Posted by: garbyal
on Oct 06, 2005
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My first cousin, Ganesh is deaf. It is not by birth but it is due to negligence on part of his parents who did not take proper care when he was a young Ganesh and had some infection in his ears due to the colours that went into his ears during the HOLI festival.
Ganesh and I did not spend much time together when we were young and he could hear. Later I went for schooling to mussoorie and he went to delhi to a school for deaf. He had summer holidays and I had winter vacation. Our timing did not match and we did not meet much till he finished his schooling and came to Pithoragarh to degree college.
That was when I was in high school.
During his college days we met more often, initially it was very difficult to converse with him but gradually we developed our own sign language. He did teach me the standard sign language used by deaf but I found my own signs rather easier and we went on to make more of our own personal signs and kept following that, and still do today.
People may call him deaf or the certificate that he has of being deaf and dumb may call him physically handicapped, but I think he has a sharp mind and a lot of sympathy.
He is sharp because he was able to graduate from a normal degree college where normal people also fail but he finished his Bachelorâ€™s degree in three years flat. Though he did fail in a couple of subjects but reasons were different. Once he studied till late and with his door latched from inside no body could wake him up in the morning, he missed the exam to fail and had to appear in that paper again. That was Kumbhkaran Ganesh.
In my day to day interactions with several people, I come across so many people wise and dumb. The rarest of the dodos are also entertained by me because I am a financial advisor and it is my business to serve my investors. By the way do you know what a dodo is. Well for the people who do not know I must mention, dodo â€“ an extinct variety of bird is the national bird of Mauritius. I think they could not fly. They vanished from earth because whenever somebody pointed the gun towards a dodo, I am told, it used to happily run towards the shooter unlike other birds or animals who run away.
Well with so many dumbos and dodos around I feel little bad when people refer to my cousin Ganesh as LATO or TOLYA. I have quite a few times objected to people addressing him with such a name but gradually I realized I could not stop so many people. So today when people talk to like â€œGani hya, ati lato thinjyalo kha shungtaâ€, I feel bad. This type of a question coming from an unemployed person makes me feel still worse. I must say, today Ganesh is placed with the North Eastern Railways in a clerkâ€™s position and lives a very respectful life in a official residence.
Can one dare to say â€œTOTLAâ€ to a lisping guy. â€œLangdaâ€ to a guy without a leg. I think that would be foul language. These days I see that a polio affected person or any such defective body is not called handicapped, he is referred to as a physically challenged or differently abled person, I guess it is because one does not want to hurt the person emotionally, thus a more respectful way of speech.
That is in English, but we do not have such provision in our rung language, a deaf is a LATO, a dodo is a LATO, a dumbo is a LATO, a crazy man is also LATO.
I am happy Ganesh can not hear people address him as a LATO. He only knows he has one of the best brains among us and thinks people respect him for that.
I believe in miracles. Since Ganesh is not naturally deaf, only the fine film over the ear drums was affected thus his hearing ability was impaired. I read somewhere that through artificial scientific drums his lost ability can be reinstated. What if he starts hearing again. How will be feel when he will hear people call him LATO. Oh, didnâ€™t I mention he was very sympathetic, he will not mind. Though he does not hear but he sure does see so many physically challenged people around, who only pose as normal but do have some very serious deficiencies. Well, let us take a look at ways in which we can address these normal people.
Horizontally challenged - Fat
Vertically challenged - Short
Cosmetically different - Ugly
Chronologically gifted - Old
Emotionally different - Crazy
Uniquely Co-ordinated - Clumpsy
I will be glad to receive some feedback
Posted by: ambu
on Oct 06, 2005
its been a while since I had my morning tea in morning.. its 12 pm here in boston and half of my roomies are still asleep and half at work, school, etc..
Puran Hya, Ravi and myself are watching food network(not that we watch food network that often).. guess whats cooking today.. indian sweets.. barfi and samai with special chai... :)
was wondering if baare, marjya and charta shya or perhaps shile kuto will ever be made in food network... would the food network chefs ever swoon on the exotic tastes of rung land.. the aroma, the delicacies.. the world is not aware of what they are missing.. :)..
Posted by: krautela
on Oct 04, 2005
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it is strange thing about the world today. it is told that scientific advancement has shrunk the world and brought people so close...everything is just a click away.. world is just a few multihour hopping flights from any point ( though still they cant find ways to put that a few extra centimeters in economy class of the planes... whereas the business class people have got whole bedrooms :) )
but it has done just the opposite to people like us. today we rung mung.. who were defined by a small area, small population and unique culture have been just torn out of our social fabric and fitted all over the world like little pearls.
i wake up everyday just thinking about that tiny place on earth..i know that place wont have hot water... Comfortable toilet seats...big roads, big cars, that television... this Internet... but still ... ...!!!