“Julian gaana gaayega!” They all screamt as soon as I stepped into this cosy apartment full of these beautiful people. He looked up at me and the pink on his cheek was matching with my Kurti colour. Men blushing at any age are quite adorable. This little fellow was twisting his fingers with cheeks turning into different shades of Pink as he tried to steal a quick glance at me. I was quite floored. It is not every day that a guy sings a song for you and that too with such a sweet build-up to his performance.
For a moment, there was utter silence and Julian sang, “Mere sapnon ki Rani kab aayegi tu.” His performance was greeted by a round of applause and it’s from that moment, I knew I would always belong here.
Suffering from Down syndrome, these children are the epitome of happiness and joy. Sit next to Kalyani and she will talk about her husband who loves the food she cooks and how she enjoys feeding him. It might be a fictitious world but her emotions don’t make her any less human than us.
Chinmay might be silent of the lot, but let not the quiet demeanour deceive you. A state level Badminton player in the category of special children, he gets to his feet when his teacher pretends to be upset and tries his best to make her smile.
When you look at Chaaru, the smile never leaves her face. Cheekily exchanges a dialogue with her teacher, but also hugs her the next moment.
It is true. Happiness is in simplicity. Sit with them and play a game of ‘Simon Says’ and you will see the way they start laughing while making animal sounds or just by a simple act of jumping twice. It is that easy to connect with them. And people think happiness is in gadgets and what not. Today I realised that our perception of happiness is quite shallow.
A friend told me once that people are like brands. At that time, I had simply nodded my head in unison. But, today I realised the meaning of that statement. We always look for benefits. We always question, “What’s in it for us?” However, sometimes we need to stop looking at issues in such a way.
These children might be in the latter stages of their life, but that does not mean that we cannot give them a good life. They should also get to experience its beauty. After all, everything should not be about advantages and benefits. The day this is understood, these children will get to see a world that truly cares for them without any ulterior motives. That is truly beautiful. So, ditch your smartphones for a day. Postpone your shopping plans and pay a visit to Advitya. You might just get to experience satisfaction in its truest and purest form.