spreads joy and colour in her life with her magical drawings. Flowers,
birds and butterflies turn more beautiful in her pictures. Anjana, now
22 was like any other girl until she was six. That’s when destiny dealt
her a cruel hand. A debilitating disease named ‘Muscular Dystrophy’ made
her rather dead than alive. She first lost the movement of her legs and
soon it spread to her hands, gradually impeding all her movements. Now,
all she can move are her fingers and spends her life in her bed and a
chair. Her poor parents have spent more than they could afford for their
“Her father is a kooli and I am a nursery
school helper. We tried everything we could. We had tried Homeopathy and
Siddha, but the result was not good. We also tried Ayurvedic
treatments. We are now helpless and not making any efforts of treating her. Her father had
spent a lot for her sake and the rest of his hard work and savings is
this house,” says Anjana’s mother, Ambika.
Pilla carries her to a chair near the window before he leaves for work.
The outdoors is always her subject. "I usually spend my time looking
outside through this window. I love nature more than any other
subject and feel very close to it. I like to listen to the sounds of
which is like my best friend who always gives me joy and cheers me up,”
says Anjana with a winning smile.
“When I want to draw, my
mother places the pen between my fingers and soon I would be busy
drawing. I painted until my fingers cannot take the pain anymore” she
Drawing is not her only love. Anjana loves music too and she spends the rest of her time
listening to music. She prefers melodies and sometimes tries to sing.
Anjana has been interested in music, dance and painting since childhood and nursed an ambition to become a school teacher.
“Anjana hadn’t learnt painting or
drawing from a master. She paints anything she likes. Anjana draws for
me also. She draws pictures for the nursery. She was not a bad student
either. She had passed the eighth standard without attending school,
studying by herself. She reads story books and tells the story to us in the
evening,” said Anjana’s mother proudly.
Anjana likes stories - stories of the heroes who made the impossible possible. “I like Helen
Keller; I think she is a good inspiration to people like me. She
overcame all the obstacles in her life and sharpened her abilities. I
had read her story. I would like to be like her too. I don’t like
the people who are sympathetic towards me. As a result of this attitude
we are forced to spend the rest of our lives doing nothing. People
like me need to be educated, they need to read books, learn languages
and gain knowledge."
"I don’t believe in faith or destiny. I dreamt of becoming a teacher; when I realised that it is not possible, I began to
love colours. Now I have a big dream to be a good painter. I will paint
my world until my fingers stop moving,” says Anjana.
has been wrestling with her destiny with sheer will power and and struggling to carve a place for herself in this
busy world. She refuses to bow down to destiny and continues her lone
fight against it with her immense courage.
Yentha salutes this young lady with the never say die attitude and wishes her the very best!
Text and Photos by Krishna A
(We have included all her sketches to give the readers a true sense of what Anjana is capable of).