Saturday, November 5, 2011

ஊருக்குப் பழி நேர்ந்தால் உனக்கின்றி எனக்கில்லை...

(The first few lines are in thamizh. I have posted the translation of it in comments.)

அண்ணா, நீங்க நாளைக்கு தரிசனம் பண்ண முடியாதுங்கறது எனக்கு ரொம்ப வருத்தமா இருக்கு

அதனால என்னடா.. நாளைக்கு நீ ஸ்வாமி கிட்ட பாடறச்சே நானும் ஒன்னோட வாசிக்கறேன்னு

நெனச்சுண்டு பாடு.. அவ்ளோ தான்... இன்னிக்கு பைரவி கலக்கிட்ட... ரொம்ப நன்னா இருந்தது

போங்கண்ணா’ 

சஹ கலைஞர்கள், நண்பர்கள், சிஷ்யர்கள் என அன்பு செலுத்துவோர் சூழ சற்று சுகமாகத்தான் 

இருக்கிறேன் எனினும், இந்தப் பதிவை மாற்றுத்திறனாளி, Disability, என்ற tag-ளோடு பகிர்ந்து கொள்கிறபோது, அது எங்களைப் போன்றவர்களின் ஒருமித்த குரலின் சப்த வீர்யத்திற்கு என்னாலான ஒரு பங்காயிருக்கும் என்பதால் தான் பகிர்ந்து கொள்கிறேனே தவிர தன்னிரக்கத்தின் பொருட்டன்று. சுயபச்சாதாபங்களுக்கு இங்கே இடமில்லை. 


நாத நீராஜனம் கச்சேரிக்காகத் திருமலை (திருப்பதி) சென்றிருந்தேன்.




பூக்களைப் பறிக்காதீர்கள்

புகை பிடிக்காதீர்கள்

காற்றுக்கு மட்டுமல்ல,

படிக்கவே தெரியவில்லை,

மேகங்களுக்கும்.

வளைந்தேறிய பாதைகளில் வழியெங்கும் காணப்பட்ட அறிவிப்புகளில் ஒன்று, சிகரெட் பிடிக்காதீர்; பிடித்தால் ரூ.25 அபராதம் என்று அபத்தமாக கூறியபடியே இருந்தது. 10,000 ரூபாய்க்கு சீக்கிரம் பார்க்க முடிகின்ற கூடாரை வென்று கூட வைக்கும் சீர் கோவிந்தன் பெயரைச் சொல்லி, பணம் கொடுத்தால் பண்ண அனுமதிப்பவைகளில் புகை பிடிப்பதும் 
ஒன்று போலும்.   


எப்போது எங்கு செல்வதாக இருந்தாலும் எனக்குத் தேவைப்படும் ஒரே தகவல், அந்த இடம் மாற்றுத்திறனாளிகள் பயன்படுத்தக்கூடிய வகையில் கட்டப்பட்டதா அல்லது படிக்கட்டுகளும் ஏற்ற இறக்கங்களுமாக உள்ளதா என்பதே அது. (திருமலையில் நாளொருமேனியும் பொழுதொரு வண்ணமுமாகக் கட்டமைப்புகள் உருவாகி வருதால், முன்பே தருவிக்கும் தகவல் எந்த அளவிற்கு அன்றைக்குப் பயன்படும் என்று வேறு சொல்லவியலாது)

மாற்றுத் திறனாளிக்கான ஒரு தகவலைப் பெற விழையும் ஒவ்வொரு முறையும் எத்தகைய தட்டையான புரிதல் கொண்ட மனிதர்களே எதேச்சையாகவோ வலிந்தோ அதற்கான இடங்களில் இருக்கிறார்கள் என்று அச்சமும் ஆச்சிரியமும் கொள்ளாத நாட்கள் அனேகமாக வாய்ப்பதே இல்லைஇருட்டு அறையில் கறுப்புப் பூனையைக் கண்களைக் கட்டிக்கொண்டு தேடுதல் மிகக் கடினம், அதுவும் அப்பூனை அங்கில்லாத போது என்பது ஆகச்சிறந்த வரிகளில் ஒன்று என்பதை உணர்த்தியபடியே நகர்கிறது காலம்

