On the upcoming Bangalore Literary Pageant (December 3 and 4), alongside the likes of workshops and lectures by youngsters’s authors Bijal Vachcharajani, Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan, and Honey Irani is a e book launch, Look Ma, No Fingers! authored by Vikram Agnihotri.
Whereas this will appear to be simply one other e book for kids, not many know that Vikram is a double-arm amputee who went on to change into India’s first particular person with no arms to acquire a driving licence. Now an expert rally driver, Vikram recollects how his mom used to inform him that if he needed to be remembered, he’d both must do one thing that others will write about or write one thing folks will learn. “I’ve achieved each to be doubly certain!” says Vikram, 52, who was solely seven when he met with an accident that led to a double amputation.
“It was solely due to the position my dad and mom and my household performed that I used to be in a position to overcome the problem. The e book is a strategy to share with the world the significance of a household,” says the Indore-based creator, including that he hopes it’s not simply youngsters however younger dad and mom who get impressed by the e book and its classes on parenting. “Kids at an impressionable age want to grasp that life doesn’t come to an finish simply since you meet with an accident. One ought to by no means surrender and at all times hold a constructive angle in the direction of life. The e book is a strategy to categorical my gratitude in the direction of my household, particularly my mom.”
On Tulika Graphix
Tulika Graphix is a brand new imprint of illustrated titles that straddles the Early, Center and Younger Grownup classes with books throughout themes and layered tales – fiction and non-fiction, poetry and verse, memoirs and biographies, commentaries and reflections. Two titles that launched the collection together with Look Ma, No Fingers! is The Block Printed Tiger, in regards to the adventures of a runaway tiger from Ranthambore in a Jaipur Bazar informed in slick verse, and Increase Increase, a coming of age story of a boy from a nomadic neighborhood. A e book on microbes in verse, a graphic novel that weaves collectively the lives of two mythological heroines from two distant cultures, a e book on the forgotten heroes of our freedom wrestle, are among the forthcoming titles within the collection.
The e book, he says, was a mission he began engaged on through the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Narrated as a graphic novel (with illustrations by George Emmanual), was one thing Vikram was eager on as illustrations can categorical feelings higher, he says. “Rising up, it was books like these that left an impression on my thoughts. Graphics and illustrations join higher with younger youngsters than simply phrases. It’s very onerous for folks to think about an individual like me doing a variety of these actions, so footage are the perfect medium,” says Vikram, including that since he had no photos from his early years, illustrations had been the best way to go.
As for revisiting painful reminiscences for the mission, Vikram expresses how he and his household have come to phrases with what had occurred. “We’ve buried the previous. So, whereas writing the e book, my focus was extra on the positives and never a lot on the hardships that we confronted.” Vikram’s goal all through engaged on the mission was extra than simply retelling his story. It was to “change the mindset of the folks and sensitise the society in the direction of the wants of the differently-abled. To indicate that it doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve arms or not, you want the correct angle,” says Vikram who additionally runs the Important Spark Welfare Society. Established in 2014, he explains the organisation focusses on coverage adjustments, enabling differently-abled folks of their day-to-day lives, and trains them to be “contributing elements in society”.
After races, and now a e book in his kitty, Vikram isn’t one to relaxation. Subsequent, he says, is a doctorate programme within the area of incapacity, and doable sequels to Look Ma, No Fingers! and utilizing his character within the e book as a peg for extra tales and initiatives. As for his doctorate presently within the works, he says it seems on the affect of emotional intelligence and parental help on the psychological well being of the adolescent handicaps.
Look Ma, No Fingers! is priced at ₹345 and obtainable on tulikabooks.com