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Real-Life Manikarnika - Ms Tiffany Brar

‘Desh ki Sahasi Beti “ says our President Dr Ram Nath Kovind about a visually challenged girl, who is just 27 years old, for her colossal courage and her resolute determination to empower the blind people.

Yes, it’s all about Ms.Tiffany Brar, our next Real-Life Manikarnika.

Tiffany became blind six months after birth due to an excess dosage of oxygen. Though her parents tried to rectify her condition, it was in vain. She had to deal with several arduous challenges thereon. Nevertheless, she did not let her blindness dampen her spirits and stop her from reaching the sky.

                                                “If blind cannot go to school, let the school go to them” is the motto of her mobile blind school.                                                                                        

After completing her early education at Great Britain, where learning by doing was the methodology, Tiffany came back to India and took her formal education both at blind and integrated schools at Trivandrum, Kerala. She was eight years then. She had to face many hurdles and impediments. She had to sit at the back bench in the class, had to wait for a long to get her Braille notes and was not facilitated with necessary survival skills at the right time. However, she did not succumb to these challenges, instead believed that the journey teaches us a lot about the destination and decided to meet it head-on. It is at this tender age itself, she vowed that she would do something for her fellow blind colleagues when she grows up.

Sometimes life gets more cruel and difficult when it rains the hardest on us while we deserve the Sun. Tiffany was just 12 years old and her mother passed away. She was shattered. It is extremely difficult to deal with the pain of losing someone who is your big support system. It was tough to accept the trauma of this inopportune demise. However, this instilled in her more determination to fend for herself and fight her battles. When life turns out to be unfair, we stare at the sky in the night and wonder why it is our entire Universe, when we are not even a little star in it. But Tiffany did not give up. She fought her battles well and persuaded her education.

“If blind cannot go to school, let the school go to them” is the motto of her mobile blind school.Tiffany graduated in English Literature and started working as a receptionist. This enabled her to sharpen her mobility skills as she had to travel a lot by herself. She visited many blind organizations and found that there were many backbenchers, who were fighting discrimination, and who lacked skills. In due course of time, she also completed her BEd special education from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University and started a mobile blind school. She went to many homes far and wide in the state of Kerala, in public transport, to train many blinds who were confined within their four walls in mobility, confidence, communication, daily living skills, Braille, access technology and so on. “If blind cannot go to school, let the school go to them” is the motto of her mobile blind school. She emulated as an example for many visually challenged. She counselled many parents to allow their blind off-springs to venture out and live a normal life. 

In a short span, Tiffany also mastered six Indian Languages – Malayalam, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Nepali, and Punjabi. The courage and confidence to encounter an enormous amount of challenges and to successfully overcome them gave her the drive to start ‘Jyothirgamaya”.

Jyothirgamaya, a pioneering effort in India, was started in 2015 by Tiffany Brar with a mission to empower the blind in all spheres of life. This organization not only facilitates the blind to lead an enlightened and holistic life but also attempts to give the sighted population, a new perspective to look at and deal with the blind. The Foundation provides residential training to blind to make them capable enough for employment, integration, and assimilation to the mainstream. It also offers training to blind people in rural areas who are unable to come to the main centre.

“If blind cannot go to school, let the school go to them” is the motto of her mobile blind school.In Dec 2017, as her organization played an integral role in empowering the blind, she received National award for the best role model and our President addressed her as “The Courageous Daughter of India”, at the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Her efforts have also received felicitation, from the renowned Late DR APJ Abdulkalam.
Shri Mohanlal, one of Kerala’s most renowned actors, calls her “A Miraculous Woman”.

She has also been appreciated by the famous Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and actress Uma Khureshi, on the enactment of her story on Zee TV show India’s Best Dramebaz, where she also received “The Real Hero” award.

Tiffany is the only blind woman in India who has delivered Five Ted talks on a variety of thought-provoking subjects and she is going to deliver her sixth soon!”

She is the first in India to be selected by the “World Access for Blind” to be trained in Echolocation. She has conducted many sensitization sessions in India as well as in Nepal, Poland, Germany, and Belgium.

Tiffany as a lover of adventure has broken the barriers. She has done sky diving, paragliding, tandem cycling, rope climbing and a lot more. She has encouraged her students to do tandem cycling and rope riding to and always takes them on adventure trips. She believes that there is nothing a blind person cannot do except driving a car and that soon shall be achieved at some point!

