The prince gets a job as a school janitor, engages in a little extra-curricular bondage and spanking with Saraswati, then takes off upcountry with five schoolgirls who want to see life before being tied down to boring marriages. This transgressive educational situation is eventually resolved without anyone going to jail.
London: Heinemann. A minor but persistent character named Baba, apparently having significant developmental delay in infancy p. It is hard to know quite what the author had in mind for Baba.
Yet Baba is also portrayed as indifferent to the vast irritation he causes by endless high-volume playing of the same old gramophone records, and obsessive spraying out and gathering up of his handful of pebbles. Within his limited roles, he appears strongly manipulative of the others. Once only in the novel, Baba shows real determination, scooping up for himself the gramophone pp.
Retrieving fragments of Baba scattered through the book, his character has elements of credibility, but does not quite hang together. Yet those points make it improbable that Aunt Mira, having minimal education and no experience of raising her own child, should enter the household and promptly start training little Baba in a sequence of fine movement skills.
Could this slightly-built, backward and inept young lad credibly be supposed to have known what the old HMV gramophone actually was, or imagine himself making it work - or lift and carry it away with the heavy old records stacked on top? In Section 57 I: pp. Section vol. I: pp. Subrahmanya, or Murukan should perform the task of literary arbiter. The poets ask how such a judge can give his verdict, since he is mute.
Homiletic tales of the former lives of the Buddha, mingling with oral traditions of the teachings of Gautama Buddha, spread slowly across South Asia, eventually with formal explication and commentary being developed. Many stories involve people with disabilities; e. Disability results from past-life sin including mocking a disabled person, I: ; but disabled people sometimes appear in a positive light: I: , ; ; Supplemento n.
Naples: Instituto Universitario Orientale. The modern Tamil author Rajanarayanan conveys both crudeness and nuances of personal relationships in his native rural area, among which there are some descriptions of people with social or physical disabilities, deafness, or gender ambiguity, and responses to their condition. The mild and severe cruelties of ordinary life appear, sometimes relieved by unexpected decency and kindness pp. Cambridge University Press. Reprint in two volumes, Delhi: Low Price.
Probably dating from the 3rd century BC. Among many tales casually mentioning disability, two Jataka relate to special education. Nangalisa-Jataka No. In Muga-Pakkha-Jataka, No. Horrified by the harshness of the king, he pretends to be a deaf and dumb cripple. Nurses and courtiers are not convinced, so they try various tests based on child development norms and audiological principles.
They watch him closely while causing a conch to be blown suddenly under his bed. They shine lights on him suddenly in the night, but by mental concentration the prince keeps still. They tempt him with milk, fruit or toys and try to surprise him with animals, according to the ages at which children normally responded to such stimuli. These assessment practices were recorded more than 2, years ago. See further examples of disabilities and related material in No.
Bangkok: White Lotus. The living tradition of these moral tales, some of which are known in many countries, blends everyday life with the world of gods, spirits, animals, monsters and magic. Disability, folly and deformities are casually woven in, as in the stories of the old blind couple who catch a hungry boy, who in turn finds their eyes for them and turns his enemy into a cretin pp. Translated into English prose from the original Sanskrit text. Reprinted , from the edition.
New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal. A major figure is Dhritarashtra who became king after his brother Pandu died; but his legitimacy is disputed because he is blind from birth. He claims it as one reason why he could not prevent the dispute between his sons and nephews. But their ally, Krishna, craftily introduces the blind king to an iron statue, in place of Bhima. The king seizes the statue and crushes it in his embrace, suffering much bruising and vomiting blood as a result.
He believes he has killed Bhima. After the rage has passed, they tell him that he has destroyed an iron statue. In a late chapter, Dhritarashtra and his wife Gandhari who has worn a blindfold across her eyes throughout her marriage, so as not to see more than her husband move across the scene. There are many more references to impairment and characters with disabilities. In: The Oceanic Feeling. The origins of religious sentiment in Ancient India , pp.
Dordrecht: Reidel. Jeffrey Masson, a Sanskrit scholar before taking up psychoanalysis, translates and comments in detail on some legends of Krishna and the hunchback Kubja in which Krishna straightens her body and then either makes fun of her, or flirts with her, or makes love to her, or all of these activities , with comparison of an episode between Rama and Surpanakha which Masson sees as being a key event in the Ramayana.
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American Oriental Society Boston: Little, Brown. Ved Mehta, born at Lahore in , lost his sight at 8 years. My early education in an Indian orphanage for the blind. Oxford UP. Childhood reminiscences, and education London: Picador. On pp. Authorship is ascribed to Vishnu Sharma, a learned Brahmin who undertook to teach statecraft to the stupid princes in six months through a series of amusing animal fables, thus enlisting their interest and motivating them to learn.
At least two of the fable characters have the names of fools, i.
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New Delhi: Penguin. See previous item. He day-dreams of a son being born to him, whom he calls Moonbeams. One day Moonbeams will see Papa sitting in the garden near the stables, book in hand. Whereupon I shall rise straight away and give her a good kick on her behind. London: Jonathan Cape.
London: Picador Pan. After taking charge of Pakistan, Zia made no secret of his little daughter, who often accompanied him on state occasions. Later when modern rehabilitative and educational measures were under way with his daughter, Zia could be seen in public using sign language with her. His intervention to make substantial increases in national investment in disability services and skills development, with appointment of senior military officers two being also fathers of disabled children to push the developments forward, usually passes without criticism.
It might not have occurred to the angry young writer, that the entirely harmless, real-life daughter of his political enemy could grow up to live an independent and more or less normal life, which in fact she did; or that readers knowing the background might feel some disgust at his choice of weapon for attacking Zia.
In: G Albrecht et al eds Encyclopedia of Disability.
Thousand Oaks: Sage. The nontinatakam Tamil cripple drama is a morality tale traditionally performed as street theatre in South-East India, featuring a rascal who enjoys crime and immorality, before being punished by amputation of a leg and maybe an arm. Renouncing evil, he regains his limb by divine intervention; but the story includes much slapstick and bawdy to entertain the crowd. Disability comes through bad behaviour, but repentance may be rewarded. Nonti natakam is at the downmarket end of Tamil lit, while the classier side runs to kings with physical deformities.
See Shulman, below. University of Calcutta. Compilation of Bengali ballads preserved by rural folksingers, with Bengali texts and English translations.