in my own word – a story of a Blind Star, Sayyed Mohammed Raza Hasani from mumbai working with State Bank of India as Probessionary Officer.
In my own word
I was the 3rd child and the 1st son of my parents. As it happens in most of the Indian families, it was the celebration time and they took place. Thereafter came the shocking news of eye impairment and my parent’s journey to hospitals started. They went wherever they were told to but the answer was one, “No Cure.” When I was just 3 years of age, we lost our father. My mother was determined of doing something for me and it was because of her tireless efforts I could achieve whatever I have. I was admitted to Happy home and school for the blind worli mumbai at the age of 4 and completed my SSC from the same. In wilson college I did my HSC and graduation. I took history and stood 1st in my class. I was also active in many activities and won many prizes. I received best student of the year 2000-2001 from Hindi department of my college. I also stood 1st in national level Braille writing competition organised by NAB in March 2012 at Mount Abu on the occasion of their diamond Jubilee. I would like to see our organisations to organise competitions where blind will get chance to compete not only with blind but also with the persons with sight. Now the time has come to leave the pond and jump in the big sea where we will get the opportunity to sharpen our skills. Once netradeep Pratishthan experimented this idea in Pune and now it should be taken further. Teaching was my passion thus I did diploma in special education for visually impaired from NAB Mumbai and joined NAB Itinerant department in June 2007. The next three and half years experience was very good. There were different challenges to face in that profession starting from searching student’s house. Every student is unique thus you have to find different ways to teach each one.
In December 2010 I joined my school as subject teacher and taught English and mathematics there till October 2011. My life journey again took a turn in October 2011. There were 2 paths for me to choose. 1 was straight which continued in school while other was taking me to bank. I got selected in state bank of Hyderabad as single window operator (a clerical post) and due to differences with school director I was forced to give up my passion and I accepted banking job. Initially work satisfaction was not there but now there is a ray of hope. Due to efforts of seniors, management has changed it’s view and recently we were provided with the opportunity to learn core banking solutions. Very soon we also might get opportunity to work and prove ourselves.
In my own word my life experiences have taught me one thing that we should never lose hope. It is said that in wrestling the defeat is not declared when a person falls down but it is declared when he refuses to get up. I know that I might fail sometimes, but I’ll never fail to rise high again.