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Monday , October 29 , 2012
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Toast to the Cheshire spirit

Ranchi, Oct. 28: Stumped by life, four inmates of Bariatu-based Cheshire Home in Ranchi have refused to give up.

They fought adversities, had courage to strive for a normal life and never stopped believing that they were different from youths of their age.

The quartet, suffering from various disabilities, has not lost their positive outlook or zest for life and have set their hopes on education, which they believe is the one thing that will help them find a respectable place in the society.

Vijay Kacchap (19), Dharmendra Ram (19), John Kishore (22) and Bina Kumari Sharma (19) stood out as shining examples of true grit as Cheshire Home celebrated its 42nd foundation day on Sunday.

“Education is the only tool that can help me find a respectable place in the society.,” said Kacchap, a first year student of Kokar-based Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav College.

Kacchap, who wants to appear for various competitive examinations, added that he had been afflicted with polio in his lower limbs when he was one-and-a-half years old and has been confided to a wheelchair ever since.

That though, he claimed, has not stopped him from attending college, braving heavy traffic and traversing a 3km-distance daily to attend his classes. “I try not to think about my disability too much,” Kacchap said.

He added that they were taken good care of at Cheshire Home, and trained in a number of vocational courses like operating computers, candle and greeting card making and creating jute paper bags.

Echoing Kacchap, Dharmendra Ram, who also is enrolled at Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav College, said there was nothing that could stop them now. “Nothing can stop us from achieving our goals,” Ram quipped.

The other two — John Kishore and Bina Kumari — too sounded hopeful of being able to lead a normal life if they were educated.