One Little Finger
Publication Year: 2011
President of India's Award
One Little Finger is the autobiography of Malini Chiba—woman who defied all odds to emerge victorious in spite of a crippling disability and an indifferent society; who dragged herself out of the limits of her condition. This is the story of Malini's search for independence and identity, and her zeal to live a full, meaningful life despite lifelong disability.
Malini has Cerebral Palsy, a neurological condition similar to adult stroke, which makes body movement and speech extremely difficult. However, the cognitive functions of brain can often remain unimpaired, as in the case of Malini. She recounts her experiences from childhood to adulthood, her struggles with motor skills and speech, managing day-to-day activities, and the apathy and indifference of people towards her and others ...
- Front Matter
- Proving the Doctors Wrong
- Birth of a Movement
- The End of the Beginning
- A Family with no Bounds?
- Boarding School Life–Ugh!
- Growing up
- Why do you want to do the BA?
- Introduction to Port Wine: Goa with Nicky
- Entre-vous to Adulthood
- Oxford: A Love Affair
- A Slice of Freedom
- Moving Again to London
- A Bold French Holiday
- Empowerment in Academia
- Living on One's Own
- What? A Second Master's—Unbelievable!
- I Get Employed!
Copyright © Malini Chib, 2011
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
First published in 2011 by
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Published by Vivek Mehra for SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd, typeset in 12/16 pt Adobe Garamond by Diligent Typesetter, Delhi and printed at Chaman Enterprises, New Delhi.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Available
ISBN: 978-81-321-0632-6 (PB)
The SAGE Team: Rekha Natarajan, Swati Sengupta, Sanjeev Kumar Sharma and Deepti Saxena
Cover photograph by Avinash Gowarikar.
This book is dedicated to my mother.
Mother, Thank you For constantly pushing me all my life, For always being therefor me, For making your life centric to me. Thank you for sharing and giving me so much, Motivating me and giving me a full life.
This book would have not been possible without your support.[Page vi]
In Memory of[Page vii]
My nephew Ishan Bose-Pyne, who left us at the age of 16 through an accident in Los Angeles, while I was finishing my last chapter. He loved sitting on my wheelchair and whizzing around Regents’ Park and feeding the squirrels with me, not at all fazed out or scared of falling. I loved carrying him like that, it was my first experience of being a mother and holding a child, he will always remain with me.[Page viii]
Although I managed to finish this book, it was a long arduous effort, and there is a tale to tell. It needed quite a bit of editing from several people. The book would not have been possible without the support and help of my mother, Mithu Alur. At the same time, the finalization of endless proof-reading and corrections was possible because of the indefatigable work it received from my friend, Theresa D'Costa, and Lucas Baretto's secretarial help.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the SAGE team for making this book happen—Sugata Ghosh for believing in this project, my deep thanks and appreciation to Rekha Natarajan for her skilled editing. It was a great experience working with them. Thank you for all your assistance.[Page xii]