என் எதிரே மூன்று வழிகள் இருந்தன
1. அந்த நிகழ்ச்சியை நடத்தும் பொறுப்பாளரிடம் பேசுவது
2. அங்கு சென்ற/செல்லும் சக கலைஞர்களிடம் கேட்டுப் பெறும் விவரம்.
3. திருமலை-திருப்பதி தேவஸ்தான வலைப்பக்கத்தை ஆராய்ந்து, உங்களுக்கு  உதவட்டுமா என்ற தொடர்பு எண் எதிலாவது பேசிப் பார்ப்பது.

மூன்றாவதைத் தான் முதலில் பார்த்தேன். வயதானவர்கள், ஊனமுற்றவர்களுக்கான சிறப்பு தரிசனம் பற்றிய முழுமையற்ற குறிப்புகளே காணக்கிடைத்தன. அதில் சொல்லப்படாத சந்தேகங்கள் இருந்தால் யாரைத் தொடர்பு கொள்வது என்ற விவரங்களும் அங்கே இலை. நிறைய விவரங்கள் இருந்தால் ஆலயத்தின் பாதுகாப்பிற்கு ஆபத்து போலும் என விட்டுவிட்டேன்(Contact us-ல் மேலும் சிலபல அலுவலர்களின் தொடர்பு எண்கள் கொடுக்கப்பட்டிருந்தும், இதை ஏற்பாடு செய்வது ஸ்ரீ வெங்கடேஸ்வரா பக்தி சேனல் என்பதால், அங்கேயே கேட்டுக்கொள்ளச் சொல்வார்கள்). SVBC-க்கென்றே இருக்கும் வலைதளத்தில், webcast தவிர எதுவுமே இல்லை.

நிகழ்ச்சிப் பொறுப்பாளரை அக்டோபர் 6-ஆம் தேதியே (கச்சேரி 29.10.11) தொடர்பு கொண்டேன். நான் எதற்காக அழைத்தேன் என்பதை காதிலேயே வாங்கிக்கொள்ளாமல் ஆங்கிலத்தில் சுமார் அரை மணி நேரம் பேசினார்

'சார்.. ரெண்டு பேருக்குதான் தரிசனம் பண்ணி வெப்போம், தங்க எடம் குடுப்போம். அதுக்கு மேல கெடையாது.'

'சரி, நான் எதுக்கு கூப்பிட்டேன்னா...'

'அதுல பாருங்க சார், நிறைய பேர் வந்தாச்சுன்னா அவங்களுக்கு தரிசனம் பண்ணி வெக்க முடியாது. ரெண்டு பேருக்கு தான் முடியும்'

'புரியறது, எனக்கு நடக்க முடியாது, அதுனால அங்க தங்கற எடம் பத்தி கேக்கலாம்னு கூப்டேன்'

'அதான் சார். ரெண்டு பேருக்கு தான் தரிசனம் பண்ணலாம். பாடறவங்க அவங்க தாத்தா பாட்டி வருவாங்கன்னு சொன்னாங்க. அவங்களே தனியா அரேஞ்ச் பண்ணிக்கறாங்க, ஏதோ டிக்கட் வாங்கி.'

'இல்ல, நான் அத கேக்கல. அங்க எங்க தங்கணும், அது கீழயா மாடிலையா, கச்சேரி நடக்கற எடம் அங்கேந்து..'

'அதுனால சார், நாங்க ரெண்டு பேர் தங்கறதுக்கு தான்...'

நான் இடைமறித்து, 'இங்க பாருங்க பாஸ்கர், நீங்க கொஞ்சம் நான் என்ன கேக்கறேன்னு புரிஞ்சுக்கோங்க. நான் என்ன கேக்கறேன்னா..' 

