Before I commence telling you my story I would like to ask you all, Is there something someone has told you, or you have encountered, anywhere, that caused a paradigm shift in the way you look at things? Think…
I was in class 9th. I doubt whether you remember, there was a show that used to come on TV that time ‘Sach ka Samana’, where people were questioned about their life while being monitored by a polygraph machine which detects lies based on pulse rate and all. May be the show wasn’t real, but as a teenager, I was curious about the whole concept and used to watch it.
In one episode, they were screening about this personality, Laxmi Narayan. She is an activist. She has written books about the right of transgender and she,herself, is one of them. I don’t remember the whole episode but one question.
The Anchor asked her, ‘We all have heard that the curse from you people (transgender) comes true and generally people fear that. Is it? Is it true?’
(Aisa Maana jaata h ki aapke samudaay wale logon ke dwara di badua lag jaati h, log isliye aap logon se darte b hai. To kya ye sach h..sach m Aisa hota h?)
Normally this question would offend anyone.
But she heard it calmly with a smile on her lips and replied,
‘why only Transgenders, if you hurt anyone up to that extent that their heart cries, it will affect you. Even if they don’t curse you.
(Sirf humare samudaay Ko hi kyu, aap kisi ki Insaan ko iss had tak satao ki uske Dil se aah nikle, to wo lag hi jaati hai )
It’s been 10 years, the echoes of her words still resonate with in me. As a social worker, she definitely has changed thousands of lives and mine is one of them.
So, back to my question. Tell me about your experience, I would love to read it. And maybe someone gets something from that he cherishes his whole life. You never know whom you are inspiring.