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March 25, 2015

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  RAJAMANI AND PUSHPAJAN: TAKING CARE OF BODILY-IMPAIRED
Rajamani & Pushpajan, Payyannur, Kannur

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Rajamani and Pushpajan do not have children of their own.  But a hundred lives afflicted by polio and other debilitating physical conditions have been brought out of cloistered humdrum existence by them.

As a child, Rajamani was a courier of books for two of her neighbours impaired by polio.  It was from her visits that Balakrishnan and Kannan came to know about the happenings in the world outside.

When she wed welder Pushpajan, she spent some time initially as a homemaker.  But once Pushpajan came to know of Rajamani’s interest to take care of body-impared persons, he also joined her in the avocation.

It was during this time that a voluntary organization called FLY became active in Payyannur.  Its aim was to raise the bodily- afflicted to a hopeful life by taking them around places of interest.  The couple joined the organization.

Every weekend, they seek out new persons for their service.  These range geographically from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram.  They take the hapless ones to the places of their dreams and take care of their natural needs.

The couple does not seek or accept any monetary help for their services.  They keep aside a portion of the Pushpajan’s wages for this purpose.

She imparts vocational training in jewellery, umbrella and candle making to her wards.

Among those who help in their activities are her uncle Chandran Kuruvat, neighbour Krishnan and K.Biju of Fire and Rescue force.   Even from these well-wishers, the couple does not accept any monetary help.

Pushpajan’s mother Nani and Rajamani’s mother Janaki are enthusiastic supporters of their children’s activities.  They are ever ready to welcome guests to their homes and feed them.

Rajamani’s love flows to those who have been confined to their rooms.  A phone call is sufficient to tap that spring of goodness.

 

 

Courtesy: T.Ajeesh (text), Dhanesh Asokan (photo), February 1, 2015

"A mother understands what a child does not say."