24 October, 2020

His Task Is To Breathe Life Into Silence

His Task Is To Breathe Life Into Silence
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Sushant Vaid is like any other youngster on the threshold of adulthood. Cars excite this 20-year-old youth and maths doesn't scare him. He hates self-pity and yearns to be with his other 'normal' classmates. Sushant was born deaf. Vijay Krishnanmani, all of 16, is a voracious John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon reader. He's totally certain that given the chance, he can match Michael Jackson step for step. That apart, he dreams of becoming a chartered accountant. But he hates one thing-his hearing aids. Vijay was born with a congenital impairment with a loss of more than 100 decibels in both ears.

Apart from their ebullience and a fierce reaction to any form of pity, there's something else that's common to both Sushant and Vijay. This is Dr Sudarshan Vaid and his brainchild-Suniye, an association of parents with hearing impaired children. Twelve years after this general physician (he calls himself a "table Marxist") launched it on May 20, 1988, Suniye is today one of the very few such associations where parents of handicapped children can find a voice for...

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