Our son was born in October 1983. When he was four months we realized he had some vision problem because he was not able to make eye contact with us. We went to the Eye specialist and came to know that he had Retinitis Pigmentosa. At first we were worried and a little devastated. But once we accepted the problem it was easy to deal with whatever came our way.
We live in a small place so our son went to regular school and did very well with the help of his friends and teachers. But college was in the neighbouring town, he had to go by bus. For two weeks I went with him, took the bus from our place, got down near his college, we had to cross the main road and walked for ten minutes to his college. After two weeks when he was familiar with the bus journey and the walk to college, I used to get down at the bus stop and he used to cross the road by himself and walk to college. After a week he started going by himself. He had confidence himself and we had confidence in him .
We took the risk of sending him alone to his college because it is good be independent. All this happened eleven years ago. He will be soon completing his PhD in English Literature from one of the top universities of our country. In 2014 he went by himself to the US to attend an international conference and present his paper. Last year he had been to London to attend and present a paper in a international conference. In both places he was able to go around with his cousins. If we want our dreams to become a reality we have to take risks. So often, not the safest road but the less traveled road is the best road.
With Jim, a family friend, in New York
In London , at the conference in Royal Holloway, University of London.
In Cambridge with his teacher’s friend