 மறுமுனையில் மெல்லிய சிரிப்பு. 'சார், நீங்க நான் சொல்றத நல்லா கேட்டுக்கோங்க. உங்களுக்கு புரியல. கவனிங்கநாங்க ரெண்டு பேர் தங்கறதுக்கு தான் காட்டேஜ் குடுப்போம். ரெண்டு பேருக்கு தான் தரிசனம் பண்ணி வெப்போம்'

சற்று குரலை உயர்த்தினேன்.

'Mr.Bhaskar, Will you please listen to what I say? I am not bringing many people along with me. Two of us will only come, that too to assist me, as I am disabled. Since, I am handicapped, I can't walk. I can only use the wheel chair or I need to crawl the distance. I am just asking you about the place of stay and how to reach the stage from there. I am just asking all these details, in order to plan my stay and travel accordingly. If there are more steps to climb, I will start a bit earlier and I can do it on my own. Do you understand?'

"Sir.. sir sir.. you are not understanding what I SAY. We can only accommodate two and arrange for dharshan for two"

'My god! I am asking, whether too many steps are there and....'

'Sir, steps will be more than 30. If you are handicapped, we can't take you in'

'No need, my job is to reach the stage and play the concert; I am not at all bothered about having or not having a dharshan and all'

'Sir, listen to me. One man from Kerala came. He was old. He looked like 150 kilo. But, he became 300 kilos when we lifted him. The attender went leave for four days. But, I am coming here regularly. No leave for past 8 months. We will only allow two persons to stay and we can take only two persons to dharshan'

'It’s ok Mr. Bhaskar and I am fine with just playing the concert'

'Sir... sir... you are mistaking. Actually, we are happy if you take dharshan. But, it is too much difficult to take you inside. So I am telling that it will be great difficult for us. One artiste fell down. Some bring many people. But the dhEvasthanam is doubting us that we are getting money and letting more people. We are here to help you. But, it is difficult. 

See, I have already made it clear, it’s OK and fine for me if I can't go inside and have dharshan and all. What information I need is, whether the place of stay is in ground floor or upstairs, any steps.....'

'Sir, you should not say like that. You should go inside and see Balaji. But, it is very difficult. I am telling you because, one man fell down and one artiste from Kerala...'

'That you had already explained. I understand you have more work pressure and you need a vacation..'

'Yes sir, too much work here. 8 months, I did not go home. And one more thing sir, I cannot tell you whether ground floor or not. In the cottage, if only upstairs is only vacant, you may go there sir. Sometimes, the artiste of the previous day will be in ground floor'

'See, I am not going to pay any surprise visit. You know pretty well that I am playing on the 29th only. So, you can plan accordingly and keep the ground floor....'

‘SIr, you are not understanding sir... If the artiste is not willing to change the room on that day, I can’t give you the ground floor sir... we cannot do reservation and all’

‘It’s ok, if ground floor is not available, I’ll just take some other room for rent or I’ll just sit in the car itself.
‘sir... don’t get angry.. I am telling, we cannot assure you. There will be many steps and it will be difficult for you. Also, I am telling the dharshan is difficult. We can’t lift you...’

Mr. Bhaskar, No need to lift me and all. I can do things on my own and a sishya of mine will help me if I need any. This is not the first time that I am playing a concert at a holy place and return without having dharshan and all. I am used to such things. I am clear; my job is to play the concert. So, I am asking YOU the details about steps and all. That too, because, you are the manager for nAdha neerAjanam.

‘Sir, you should understand, we are having too many works...’

He continued his clichés of that day; it will be difficult for you... two people only... blah blah....

‘Ok, Mr. Bhaskar, see you in person, I shall come there on 29th by afternoon and I’ll adjust however it is, don’t worry’.

‘Sir... then why you called me and asked all these questions... (laughing) you have wasted half an hour of busy time in the morning... why I am saying this is, we have lot of work.. it is difficult to have dharshan... we don’t allow more than two persons to stay...’

