[AI] The will to win!

Sathiyaprakash Ramdoss sathiya.ramdoss at gmail.com
Tue Aug 3 19:59:26 EDT 2010


 I completely agree with Vetri that some one don't need to be an
exceptionally accomplished personality to find a place in " The Hindu"
Columns. Since majority of our access indians  have already come
across several hardships similar to Kiser's, for us Kiser's  life
circumstances looking like a  piece of candy.  As Geetha has rightly
pointed out, still we have tons of  things to learn from her life
circumstances and she certainly deserves a place in   it.
If this article helps to create an awareness in 10 individuals of
general public,   motivates at the least two ignorant  parents of
children with visual impairment and above all,  it motivates Kiser as
well, this article served its purpose and done its job perfectly. I
don't see anything wrong with posting this article in accessindia
group as well. Thanking You all.


Sathiyaprakash.


On 8/3/10, Geetha Shamanna <geetha at millernorbert.de> wrote:
> I think this article is very relevant here as we can learn a lot from the
> girl featured in it. Do remember that the girl's mother was mentally ill and
> she and her mother were homeless when people from the NGO mentioned in the
> article rescued them from the bus station. Coming from that background,
> having started school a lot later than children with normal homes and having
> to grapple with blindness, this girl's achievement is quite remarkable. How
> many of us, if confronted with blindness and homelessness at the same time,
> would get to where she is today? She certainly deserves to be written about.
> Geetha
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Adhimoolam Vetrivel Murugan" <vadhimoolam at gmail.com>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2010 8:23 PM
> Subject: Re: [AI] The will to win!
>
>
> That's correct and I tell you why. You don't have to be exceptionally
> good in order to appear in Hindus article. Rather what matters is some
> connections with reporters either through the college or through some
> other sources. And you know, people belonging to city can easily get
> such access and lately news papers have been busy in picking out such
> stories. And please fokes. Mere publication of such stories are not
> the indication of the real empowerment of differently abled.
>
> Vetri.
>
> On 02/08/2010, namdeo2000 <jadhav.namdeo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> This article appears rather out of place here, because almost every
>> educated
>> blind individual does face these hurdles. Moreover, the person in the
>> article is reported to have partial vision, that means, she is better
>> equipped than most of our V.I. brethren. Logic of Posting of such article
>> was beyond my comprehension.
>>
>> Regards Namdev
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Adhimoolam Vetrivel Murugan" <vadhimoolam at gmail.com>
>> To: "Geetha Shamanna" <geetha at millernorbert.de>;
>> <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 7:36 PM
>> Subject: Re: [AI] The will to win!
>>
>>
>>>I beg to differ. This is where responsible journalism makes its mark
>>> and there are journalists on the list who can better describe it. The
>>> point is, many so called educationally forward looking states in India
>>> are continuing to restrict subject choices based on such biased views.
>>> Also take note of the role of editors. They are supposed to ensure
>>> responsible reporting.
>>>
>>> On 02/08/2010, Geetha Shamanna <geetha at millernorbert.de> wrote:
>>>> Well, we should look at things in perspective. It was not the newspaper
>>>> that
>>>> said psychology is difficult for blind people. The newspaper had no role
>>>> to
>>>> play in deciding what subjects this candidate chose to graduate in. The
>>>> paper merely printed what the candidate and her guardians said about her
>>>> choices. In all fairness to the newspaper, this article was more
>>>> balanced
>>>> than most articles about blind people that appear in the media. Let us
>>>> not
>>>> malign the media without a due cause.
>>>> Geetha
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Adhimoolam Vetrivel Murugan" <vadhimoolam at gmail.com>
>>>> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>>>> Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 2:00 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: [AI] The will to win!
