Pune: “I want to become a radio jockey,” said Ganesh Kadam of Poona Blind School, a fully visually impaired student, who scored 76 per cent in Std X exam. Kadam’s very enthusiastic and energetic voice was the high point of his telephonic conversation with Sakal Times.
Kadam said that radio has created wonders in his life. “The confidence you hear in my voice is because of the radio. I hear it every day. Every radio jockey has encouraged me to inculcate the ability to speak with different voice modulations. I also try to imitate the automated voice messages, which we hear on our mobile phone,” said Kadam, who has been brought up by his maternal uncle and aunt.
He and Yuvraj Mahalle, an external student in SSC examination and a cerebral palsy child, who scored 86 per cent, are shining examples of how education is important for building confidence and a bright future for everyone.
“My parents had abandoned me long ago. I was one and a half-years-old when my father tried to kill me because of my disability. He felt, being a visually impaired child, I could only survive as a beggar. But my uncle saved me. Ever since, his family has become mine,” said Kadam.
“I want to motivate visually impaired children to excel in life with whatever challenges they face daily. I hope my voice reaches thousands of my kind of people,” he added.
Yuvraj Mahalle was in Magarpatta City Public School till Std VIII, which is an Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) board school. “But Yuvraj had to shift to SSC board because the ICSE board couldn’t provide us with our requirements. As MSBSHSE provided us with two options - writer and laptop facility - Yuvraj chose a writer. The Board actually helped us a lot,” said Priti Mahalle, Yuvraj’s mother.
A sci-fi fan, Yuvraj idolises Stephen Hawkings. His mother narrates that Yuvraj has great grasping, imagination and logical thinking abilities which empowers him. “He only has physical difficulty. Yuvraj knows everything about Blackhole theory. He is currently reading about Quantum theory. He doesn’t read or watch anything other than science novels or videos,” she said.
Yuvraj wants to pursue a career in Seriptum Physics. Priti said, “Yuvraj lost marks in subjects, which had diagrams. It was difficult for him to explain to the writer about the diagrams. So the writer couldn’t draw it. Otherwise, he had answered even the optional questions.”
Even Kadam expressed that he faced a similar problem while answering subjects like science and geography.