Sr No. 206; “…. then she broke into the most magnificent and bright pearls of laughter, which reflected the little girl in her.”

 

Sr. No. 206

Geeta (30) (Visually impaired, aka blind)

Geeta lives at Wadala with her family. She is the youngest child, and her siblings are married except her. Her father was a watchman, but due to ill health he is unable to work now. Her mother works as a healthcare caretaker and the sole breadwinner.

 

Geeta is still dependent on her mother for her education and living expenses, and she has never asked her sister and two brothers for financial support. She is fiercely independent and proud to be the most educated person in her family!

 

Geeta is a graduate of sociology and is currently studying for her MA, through correspondence from an institution in Nasik.  I asked her, ‘why did she choose to study sociology, and what does she like about the subject of her choice?’

 

Geeta replied, “I like sociology, as it helps me understand society better. You know, everyone is dealing with some problem, so, I should not live life thinking ‘Oh my problem/s is a ‘problem’ and the only person in the world who has problems is me….’ We must try and alleviate society’s problems too, and not just think or worry about our own. After all, society means ‘collective living’.”

 

Geeta’s mission/ambition: “I want to be a Professor.”

She lectures as a temporary teacher at a college in Mumbai when their regular teachers go on leave, and she has been teaching on and off since two years.

 

I asked Geeta, “If you get sight right now, medically or magically, what would  you love to see first and right away!?”

She replied, “The stars in a night sky.”

…. And then Geeta broke into the most magnificent and bright pearls of laughter, which reflected the little girl in her with very big and beautiful dreams. I was so gal that we chose to assist her in our tiny way for her computer literacy education.

 

When I asked her for her permission to take her photo and share it, she said, happily, “… yes, but wait, let me put on my cool sun shades!”

 

Thank you dear Akshita, Ankita, Priyanka, Suman, Ritu, Amit/Priyanka, Niraj, Minnie, Brijesh, Sabira, Laila, Siddharth, me 😊 for assisting yet another visually impaired person receive a government (and corporate world) recognized certification in computer literacy.

 

(The government recognised MS-CIT ‘computer training’ course for visually impaired is conducted at The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo. (www.mkcl.org/msciti / http://mscit.mkcl.org/index.php/course-syllabus)

 

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Sr 205; When the cane is your Best Friend.

Sachin jan 18 2018

 

Sr No 205

 

Sachin (Visually impaired, aka blind)

 

Sachin lives in Dharavi, Mumbai, and is currently doing a government certified MS CIT course in Computer Literacy. When Sachin was a child, he had partial sight, but an eye operation to rectify an alleged retina flaw went perhaps wrong and he lost sight since then.

 

Sachin lost his father many years ago in a car accident; and his brother too last year, also in a car accident. His brother was the only earning member in the family. He lives with his mother and sister and both are earning members of his family. His sister works too, in a factory in Dharavi that sells processed sea food.

 

Sachin’s best friend is his white cane. He navigates the world with her.

 

I asked him, “What if your white walking cane get’s lost? Or wants to get lost…. Leave you….? What will you do?”

Sachin replied, “Even if my cane wants to get lost or leave me, I will not let go of her. She is always with me.”

 

Best friend. It reminded me of my dad’s advise to me, “BEFORE YOU CAN BE A BEST FRIEND TO ANYONE, FIRST BE ONE TO YOURSELF, DON’T LET YOURSELF DOWN, ONLY THEN CAN SOMEONE SEE IN YOU THEIR BEST FRIEND.” and he would make us hear the song very often, particularly on Sundays and holiday trips travelling in our car, to reinforce his belief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PPL8Tgt4jM

 

Would you take better care of yourself
Would you be kinder to yourself
Would you be more forgiving of your human imperfections
If you realized your best friend was yourself.

 

Who is always with you everywhere
Who is on your side when others are unfair
And tell me, who will never let you down in any situation
Who will always see you get your share.

 

And that’s why I am a best friend to myself
And I take me out whenever I feel low
And I make my life as happy as a best friend would
I’m as nice to me as anyone I know.

 

And that’s why I am a best friend to myself
And I take me out whenever I feel low
And I make my life as happy as a best friend would
I’m as nice to me as anyone I know.

 

I asked Sachin what is his ambition, or career goal, and he said, “I want to do a course of a masseur”

 

I have friends who told me that the best body massages they have received have been given to them by the visually impaired. There is one centre in Mumbai that employs visually impaired masseurs (https://www.thebetterindia.com/31909/discriminated-unemployed-visually-impaired-masseurs-mumbai-joanita-metta-spa/ ) because their sense of touch is far more sensitive and tender and firm than many sighted people. Because they navigate their world with their ears, hands and fingers.

 

Thank you dear Akshita, Ankita, Priyanka, Suman, Ritu, Amit/Priyanka, Niraj, Minnie, Brijesh, Sabira, Laila, Siddharth, me 😊 for assisting yet another visually impaired person receive a government (and corporate world) recognized certification in computer literacy.

(We may even assist Sachin in completing the masseur course, I will let you know if we do that.)

 

We believe, that by helping the differently abled, however tiny be our ways of assistance, we will understand better not just their needs but also help us understand abled humans, social life and our world in which digital technology is going to play a bigger and bigger role. And so, our role in the lives of the differently abled should increase correspondingly.

 

(The government recognised MS-CIT ‘computer training’ course for visually impaired is conducted at The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo: http://www.mkcl.org/msciti)

 

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