It Changed My Life: Flying high through the burning pain

Mr Priveen Raj Naidu fell in with the wrong crowd after his father left the family. But being in AirAsia encouraged him to dream big, and he is now on a mission to empower others.
Mr Priveen Naidu Raj had helped start AirAsia in Singapore. He later left the airline to become a polytechnic lecturer. He subsequently founded a branding outfit for the aviation industry, which he sold to a corporation for a handsome profit.
Mr Priveen Naidu Raj had helped start AirAsia in Singapore. He later left the airline to become a polytechnic lecturer. He subsequently founded a branding outfit for the aviation industry, which he sold to a corporation for a handsome profit.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Mr Priveen Naidu Raj had helped start AirAsia in Singapore. He later left the airline to become a polytechnic lecturer. He subsequently founded a branding outfit for the aviation industry, which he sold to a corporation for a handsome profit.
Mr Priveen celebrating his 40th birthday earlier this year by spending half a day with students from a village on the outskirts of Bangalore in India (left), and meditating (right) while on a trekking trip in Bandung, Indonesia, in 2016. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF PRIVEEN NAIDU RAJ

Aviation consultant's spirituality and friends saw him through health problems and divorce

Priveen Naidu Raj wanted to end it all one evening three years ago.

He was at the end of his tether, his world upended by a litany of medical problems: chronic epilepsy, motor neuron disease and fibromyalgia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 02, 2018, with the headline 'Flying high through the burning pain'. Print Edition | Subscribe