Esha (www.braillecards.org and www.clabil.org) is an initiative by volunteers to make life better for the blind. We use the word blind because its neutral. There is no disability, challenge or special ability attached to this. We are blind means we cannot see. Period. Just like you are sighted means you can see.
You can access the online library directly at www.braillecards.org/audio.htm
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Preeti Monga - Esha Achiever of the Month - Concluding part of the guest post by Sandeep Koul
This is my favorite part of the interview. Because to me, it was the most inspiring part.
“Did you have to struggle a lot to
get where you are now? Can you talk about one incident that encapsulates this
phase?” In an incredulous tone of voice which seemed to suggest that she had
been talking to a retard the whole while, she replied, “Of course I had to struggle all the time, I still have to.
I am not able to
decide which incident I should tell you, as it will be very difficult for me to
do so. But one thing I wish to say is that no matter what my struggles were, I
have had a great life! I have enjoyed every moment, every struggle; no matter
what it was! As I said, there is always 2 sides to everything. For example, I
walked the streets and markets with pickle bottles, selling with
the temperatures from 47 degrees to 1 degree, bumping into things, tripping on
the stones and potholes, slipping in mud, being asked to get out of shops who
did not want my product… having doors shut in my face from houses I was trying
to sell at; yet I loved it all as all this physical activity kept me fit
and slim, allowed me to eat everything and anything without worrying about my
weight! Plus, I had my boyfriend cum lover with me all the time, for he was my
official assistant! What more could I have asked for?
The Struggle was
that I was a single mother of 2 little kids, plus had hardly any money to call
my own plus did not know when that day will come when I could earn enough to support
the three of us? Plus I was fighting for my divorce. Yet I focused my thoughts
and energies upon all the fun I was having learning new things, meeting new
people and enjoying the attention I was getting. Well I can go on and on about
all these things, so my book is what needs to be read for the real secret.”
With this obvious plug for her book, “The Other Senses” I was drawing towards a
close. I had run out of questions here, canned or otherwise, so I asked
the final b-school closure question next. “What is your current goal?” She
replied, “My current goal is to take Silver Linings
to becoming a company/organization worth Ten Thousand Crore. And once I achieve
that, no one, I mean no one will ever again take a disabled woman for granted!”
Worthwhile ambition for a special person – we wish her all the best at
achieving it ASAP.
My heart was
overflowing with gratitude towards ESHA for providing me this brilliant
opportunity to interact with such a magnificent person – hey, wait- I’ve run
out of superlatives here…
Thank you, Sandeep, for the fantastic interview. Thank you, /Preeti ji, for sparing the time.