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Video: Anandwan’s Shakuntala – The Girl with the Perpetual Smile

SubscribeFiled Under: India, Videos,by Bhakti and Neeraj

“Give them a chance, not charity.” – Baba Amte

This is Shakuntala – the girl with the perpetual smile on her face – who lives in Anandwan. She is a victim of cerebral palsy by birth and cannot talk, walk or use her hands. Yet she will bring a tear in your eye when you see her beautifully threaded greeting card that she stitches using only her toes.

The always smiling Shakuntala

The always smiling Shakuntala

Here is a video of Shakuntala chatting with Mr. Pramod Bakshi, Guest Co-ordinator at Anandwan, and stitching a card with her feet at the same time.

During the day time, Shakuntala can be found working in a room adjacent to where Anandwan’s orchestra, Swaranandwan, hold their practice sessions.

Shakuntala stitching a threaded greeting card with her toes...

Shakuntala stitching a threaded greeting card with her toes…

The beautiful threaded greeting card made by Shakuntala

The beautiful threaded greeting card made by Shakuntala

I’m reminded of this poem by Swami Vivekananda…

When I Asked God for Strength
He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face

When I Asked God for Brain and Brown
He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve

When I Asked God for Happiness
He Showed Me Some Unhappy People

When I Asked God for Wealth
He Showed Me How to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Favours
He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Peace
He Showed Me How to Help Others

God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
He Gave Me Everything I Needed

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Posted by:Bhakti and Neerajon April 23, 2013

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