At a very tender age Dr.KanchanGaba lost her eye sight. She was just a child in a primary school at that time. However, even at that age she did not give up. Her parents admitted her in Calcutta Blind School from where she completed her schooling with outstanding marks.Through her sheer determination to outperform she secured the 1st position among the differently enabled in the Board Examination which had fetched her a seat at Lady Brabourne College, one of the most prestigious colleges in Kolkata. During her studies at Lady Brabourne College, she was chosen for the National Scholarship Award.
After completion of LLB, LLM, she went on to enroll her in Ph.D in University of Calcutta with a very relevant subject ‘World Trade Organization, its Legal and Economic Implication in the Indian perspective’in 2008.
Being a regular trekker and mountaineer she trekked icy Dzongri, the base to KanchanJangha, Ryang, Dudital, Boxar Tiger Reserve, Sandakafu and even Harisan rock in UK. At this age she bagged president award twice. One from Dr. SankarDayal Sharma, and another from Prativa Patel.
Apart from President Award, there are many more in her kitty like Olave award [U.K], Ficci Flo award, Bharat Nirman Award, Nilam kanga award, SwarswatiSamman from Unilever, “True Legend” award from Telegraph etc.Many documentaries have been made on her life experiences including one by European Union. She has been covered in the book [Women with Pure Wonder] by Vodafone. Her name was also recorded in LIMCA Book of records in 1997.
She is a regular speaker in different seminars and conferences on various topics such as CSR, disability, education and morality etc. She is also a motivational speaker.
Professionally, she runs her own start-up Oriole Management Pvt. Ltd. as C.E.O & Managing Director. She is also the proprietor of Peregrine Publisher & Distributor apart from her regular legal consultancy and guest lectureship in various Universities.
Apart from her professional life, she spends 80 per cent of her time as secretary of Turnstone Global, a leading NGO, looking after disabled, slum children, women empowerment, providing skill training and taking care of safe drinking water and sanitation for the downtrodden.
Reading books, listening soft music are her hobbies.