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Ek "Koshish" to #DoRight, by Tata Capital

Monday, February 17, 2014 , 28 Comments

I have a story, rather a "half story"...I need you to hear it, hear it in the way the words talk, the way words talk without speaking. Hear it in the way you need to hear it. When you have finished hearing, I want you to tell my "half story" to others, tell them the way you heard it and tell the way you want it to be heard!

In my half story, there is no King, no Queen nor a big, bountiful Palace or chariots of fire or fancy Unicorn. Neither is any huge song and dance Opera...all it has, is a Heart!

Yes, I need you to have a "heart" to hear it, a "heart" to listen to it and an equal "heart" to tell this to others who may listen.

In the time we live in, there is a city called "Mumbai" in India. The city that is known for its fast pace, high moving life, the city of "never say die" spirit, the city that never sleeps and the city that has non stop traffic, bustling life and larger than Dolby sound.

In the same high decibel conundrum, high pulsating, throbbing city, there lives some children, a group of souls who have learnt about "sound" but not experienced it much. Children who may have taught about "freedom of voice" and "vox populi" but still cannot speak. They speak but their voices go unheard. They cannot hear what you speak but listen it through your eyes and your lips. These children are children of lesser Gods who cannot hear or speak. The world calls them "deaf and dumb", I call them "differently able" and trust me this "Different is Beautiful".

Different is Beautiful
Koshish is a school for deaf and dumb children, started by ENT Dr. Ajay Kothari who train these kids to find their voice and explore the beautiful world outside. World full of opportunities, skills and world of being independent. The institute also focus on vocational training to help them find their own foothold in the sun. From art of stitching, make up, sports to a new found passion- Photography!

Two sparkling eyes, one camera and a million stories to be told
Who said that expressions are just limited to speech? Well if it alone was true than there would be no poem, no beauty, no picture and yes, no Camera! Yes, the still camera. The kids at "Koshish" found a new way for self expression and that is through pictures. Two kids- Shahin & Chetan were given mere 3 days of training on basic photography, a skill that soon changed their world. A skill that may change the world of several other such kids who are failed by "sound of voice" but the "frame of lenses" has found them. This small device still holds a great potential for these kids. How? Here's how-

  • Medium of Self expression- when voice/words fails us, we click pictures and pictures tells us 1000s stories
  • A new avenue to earn livelihood- Professional photography is very much in demand. A lot of people have not just carved their careers with camera but have also won accolades for their efforts and become world known to us
  • Photo Journalism
  • Photo blogging
  • Camera for Curiosity- yes, you read me right. A camera would encourage them to search for new images, new pictures which in turn will motivate them to find new scopes like different flowers, animals, places etc which in turn may arouse their curiosity and help them learn about the world around.
  • A medium for communication
  • To help build and foster the culture of Inclusive Society

So, lets Shut out the noise, focus on the picture and tell a million stories, may be with a camera today. I believe there's a lot more thing that this camera will do for them. Here's the video-


They say, Mumbai is a city that welcomes million dreams but still cannot fulfill them all. I say- let us take few dreams in our hand and sow them in our eyes. Let us be the voice for those children and let us make their voice audible enough in this city, to be heard, to be fulfilled. Those kids say- I am different. Let us embrace them and say- "different is beautiful".

So, this was a "half story" that I wanted to tell you. Thank you for hearing me. Thank you for listening and understanding it without me speaking. Thank you in anticipation, that you will share this story with your friends and help Dr. Kothari's, ours, mine and your's "Koshish" and help to finish the other half of the story.

To know more about this "half story" and many others, do visit Do right website, beautiful initiative by Tata Capital
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28 comments:

  1. I have been taken as man-with-no-sense-of-emotion. May be the world guess alryt about me, but then, why this post makes me sob like a foolish girl? Why the hell am i wiping under my eyes? Then, what in the world made me just determine enough to give a call to ENT Specialist of Mumbai, to request him for letting me do something for those who are, as you said, totally different. And, i believed now how beautiful this different is... Thanks to you Ekta for introducing this beauty to a man-with-no-sense-of-emotions.

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    1. Dear Shabab,
      That indeed is very touching and highly appreciable. I am glad that my small write up has touched your heart and help someone in their beautiful endeavor too. Thanks for reading me.

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  2. Good and Effective one.... Thumbs up!!

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  3. HI
    Fantastic Write Up...superb..keep it up...I loved it :)
    Thanks for your visit on BHAVIKK SHAH's BLOG

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    1. Thanks Bhavikk..glad that you liked it :)

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  4. Heyi ... lovely post ... keep it up, and Thanks for visiting my place .. :)

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    1. Thanks Sadia..You write good poetries too...you must try ur hand in blogawards as well..keep reading numerounity.

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  5. Good one, Ekta!Best of luck for the contest!

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    1. Thanks so much Rahul JI..It is a joy to see your comment here :)

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  6. Superbbbbb is the only word I have ..... Keep writing :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I will try to :)

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  7. Different is beautiful, and you express it so well

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  8. Excellent post. I sure will share this story with all my friends and relatives.

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    1. Thank You so much SG..I wish that Indiblogger publishes this story in a newspaper so that it reaches millions of people around.

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  9. That is such a touching story, Ekta. I so wanted to write for this contest. I completely missed the deadline :(. Wish you good luck!

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    1. Hi Rachna,
      Thanks for appreciating my work, can't tell you how heartfelt it is to hear good feedback from an amazing writer and blog award holder like you :)

      The contest is still open I guess, you can try submitting the post for creating awareness :)

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  10. A very good entry for the contest! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Indrani...I am glad that you liked it.

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  11. Well written Ekta! Good luck to you!

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    1. Thanks so much ilakshee..welcome back...missed u here :)

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  12. Ekta you have written this post perfectly and it really inspires the readers to try and complete the remaining half of the story.

    Wish you all the best for this contest.

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    1. That's real kind of you Pravin. I am glad that my last minute writing is worth all the pain I took. However, I did not write this as for a contest but written it for the single minded purpose of- communicating the idea across as much I can. Your feedback encourages me :)

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