Thursday, October 11, 2007

Let there be light

Today is a very special day for me. As you may have guessed from some of my previous posts, I am a person who is easily moved with emotions. Today, something happened that ripped my heart apart. This would definitely bring a major change in my life. Or at least the way I look at things.

Microsoft as an organization has been committed to give something back to the society so as to empower the weaker sections to come up and help them shape the future of mankind. As a part of this, we have something called as "Giving Campaign" through which employees can contribute money, time towards this noble cause.

Today, we had people from India Literacy Program who had come to the campus. We could buy things from them (adding our contributions to the base price) and that would help empower the mission. I bought a T-Shirt with a small little contribution towards the fund.

This had again brought me into the "social" mood and I kept thinking about various things that we could do to help such initiatives. In the evening, we had kids from "Devnar Foundation for the Blind" visiting the campus. They were here to show us some of their talents. They were singing, dancing (group dances with amazing synchronization), playing musical instruments. It was an eye opener. And after watching them all, I hate myself for having thought of these bright kids as disabled. They are not disabled. We are. We do not see all the amazing capabilities they have.

There were a few very touching moments. One of the kids was asked what would he want to be when he grows up and he said "I want to become the President of India. We don't need your money. We don't need your sympathy. All we want is for you to share your knowledge with us. We can do everything that you can do. Just open your heart towards us". Have you ever imagined of a blind child having so much of confidence? Leave alone a blind kid, do we see this kind of confidence in ourselves? No. We are nowhere close to how courageous these kids are.

In closing speech, one of the kids (his name was Shrikanth) said, "I want to thank you all for spending your valuable time with us and for giving us a chance to perform in front of you. I know you have to work till late in night. Still you spent your time with us. That is very much encouraging for us. Maybe after 5 years, when I will be an employee of Microsoft, it would give me a lot of pleasure organizing such programs. I cannot describe in words how happy I would be to so. Have a nice day... or night". His last words struck me the most. I just don't know what to say for it. It was just very emotional.

I am moved with this and to start with, I have decided to spend 2 days every month with these kids and try to help them achieve what they want to. I will also sponsor a child's education through the foundation. The reason I am stating this here on my blog is that I know there are few people who read my blog. I want to use this as a channel to ask everyone to try and do their best to help these kids realize their potential. Please come forward. The world needs you.

If you wish to know more about Devnar Foundation, you can visit their website - http://www.devnarfoundationfortheblind.org/.

6 comments:

Shoham said...

I m touched!!!!
Couldn't attend the 5pm performance by the kids at the amphitheatre coz got caught up with tons of work.....now I m regretting it badly....feeling really guilty!!!! :(

Deobrat Singh said...

You don't have to feel guilty about it. Most of us do have tons of work and it sometimes tends to get impossible for us to find time.
But we can try to cut short some of our laziness to make it up. I am committed to it. And am calling for more people to do so.

avishek said...

the will to succeed..... is a feeling so bright.......

disability surrounds nowhere..... you steer clear of the light.....

talent so diverse always brims up to the surface.....

while most of us say good day... some wish us... good night!!!!!

Anonymous said...

move your blog to MSN spaces, if u can

Sidharth said...

True ... very true...
They are not disabled in any way, they are more complete than us.
Infact, I was moved by the smile on their faces throughout the evening, which makes them much more superior than us.
The confidence, dedication, determination was amazing.
With their synchronized dance moves, melodious voice and soulful music they proved that they don't need eyes to see the world, they have a big heart which covers up for their eyes. They have taken life as it came, which most of us can't.
Hats off to the brilliant people I saw yesterday.

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