By Kirti Joshi:
Close your eyes and imagine your life all dark for a while.No colours, no images, no faces but a life, a life which you can live proudly if you are deterimined enough to fight against the diffculties. This is what I felt during my recent visit to Sant Nagar, in New Delhi.
Yes this photo says it all ! Chaos, confusion, traffic jam and a lot of dust; this is how I felt while I was coming from north campus to Sant Nagar to meet girls from Buradi hostel. It took us a lot of time to find the exact location of the hostel.
I saw some of them walking well-informed on the path, one holding another one’s sleeve, who is holding another one’s elbow but the open canals filled with garbage and water in the narrow streets will definitely scare onlookers. But these girls are resolute to go to college therefore most of the girls walk approximately 1 km to reach the main road to take a bus daily.
About 40 visually impared girls live in this hostel and most of them are Delhi University students.
And guess what, they are very keen listeners. On my arrival along with my group mates, one of the girls from the hostel took out a voice recorder to record the conversations.
And when we told them that we have some movies for you people, the room was lit up with happiness but they were a little shy at the same time.
The hostel is a two story building with a very steep staircase connecting the two floors.
On our way back home, the area was all dark but our brain was much brighter than before. I feel that we are taking so many things for granted unconsciously and we don’t even realize how much important they are in our life. The so called visually unimpaired human gets irritated so easily that he/she never focuses on what he/she has got.
We are so hallucinated by the idea of a ‘perfect life’ that we do not realize that one can live very happily otherwise as well.