Friday, December 11, 2009

Nikita - The wonder girl

Strange enough, I am compelled to write about someone whom I recently met, who meant nothing but a sweet voice on the phone, who was just another colleague in office but only till the time I met her. She is Nikita, one of us, vibrant, bubbly, intelligent, witty and B - School (JBIMS) educated. The one difference albeit a small one; as she makes me believe is that she hears what we see. Yes, very simply put she is visually challenged.

I have never met someone with a disability and so may be I used to have a soft corner or a symapthetic attitude towards them but meeting her changed it all. She doesn't need my or anyone else's symapthy. In fact she is a person who has turned her disability into her strength. The fact that she is a little different from the rest of us, has motivated her to no extent. Apart from the credentials which she has gained in her academic pursuits, she is a person of varied interests. She has a masters in music and sings for the All India Radio, she delivers lectures for people suffering from stress or depression and with all of this she is a full time employee, an efficient one at that for Bank of Baroda.

She has never failed to surprise me, yesterday when I went to her, she touched my sleeve which was a way of acknowledging my presence and then she said "You always wear formals", I was astonished and ended up asking "how do you know", she smiled and said "Your cufflings". As much as I want to believe that she is just like us, the more she proves me wrong. So, now I have conceded that she is indeed different, very different from most of us ; who blame our kismet for the smallest of the challenges we endure.

I wish I could learn just a few things from her - matching jewellery to the dress (yes, she does this to perfection), nonchalantly making fun of self; she happens to be a sardarni and so manages to crack jokes at herself and finally the way she smiles. Its a lovely and content smile which can light anyone's life.

P.S - This is what she told in her introduction once "My motto of life is very simple, as simple as my blood group i.e. B+"

5 comments:

worlds most amazing photos said...

oh !

Sandeep said...

Yes we are very fortunate and we gotta realise this, stop blaming destiny, god and what not, let us be grateful for what we have.
awesome post neha :)

Neha Dua said...

@sandy - u got to meet her Sandy, she is a zillion times more awesome than this post :)

Jayded said...

.... Wow... Some person!...
Ive always felt for the visually impaired...
Being in the ad world, i dont know if youve seen this one ad where blind children enjoy the festival of holi... even though they cant seen the colours!!!... Touching moment is when one kid says "what does blue look like?" or something like that!

Rupesh Jain said...

Good post neha, it seems you need Diamond Rings