24 October, 2020

His Task Is To Breathe Life Into Silence

His Task Is To Breathe Life Into Silence
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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