"A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done"
- Cardinal Newman
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
"One Little Finger"
Reading the newspaper, TOI crest, I came across the one article that touched my heart on page no. 28. Which later on inspired me to dig a little deeper.
The Book Cover of "One Little Finger"
Searching for the Wonder Women, Malini Chib, on google, I actually entered a new phase.. something out of this world.
The info which I collected and couldn't resist sharing with one and all :
Malini Chib is a 44 year old women staying in Mumbai having cerebral palsy.
"Cerebral refers to the cerebrum, which is the affected area of the brain (although the disorder most likely involves connections between the cortex and other parts of the brain such as thecerebellum), and palsy refers to disorder of movement", says Wikipedia.
Chib at the release of book
Malini's book "ONE LITTLE FINGER", is an autobiography which was released in India, New Delhi on 3rd December 2010, giving the best gift to all on World Disability Day and a reason of joy
to the entire world.
Born in 60's in Calcutta to Mithur Alur, she was stamped with the term "disabled" suffering from the disease which is incurable, according to the doctors.
Passing out from Bombay's St Xavier's College of Special School wasn't very easy for her.
People starring at her, while she used the ramps made for wheelchairs, no one understood whatever she said. But yet, with a very supportive family she carried on.
"At St Xavier's I had come to terms with the fact that I will always be different, that my body scares off boys, that I will never have boyfriends like other girls. I had friends, gossiped in canteen, went to movies, with them, but at parties the girls would drift away with boys and I'd be left alone", says Chib during an interview with TOI crest.
Malini with her mother Mithur Alur
As a matter of fact, this didn't swayed away her thoughts, dreams, ambitions with the wind. She possesses a degree of Women's Studies from London University and Library Sciences and Information Management from the London Metropolitan University.
Right now, she holds a job at Oxford Book Store, Mumbai and not to forget, she is also the founder and co-chairperson of ADAPT ( Able Disabled All People Together), earlier named as Spastics Society.
ADAPT, is a school for children and works for assessment, infant stimulation, therapy, counseling, inclusive education, skills training and job placement, continuum of support services and home management programmes for children and young adults with disability.
"ONE LITTLE FINGER", the book in which she wrote every word with her one finger and has been doing so since her lifetime, is the first book in India to be written by a person suffering from cerebral palsy.
She still wants to see the world disabled-friendly.
On the other hand, I believe, she raised mountains of hope for all disabled people, and also proved wrong the people with perception that those with disability are a liability to the nation.