Being a dwarf can be a curse.
What else can one feel when one encounters a bitter reality that one is physically less than almost everyone else; where one is consigned to a lifelong existence of limitations.
Life can become a burden. And one can resign to a hopeless future till death brings an end to this painful life.
But not these two gentlemen. I met Ninad Haldankar and Shivaji Ingle who performed at an orchestra recently. God made them dwarfs. But they did not let the limitations of their physical size enter their psyche. They danced. They played clowns. They laughed. They made people laugh.
They ignored their own imperfect lives and tried to fill the lives of the audience with some happy moments.
They did not cry at the lemon thrown at them by life. They made lemonade out of it. And they laughed and clapped and enjoyed and brought joy to others.
Their small physique taught me some big lessons about life and living.
They were the real giants trapped in those small frames.
If we come to terms with our reality and accept it as it is, a lot of possibilities open up.
The level of our happiness or success need not be limited by the size of our body or our imperfections.
Thank you, Ninad and Shivaji for being real heroes. People like you make this world a better place. People like you make this imperfect world perfect. I salute your fighting spirit.