‘It’s ok Mr. Bhaskar, I understand what you say. Thank you’

The epic conversation between us happened so. Talking to my friends being the only option left, I keenly watched for the updates in Facebook and I followed the announcements made on SVBC too. Finally got one who been there in mid of October and spoke to him. He asked about how life is going and all and he said he didn’t see me in the concerts held at RMKV for navarAthri and I told him that I had to decline an offer to play there owing to the 15 steps at the entrance. He seemed surprised and said no no... You have got some wrong information. There is lift to reach the first floor, where the concerts happened.

‘No man, not like that. My friend works in a bank nearby that place and he examined the possibilities and reported me clearly. There are 15 steps to enter the premises itself.’

‘No no.. He has not seen properly. There is a lift. You missed a concert’

‘Hey... in fact I, myself spoke to the floor manager and he confirmed the same too!’

‘No no... They have misguided you. You can just go to the lift, straight away’
‘From the parking?’

‘Not from the parking. How can it be possible? If you go to the entrance, there is lift and you can use it’

I sighed. ‘Do you know to reach what you say as entrance, the so called ground floor that itself has 15 steps from the road? Are you aware about that?’

‘Yes, I am. If you climb those 15 steps then you can easily go to the first floor by lift’

‘That’s what I am saying...’

‘Yeah, there are steps. But if you reach the lift then it is easy’

Guess what I said? I just wished him a nice day and nice year ahead. But, I felt happy for not having asked him any details regarding my thirupathi visit, stay and dharshan. J

The days passed but they contained a slight pressure about the conditions which might be prevailing there and how am I going to tackle.  The other mind of mine came to the rescue (do I have one like that?), ‘Look, if you know your enemy, you need to plan, work on strategy and all. In this case, the things that you need to face are unknown. So, stop worrying, be cool and just be creative when you have zero anticipation about any crisis. That is the plus in this issue. So, sleep well’.

I decided to start early, before sunrise in the morning and reach thirumala by 10.00AM itself so that there will be sufficient time to the sorting out of the issues (if any) in between the reaching there and the concert. Meanwhile, I managed to get info from one of the artiste who performed there a month ago that there is wheel chair access to the stage and felt peace, finally, though the conversation with the organiser kept creating bubbles on the surface.


When we reached the tollgate, I called Bhaskar and due to a disturbed signal, he was unable to hear me properly. In such cases, the need to call him can be ascertained so easily and further guidance about the point of meeting or place of stay can be exchanged through SMS.  Since the concerts are happening daily, they are supposed to know these issues of recurring nature better than anyone else. I got a contact of one of his assistants, Venkatesh, through the singer and called him from where the Garudan welcomed us. He said, we need to come to Alwar Tank Guest House which is nearby and he added anyone on the street will guide us there! The way he spoke seated me under an impression that the place is the second most popular spot on the hills. Not much or more, we just spent an hour in search of it. In addition to the calls, every policeman, auto-van drivers and the white and white may I help you volunteers sent us around the ups and downs and we encountered a lot wall and tears.

I called him and asked in a detached voice, where the hill he is (no spelling mistake intended). ‘Sir, just tell me where you are... I will tell you’ and all of a sudden he directed us clearly and we were at the gate of ATGH in a minute! He asked me to get in. I looked at the steps there and told him about my disability and asked him whether this is the place I should stay. He said something like, ‘not here sir, but, having come all the way here, you can come inside!’ I was unable to understand why someone cannot come to some point and receive us. They send a van to receive artistes who visit by train. Well, maybe people like us are damned in a place which is celebrated for pAdha yAthrA. 

Now, it was a different place, Nursing Sadhan and I requested if he can come or send someone to show us where it is and he sent Sriram. Nursing Sadhan is really a comfort inn which has only one step to climb. Given proper assistance, the handle of the wheel chair can be pressed and lifted inside. A room which can give room a decent stay for four. We were hungry. The man told us we can have food at TTD’s place and I asked him whether some food can be fetched for me. He said that cannot be arranged and if we have any Tiffin box or plate like that, someone can go and bring food for me. Who knows all these, Mr. Assistant? Why can’t you say it well in advance, so that I can come prepared? Well again, hotels were there and I ate, did I miss an H there?

