Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Disability - In Developed and Developing countries

Of things I appreciate most in the Western world, support to disabled is one. They are treated with great respect and care. They are encouraged to be independent. Every building, bus, train, shops and parks are made easily accessible by people who are unable to walk.
Wherever you travel in Europe, you are bound to hit this sign,which is world Disability symbol.
  In Supermarkets there will be nearer parking slots reserved for them. Even the houses are modified to suit the need of disabled. Like widened doors, accessible switches, low mirrors etc. Detailed care is given to each things you do. It's not only for physically challenged, they also cater for blind, deaf, people with illness etc. Every public flyers are made available in Bigger fronts, braille or in CD forms if requested.
 Examples of equipment and adaptations include:
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1. stair lifts
2. powered or manual height-adjustable beds
3. powered leg-lifters for people who have difficulty lifting their legs into bed
4. Ceiling hoists -when lifting people becomes a problem.
Ceiling hoist
Battery powered vehicle

A wide range of gadgets and devices are available that make everyday tasks easier for people with specific disabilities. Some examples are:
> clamps and holders to keep jars stable so they can be opened with one hand
> talking kitchen scales for people who are blind or visually impaired
> alarm clocks that vibrate under the pillow for deaf and hearing impaired people
> kettle tippers for people who have limited arm strength or restricted movement
> devices that remind people with memory loss or learning disabilities to do a daily task, for example taking a pill.

Contrastingly, in India, people are made to accept disability as a curse and lead the life. They are restricted to stay at home most of the times. It is hardly possible for them to be on their own are not treated equally in society. I understand people cannot afford costly equipment, but the government can provide them with some and also the attitude of people towards them should change. Disabled people should be confident in achieving what it is possible to them.
I really wish India and other developing countries will have all these facilities soon.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

My birthday

Normally birthdays are made special by wishes. My this year's birthday was made doubly special because of my husband. I got my birthday gift a week before, as he could not resist seeing my expression. The big Marks & Spencer's box was wrapped up using my Cardigan's belt. :) And I kept wondering what M & S item it might be. But to my surprise it was an Apple product hidden inside, a brand new MacBook Air 13".

It was very sweet of him to upgrade Mac Air to 4GB of RAM as I always keep complaining about speed.
The whole process of unpacking the gift and my funny expression was recorded in the mobile.

On the previous day of my birthday, we had a get together in a friend's place. At the end everybody surprised me with a birthday cake and small celebrations :) Thanks to hubby too for being a part of it.

On the day, when I woke up in the morning, our living room was gleaming with lights, my favourite Venkateshwara Suprabhata  being played, and a sweet birthday card written in Kannada with great difficulty by my husband, with only a single mistake.

I feel blessed to have such a sweet, caring and loving husband. Thank god for that. :)

Friday, 28 January 2011

English to Kannada

It is a normal practice to think in your native language (mother tongue) and translate to the language you speak. But in my husband's case, even though his native is Kannada he has been out of India for so long that English has become his 1st language now.

So habitually he thinks in English. I have come across many funny translations he makes in this regard. Some are :

  • ನೀನು weight ಹಾಕೊಂಡಿದಿeಯ. - You have put on weight.
  • ಅವನಿಗೆ ಒಂದು girlfriend ಇದೆ. - He has a girlfriend.
  • ಅವನ ಹೆಂಡತಿ ಬಂದಿದೆ.           - His wife arrived. 
[He has a habit of mentioning girl (especially wife or girlfriend) with no gender.]

     ಸದ್ಯಕ್ಕೆಇಷ್ಟೇ ನೆನಪಾಗಿದ್ದು. I will keep updating the post as dialogues keep coming. :)

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