The Story Of My Life
This is a book that stays on in the mind of the reader, long after it is put down. How a blind mute girl had an entire world open out for her- through the sheer genius of her talented and creative teacher- is brought out forcefully through Helen Keller's beautiful writing. Learning begins in such a taken-for-granted manner for those of us who are fortunate enough to have all our senses. That we first need to understand that everything has a name, that all words are connected to something (or some quality) is often overlooked by most who are caught up in the fast pace of today?s world. How is one to teach abstract words to a child? Anne Sullivan used every opportunity to teach her student words: those living things that transformed Helen from an angry, bitter child into an eager and loving learner. After reading this book, no teacher will be able to complain about the lack of infrastructure or learning aids in his/her school: for Anne Sullivan taught about the contours of the surface of the earth to her blind and mute student by crumpling brown paper into mountains and valleys. She managed to bring out of that silent and dark space inside her student?s mind a love for life, a joy in learning and not the least, this beautiful piece of writing: I have experimented by reading out extracts of this book to audiences who never knew the identity of the author, and not one person could pinpoint the author as being one with such severe physical handicaps. Most listeners guessed the writer to be a poet! Far from struggling to see, hear and speak, this book is a testimony to the eloquence of the mind of one living in a dark and silent world.