13 October 2011
By ,Hetal Vyas
Bangalore , India
She may not be able to see. But that hasn’t dented her spirit to live her life to the fullest. GN Sangeetha, 38, was barely seven when she lost her eyesight to a brain tumour.
“After my surgery, life has always been very different. I got special treatment from my parents, sisters, family and friends. I also got special toys to play with as a kid and I really enjoyed my childhood, especially summer vacations, playing in the coconut gardens of my native place,” Sangeetha told TOI.
“I went to New Public English School, Vijayanagar and completed by schooling there under the Integrated Education System. Till Class 6, I used to give my exams orally and after that I was provided a scribe to write my papers,” she said. Her thesis was drawn from her life — ‘Role of women’s organizations in Empowerment of Distressed Women in Karnataka.’ She now works with the Women’s Studies department at NMKRV College for Women.
She’s also the author of two books. She says: “I want to work and fight for the rights and upliftment of helpless and handicapped women.” She’s also a counsellor and has motivated many depressed and suicidal people, lifting them out of their woes.
Honours & Awards
She has won a
national award from the ministry of social justice and empowerment, governor’s award, best physically challenged woman award from the government of Karnataka, among others. “My best experience was meeting former President Abdul Kalam,” she said. Sangeetha was the only visually impaired person from India to meet the Queen Elizabeth during the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind.