[AI] AI: New Member Saravanan.R

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Tue Jun 10 03:02:52 EDT 2008

Normally Since the traffic is high in the list I don't send welcome
messages, but having read your life story, I felt I must tell you how
inspiring it is. I admire your faith in god and your perseverance.
Certainly, your life story will encourage youngsters to work
relentlessly to achieve success. All the very best for your pursuits. 


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Subject: [AI] AI: New Member Saravanan.R

Special Note:

Dear friends, this is a short description of my struggles for the past
years. But when compared with other great Visually-challenged achievers,
struggles are nothing. I hope that it will be helpful to the persons who

didn't realize their hidden skills and talents. If this document helps
motivates someone means, I will be glad for sharing ; otherwise excuse
for wasting your valuable time with this lengthy document. First I thank
parents, teachers, social workers and innumerable friends for helping me
reach this level. Please feel free to contact me with your comments, 
suggestions and new ideas through below mentioned mobile or Email
address. I 
am very pleased to receive them and ready to learn new things and

Brief description about myself:

I am Saravanan Ramadoss. I was born on 11 May 1978 in a low-middle class

family group. My father is a laberor, mother and a younger brother, all
sighted. Even I too had vision until nine years. Then due to (RD -
detachment), due to unsuccessful operation from government hospital I
my eyesight slowly. My parents took me to various eye hospitals, but no
At that time my parents didn't know about the special schools and other 
facilities for the visually impaired. So I spent some years at home, but
have strong faith in God. As a result of that faith, most of the time I
the maximum benefits beyond my level. Then my parents came to know about

(LFC - Little Flower Conment, Chennai. They took me there, I got
for fourth standard. I learned Braille, mobility and many things there.
finnishe my primary education. After that, they guided me to St. Louis 
Institute for the deaf and the blind, Chennai.

I spent almost 7 years in St. Louis institute starting from sixth to
standard. I got little progress in my education. I was very good in
remaining subjects Tamil, social science and science were also okay, but

very weak in English. In both the schools my medium of education was
So I really had to work very hard to improve my English. I didn't
the importance and show much interest in co-curricular activities like 
Music, sports etc. When I reached ninth, I got some confidence in my
proficiency. It was then, I started learning chess and type writing. I 
participated in Chess and GK quiz competitions in and around Chennai,
won some prizes.

In both the schools, we got all the fecilities like Braille notes, 
Audiocassettes with tape recorders, and readers during week ends within
campus. In my SSLC (1995), I got 85% with 98 out of 100 marks in maths,
school first. But I didn't expect that at all; really it was a miracle
God. I thought that I have to do a different course considering my
mark in maths. But my parents didn't allow me to take such risk. They
very protective. Our family income was meager and they didn't have
education to gide or shape my future.

I was the first person to reach SSLC level with the top class marks from
family. I had to take a good decision to shape my future. So I discussed

with my school teachers, they advised me to take (HEAP - history,
Advanced English and political science). I took that course with their 
guidance and got 73% in HSLC (1997. During that summer vacation, for the

first time I got a chance to play Chess in southern Zone level at
Shimoha. I 
was the only junior candidate in below 20 level, all my fellow players
in their 30s and 40s, also regular attenders of various competitions. in

that category, I got 7th place in that tornament without proper

After that I struggled a lot to reach my current position as an English 
teacher in Government School, Chennai. I applied for B.a English lit in
3 colleges in Chennai. I got seat in 2 colleges, but nnot in hostel. So
parents forced me to do some special technical courses ment for the
challenged. So I joined for stenno training at NIVH in Chennai. I
dropped my 
previous plan of regular degree, but I joined BA English Literature in 
correspondence in Madras university. When I was in NIVH, I got a chance
represent the institute in National Level Chess competition at Pune.
There I 
got 6/9 points without proper coaching. One side I finished stenno
(1998) and searching a good job. On the other side I cleared first year 
papers of B.a degree. In distant mode of education, I had to manage 
everything (recording cassettes, arranging scribes and other things) on

As you are all aware, our life depends upon the scribes support.
Sometimes a 
brilliant candidate scores less marks due to poor performance of the
but on the other hand a weaker candidate gets top-class marks. All
upon the candidate's luck. In second year exams, I failed in 1 paper
of my bad luck. I tried again and cleared that paper in October 1999.
bitter experience repeated even in my third year papers too, but I
loose heart, tried again and finally cleared in April 2001.

