[AI] To hell with disability

Rajesh Asudani rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Wed Mar 5 01:57:46 EST 2008

such a wrathful determination sounds enigmatic to me. Maybe, it is desirable, even necessary for habilitation/rehabilitation, but to persist with it as a way of life?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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[SCI-India] Digest Number 1062

"Navin Gulia"
navingulia at yahoo.com

Tue Mar 4, 2008 1:22 am (PST)

To hell with disability

I remember I started running every morning and playing football when I
was in 3rd grade, boxing when I was in 7th grade and athletics when I
was in 9th
grade. Running in the morning mist, chill, biting cold of peak winters
or running through the countryside in scorching sun or in the pouring
rain or running
up a mountain, I loved it, I cherished it, I savoured it.

One fine day I was trying to inch my wheelchair along the hospital
corridor smelling of dettol and phenyl. Partially working hands, aching
muscles, hurting
thumb, it was only a task/job. I didn't dislike it. My wheelchair and me
are buddies, I have loved being in it. Together we took on the world and
it had to offer. If a person on two legs passes by I really don't Gape
at him but when I go in a crowd a few poor leggies gape as if they are
just witnessing
an alien invasion of planet earth (not that aliens would really surprise
me) and I do pray that God should give these poor people some excitement
in their
lives so that they have something better to gape at.

People have two legs and cannot even maintain any decent physical
fitness are bothered about a guy flying around in a wheelchair, having a
ball of a time.

At 22 I was in the army. In a wheelchair I went to college, flirted with
girls, fell in love a few times, had a few heartbreaks, jobs, bread and
adventure sports. A few mountains to climb, a few oceans to swim and a
few jungles and deserts to explore. how the hell could life have been
any better.

A lot of people, patients, doctors and scientists, are obsessed with
finding a cure for SCI (Spinal Cord Injuries). I don't know, I find it a
very dumb
and dull topic. Here the world and people are suffering from extremism,
terrorism, frustrationism, emptyism, depressionism, purposelessism etc
and here
we are bothered about a certain physical injury called SCI. I think
people should desperately need a cure from many other things and
attitudes before even
bothering about a cure for SCI.

If you/society wants me to be weak so that they can empathise with me,
sympathise with me, pityise with me, sorry you are at the wrong place, I
am not going
to oblige. If you/the society is looking for an opportunity to show
empathy, sympathy or pity, so that you can feel great inside, to hell
with you. I show
you empathy, sympathy and pity.

A drunk person who was finding it difficult to walk straight said to me
sometime back 'I will pray for you' and I immediately said 'and I will
pray for
you (that God gives you some sense)'. Although I know God doesn't give
you anything. He has already given you the ability to be sensible, If
you still
choose not to be sensible, he is not to blame. I am rude, I am straight,
I am a bully, I would love to get in the middle of a bunch of sleeping
Lions and
kick the air out of them. A friend for friends and a tearing tiger for
those who ask for it, that's me. Now that we are over with the
introduction, let
us talk business. "I am not decent/ gentlemanly with problems/obstacles
in my life. I kick them out of my way."
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