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Innocent Wings – Dyslexia/Childhood/Parenting – #AtoZChallenge Day 9

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Innocent Wings Dyslexia

Book Blurb – Innocent Wings – Dyslexia/Childhood/Parenting

Mother Nature is kind enough to accept one and all, irrespective of their differences. But we as human being create classes of differences and disregard those whom we think are not at par with the norms stated by us. If we would also accept people with a variety of differences equally, then there wouldn’t be any issue left in the society. Little Rudra and many other children like him face various issues because of their incapability in academics and other fields. We have assumed that the benchmark of the child’s performance is his good grades, otherwise, he or she is incapable. Innocent wings is about a child who with assessment and interventions, became from no one to the one in his school. All that is required is lots of love and little care to support their capacities.

Book Review – Innocent Wings – Dyslexia/Childhood/Parenting

We have not brought our kids into this world. Instead God has entrusted us with his/her dear ones in the form of tiny lives, so that we can cherish them and nourish them. It is not only our privilege but also a blessing to be responsible for these little lives while we embark on the parenting journey. But are we fair enough towards every child born? Is our society compassionate towards every being born on this earth. No, we are far from it.

With the above questions to ponder upon, Innocent Wings has left me with a bitter sweet taste. The author of this book inspired from her real life incidents is a reality check in the face of this competitive world, where we want to train our kids for success in life from the word go.

Innocent Wings though a semi autobiography, raises several issues that make me question the relevance of our perception of good, bad and ugly, our education system and at large the human values that we wish to imbibe in our kids.

As I read the book, I couldn’t help pause and take a long look at my kids and thank god for all the conveniences of life he has bestowed upon me and my kids. I wondered how many kids with minor or major disorders which require special attention and exceptions at school actually get what they deserve to grow and bloom as flowers.

Shipli, as an author has done an excellent job of recounting her experiences as a mother of a dyslexic child, some of which were really harrowing at the hands of idiosyncratic schools, business minded health institutions and personal insecurities. The language is simple but does an excellent job  of piercing your heart.  Shilpi has not only recreated her story, but has also added in the book, interviews and passages from relevant stakeholders responsible for a child’s growth. These help us gain an unbiased view of what it means to compassionate and how certain disorders could be taken care of with some professional intervention but mostly by having faith and providing unconditional support to your child.

P.S. –  To read and feel is one thing, but to be in the thick of action as a mother of a dyslexic child is an altogether different game. Have you thanked the almighty enough for giving you beautiful kids. If not do that now!

Innocent Wings Dyslexia

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10 Comments

Abhijit April 10, 2019 at 10:56 am

True that we forget to count our blessings. Parents of a dyslexic child have to move a mountain to ensure proper education. Imagine, if parents do not have the ability. Society, schools included, are insensitive. They cannot manage a normal child, what to speak of a child with learning disability.

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Shubhra Rastogi April 10, 2019 at 12:58 pm

I can understand what you are trying to say. My nephew is autistic and I have seen my sister struggling, fighting back tears and supporting her son all the time. The world is the same for everyone then why are they treated so differently. They are just differently abled and need an extra dose of love and affection. If rather than shunning them we show them TLC the world undoubtedly will be a better place. I am definitely going to read this book.

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Vartika Gakhar April 10, 2019 at 1:56 pm

I got emotional while reading this post. My heart goes out to all the parents of differently-abled kids. When our kids have simple, cold we get tensed and these Bravehearts struggle every day. These kids are as normal as any other kids but the problem is the society treats them differently and make them feel they are not a part of the crowd.

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Noor Anand Chawla April 10, 2019 at 2:10 pm

I thank the almighty every day. We really must count our blessings and consider ourselves lucky.

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kushal April 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

True that, we should count our blessings… I have also been intentional in making my kids sensitive to these issues. Being inclusive, and respectful towards the differently oriented is definitely what we need to inculcate in ourselves and our kids. Thank you for an emotional post.

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Sonia Chatterjee April 10, 2019 at 4:06 pm

We never realize how lucky we are till we come across a post like this. We complain about daily struggles but reading this review about Shilpi’s fight made me emotional. Another good post from you though I leave the page with a feeling of sadness in my heart.

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Sitharaam Jayakumar April 10, 2019 at 5:58 pm

My cousin’s son is autistic and they really dote on him. They shifted to the US mainly because treatment of Autism would better there as there are better schools for differently abled children. My cousin is a very big shot and when he retired he was the CEO for international operations of Ifelx which was later taken over by Oracle. But I am thinking of all those people who have children who need such schools but the parents are unable to afford them. This book definitely seems to be a very promising read. On my TBR.

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Priyanka Nair April 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

Exactly, being a mother of a dyslexic child is a different game, we can’t even imagine playing. This post makes me sad but also helps me realize how blessed we are, we always complain and look for minor points in our family members and kids but we should be grateful for what we have and pray for others.

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Mann April 10, 2019 at 10:39 pm

As I read your post, I look at my daughter who a moment ago was trying my patience. It’s okay…because I love her more than she can irritate me. 😊 and I am grateful for her.😊

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Shalini April 11, 2019 at 10:51 am

It got me so emotional. Makes me so grateful for the little things in life! I hope this book is read by many.

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