‘Sir, we can take you for dharshan by 6AM tomorrow. That is the time for VIP dharshan. We can only take two.’

‘Yes, Mr.Bhaskar ‘briefed’ me about this for a ‘long time’, the other day. Can I ask you one thing? Can you take my sishyas  Arthi and Krishna for dharshan instead of me? They can pay the praNAms on behalf of me and since they are married they can have dharshan together... or you can give my quota to the singer and take her grand parents’

‘No sir, only we take artistes’

‘OK, fine... what time should I be ready?’

‘Sir, the coffee will be given at 4PM. You be ready at 5PM. Our van, Swaraj Mazda will come here and take you’

‘Oh... Can I ask you one thing? Getting into the car from the wheel chair is easier for me than climbing into the van’

‘No no... You can’t come by car. Only the van is allowed. The security guards know our van. They will only let the van’ (But, when I went there, I could see many cars and vans parked inside)

By the time, he got a call from the artiste and he said he can arrange for a thampura and an artiste to play it and added, ‘since, nAgarAjan sir, is not having dharshan, (I never told I won’t come in. You guys only say, we can’t go in) I can take your people in that place!’

‘See, if one of you or the organiser will also be coming with us, they will let our car and I can reach the stage in my wheel chair’

‘No sir, you come in our van and we will take you in a battery car’ (like the ones in the railway stations)

‘You see Sriram, the problem is, I can’t be climbing and getting down many times, I need to perform after that! It will be tiresome to do it like climb wc-get in van –get down wc – get in battery car-get down wc-get on stage, that too for a distance of five minutes by walk!

‘Sir.. nAn solRadha solleettEn, then you do as you wish’

What a generosity! Nagaraj, you guys are blessed!!

I did as I wished. The concert went well. Aishvarya and the vAnchai and happiness filled in her eyes, the crowd, the temple atmosphere, the stage and the backdrop that I have seen umpteen numbers of times in SVBC and the way she commenced her concert with an apt chedE budhdhi mAnurA (O Mind! Give up crooked ideas) and the songs followed made the trip a memorable one. After the concert(!), Bhaskar, the manager for nAdha neerAjanam came to stage and met us. Again, he said it will be difficult to go inside and he is telling so for my good only and I thanked him for care taken on me and thanked him for the stay, though, the western closet in the restroom been damaged in such a way that it can tear the skin of male organ.

Got in to the car and realised I am hungry, terribly. The laddu and the vadai (minus idly) which was presented on stage along with a poo cheNdu, went slimmer (I am in diet you know?). J
We went to Mayur restaurant and had a dhOsa and the time was 8.30PM only. I stayed in the car itself, grabbed things and reached my oor, Chennai, not at once, but at Ra.One.AM.
#ra.one = rAthri oru maNi
#One is singular, no (at) once, OK? :D         




(I am reporting this to the grievances cell of TTD and I have added a few lines:

Dear Sir,

If this is how we are treated when we offer our art to Shri Venkatesa, then I think, it is high time for you to execute a complete check on what is really happening there and deserving persons who have studied psychology and disability management, who could empathise should get appointed. In fact, I would personally suggest that the advisory committee should have a differently abled person to understand the difficulties that are faced in our daily routine, of course with knowledge to communicate at least in two languages.

If I visit your place as a guest and I just return without meeting you or if you don't exchange a few words or a coffee with me, it is a disgrace to you according to our tradition. In this case, I came to offer my art and to meet Lord Venkatesvara Himself. But, I was unable to satisfy a part of it and it is certainly a disgrace to the Lord Himself. Let us not let it happen so in the future and I need a complete enquiry and action upon this issue.

Thank you and with regards,

Erode Nagaraj,
Mrudangam Artiste).


