It was only last year, when I first heard about Siddu and read his inspiring story in the newspaper. Siddu is a great source of inspiration for the physically challenged. Hailing from a small village in Karnataka, Siddu has led a life of constant struggle.
Visually impaired and born to a poor family that shunned him, Siddu was abandoned at age 5. Even after such trying circumstances he never let go of his dreams. In pursuit of his aspirations, he joined the Government School for the Blind, the first step he took towards his dream of becoming an IAS officer.
Despite the innumerable challenges at school, he developed an interest in mathematics and started memorising multiplication tables. Young Siddu’s claim to fame is that he’s a human computer with a phenomenal memory. He has been awarded and honoured many times over for remarkable feats such as memorising arithmetic tables up to 99 crore!
He completed his pre-university schooling under difficult circumstances and is currently pursuing his five-year LLM course at the M.S. Ramaiah College in Bangalore.
Last December, when I was traveling to Bangalore, I reached out to Siddu. During our meeting, he told me about how he was preparing for Civil Service Examination. He believes that he can help society do more for its citizens. For this he needs study material and a Braille printer which cost around Rs 2 lakh. He would like to appear for the exams ASAP and has already begun preparations. The printer can be a valuable tool which helps him in his venture.
The braille printer is a highly technical one that can convert soft copies of books to their braille version in minutes. Available in the US and with a price tag that simply cannot be afforded by Siddu, i have taken it upon myself to help him. So far, I have collected and given around Rs 60,000 to help him.
I would like to further take this effort to higher levels and ask all of you kind people to help this determined man achieve his goals.
Every donation will bring Siddu closer to his dream of becoming an IAS officer and dedicate his life to helping others.