It was a usual July morning. The usual morning rush to catch metro and to punch office card dot @ 8.45 am. Amidst in morning hustle bustle, tuned into FM 98.3 Radio Mirchi. While shuffling between much-yak yak-and-less-music FM Stations, what caught my attention was the jingle was on Radio Mirchi. As the jingle finished, I was like, “BINGO”. I am going to associate with this. This was how I come across to know about, ‘Lend Your Voice’ campaign, a CSR initiative by Radio Mirchi.
What is ‘Lend Your Voice’?
- It’s a campaign for the ones’ who are visually impaired (partially/fully). Where Radio Mirchi has joined hands with NAB (National Association for the Blind). A campaign where a volunteer need nothing but time, a right voice module, reading ability to narrate Hindi/English story books/novels/poetry books and of course, the patience to complete the given assignment (book).
- Book/Recording material is being provided by Radio Mirchi.
How I started?
As soon as I reached @ my desk, instead of checking MS-Outlook, I sneaked in gmail and wrote to Pallavi (the brain behind this campaign). Hardly 15 minutes, and I got the confirmation reply from her. Grinning like an idiot, I started reading about the campaign and about how I am gonna contribute?
Going by the instructions, I attended the seminar @ their premises at Filmcity, Noida. At the end of the meet, we were being asked to go back, re-think and revert with a confirmation mail.
Result of my keenness to get associated, without any delay, I shot the confirmation mail to Pallavi. Reply came asking, if I am ok with Hindi. I said, very OK. J Saying that, she blocked my time for next day 2-5 pm. Thrilled? Yes, I was.
Next day, started with a Hindi book, (Rabindranath Thakur ki lokpriya kahaniyaan). Was back home with a smile on face and a bit anxiety in mind. A day after my recording received call from Pallavi. Yes, she was happy with the way, I recorded the stuff. And wanted me to narrate another book. An urdu book. I was brimming with excitement.
How does it make a difference?
Ever thought of completing a task blindfolded. Sounds weird. Isn’t? Now think of those, who are facing this weird thing as part of their life.
We, who are blessed with the ability to see/read/speak, how difficult is it to take out couple of hours for them? How big deal is that? If it’s not enough, imagine a room full of those kids, listening your recorded stories and smiling/crying. Moved? I am too.
Winding up this, wish to say, let’s not just show sympathy. Let’s bring a smile on their faces. Let’s make them feel that they are not different. They are part of us. That they also have a right to smile.
Masakkali J (@masakkali)