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Pain And Death Can’t Stop Prashant Anuraag From Helping His Fellow Man

The firefighters who cut him out of his vehicle could not feel any pulse and all they thought was that they were pulling a dead body out of the car.
15 Aug 2021 14:34
Pain And Death Can’t Stop Prashant Anuraag From Helping His Fellow Man
Prashant Anuraag performing his DJ duties.

July 15, 2016 was the day Prashant Anuraag “died”.

It was around 11.30pm when his vehicle was hit head on by a speeding bus which had come into his lane just outside a Mobil Service Station in Walu Bay.

The firefighters who cut him out of his vehicle could not feel any pulse and all they thought was that they were pulling a dead body out of the car.

He calls these firemen his real heroes.

Two hours later, Mr Anuraag opened his eyes at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

He calls this day, July 16, 2016, the day of his rebirth, as so coined by his friends and himself.

In more than one way, he was born a different man. The injuries he sustained were massive. Broken bones in his limbs, injury to his mouth and organs and to the spine.

His recovery is nothing short of a miracle. After his two year court battle with the bus company, which he won, he called out the man behind the wheels and hugged him.

He said to him that he had forgiven him.

“Five years on, I am still in pain from those injuries. I am unable to lift heavy things. I have to support my left hand with bandages and strips and every time the car bounces in a pothole, I feel my spine is going to break,” he said.

“But I strive on with the belief that I can do this. I have done it before and I can keep doing it.”

To those who know Mr Anuraag, he is commonly known as Skitz or DJ Skitz – a popular figure who has laid tracks in parties, functions and ensured that dancefloors were always bouncing.

He is a successful businessman, proprietor of Skitz Pro Sound and Lighting, an environmentalist and a humanitarian.

Life after the accident

For more than a year, Mr Anuraag ran to medical practitioners and searched for miracle healers even in the remotest of Fiji so he could be healed.

After paying $120,000 in medical bills, he was not properly healed. He had lost his equipment, he was physically not the same person he was and this had caused him to become depressed.

“After being at one of the lowest times in my life, I started to realise that this new lease on life was given to me so I can do something about it,” he said.

“I realised that I could make a difference not only in my life but in the life of others. If anything, I could inspire people to be strong and rise against any difficulties in life.”

Since then Mr Anuraag has built his life back up again. He made sure that he was able to get his business back in action, buy equipment he had lost and go stronger in his humanitarian drive.

Early this year, Mr Anuraag felt a similar depression as businesses in Fiji collapsed and him hitting an economic slump.

But it was not enough to keep this man down. He rose up again and rehashed his positive views on life and for certain things changed.

Humble beginnings

Mr Anuraag is a Suva kid and grew up at Laucala Beach Estate.

When he was six years old, he made his first pocket money by selling used tires.

“My dad had changed his tires and there was a complete set outside our home. A taxi driver stopped and asked if he could buy the tires. I sold them for $60,” he said.

“When I told my father, he said my son will be a businessman. That stuck with me and in primary school when I was asked what I would be when I grew up, I would say a businessman.”

After high school, Mr Anuraag trained to become an electrician and is a qualified marine electrician. But his interest lay in having a business for himself.

He turned his passion of being a DJ into a profession. What started with a discman and tape deck has now become a professional outfit with sounds and lights.

He even holds international qualifications in lighting engineering.

Being human

Even before the accident, Mr Anuraag was involved in humanitarian work. He has been a regular blood donor for the last 18 years.

He was a member of the Rotaract and now with the Rotary Club.

After Tropical Cyclone Yasa struck, he went on a food and relief distribution drive in Vanua Levu. He regularly organises such initiatives so he can help out people who need such things.

One of his projects with the Rotary Club is setting up bins which cost about $1000 to make one along the Queen Elizabeth Drive.

He started it this year, but halted due to the pandemic. Still, he aims to install bins from the Suva Bowling Club to Laucala Bay Road.

“I have realised that true happiness comes when you help someone. It is not money whether you make it or lose it, money never brings true happiness,” he said.

“I call on all young people to join me and clubs like the Rotary and do what you can for humanity.”

Mr Anuraag counts his blessings every day and knows that there is a reason he was born again.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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