It was not a usual Saturday, when Khushiyan organized a workshop on basics of sign language. Earlier, I was not too keen on joining the workshop. Apprehensions like- what will be the use, will it be boring etc hovered me throughout the way to the venue.
Well, I reached (10 minutes late) and joined the group to learn something not known to many.
We were introduced to the numbers and basic requests signals through practical sessions. I remember, I had even tried decoding the joke narrated by Brijesh from deaf community. The joke was hilarious.
We also learned how sign language can be helpful – it will not only bring us near to the deaf community, it will also help us in suppressing noise pollution and promoting a single language of communication.
Sign language, like the name say, is a language without words. And we had fun without creating noises. Initially, it was difficult to understand. But towards the end of the workshop, it seemed we are the people of a society where equality prevails. We are part of the group, which can enchant without words. And we are all part of a community, not segregated by a mere criterion of deafness.
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Also, some pictures which might not be able to describe my feelings, but will definitely entice you to learn more .
Author :- Manisha Ramsisaria