“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle
Reshma spent most of her childhood at Cherthala, Alappuzha. Her father is a toddy tapper and her mother is a housewife. Reshma was born visually handicapped. “In Standard IV, I shifted to a special school for the blind in Kanjirapalli. Learning Braille was a turning point in my life.”
As a blind student, Reshma faced a lot of challenges in her life. Due to the lack of availability of Braille text books, she found it difficult to study. Being uneducated, even her parents couldn’t teach her . With the help of a computer, Reshma was able to study for the exams. “I wrote the SSLC exam in Braille with special permission from the government. I thought I did well and was eagerly waiting for the results but it was unexpected. I got very less marks for many subjects. I thought it was the end of my career. We forwarded a complaint to the education department and after three days, the result was revised and I got 83% aggregate.”
During the course of her education, Reshma’s teachers were doubtful about the capability of a blind girl. “SDF’s ideology of helping poor but brilliant students is highly inspiring to me. It changed my attitude towards society and made me believe in the goodness of people once again.”
Reshma is the only blind student who used Braille for writing an exam in the history of Kerala. She scored fourth rank in B.A. History and first rank in M.A. History. Reshma is now pursuing an M.Phil in Kerala University and wants to become a History professor. “In light of my experience, I can confidently say that hard work and prayer is the key to victory.”