Victory over palsy, hope for DU seat

By Samyukta Maindarkar | TNN

New Delhi: Anirban Guha has just cleared his Class XII board exams. And like most of his classmates, he aspires to join an undergraduate degree course in Delhi University. However, the path he has traversed to reach this milestone is very different from that of his classmates.

A student of Sanskriti School, Anirban is affected with cerebral palsy since birth. He had to juggle between school and tuitions with speech and physiotherapy sessions. “It was his choice to take up commerce after Class X,” said Suktisubhra Guha, his mother. But there are constraints. “We live in C R Park, and I cannot send him very far from home — only till about Saket. We have not discussed which colleges to apply to. But he is keen on attending Delhi University.”

Suktisubhra insisted that Anirban’s achievements were of his own efforts, but he and his teacher Devjani Roy agreed that he could not have made it this far without his mother’s efforts. “His parents’ support, especially his mother’s, was extremely important. He wouldn’t have got anywhere without them,” said Devjani.

“I have always wanted him to study, and study well. I have dedicated my life to ensure that he gets good education,” said Suktisubhra. “His hard work has paid off.”

SPIRITED SHOW: A student of Sanskriti School, Anirban had to juggle between school, tuitions and speech and physiotherapy sessions. Image Credit: Times of India

“He has always been an extremely enthusiastic child,” said Devjani. “He blended very well with his class. It is a credit to both him and his class that they accepted him. He needed a writer to appear for exams, but I never had to ask anyone to do it for him. His classmates and friends are always ready and eager to help him out.”

Despite his condition, Anirban’s intellect and IQ have been excellent. It is his motor skills that have remained affected. He has been attending speech and physiotherapy sessions ever since he was one-and-a-half years old. “His mathematical ability is very good, but we didn’t want two tough subjects to hamper his progress. So he did not have maths,” said his mother.

Anirban was also actively involved in the extra-curricular activities in school. “There was no activity he did not want to take part in. And he loves sports,” revealed Devjani.

With his family’s love and support, Anirban has achieved more than most people. Apart from his parents, his elder brother Arnab, and his writer for the Class XII exams, Riya Bahadur, have been instrumental in his success. “I want to encourage parents of children with special abilities, because their support is important,” said Suktisubhra. “Children can achieve so much with the love and support of their families.” |

*Originally printed in The Times of India’s Delhi edition on May 30, 2007, in the Times City section