Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The ‘Vision’aries

Intro:

There is a vocational training center for the visually impaired near my office. A group of three, sometimes four blind youths leave at the same time as me. And I help them cross the road. One day I saw one of them being helped by someone else. He reached the opposite side of the road and stood there looking in my general direction. I was waiting to cross and ultimately I did it. He smiled at me and said hi. I was a little rattled. Did he know who I was? If he did, how did he figure this out? I asked him this question. My mind (the stupid, evil bit of it) said – “he’s not blind. He’s just acting.” He grinned and almost blushed and said (in Kannada) – “it’s easy. It’s your smell and your footsteps.” And before you start using that non-existent brains of yours, the smell referred to “something sweet and pleasant (in his words)…” hmph!!! I was stunned but I walked with him to the bus-stop and, yeah…I waited for the bus to take me home.

Outro:

Imagine a black world. Everything dark. You can’t see anything. Try being in this condition sometime. I don’t mean sleep. I mean awareful wakefulness in pitch black, complete, darkness, understand!!! You’ll feel like tearing your hair out at the end of an hour.
The blind live day in and day out, for years together in this darkness. All they have is the sounds and the smells. When God impairs one faculty He tends to gift highly active co-faculties. If you think about it, people can be characterized and identified by smells. We just don’t pay attention to it because we don’t need to identify anyone with their smells. You see, we can SEE them!
Even footsteps are dead giveaways. People are at times identified by the way they tread.
With the blind, these faculties automatically work overtime because it is their way of identifying people and environments and also protecting themselves. I feel that they are far more sensitive and intuitive than most of us. These are people who see beyond what is seen by the eyes. So the next time you (including moi) crib about something stupid and mundane…remember that you have all your faculties in order – a benefit that is helping you lead a normal, independent life.

10 comments:

Bubbly Vodka said...

True. We don't realize it most of the time. But we should be more than grateful for it.

shnkrnryn said...

me being almost blind for a week taught me one important lesson your eyes are everything and it takes a shit load of time before your other senses catch up

Still thinking said...

Hmmmm, I've just noticed the pattern now, so now you do the vishlayshan (comme Vinod Dua) in your writings huh. I really like the way you write Preeti and I quite like the new style :)

I agree totally. We indeed are blessed, sad we don't realise it often though and I'm no different.

Scribblers Inc said...

This is one fine place! And the way of putting forward stories is really fresh....
I am really glad to have such an intelligent reader!Thank You! :)

Scribblers Inc.

P.S.-two things; firstly, I didnt fall for the third point and secondly, The final installment is up! :D

Preeti said...

@bubbly...

yeah...we should be. we take all this so much for granted dont we, bubbly?

Preeti said...

@shankar...

hmmnnn...poor you!!!
im sure you have understood exactly what i am trying to get at here.

Preeti said...

@Still-

Thank you dearest.

i like that. vish'lay'shan...laying down all the facts and feelings...
:-D

we are all the same...
sigh!!!

Preeti said...

Scrib...

glad that you dropped in. and thank you for those kind words.
*grinning from ear to ear*

PS: firstly...DAMN!!! oh well, i tried!!!
Secondly...i read it and am still having that shivery feeling. and the teeth chatteringly cold weather out here is just not helping...

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

A wonderful post that makes me count my blessings once again.

How are you dear? :)

Preeti said...

Sameeeeeera...

WHERE WERE YOU...?

SO glad to have you back...

:D

thank you, dearest!!!