Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Way I See It

Recently, I have joined a course with The Hadley School for the Blind. While going through their study material which comes in Braille print, I also happen to read their news letter and came across this poem- “The Way I see it.”

I liked this beautiful poem very much, so I decided to share it with you all. The poem goes like this-


The Way I See It


To the world around me,

The grass is green.

But the way I see it,

It’s cool and clean.


A mountain is awesome,

Created by time.

But the way I see it,

It’s a long, hard climb.


An airplane is scary,

To some folks inside.

But the way I see it,

It’s a carnival ride!


The ocean is awesome,

A beautiful sight!

But the way I see it,

It’s power and might!


Life gives us challenges,

That we all must meet.

But the way I see it,

There’s no room for defeat!


A world without sight,

Is the only one I know.

But the way I see it,

It’s a wonderful show!


By Duane and Lisa Hawk


Lisa and Duane Hawk are long-time Hadley School students studying poetry. The poem actually began as a joke. During the couple’s choir practice, the director forgot that people with visual impairments cannot simply read sheet music on demand. On the way home, Duane and Lisa, both a little put-off, grumbled that, at times, they “see” things very differently than others. Duane exclaimed, “As a blind person, the way I see it, an airplane trip is not scary, it’s a carnival ride!” When Lisa received her assignment, they remembered the joke and decided to turn it into a poem.


Fatema

Pandavkada


On a rainy day my nephew and I decided to go to Pandavkada which is near to our house. It is a waterfall at Kharghar Navi Mumbai. From Kharghar railway station one can take a bus and reach the spot.

Pandavkada in rainy season is a picnic spot for some and for others it’s a hike for an hour that gets you to the base of the waterfall. Many people love to spend their time sitting next to the waterfall enjoying tea / coffee and snacks. On the way you find many vendors selling different things. Our favorite was bhutta.

Kids love the hike too as it is a very simple one with no exertion at all. And if one does not want to take the trouble of walking till the base of the waterfall one can always use ones bikes and try to reach as near to the base as possible. For that the only trouble one has to go through is to negotiate a few water channels that are there in the way.

My nephew and I enjoyed the hike very much. We were completely drenched while coming back from the base of the waterfall. 

A cup of tea made us feel a lot better.


Shivanand

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Trustworthy Cane

On one morning, Shivanand had to leave for work earlier than his usual time since he had an urgent appointment. Generally, we both travel to work together as our offices are in the same area. But that day I had to travel all by myself, because he was not there to escort me. (Those days I had some slight vision but now I am totally blind.)

I could have engaged an auto rickshaw to the railway station but foolishly, I decided to walk instead. I was finding it difficult to walk alone as I always needed an escort. In addition, I never used a cane while walking, because I felt shy and had a complex as to what people would think about me. I always tried to conceal my handicap as much as I could. There was no one on the road that could help me or I could ask help from. As a result, I continued to struggle. I decided to walk on the footpath along the road, trying to hear noises of the traffic passing by. I was also worried about the street dogs sleeping on the footpath as earlier once I had accidentally stepped on the dog.

I walked until I reached a point from where I had to cross over to the other side of the road. At this stage, I needed an escort badly and there was no one around. I decided to wait there for a while thinking someone might come for help. Ten minutes passed but no one arrived for help and I was getting late for work. Suddenly I saw a small moving figure next to me. I wondered as to what it is until I figured out that it is a street dog, which was standing there possibly to cross the road. Without thinking much, I decided to cross the road with the dog, since I was getting late to work and there was no one around to help me.

As the noise of the traffic subsided, the dog slowly started to move and with the dog, I moved too. We were almost in the middle of the road when suddenly I heard the noise of a vehicle approaching; the dog ran away. I was stunned, and was left high and dry in the middle of the road. I did not know what to do. I was terrified. All of a sudden, I heard the screeching of the breaks and could feel an auto rickshaw, which had just brushed me slightly. I heard the driver yelling at me “Dhek Ke Chalne Ko Nahi Atha Hai Kya?” (Can’t you see and walk?) In the meanwhile, someone who knew me helped me cross the road.

Shivanand did not heed a bit to give his piece of mind to me when I narrated the whole incidence to him in the evening.

By this incidence, I realised that because of my inability to accept my handicap I was not only putting my life in danger but also making other people’s lives difficult. A conscious effort to work on ones behavioural abnormality and accepting ones handicap can definitely go a long way in living a better life.

Now it is more than eight years that I have been using a cane, and I am very comfortable and confident using it. It also helps other people to understand my disability and help me accordingly.


Fatema

Thursday, June 5, 2014

About Us

We appreciate your visit to our “About Us” page. So, let us tell you something about us. Though we used to meet, each other quiet regularly on the treks we did in the Sahyadri region near Mumbai, we never new each other well enough until we started meeting each other at The National association for he Blind.

“Fatema is a very cheerful and a fun loving girl. But I always wondered as to how she manages with her visual imperilment. Fatema suffers from RP (Retina Pigmentoa) a hereditary eye disease in which progressive degeneration of the retinal pigments leads to impairment of vision and, ultimately, to blindness. Compared to this my impairment of congenital cataract seemed trouble-free.

Apart from trekking which we both are very much found of Fatema likes listening to music, reading Braille and audio books, playing chess, (blind people play chess on a different chessboard} sometimes dancing and of course quarreling with me. Sometimes she does end up cooking that perfect dinner but hates being ignored and also is very possessive about me.”

“We never talk about religion as Shivanand knows I hate to discuss it. But he has no issues with me following mine. He believes that Humanity is the only religion and does not follow any rituals. He always loves to follow the game of cricket and every time has a few comments to make. He is more of a loner and does not like to be bothered. A straight person he seldom lies.

Both of us have our offices in the same area. And he is rarely not around to escort me to my place of work and vice versa. He is a banker and I work as a telephone operator with The Sales Tax office.

Marrying was a difficult decision but, we have always stayed together for each other.”