I met Amrit Ramnath, then 11 years old, nearly three years ago when I had gone to visit his family in Chennai. During the course of our conversation, Amrit showed me some of his sketches and cartoons. Then he showed me his camera – an expensive Nikon handed down to him by his father. Not an aim and shoot but a ‘proper’ professional one!
Then Amrit took me to their terrace and he showed me Cheshire Home, housed in the neighbouring building. It was a home for differently abled children. Apparently Amrit often went there to play with the kids.
“Why not have a party there for the kids?” I asked. That led to a plan that Amrit & I created. What you read below is an article Amrit wrote about what he did there. He shot some nice pictures too.
“My Visit To Cheshire Home
By Amrit, 16 th, April, 2011
On 15th April, Sridhar uncle sent me a bag with with about a dozen buckets of playdoh, and a bag full of bubble blowers. I was preparing for a project with Cheshire home, an orphanage.
I went on a Saturday. He had asked me to go and give the children of Cheshire Home a bucket or two, and ask them to make whatever they wanted to make, and then I could take pictures of it. They took around 15 mins to do this. These are some of the pictures I took of the children at work:
After they made whatever they wanted to, we gave them a bubble blower each, and they had fun blowing the bubbles and looking through it etc… One boy started fighting with the bubble!! There was a bubble frenzy. To give you the idea, here are a few pics:
That was a lot of fun.
After that, we gave them juice and some chocolates. Then I took some solo pics of their creations. Here are some of them:
This was a wonderful experience for me to interact with children with special abilities. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience, and at the end of it, I knew the children enjoyed too.
I thank Cheshire Home, and Mr. Mari Muthu, the head of Cheshire Home, to let me do this. And I greatly thank Sridhar uncle to give me this opportunity.”
PS: Why not encourage your child to experiment with something and see what happens?
Tip: Leave them alone, don’t load them with ‘do’s and don’ts’!