14 comments:

  1. The title and first few lines are in thamizh. I am providing a translation, not a better one though:


    The title is a song from the movie thiruviLaiyAdal which means leelA of the almighty. The line 'oorukku pazhi nErndhAl unakkinRi enakkillai' means, if at all any digrace happens to my city, it is a disgrace to you only (since everything belongs to you) and not to me'

    'aNNaa, i am so sad that you can't have dharshan tomorrow'

    'so what, think that I am playing the mrudangam too, when you sing in front of the Lord.. cheers... you sang an awesome bhairavi today'

    'pOngaNNaa...'

    I must say a few words before you venture into this post. I am so happy and enjoying a comfortable and peaceful life with all the love and care my fellow musicians, friends and sishyas shower on me. In spite of it, I am sharing this post with everyone, for i feel the tags reading 'differently abled, disability etc will add my 2 cents to the voice that is echoed universally from people like us for access, decent life and change of attitude in the way which many of us are treated by the society and certainly not out of self pity or in expectation of any compassion.

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  2. I had been to thirumala (thiruppathi) to perform live concert for nAdha neerAjanam a program aired in Sri Venkatesvara Bakthi Channel.

    The wind was illiterate to read the sign board 'don't pluck the flowers'So were the clouds. They could not understand the no smoking signs and they kept enveloping the peaks of sapthagiri. Those signs were seen everywhere and what was irritating is 'if caught smoking, Rs.25 fine'

    Just like a 10,000 bugs takes you quicker and closer to the Lord by the men, they allow you to smoke, if you are ready to pay!

    Wherever I visit, the only detail I wish to know is whether the place is user friendly for the disabled with proper access by wheel chair or there are steps and if so, how many steps and whether we can get a stay in ground floor. It is an irony that whenever we need such details, the persons who are posted as managers and organisers, most of the times, are unable to listen patiently, to give an ear to what we ask and understand what we actually need.

    I had three options left in front of me.

    1. to talk to the organiser
    2. to get the details from some artiste who had already visited there.
    3. to visit the website of TTD and talk to a concerned person and gather the required info.

    I viewed at the 3rd, first. There were a few lines written regarding dharshan to senior citizens and the disabled. But, they were a bit unclear and also there was no further detail given about whom we need to contact if we have any further questions that are not listed in the site info.

    So, I contacted the manager for nAdha neerAjanam on 6th of October itself(concert on 29,Oct only). He never bothered to listen to me and he spoke for nearly half an hour. I am giving a gist of our conversation here.

    Bhaskar: 'Sir, we can only arrange dharshan for two people'

    Me: 'Its OK, but why I called you is...'

    'You see sir, if many people come, we can't take them to dharshan, we can do only for two'

    'OK, I understand, but I had called you to ask about the place of stay, since, I am handicapped'

    'Yes sir, we can only arrange dharshan for two. The singer said, her grand parents are also coming and she will arrange on her own and buy some tickets'

    'No, I am not asking about that, I am asking, where should I stay, whether it is ground floor or upstairs, how far is the concert stage from there...'

    'So, sir.. we just allow only a stay for two persons...'

    I intervened and said, 'look Mr.Bhaskar, you please listen to what I am asking; what infromation I need is...'

    I heard the sound of a muffled laughter on the other end of the call and Bhaskar continued, 'Sir, you please hear properly what I am saying, you are not understanding, listen.. we can allot the cottage for only two persons and we can only arrange dharshan for two people'

    I raised my voice a bit. 'Mr.Bhaskar, Will you please listen to what I say? (continue from here in the post itself)

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  3. Relax. Things will change for sure, even if a bit delayed. But never miss an opportunity to raise a voice of protest/ suggestion. If you share the mail I'd details, friends will also send their advise suitably.