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> The trouble is though, media thinks that its doing a great job by
>>>> publishing such stories, but what they are doing is to reinforce
>>>> certain biasness like "psychology is difficult for the blind students"
>>>> etc. It just shows how backward is Tamilnadu. Shame on Hindu for
>>>> publishing this.
>>>>
>>>> On 02/08/2010, saravanan.ramadoss1 <saravanan.ramadoss1 at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> The will to win
>>>>> From the streets to the college classroom, the path of Kaiser's life is
>>>>> lit
>>>>> by her enthusiasm to excel.
>>>>>
>>>>> Photo: R. Ragu
>>>>>
>>>>> Kaiser
>>>>>
>>>>> As Kaiser walks through the campus of Ethiraj College for Women,
>>>>> Chennai,
>>>>> she is overcome by a myriad of emotions. The campus is buzzing with
>>>>> activity
>>>>> as
>>>>> the academic year has just started. She walks from her hostel to
>>>>> classroom
>>>>> brimming with confidence and chatting with her friends all the while.
>>>>> Not
>>>>> until
>>>>> she takes the help of a friend to climb a staircase or opens her
>>>>> Braille
>>>>> textbook does one realise that she is visually-challenged. Fifteen
>>>>> years
>>>>> ago,
>>>>> Kaiser would not have imagined that she would step into one of the
>>>>> famous
>>>>> campuses on the road that was a virtual home for her and her mother.
>>>>> Her
>>>>> transformation
>>>>> from being a destitute to an undergraduate student was made possible by
>>>>> two
>>>>> institutions in the city - The Banyan and the Ethiraj College for
>>>>> Women.
>>>>>
>>>>> Kaiser's extraordinary story of transition began in 1997, when Porkodi
>>>>> of
>>>>> The Banyan and its student volunteers rescued Kaiser and her mother
>>>>> from
>>>>> the
>>>>> bus
>>>>> stop near Ethiraj College. "Kaiser was blind and her mother was
>>>>> mentally
>>>>> ill. A few months later, we sent her to Little Flower Convent. When she
>>>>> was
>>>>> in
>>>>> Class VII, a surgery was done and after that she can see light and
>>>>> dark.
>>>>> She
>>>>> continues to be partially blind and uses Braille books," says Ms.
>>>>> Porkodi.
>>>>>
>>>>> "Kaiser is hardworking, focused and sincere. She had a clear vision
>>>>> about
>>>>> her future," says Vandana Gopikumar, founder of The Banyan. Kaiser made
>>>>> her
>>>>> mentors
>>>>> and well-wishers proud by securing 918 marks out of 1200 in Class XII.
>>>>> "Even
>>>>> though Kaiser applied to various colleges in the city, it was Ethiraj
>>>>> College
>>>>> that invited her for admission, and encouraged her to opt for history,"
>>>>> says
>>>>> Ms. Gopikumar. In the classroom she attentively listens to lectures and
>>>>> reads
>>>>> Braille textbooks.
>>>>>
>>>>> "Our college, especially the history department, is well-equipped to
>>>>> handle
>>>>> and support visually-challenged students as we admit such candidates
>>>>> every
>>>>> year,"
>>>>> says M. Thavamani, college principal. "Some of Kaiser's service-minded
>>>>> classmates will assist her and also she can use the book-reading
>>>>> software
>>>>> available
>>>>> in the library."
>>>>>
>>>>> Kaiser was keen on doing psychology and later dedicating herself to
>>>>> social
>>>>> work. But as the subject of psychology requires field work which may
>>>>> not
>>>>> be
>>>>> practically
>>>>> possible for her to do, she opted for history. "I am happy to have
>>>>> taken
>>>>> up
>>>>> B.A. History. I now plan to study for the IAS examination. It is my
>>>>> dream
>>>>> and
>>>>> I am willing to work very hard to realise my dream," says Kaiser.
>>>>>
>>>>> "With her dedication and keen mind, I am sure she will realise her
>>>>> dream
>>>>> one
>>>>> day," says Ms. Gopikumar. Vision is not just a matter of physical
>>>>> ability.
>>>>> As the Kaiser story signifies, it is about determination too.
>>>>>  The source taken from
>>>>> The Hindu, Education plus August 2, 2010.
>>>>> ------
>>>>> CHITRADEEPA A.
>>>>> ______
>>>>> Please feel free to pass  your comments, feedbacks & new ideas to  the
>>>>> below
>>>>> menntioned contact details.
>>>>> Email:
>>>>> saravanan.ramadoss1 at gmail.com
>>>>> saravanan_2008 at hotmail.com
>>>>> *******
>>>>> The harder the conflicts, the more  glorious the triumph - Thomas
>>>>> Paine.
>>>>> True friendship consists not inn multitude of friends, but in their
>>>>> worth
>>>>> and value - Ben Jonson.
>>>>> ######
>>>>>  Adieu.
>>>>> Saravanan.R
>>>>> $$$$$$$$$
>>>>>
>>>>>
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