Defeating the Disability

He has created a world of his own in his small room.



On 10th of November, I along with Mr Farooq Nazki noted writer and poet, left under the warm winter sun of Delhi to see a man who Mr Nazki named as Veerinder Patwari. After cowering a long distance on the busy roads of Delhi, then over the miserably stinking Yamuna, it wasn’t any difficulty finding Veerinder Patwari’s house in Noida. Veerinder Patwari, the name might be new to us, however, is no unfamiliar among a certain class of readers. His short-stories, novelettes, and novels are read and appreciated. Veerinder, during last four decades has published twelve collections of short stories, two novelettes and has several manuscripts of unpublished dramas, film scripts and tele-serials. A treasure lies with him unknown to the world.
Veerinder’s major work is in Urdu, partly he chooses to write in Kashmiri. A prolific writer, who at the age of forty five lost his speech and gradually lost his body balance. As time passed Veerinder started losing shape and was finally left bed ridden. Veerinder suffers from multiple disorder syndromes. When I met him, I found him a replica of the great British theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking and this comparison is no unjust when we go through Veerinder work and the conditions in which he has been writing. He has created a world of his own in his small room. Unlike Stephen Hawking who disowns God sitting voiceless in his Lucasian chair, Veerinder can articulate (only one needs to acquaint himself to his way of deciphering words) and is ought to express his gratitude for such a wonder of God that he is still connected with the world. Even though physically confined, he can write beautiful calligraphy in Urdu and one can’t easily believe this miracle – Veerinder has turned disability into his ability.
Veerinder Patwari has a long story to tell which is only known to his closest of friend. Long time back in 1986 while driving alone in his Ambassador car along the Ravi Bridge near Basoli, the car tumbled into the river. People present on the scene were stunned and to their amazement found the driver without a single scratch, standing in his bright spotless safari suite, some distance away from the car which was totally wrecked. As if nothing had happened, Veerinder boarded a bus and left for home. When asked about this incident his reply was “I don’t know anything, expect the opening of the right door of the car and someone taking me out, rest it was all dark.” In this accident Veerinder received no injury; however, he was put under observation because doctors found this incident to be abnormal and after a few days he was discharged healthy and sound. Veerinder might have found himself a lucky man at that time but not afterwards. One fine morning, a year after this incident, as Veerinder woke up in the morning, he found himself unable to move, his entire body paralyzed and it was later on declared that Veerinder was suffering from multiple disorder syndromes.
Even after such a blow Veerinder stood up, constructing a better world for himself. In this novel journey he was courageously supported by his wife who devoted every single minute of her life taking care of Veerinder. She had no life of her own, Veerinder became her daily chore but Veerinder had to see more. One day she died and this shattered Veerinder, but couldn’t stop him from living.
The old man is still fighting. Veerinder has taken to writing, an early hobby now turned into his obsession. He spends the day writing short stories, framing plots, and building characters. His short stories are not mere fairy tales rather hardcore perceptions of life. These are the stories of present man; helpless and lost in the wilderness of this mechanic age. Veerinder won’t use any metaphysical tools while crafting his short stories. They are as real as day and night, as the sun and the moon. Apart from social issues Veerinder has written numerous romantic stories and has also worked as a script writer for Bollywood film “Mohabat Mohabat”, which due to some production fault was not released.
Being a Kashmiri, Veerinder has also discussed the turmoil going on in Kashmir brilliantly; in a style of his own. His chief focus lies on the human mind, the anatomy of human psyche. Having no regrets about his present condition Veerinder won’t allow the tragedy of life affect his subjects. His issues are bigger, the role of a human being in this vast universe. The role of a father in the upbringing of a child, the role of a companion when one is in distress and then some times we find him portraying the devastation of human relationships.
The day when I met him I couldn’t believe that this man is confined to bed for such a long time. He has a high degree of observation, he observes everything in this society and has an intense feeling with which he crafts his characters.
Veerinder, a tough man lives his life like a normal human being and in addition through his work infuses life in thousands of us. Even after spending such a terrible life he is a thankful person. The irony is that Veerinder is no famous a man. Veerinder a man of such vast intellect is unknown to us even after his great contribution to the literary world.       

Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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