Siddhi Kapoor and finding her ‘Ikigai’ on the golf course

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One of the few women golfers from the eastern region, it was clear that Siddhi’s calling lay in golf when she turned pro at 18 and won in her rookie year.
One of the few women golfers from the eastern region, it was clear that Siddhi Kapoor’s calling lay in golf when she turned pro at 18 and won in her rookie year.

As per the Japanese concept of ‘Ikigai’, which is about finding purpose in life while doing something dear to the heart, Siddhi Kapoor’s passion, vocation, profession, and mission, the four components of the theory, are in playing golf.

Growing up in Kolkata, she started at six and “was one of the best things I could do and I can’t thank my parents enough for letting me live and do what I desired the most”.

One of the few women golfers from the eastern region, it was clear that Siddhi’s calling lay in golf. Turning professional at 18 on the Women’s Golf Association of India was a pointer, but a bigger one was winning in “my rookie year at the Delhi Golf Club amongst top women golfers and was exactly what I needed to boost my confidence and keep believing in the process”.

With time though the routine began to get dreary and left Siddhi in a state of restlessness till a life-changing event in April 2019. “I underwent surgery that set me back a bit. I did not golf for about four months and recovery took about 6 to 7 months.”

The time away allowed Siddhi time to introspect. Not one to focus on the mental side, she started meditation and realised that “you must find your Ikigai and work towards it. There are hurdles that keep coming in life, but it is passion that drives us to our destiny. I’m grateful I was able to build myself up”.

She got back to golf and played the last few events of 2019 and some before lockdown. Even though the scores may not reflect the change, “I have never felt better physically and mentally. This time off given me a sense of motivation that I had lost.”

Photo credit: Siddhi Kapoor