    Developing countries like ours, take time in some places to comprehend.
    For every physically handicapped, there could be some 5 or 6 handicapped in 'thinking& comprehending' faculties; obviously this Bhaskar is one such. He seems to be suffering from one more disease too - what in collegevdays we used to call as 'verbal diarreah' . Relax & enjoy such encounters. God Bless you with more enhancing experiences more frequently. :)

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  4. I felt it very bad; Indeed very bad! No words to express my feelings! :(((((

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  5. முழுவதும் படித்தேன். மனதுக்கு சங்கடமாக உள்ளது. தொலைபேசியில் தெலுங்கில் பேசியிருந்தால் ஏதேனும் அனுகூலமான பதில்கள் கிடைத்திருக்குமோ என்று ஒரு எண்ணம வந்தது.

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  6. The place where everybody should be one, a person has to go thru all this, for getting heard.... This is what happens when we follow aacharam (tradition)without the reasoning.. All our traditions have importance to humanity and how we deal with another individual. I know the words whatever i say isnt equal to what you have gone thru. But still...

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  7. Majority of our people are mentally handicapped and insensitive to the needs of differently-abled people. I must admit that the awareness is much more compared to the earlier days. We should do our best to spread this awareness....

    Good writing, Nagaraj though a little long!!

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  8. Felt on the sorry state of affairs!

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  9. Wonderful sir..actually looking for this sort of article. how disgusting the system is! next time anywhere you go, Please take pictures and send to us. we are a group working on accessibility of temples. sometime back i was called as guest to a meeting and they hastily installed a wooden ramp, which broke off while they are carrying me! we will spare us the pain and humiliation..not any more!

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  10. pvr: aNNaa!! verbal diarrhea :P apt term it is. now, gearing up towards new year, i am worried a lot :( diary-aa kuduppALE :D

    கீதா சாம்பசிவம்: there is nothing to feel bad about it. it happens. human sometimes lose the quality of empathizing until reality storms them. :)

    kg gouthaman: aNNaa, they do understand English and Thamizh. What is the use if they listen to some mind, if spoken in Thelugu? That would have been more awkward. We say, language no bar for Music and we call it universal. May be some people treat it Uni-Vessel to cook their own and only what they. :)

    prajeeth: All are equal in front of God is there in the books. In general, all religions are great in the book. Only they are poisoned by people who practice them in a prank and teasing manner.

    ஹரிஹரன்ஸ்: yes, aNNaa, the awareness seem to spring here and there. One good example was the photo of the shop with ramp, which you posted. And, yes, it was long. I want to vent till all my tides are over :)

    Dhinakar: yes, not only the state of Andhra Pradhesh. Many states and societies are like that. They have a strong belief in karma. As a result of such conception, we, the disabled are so because, we were sinners of the previous births. So, the society, deep in its layer, has a feeling that we deserve to undergo such difficulties and hurdles. :)

    Sai Padma: Hi, Nice to see you here :) Sure, I shall share whenever I own such photos. Guys are not much educated about ramps and angle of elevation too. They deny to realise, such attempts would end up only in increasing the percentage of disability in the country. :)

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  11. ஒவ்வொரு கச்சேரியிலும் நீங்க பெர்ஃபார்ம் பண்றத மட்டும் பார்த்து ஈஸியா அழகா கமெண்ட் பண்ணிடறோம். ஆனா ரியல் கச்சேரி ப்ரோகிராம்க்கு முன்னாடி தான்னு இப்போ தான் தெரியுது!!

    Think U have reported this grievance properly to the concerned official of the TTD? Let us wait for their response/action.

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  12. it is a pity that a place like tirupathi were millions of people visit doesnt have enough facilities for physically challenged people. Seems everything is getting commercialised. Only the lord can guide the TTD Committee members and no one else.

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  13. We have been living in the US for the last few years and i can see the arrangements made to accommodate physically handicapped everywhere. Almost always, the front two parking spots is allotted for Physically handicapped and with sufficient room for wheelchair to operate around. Wherever there are steps, a wheelchair ramp needed to secure building permits. I wish we copy this aspect of america!
    Here is a link of a blog keeping track of developments in wheelchairs..

    I also see wheelchairs which has multi-functionalities such as climbing stairs etc.,

    http://wheelchairstairclimbing.blogspot.com/

    i hope you find something useful which can alleviate your difficulty in mobility..

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