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“Visual Impairment Has Enabled Me”: Jasdeep’s Brave Journey

Sometimes life closes one door because it wants you to notice the open window. After losing her sight, software techie Jasdeep Kaur learnt to see her truth more clearly.

By Jasdeep Kaur, 40, Delhi

Everyone in my Sikh family was well educated so I too went in for Master’s in Computer Application from Pune after graduating in mathematics from Delhi. In college, I began showing signs of a genetic disorder called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which led to loss of vision by the time I was working in a software firm in Noida.

A bad fall later, I quit the corporate life.

I soon got a freelance job as a technical writer for a Swiss firm that creates standards for accessible book publishing. It gave me confidence and the right tools I needed to navigate my world. I also married a wonderful south Indian man, Krishnan, who was a former colleague. Our daughter Sonakshi is now nine (pictured with me above).

I’ve always had a creative side: I write poems and sing. So, along with my guru, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, I set up the Kirana Gharana Music Academy in Delhi’s Dwarka district a few years ago. I manage my workplace and home with ease, using voiceover apps in phones and screenreaders on laptops, though commuting across the city can be a problem.

Visual impairment has enabled me. It showed me a side of myself I would have never explored had I been sighted. I’ve done more after losing my vision. There is gain in loss.

First published in the September 2017 issue of eShe magazine

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