Can you guess the situation if we turn into deaf n dumb (mute)? You can’t hear. You can’t talk. Only thing you can do is you can see everything. Imagine how will you react, how others will react to you? I very well recollect a Bollywood movie “Barfi” wherein the lead actor was playing the character of a deaf n mute person.
Well, I am not going to write more on this movie but just wanted to show how life changes or rather a deaf n mute person adapts to this world from birth. We have two such person (1 in Mumbai office and another in Gurgaon office) working part-time with us. The one in Mumbai office is an old man around 65 years age but fit to work. I call him “Uncle”. I know he can’t hear what I say but I always refer to him as “Uncle” whenever I am discussing about him with anyone in office.
He comes in our office as part-time consultant and he is very good in his work. His job is “cutting-pasting” things. Not the “cut-paste” of Microsoft :). Just for background, my organisation is an advertising agency and we are the creative agency for many leading companies in India. We do designing of many products and even help brand building. So basically the job of “Uncle” is to make dummy items of many products like packing boxes, wrappers, leaflets, sticking of colour prints on foam-boards and many more such things. Just to tell you that doing all above listed things also is an art. A normal person will not be able to give perfection to it. And Uncle does it very well.
I personally adore him and everyday I make a point to go to his workplace and do little conversations, definitely not by mouth but with hands. After interacting with him all these years I also have started understanding little of sign language. I always have seen him in happy mood, no matter what is happening around him. He is always been a part of our office parties, office puja (prayer ritual) and all official events. Although he can’t hear but he dances to the tune of music, claps and laughs when everyone does thus ensuring he is not left out of the crowd.
Many times I have seen him communicating on phone too, yes he connects people using video calling facility (thankfully government has provided them at very subsidise rates) and he keeps his phone in front on his desk and starts talking with his hands with the opposite person.
Government has provided good facilities to such category of people. They have special schools and learning centers for deaf and mute people. Even they have reserve category in government sector jobs. It is my view that if all private companies also start hiring atleast one such person in their organisation then I am sure it will help these people in their day-to-day life.