As an activist, she has raised her voice for her community, in trying to make the currency notes accessible for the blind. She has many awards and accolades to her credit.
“If blind cannot go to school, let the school go to them” is the motto of her mobile blind school.
Awards and Honours
• The Women of the Year Award from Hope Trust, in 2015
• For the Sake of Honour Award, Rotary International's highest award, in 2016
• The Prestigious Saarthak Naari Women Achievers Award in 2016
• Bold and Beautiful Award from Doordarshan, in 2017
• Sarojini Trilok Nath-National Best Role Model Award from National Association for the Blind in 2017
• The Age of Unknown Award by TEDx Vazthacaud, in 2017
• The National award for being a 'Best role model' from the President of India, in 2017
• The Women of the Year Award from Job Day Foundation, in 2018
• Make A Difference Award from Rotary International, in 2018
• The Women of Vision Kerala Vanitha Rathna Award, in 2018
• The Phoenix Award from Padmasree Mammooty, in 2018
• The Vocational Excellence Award from Rotary International, in 2018
• The Real Hero Award by ZEE Tv from Vivek Oberoi, Omung Kumar and Huma Qureshi, in 2018
• karma Rathna Award for Outstanding social worker from Palm International, in 2018
• Hellen Keller Award from National Center for the promotion of Employment for disabled people, awarded by Dr.SathyaPal Singh, Hon'ble Minister for Human Resource, in 2018
• Neelam Khurshid Kanga Award from National Association for the Blind Bombay Awarded by John Abraham, in 2019
• Award for Excellence in social service from Kochouseph Chitilappilly Foundation, awarded by Kochouseph Chitilappilly.

I am awestruck and in a dearth of words to express my admiration and fondness for her. To know more about our Real-Life Manikarnika, Ms Tiffany Brar, Click 

No matter what life throws your way, no matter how unfair it may seem, just refuse to be the victim. Refuse to be ruled by fear, pessimism, or negativity. Refuse to quit. Be a warrior and we are stronger than what we think” is the moral I derive knowing Tiffany Brar.

More than just celebrating Tiffany with our praises and applauds, we should give a grand salute to this Real-Life Manikarnika, for her contribution to self, to the visually challenged and to the nation.

With that note, bidding adieu.

Stay tuned for our next edition.

If you have missed our earlier post on "Celebrating Real-Life Manikarnika" - Click here to read - Our Real-Life Manikarnika - 1

Comments (16)

Ananta Goyal Posted on Feb 13, 2019

Truly an inspirational story and makes us think how limited our own woes are in front of all she braved


Tripti Charan Posted on Feb 13, 2019

Wow! This is so inspiring. Having everything we mourn about so many things and find difficult to do this or that but Tiffany has great spirit and is an inspiration to all.


Judy Posted on Feb 13, 2019

This is a truly motivating story and not a percent less than the story of original Manikarnika. After all fighting against odds and finding ways to overcome the situation was her vision. Tiffany has managed to do a pathbreaking achievement. Hats off!


Khushboo Posted on Feb 12, 2019

This is really an inspiration story. It was worth reading hats off to Tiffany Brar. She is truly a real life and modern-day replica of Manikarnika. Thanks for sharing her story with us.


Mrinal Kiran Posted on Feb 12, 2019

She is really an inspiration! A brave and strong soul... I don\'t know what to say! She is more than a new age mani karnika! ❤ Loved the post!


Snigdha Prusti Posted on Feb 12, 2019

I really amazed by seeing her achievements .. She is an inspiration to many and you said right ,she is the real life manikarnika.


Neha Jella Posted on Feb 12, 2019

Huge respect to Tiffany Brar. Such an inspirational story with a great will power. Yes, she is Manikarnika of today\'s time.


Jhilmil Posted on Feb 12, 2019

Simply amazed at her achievements wrt education, learning multiple languages and working for the Blind people. Indeed an inspiration.


Hema Gayatri Posted on Feb 12, 2019

This is such an inspiration story. I would say worth a read, hats off to Tiffany Brar. She is truly a real life and modern-day replica of Manikarnika. Thanks for writing and sharing with us.


Latha Ramky Posted on Feb 12, 2019

Truly amazing and inspiring! Hats off to Ms Tiffany Brar.


Pooja Mahimkar Posted on Feb 12, 2019

An inspiring story was just what I required to start my day on the right note. More power to her! An amazing read this way!


Minakhi Posted on Feb 12, 2019

A spirited woman who does not let her impairment get the better of her. thank for sharing this inspirational story.


Noor Anand Chawla Posted on Feb 11, 2019

Wow she is really the modern-day version of Manikarnika. This has been a really truly inspiring story to read.


Meens Posted on Feb 11, 2019

This is simply very very inspiring. A girl with a will and a heart of gold


Vidhya Posted on Feb 11, 2019

Wow. A big salute to Tiffany Brar!


Pranita Deshpande Posted on Feb 11, 2019

Beautiful post


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