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Annexure To Normality

Works because of information about autism, especially in the Indian context

Annexure To Normality
Annexure To Normality
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In ways both visible and veiled, autism, like other similar disorders, begins to reveal its uniqueness and its tarnish from the mom­ent of birth, even if participants to such a life may get jolted to the truth later. Clarities collide with indefinite confusions, say experts, opening up anxiety-filled fields of the mind. It’s tough for parents and guardians, especially in the absence of professional help, to translate the language of disability for daily interpretations. One way or the other, a point is reached when the disability shines as the very meaning of existence.

Art critic Juliet Reynolds’s memoir Fin­d­ing Neema, the story of an autistic Nepalese boy, courses through all these and many more realisations. Set against the art scene of the ’90s when her husband, the late artist Anil Karanjai, struggled to nourish his artistic individuality without slipping into populist traps, as well as the context of their own marriage, the book takes many turns and U-turns. The dominant motif is Neema, the son of their domestic help Poonam,...

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