It was at that point

of time, NIVH launched new training project (MT - medical transcription
VH) for only 6 outstanding candidates. Luckily I got place in that
and I put 200% effort to get better placement after training. There I 
learned medical terms, drugs and basic computer skills. NIVH tried their

best to get placement in Chennai, they got only one. So they arranged 
placement for the rest in Coimbatore of our interest.

There we received excellent support from the training staffs and
I really improved my listening comprehension, good typing speed and 
proficiency in English. In that place for 2 years, my learning was 
excellent, but the earning was less. When I was in Coimbatore, we all
VH met our ex-president Mr. Abdhul Kalam and had a group photograph.
was the only memorable event in Coimbatore. After spending valuable 2
we didn't feel any growth in our project from the management side. 
Especially no increament in our salary. So I left the job, and told them

about my future plan of doing B.ed. They agreed and releaved me 

When I came out of job, here B.ed admission was over. So I had to
my wish for (B.ed) for 1 more year and tried to finish (M.a Lit through 
correspondence, which I started in 2001. Due to MT-job's pressure and 
strain, I couldn't complete it. After returning from Coimbatore, I came
know about Karnavidhya ( a special library and reders forum) functioning
Adayar, Chennai. I spoke to Shyla madam and through her I got full
for my recording of cassettes and arrangement of good scribes. In
2003, I wrote 5 papers of M.a and cleared 4. In December 2003, I came to

know about Ability-foundation and its new (I-T) related project with the

guaranty of job placement in I-T field. Then I spoke to Jayashri Madam
founder of Ability-Foundation) joined there and updated my computer
During the same time, I also prepared for 6 papers of M.a lit and wrote
April 2004. With the blessings of god, I completed both (training and
simultaniously In that same year. I got B.ed with the help of entrance
marks. In the same year through Ability-Foundation, I met Actress
Madam and spoke about Mt and its future for VH in their weekly radio
(Thiramain Thisaiyl). In September, I also met Ex-governer Mr Ram mohan
at Raj Bhavan to receive certificate for computer training and briefly 
described about our computer Project in the auditorium. When my name was

selected for B.ed admission in Teacher's college, I got an offer of MT 
placement in Bangalore through Enable-India. So again I was in
whether to choose B.ed or job? I consulted Mr A.K. Mithel Sir (RD of
He advised me to choose B.ed. So I postponed that MT job and joined

In that Bed college, I was the only person to join English regular Bed
correspondence background. I completed (Bed) easily with the full
from lecturers and friends. After Bed, I spoke over phone to Shanthi
(Founder of Enable-India), she promised me for a sure placement of an MT
Bangalore if I am interested.

After my Bed, I decided to go for an MT job, till I get teacher post
the government. But things were not going smoothly in Bangalore, I had
spend more than 10-11 hours in the office to compete with my other
colleagues. After reaching room, I had to prepare for my (TRB exam for 
teacher post in Tamil nadu. No doubt, the MT career is really
job for visually-impaired. If our talents and potentialities are
recognized by our companies, we can shine in this field. Otherwise it's
vain effort. Unluckily I got placement in those companies where I had 
struggled for my basic needs.

With the blessings of god, I scored good marks in TRB exam and within a
got placement as a teacher for High-school also near Chennai. Finally, I

left my MT job in May 2006 and started this new teaching career. To
and widen my English knowledge, I joined M.phil in English through 
correspondence in Annamalai University 2006.

Though the teaching job does not require my technical and other skills,
I am 
doing this job as a true service with full satisfaction. I thank god for

giving me an opportunity to help the economically weaker sections to
their confidence level, English knowledge and other skills. With his 
blessings I have just now finished M.phil in May 2008.

When I was in school, I was very reserve and shy by nature. But when I
out I slowly transformed myself and communicating even with strange
I am always ready to learn new things from all and share my knowledge
friends, colleagues, students and new persons. At the same time, I am
time conscious; sometimes because of this I am forced to face some tough

situations from all sides. My hobby is to play chess, rread books,
music and to make new friends.

Please feel ffree to call me or email with suggestions, new ideas and 
feedbacks; surely through your comments I will be more helpful and
for the society.

If you have any interesting/informative tips or articles, please 
send/forward to:

Email: saravanan.ramadoss1 at gmail.com / saravanan_2008 at hotmail.com

Phone no 044-26254318

MOBILE : 09840228250.

Skipe: speak-sarav

Waiting for your replies and comments.

Thanks with regards



English teacher.


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