A man with a vision #WATWB

Indian trains are a microcosm of our world and even today, especially in the crowded second class compartment of a Mumbai local you can come across beggars and vagrants who try their luck, preying on your sensibilities.

“Ma paisa do” says a man tapping a stick . You look at him and realise that he is blind . Reluctantly you part with a coin and go about your business grateful that you at least can see . But can you really see ?

Despite the increased awareness of blindness in India and despite several of them becoming self-sufficient and integrated into our society, many of us still have a deep rooted prejudice against the blind ( as we have against all differently abled people for that matter).

Today I’d like to share a story that will change your perception of the blind.

Wasn’t that an inspiring story?

Srikanth Bolla was born blind to poor Indian parents who were actually advised to “kill” him at birth. Luckily they didn’t and today their boy has done them proud.

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I’m participating in We are the World Blogfest where bloggers share positive acts of humanity in life, in the news, or social media on the last FRIDAY of each month.

Thanks to the hosts for this month: Michelle Wallace , Shilpa GargAndrea MichaelsPeter NenaEmerald Barnes.

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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10 Responses

  1. Peter Nena says:

    “I’m not impaired. I’m just challenged.”
    His life is truly inspiring.
    The disabled are people too, looking for love and acceptance just like the rest of humanity. Thank you for sharing this story. I am co-hosting this month.

  2. Lynda Dietz says:

    I enjoyed listening to this, even though it was a bit long. His sense of humor was great—I think it took people a minute or two at times to get it. My favorite was when he said, “We also employ able-bodied people,” and the crowd took about ten seconds to catch his dry humor and laugh. Great post!

  3. Hi Bellybytes … I didn’t watch the video but I checked him out in Wiki … he’s an amazing man … always getting through top of the class – incredible how people can overcome and then he’s helping others through his research and engineering skills … totally wonderful to read about – thanks for sharing … I hope to catch his TED talk sometime – cheers Hilary

  4. Shilpa Garg says:

    This is such an incredible story of overcoming all odds and emerging victorious. Srikanth’s story is so inspiring and fills one with hope and that fortune favors the brave. Thanks for sharing, Sunita!

  5. Akshata says:

    That’s a very inspiring one Sunita ji. As you rightly pointed out we have these biases against differently abled people, thinking of them as “ oh you poor one” that itself is so discriminatory

  6. Simon Falk says:

    What an extra-ordinary person he is! Truly a seeing greater than material. Thanks for sharing.
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