Alefia Tundawala : Academia
Vision of a visionless girl
Kolkata, June 25(ANI): Alefia Tundawala, a 26-year-old visually challenged girl,has proved that physical disability can not stop anyone from dreaming and making efforts to realise the dreams.
In a society where people suffering from any disability have to face social ostracism, this girl has worked hard to overcome her handicap and make an impact on the community.
Alefia has selected 'Muslim in Search of Identity' as her research topic which she claims is a field least touched.
"I want to contribute my bit to the academic world. The subject that I have selected is a unique one. I want to redefine communalism." says Alefia Tundawala.
Alefia was born with impaired dark adaptation (night blindness). She lost her eyesight gradually but she developed courage to fight against all odds.
In her school and college days she used to receive help from a friend and never felt need to learn Braille, but as she started to work on her own, had to learn it.
For preparing her dissertation paper and later pursuing her PHD she relied on her computer and Braille typewriter.She has installed a special software in her computer called JAWS with which she scans her documents and storesis them in the computer.
For Hindi and Urdu literature she is helped by a personal assistant, who reads out to her the important documents relating Y to the research topic and records them in a recorder.
Yusuf Tundawala, father of this brave girl, is proud of her and wishes that his daughter's dream of becoming professor will come true. "She wants to become professor. She has done her MA and now she is pursuing PHD. We hope that she will get a job at a suitable place", he says.
Alefia's brother Moiz is also visually impaired and stands by his elder sister and escorts her along with his father. Her mother is a constant source of courage for Alefia.
The moral support of the family and her personal courage has helped Alifia move ahead towards her goal. (ANI)