailash decided to pursue a career in his father’s field. He moved to Rishikesh to learn Karmkand (a subject of astrology that helps one attain nirvana and get rid of all evil), his father’s occupation. But this didn’t help, his depression due to the huge loss lingered.

When Kailash couldn’t cope with his state of mind even after a year, he felt suicidal. The singer said, “I had hit rock bottom. I used to stay away from everyone. One day, I was on one of the ghats [in Rishikesh], and the Ganga was flowing next to me. As I was thinking about what had happened over the past year, I just let go of the chain and jumped into the river.” But that wasn’t his day to die. “A friend of mine [who was nearby] thought I had slipped into the river, and he jumped in to save my life.Had he not seen me and saved me, I wouldn’t be talking to you today.” he was quoted as saying.

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Years after that attempt, with more than a thousand of his songs in the public domain, Kailash has realized that trying to end his life wasn’t the right thing to do. He says,  “If I were to go back in time, to meet my 28-year-old self, who was about to take the plunge, I would stop him, and say I don’t have any right to take my life. If I don’t have the right to decide what happens to me in future, or how my life will turn out, then I don’t have the right to take this life either. My life belongs to the Almighty. Only he can decide when it’s time to go.

This is the inspiring story of Kailash Kher, who hit rock bottom, yet rose strongly to become one of the most popular singers in the industry. It encourages us to never give up, no matter however hard life can get.

Source: Hindustan Times

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