Monday, April 11, 2011

Thoughts at a terminal

That I punch out on my phone.... I decided to go to the reflexology space at mumbai terminal that I loved at first session a few years ago. Found their therapy really good. Its only now that I could revisit as I had time on my hands at a domestic terminal after ages. 
I requested a 30 min session and was introduced to my therapist........ Who happened to be visually impaired. A multitude of emotions happened simultaneously and I was briefly overcome by them. I also felt guilt for a little while. But then here was an organization who were thoughtful enough to employ a differently abled person. My therapist herself was an independent, self supporting individual. How many times I have heard people say that we need to be an inclusive society that would not only be compassionate to those less fortunate but also create environs that could give them a feeling of self worth and maybe, even pride. But then I m probably getting ahead of myself. Most of our arenas for entertainment are not built or designed sparing a thought for the differently abled. We rarely see a lift with buttons that also have braille. Ramps are missing in most theatres. Concert halls dont think of reserving areas for those on wheelchairs. Beaches and Parks- am not sure if its possible for someone on a wheelchair to access these without anyone's help. Public transport and stations...less said the better. 
Its normal for us to feel compassionate for those who are not as fortunate but we ll have to remind ourselves to not confuse it with pity and worse still, express that emotion. 
And with that I couldnt help feeling proud for this lady who cant see but she is in the workforce, a tax payer and incredibly good in her work. 
If only more organizations would come forward to be inclusive, it d be an ideal world. 
Dear 'My Foot Reflexology' - Well done and keep it up. 

13 comments:

Sahaana PC said...

someone shd take initiative to make government to do all kind of comfort for disabled.........but the big question who is dat some one......

i guess in U.S , they do it

Kalyan said...

Hats off to "My Foot Reflexology". Hope the differently abled people get a new identity in this century and prove themselves that they can also contribute to this society.

butt0ns said...

hi, nice to read a new entry frm u after some time :) like u've written, many times i too feel 'guilt' when faced with a souvenir selling mute girl, a blind commuter, a polio boy.. while God softens our hearts to be more considerate of the diffferently-abled people, they themselve never fail to encourage us to reach for what seemed impossible.
may God bless our diffences, and make us accutely aware of our similarities :)

butt0ns said...

hi, nice to read a new entry frm u after some time :) like u've written, many times i too feel 'guilt' when faced with a souvenir selling mute girl, a blind commuter, a polio boy.. while God softens our hearts to be more considerate of the diffferently-abled people, they themselve never fail to encourage us to reach for what seemed impossible.
may God bless our diffences, and make us accutely aware of our similarities :)

MP said...

Nice thought Chinmayi ..

Anonymous said...

the costa coffee shops in bangalore have members of the crew that are hearing impaired.

Charles.A.P said...

Chinmayi, If you happen to meet chitra madam to convey your condolences, please convey mine as well..I honestly dont know why god punishes good hearted people in an extremely ruthless way..

Hope she should recover soon.

nandhini said...

@Sahaana: So true... I've been here in the US since the past 1.5 years as a student and see the facilities that are made for differently abled persons. Toilets that are designed specially with high raise seats, exclusive space for people with wheelchairs, inclined ramps for all buildings, buses, halls, braille in elevators, room numbers. The university I study in has a college just for the deaf and it's amazing with the work they do. For every deaf student in a class, there would be an ASL interpreter, a notetaker and a captionist. I wonder when this would gain importance in India.

கனிமொழி said...

Wow!! Congrats Chinmayi!! Proud of u!! :)

Dharmaraj said...

My heartiest congrats..
For all your achievements..
One of your fans, from Srilanka.
N.Dharmaraj

Manaswini.K said...

Exactly , like by the end if it, you have to feel proud instead of feeling guilty. One of my friends working for Kaya Health got a few , like your therapists and pampered their staff on Women's day. In a way it was like pampering their staff and the therapists, as they hired them for a day and paid them in total...

Gowdham said...

Hey Chinmaye, good to see a Tamil women getting laurels.. I'd Say you should be an example to lead some cause. I never thought I would comment here, I'm a fan though. We have to do something. see this video for jus 10secs. That ll give u the gist of remaining part. Dont see this video fully..
SINGALA Ina VERI. :'( :'(
https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=182095088507989&comments


Need some reply!
Gowdham

Gopal said...

I trust and hope you consider to give opportunity for those less fortunate in your organization who has the required skills!!