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The extra chromosome only makes them a bit more lovable, giving them the extra cuteness quotient!
This is the first piece that comes to my mind… i still remember my little Manha handed by the nurse to me .. a bundle of soft cotton wool was how she felt in my arms. She was a bright eyed and chubby cheeked little baby. The most endearing quality about her is her innocence and utmost selfless affection.The challenges of developmental milestones have been a rough ride especially when every child has been given fixed parameters.
However when I learnt that she was a Down’s syndrome child…I was a bit apprehensive about raising her well. Although it is challenging to raise a child with special needs but these kids are the most loving munchkins on earth. I would never know how to part with my cute doll and angel ever. Her eyes exuded an innocence which superseded my motherly expectations. My elder teenager would shy away to plant a kiss on my cheek but Manha would radiate her warmth with warm hugs and loads of kisses each morning.
As she grew older, I found her squinting occasionally. Sure enough, after an eye checkup I discovered that her eye muscles were weak therefore she needed glasses.
The spectacles gave her a geeky potter look. Suddenly she started to look more adorable than ever.
I worked mostly with my motherly instincts to gauge her needs. Though kids her age were chatterboxes but her speech was slurred and delayed. We at home kept encouraging her to open up and to not shy away. We also tried to understand her nomenclature for various things as well as people.
It’s a roller coaster ride where at times one does feel defeated as kids her age were far ahead in academia.Humans are psychologically conditioned to compete in the rat race .But here I was grateful for her smallest accomplishments.
Keyboard for her was a natural talent and she loved to sing her rhymes on the notes she played. No formal training though just an innate talent for music and singing.
Motherhood is a joy known to the blessed. Everyday i thank God for giving me my little Manha. Material things can never give u as much contentment as having these little people. They make u complete as a human being and chisel your personality. We stop taking things for granted after becoming parents. Parenting is a huge responsibility and not so effortless as our mums made it look. The extra chromosome only makes them a bit more lovable, giving them the extra cuteness quotient!
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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